These books have been around for a little while, but they are nonetheless still wonderful to read. Horrible Harry is a creative and outspoken Grade 2 students. He always finds himself getting into situations. I am currently reading Horrible Harry and the Purple People to students that are 7 and 8 years old, and they love listening to what Harry is going to do next. In this story, he claims that he only he can see the Purple People in the classroom who are helping out with lost items and more. There are many books in this series, and I encourage you to have them in your classroom!
The 'ASD Feel Better Book' is a "visual guide to help brain and body for children on the autism spectrum". It includes information on how to build upon each individual's strengths, worksheets, and how to identify different emotions and how to manage and cope with them. It essentially helps them find ways to feel good. Great resource for teacher and students!
This book looks awesome, and I cannot wait to read it. This is a book for children with ASD to understand what autism is, the challenges they face every day and how to cope. It also discusses how different children with ASD can be; from giftedness, to introverted and more. It places a big emphasis on self-acceptance, growth and understanding, along with strategies for communicating, relationships and school. There are also specific sections for parents, however the book as a whole is also a great tool for parents as well.
"Hello, My Name is Max and I Have Autism" is a book written by Max Miller himself. It discusses his diagnosis, difficulties in life, and the perseverance of his parents. He was nonverbal until the age of 6, and could not read or write until the age of 10. He was discriminated against and denied access to many different aspects of life.
Since Max had difficulty communicating, he found a strategy in using art, which has now been displayed at the Denver Art Museum.
You can purchase the Ebook on Google Play.
You can view an article about his artwork here: http://www.westword.com/arts/max-miller-creates-art-a-book-and-an-exhibit-for-autism-awareness-month-6654821
"Since We're Friends" is a book about a young boy named Matt with autism. The description of the book is straight from Google Play:
''Matt’s autism doesn’t stop him from having fun! Even when Matt struggles to navigate social situations, his friend is there to help him out. The two boys enjoy playing sports, watching movies, reading books, and talking about animals. Working together, a best friend’s compassion and understanding turn Matt’s frustration into excitement.''
We should be teaching our students about autism, acceptance and respect, and picture books are a great way to integrate that subject with younger students.
From the minute I read this book, I have no stopped talking about it (and that was two weeks ago). The Bad Seed by Jory John is about a bad seed with a bad temper and bad manners. He goes about his day doing bad seed things to all the other seeds in town. How did he get this why? Why does he do these things? What happens when he changes his mind and decides he wants to be happy?
I URGE you to find this book, read it and purchase it because it is on my top 5 favourite children books.
‘The Darkest Dark’ is a picture book about overcoming obstacles, and believing that you can become anything you want to be. Based upon astronaut Chris Hadfield’s actual childhood, he always dreamed of becoming an astronaut. As a child, he was terribly afraid of the dark. How could he become an astronaut and go to space if he was afraid of the dark? However, after watching the first moon landing, he gained the courage to overcome his fear, and ended up becoming an astronaut.
I had the pleasure of meeting Chris Hadfield at a book signing in Chapters, Ottawa, ON. He was extremely kind and appreciated mine and my friend's efforts to use his book in our lesson plans.
"The Wild Robot" by Peter Brown is a novel about a robot named Roz who finds herself on a deserted island, inhabited by a wide range of animals. She now finds herself not only having to overcome the challenges of the animals and living on the island, but also the challenge of her new found emotions.
This short novel can be a great novel study with grade levels 3-5. It offers a wide range of activities and lessons that can follow. It also has the capability to tug at your heart strings- no matter what age you are.
During practicum, my associate teacher read this book to our grade 3 class, and I absolutely fell in love with it. Santa overhears friends talking about how Santa has ruined the real meaning of Christmas, and how nobody realizes that it is truly about the birth of Christ. Santa feels sad about this, and although every year he gives a gift to the baby Jesus, this year, he does not feel worthy enough. That is, until, he has a special conversation with the big Man upstairs.
Jeanne Pieper does a excellent job of connecting the religious meaning of Christmas, to our beloved Saint Nick. I encourage you to read this to your classroom, children; even adults. It truly ties all of our beliefs together.
Recently, my associate teacher gave me this book to create a lesson off of, and I thought it was an excellent book to share with students. The little boy in this story is constantly daydreaming throughout the day, which in turn, gets him in trouble. What happens when he gets to art class, and is able to use his wonders and daydreams and turn them into artwork?
This story teaches students that the different things they question throughout the day are valid and important, and us as teachers and educators should be working these wonders into our lessons. It teaches us the importance of creativity and imagination.