Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Library Dos and Deweys

Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears
First, a confession: when I started a new school in 7th grade 
with a vastly bigger library than I was used to, I couldn't find 
the fiction section and was too shy to ask. I thought
that the authorities of the highly academic school I now attended might think fiction a waste of time. So I read 
biographies for a few months.
Stinky (Toon)
Today, I sometimes make the opposite mistake with my 
children and forget all the wonderful stuff that is not on 
the fiction shelves. The weird part is that much of the stuff elsewhere is fiction 
(if you classify fiction as made up stories).
And many of these categories may have special appeal
for children with autism because of 
detailed illustrations
word play
large type
unusual use of text
So here are the dewey decimals for you 
to explore with and find Stinky, Mosquitos,
and other delights.
Folk tales (398.2)
Graphic Novels (741.5973)
Poetry (811)
Jokes (818)
Go Hang a Salami! I'm a Lasagna Hog!: and Other Palindromes
(Shout out to Green Hills library and the wonderful
librarians there who never steer me wrong-and they
have a special needs storytime one Saturday a month 
Best Library Ever).
-Spectrum Mom


  1. Hi,
    I stumbled on the question you put to Daniel Pinkwater over at the P-Zone. I have asperger's and Daniel Pinkwater is indeed my favorite author. His best books in my opinion are 'Lizard Music' and 'The Snarkout Boys and the Baconburg Horror'. 'Alan Mendelsohn, the Boy from Mars' is another favorite. Of the three of them, I think your ten-year-old may be most easily able to connect with 'Lizard Music'.
    You brought up wordplay and illustrated books. Ever heard of a book called 'A Chocolate Moose for Dinner', by Fred Gwynne?

  2. Thanks so much bdh! We will definitely try Lizard Music.
    We've read a picture book called Chocolate Moose,
    but your suggestion sounds different and better. Will
    try that too.