You Are a Social Detective

detectiveYour Are a Social Detective by Michelle Garcia Winner and Pamela Crooke

XBC Winne 2008

This entertaining comic book offers different ways that can be reviewed repeatedly with students to teach them how to develop their own social detective skills.
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Boys, Girls & Body Science

boys-girls-and-body-scienceBoys, Girls & Body Science by Meg Hickling

XBC Hickl 2002

Hickling talks about the “science names” for the children’s body parts, about good and bad touches and about making babies. She coaches the children not to be embarrassed or shy about body science: “We are going to make this just like a science lesson, we will learn to think like a scientist and we will learn the scientific names for our private parts,” she says.
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“What’s Happening to Me?”

whats-happening-to-me“What’s Happening To Me?” by Peter Mayle

XAT Mayle 1975

Discusses the mental and physical changes 
that take place during puberty.
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Superflex takes on One-Sided Sid, Un-Wonderer and the Team of Unthinkables

superflexSuperflex takes on One-Sided Sid, Un-Wonderer and the Team of Unthinkables by Michelle Garcia Winner and Stephanie Madrigal

(XSS Winne 2013)

In this newest comic, children become familiar with several ways to squash the powers of two, related Unthinkable characters: One-Sided Sid, who gets people to talk only about themselves, and his sidekick sister Un-Wonderer, who likes to keep people from thinking about others. This clever duo tries to get students to do or say things that show they’re only thinking about themselves and not others. Students learn helpful strategies to regulate their own behaviors when Sid and his sister invade their thinking.

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The Reason I Jump

The Reason I Jump Reason I jumpby Naoki Higashida

(XBC Higas 2007)

Written by a 13 year old with autism, this book is a memoir that demonstrates how an autistic mind thinks, feels, perceives, and responds.

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A Week of Switching, Shifting, and Stretching: How to Make My Thinking More Flexible

a week of switching, shifting, and stretchingA Week of Switching, Shifting, and Stretching: How to Make My Thinking More Flexible by Lauren H. Kerstein, LCSW.

(XBC Kerst 2014)

This picture book assists children on the autism spectrum, and any child for that matter, in examining their black-and-white thinking in order to begin to think more flexibly rainbow thinking. Using repeated rhymes and illustrations, the child begins to recognize that the more flexible his or her thinking is, the better he or she is able to cope with the challenges that life presents, ultimately leading to fewer tantrums and meltdowns.

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The Survival Guide for Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders (And Their Parents)

survivalguideforkidswithautismThe Survival Guide for Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders (And Their Parents) by Elizabeth Verdick and Elizabeth Reeve M.D.

XBC Verdi 2012

This positive, straightforward book offers kids with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) their own comprehensive resource for both understanding their condition and finding tools to cope with the challenges they face every day. Some children with ASDs are gifted; others struggle academically. Some are more introverted, while others try to be social. Some get “stuck” on things, have limited interests, or experience repeated motor movements like flapping or pacing (“stims”). The Survival Guide for Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders covers all of these areas, with an emphasis on helping children gain new self-understanding and self-acceptance. Meant to be read with a parent, the book addresses questions (“What’s an ASD?” “Why me?”) and provides strategies for communicating, making and keeping friends, and succeeding in school. Body and brain basics highlight symptom management, exercise, diet, hygiene, relaxation, sleep, and toileting. Emphasis is placed on helping kids handle intense emotions and behaviors and get support from family and their team of helpers when needed. The book includes stories from real kids, fact boxes, helpful checklists, resources, and a glossary. Sections for parents offer more detailed information.

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Mikey

MikeyMikey by Mindee Pinto and Judy Cohen.

XBC Pinto 2013

In this book, Mikey explains how a young child with autism sees, hears, and feels the world around him in his school environment. Mikey is not just intended for educators; although, all teachers should read it to their classes. It is intended to educate adults as well as young children to increase their awareness and understanding of the child with autism. This book, and others to follow, was inspired by my vast experiences as a teacher working with children with autism.

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My Special Brother Turtle

IMG_1142My Special Brother Turtle by Karina MacLean.

(XBC Macle 2007)

This is a book that focuses on the challenges of living with a family member with pediatric bipolar disorder and ADHD written from the point of view of the older sister (age 10) of the 7-year-old brother.

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Simple Signs (Picture Puffins)

simplesigns Simple Signs (Picture Puffins) by Cindy Wheeler.

(XBC Wheel 1995)

A few basic words as expressed in American Sign Language are presented in this book. Each page is devoted to a single word or concept, e.g., “hello,” “cat,” and “happy.” A pen-and-ink diagram of the ASL gesture or sign appears beside a full-color watercolor illustration of the object or emotion being described. Pp. 32.

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Going to the Grocery Store (Social Stories, 3)

goingtogrocerystore Going to the Grocery Store (Social Stories, 3) by Cindy A. Bailey

(XSS Baile 2002grocery)

(Board book) A social skills book with pictures to assist children in knowing what to do when they go to the grocery store.  Pp. 22. (other)

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Be Careful and Stay Safe

becarefulandstaysafeBe Careful and Stay Safe by Cheri J. Meiners and Meredith Johnson.

(XBC Meine 2007)

This book teaches little ones how to avoid potentially dangerous situations, ask for help, follow directions, use things carefully, and plan ahead. Includes questions, activities, and safety games that reinforce the ideas being taught.  Pp. 35.

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“I have Autism” Children’s Books and Resource Guide

ihaveautism“I have Autism” Children’s books and Resource Guide By Pat Crissey

“I Have Autism” is a children’s book to help parents and teachers explain autism to a young child. The “I Have Autism” Resource Guide includes a definition of autism, practical strategies for coping at home and at school, a reference list of books and organizations, and suggestions for talking to the child’s siblings and peers about autism. The Resource Guide also contains a reproducible “I Have Autism” book that the child can personalize.

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Arnie and His School Tools: Simple Sensory Solutions that Build Success

arnieandhisschooltoolsArnie and His School Tools: Simple Sensory Solutions that Build Success by Jennifer Veenendall.

(XBC Veene 2008)

This is an illustrated children’s book about an exuberant little boy who had difficulty paying attention in class and doing his school work until he was equipped with the tools to accommodate his sensory needs. Written from Arnie’s point of view, the book uses simple language to describe some of the sensory tools and strategies he uses at school and home to help him achieve a more optimal level of alertness and performance. Pp. 47.

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My Brother Has Autism

mybrotherhasautism My Brother Has Autism by Jackie Igafo-Te’o.

(XBC Igafo 2005)

This book was written by an 8 year old girl whose brother has Autism. It describes her feelings and what life is like living with a sibling who has a disability. Pp. 24.

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Since We’re Friends (Autism picture book)

sincewe'refriends Since We’re Friends (Autism picture book) by Celeste Shally.

(XBC Shall 2007)

This book is about two boys. One has autism, the other does not. The story of their relationship provides practical examples of how to make such a friendship work. It will help children see that their peers with autism can make a fun, genuine contribution to friendship. Pp. 32.

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