Monday, September 27, 2010
A kid is a kid is a kid is a kid
Long before I started blogging I was
a freelance (or perhaps guerilla) book
advisor for kids. You know, the crazy
lady who pops out of the book stacks
and insists your child must read The
Book of Three?
My favorite advisee is a friend's daughter,
age 10, the same age as my boy with autism.
She's my favorite because she devours
fantasy books just as I do. But when my
friend told me she had read all my picks and
was ready for more, I started thinking about
how the books we read shape us.
When I started blogging I realized that one
of the reasons I hadn't found many book
lists for kids with autism is because autism
is only one factor among many to consider
when choosing books for a child, like age,
grade level, ability, interests, etcetera.
But there are book lists based on each of
those factors. So if I have to have a hundred
subcategories to make this blog useful, I will.
Today's post is specifically for the
3rd - 5th grade reader who reads
independently but has narrow interests
- perhaps a child with Asperger's.
The New Way Things Work is a great
book for those with an interest in
machines and those you want to interest
in machines. The mammoth illustrations
may be enough to hook those kids with
interest in animals (strong for many kids).
Next, a few titles aimed
at that same group
but especially useful for
girls with social skills
Cleary writes clearly
about what being a kid
with a sibling is like, what you should
and should not do when you're upset
and other relevant topics.
A special chance for one of your
favorites to become one of your
The Cobble Street Cousins by
the wonderful Cynthia Rylant
(Lighthouse Family, Henry and
Mudge, Poppleton) is another
series that gives some of the basics
on the give and take of being a
friend and being in a family.
What book choices seem unique
to your kid? What book choices
remind you a kid is a kid?
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