Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Read Aloud Books for Children with Autism Part One

A request from a librarian friend brought a flurry of suggestions for books to read
aloud to children with autism. So today's post shares that group sourced knowledge
with you.*  My boy read all of these too and enjoyed them to varying degrees. He still adores Dr. Seuss. The Little Critter and Berenstain Bears include holiday themed books and make 

good gifts in Easter baskets etc. Next week, some ideas for reading aloud to older kids.
Quotes indicate the parents’ words (I’ve edited, so any mistakes are mine).

Bark, George/Feiffer

Berenstain Bears/Berenstain 
     “Great social stories,” rhyming, pictures.

Don’t Let the Pigeon . . ./Mo Willems  
     “fun” a cute, engaging series.

Elephant and Piggie/Mo Willems 
     His early reader series, delightful.

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie/Numeroff
Repetitive (in a good way) with strong internal logic.

Little Critter/Mayer
     “I like that these are written in the first person.”  

Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You?/Seuss
   Great for group participation.

My Two Hands, My Two Feet/Walton & Gorton 
     “good for teaching about expression of emotions” - a toddler book.

Rainbow Fish/Pfister
     "Sparkly .  .  . everyone can help someone"

The Very Hungry Caterpillar/and other Eric Carle books

-Spectrum Mom
*I've alphabetized by title rather than author. I find myself searching on the computer
first, so titles work better. What do you think?

1 comment:

  1. This is a great idea. When my son was a preschooler, the first book he ever connected with was "I Went Walking." Trying to read aloud to him over the years has been hit or miss, much to my disappointment. His siblings and I are all voracious readers. This week I am trying to read "Charlotte's Web" to him. No idea how much he is absorbing, but it makes me happy to have this time with him.