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The Alphabet War: a Story about Dyslexia. Diane Burton Robb, illustrated by Gail Piazza, $10.99

When Adam started kindergarten, the teacher wanted him to learn about letters. But “p” looked like “q,” and “b” looked like “d.” Adam would rather color or mold clay. In first grade, his teacher wanted him to put the letters into words so he could read. That was the beginning of the Alphabet War. “Was” looked like “saw,” and “there” looked like “then.” Almost everyone else in his class was learning to read, but Adam was fighting a war against letters.

In second grade, he had to learn to spell, which was also impossible. Now he was so frustrated he got into trouble and had to go to the principal’s office. At last, in third grade, he got the right kind of help. Slowly he began to do better. During fourth grade, he learned that he could excel in other things. That gave him the confidence to take chances with reading. One day he found himself reading a book all by himself!


Applying to College for Students with ADD or LD.  Blythe Grossberg, $16.50

A guide to keep you (and your parents) sane, satisfied and organized through the admission process.


The Art of Miss Chew. Patricia Polacco, $19.00

Trisha knew she wanted to be an artist. The trouble was — everything else she had to do at school! Reading, tests, projects — Trisha needed so much time to complete these than any of the other kids. With the help of a caring home room teacher, and a wonderful, outspoken art teacher, Trisha realizes her dream.

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College Success for Students with Learning Disabilities. Cynthia Simpson & Vicky Spencer, $21.95

Strategies and tips for making the most out of your college experience.


Fish in a Tree. Lynda Mullaly Hunt, $22.99 (novel)

Ally has been smart enough to fool a lot of smart people. Every time she lands in a new school, she is able to hide her inability to read by creating clever yet disruptive distractions.  She is afraid to ask for help; after all, how can you cure dumb? However, her newest teacher Mr. Daniels sees the bright, creative kid underneath the trouble maker. With his help, Ally learns not to be so hard on herself and that dyslexia is nothing to be ashamed of. As her confidence grows, Ally feels free to be herself and the world starts opening up with possibilities. She discovers that there’s a lot more to her — and to everyone — than a label, and that great minds don’t always think alike.


The Frazzle Family Finds a Way. Ann Bonwill & Steven Gammell, $26.50

Every member of the Frazzle family is disastrously forgetful. Mr. Frazzle forgets his trousers, Wags the dog can't find his bone, and Annie and Ben bring fishing poles and towels to school instead of their homework. Not even Aunt Rosemary with her organizational tips can help. But one day Annie has an idea that combines rhyme, recall, and song into a melodic way to remember in this warmhearted tribute to compensating for weaknesses.

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Guiding Teens with Learning Disabilities: Navigating the Transition from High School to Adulthood. Arlyn Roffman, $17.95

Discover how to help teens with learning differences prepare for adulthood with this practical guide:

  • Understand the transition planning process
  • Help youth develop critical self-awareness and self-advocacy skills
  • Tips on preparing for post secondary education, employment and life in the community
  • And more …

How I Learn: a Kid's Guide to Learning Disability. Brenda Miles & Colleen Patterson, $13.95

How I Learn introduces the concept of a learning disability in concrete terms for younger students. This supportive and upbeat story reassures readers that they are capable, and can use "smart strategies" to help themselves learn. A Note to Parents, Caregivers, and Professionals is included, with suggestions to guide discussion and help children identify their particular strengths and challenges.


I Don't Like Reading. Lisabeth Emlyn Clark, $19.95

Meet Harry. Harry likes to play football, climb trees, and hang out with friends, but Harry doesn't like reading. That is until his teacher explains that Harry has dyslexia, which makes things like reading and writing particularly hard for him — and with help from his mum, teacher and an educational psychologist, Harry learns specific strategies for reading with dyslexia.

This delightful picture book for children aged 5-11 includes tips for reading with dyslexia and lovable, supportive characters who show that it's ok to discuss dyslexia and to seek help when needed.


It’s Called Dyslexia. Jennifer Moore-Mallinos, illustrated by Marta Fábrega, $9.50 (Ages 4–7)

The child in this story knows the alphabet, but she sometimes has trouble putting all the letters together to read words. No matter how hard she tries, she often mixes up the letters or writes them backwards. She’s unhappy until her teacher explains that she has dyslexia, and that with special help she will overcome her reading problem.

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Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key. Jack Gantos, $8.99

Joey Pigza's got heart, he's got a mom who loves him, and he's got "dud meds," which is what he calls the Ritalin pills that are supposed to even out his wild mood swings. Sometimes Joey makes bad choices. He learns the hard way that he shouldn't stick his finger in the pencil sharpener, or swallow his house key, or run with scissors.

In this antic yet poignant novel, Jack Gantos has perfect pitch in capturing the humor, the off-the-wall intensity, and the serious challenges that life presents to a kid dealing with hyper-activity and related disorders. 


The Junkyard Wonders. Patricia Polacco, $22.50

Based on a real-life event from Patricia’s Polacco’s childhood, this book celebrates a great teacher and the wonder and potential of every child.


KNEES: the Mixed-Up World of a Boy with Dyslexia. Vanita Oelschlager, illustrated by Joe Rossi, $10.95

This encouraging book shows the ups and downs of life with dyslexia, from its symptoms to the reasons school can be hard for dyslexics.

The book is designed with consideration of the needs of the reader with dyslexia. The font Lexia Readable was chosen, along with the use of a cream colored paper to minimize contrast and show-through. The book is in the style and size of a chapter book, so that younger children and older children at low reading levels can read what seems to be an older child's book.

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Learn to Have Fun with Your Senses: the Sensory Avoider’s Survival Guide. John Taylor, $20.95

This concise and easy-to-read book will help kids of all ages learn to stop overreacting and overcome their sensory problems. This useful guide includes information for parents, teachers and OTs working with kids who are sensory defensive.


Learning Disabilities: the Ultimate Teen Guide. Penny Hutchins Paquette & Cheryl Gerson Tuttle, $27.00

Exclusively written for teenagers and young adults dealing with a wide variety of learning disabilities—including Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), dyscalculia, and dyslexia—this accessible resource offers the tools for taking a proactive role in identifying, understanding and overcoming the obstacles facing teens with learning disabilities. Learning Disabilities: the Ultimate Teen Guide provides a clear and informative overview of the most common disabilities.


Let’s Talk About Being in Special Ed. Diane Jordan, illustrated by Colette Taylor-Clements, $14.95

Special education kids hear all the acronyms and know that there are meetings being held about them. This can lead to anxiety, poor self-esteem, and diminished self-image. This easy-to-read book allows parents, teachers, and students to demystify special education. It allows students to see special education as a tool to their success rather than a stigma, and increases the likelihood of their being successful in school and comfortable with themselves and their peers.

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Lily and the Mixed-Up Letters. Deborah Hodge, illustrated by France Brassard, $21.99 (ages 6-8)

When Lily was in kindergarten, she loved school. Now she’s in grade 2 and school isn’t fun anymore. Lily has trouble reading. Whenever she tries, the letters jump around and get all mixed up — and so does she.


Make the Grade: Everything You Need to Study Better, Stress Less, and Succeed in School. Lesley Schwartz Martin, $18.99

Every teacher, school, and class is unique, but there are certain things that successful students have in common no matter what. MAKE THE GRADE helps students everywhere stay on top of schoolwork by dissecting the school week as students actually experience it, and offering realistic solutions to common problems, from difficult teachers and over-booked schedules to boring homework and the endless variety of distractions. The book also includes sections on memory tricks, reading tips, note-taking, organization, and test preparation.


Many Ways to Learn: a Kid’s Guide to LD, 2nd Edition. Judith Stern & Uzi Ben-Ami, $13.95 (ages 8-13)

Many Ways to Learn is packed with advice and strategies for kids with learning disabilities just like you.

  • Inside you'll find ways to get ahead in school including:
  • Tools for doing homework and taking tests,
  • Ideas for learning to better plan and organize, and
  • Tips for using technology to make your life easier!

With separate chapters on reading, math, written language, oral, and non-verbal LD, Many Ways to Learn will help you build specific skills and boost confidence. The guide also gives you ideas on making friends, dealing with your parents, and feeling good about yourself.

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Neema Wants to Learn: a True Story Promoting Inclusion and Self-Determination. Jo Meserve Mach, Vera Lynne Stroup-Rentier & Mary Birdsell, $12.95 (ages 3-8)

Neema lives in the mountains of Lushoto, Tanzania. Her day is full of fun. She tricks Joseph. She helps Mama Eduma. She sings with the children. Neema has learning disabilities, and she is always looking for ways to learn.


Okay Kevin: a Story to Help Children Discover How Everyone Learns Differently. James Dillon, illustrated by Kara McHale, $19.95 (ages 5-8)

At school Kevin feels that he is not 'okay.' He finds that all the other kids in his class are faster than him at answering the teacher's questions, and he feels like he will never catch up with them. But, one day, his reading teacher asks him to help out with the school store and Kevin soon begins to recognise his strengths and think differently.


On Your Own: a College Readiness Guide for Teens with ADHD/LD. Patricia Quinn & Theresa Laurie Maitland, $15.50

Using a readiness survey and handy worksheets, On Your Own will help you get ready for your first years away from home. Inside, you'll find easy-to-use advice and strategies that will allow you to map out a plan and cultivate the skills you'll need to succeed in college. On Your Own is loaded with tips and resources to further assist you in creating a personalized plan and center on developing three crucial skill areas:

  • Self-determination skills (advocacy, management, communication)
  • Daily living skills (self-care, organization, life balance)
  • Academic skills (self-knowledge, study habits, time management)

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Preparing Students with Disabilities for College Success: a Practical Guide to Transition Planning. Stan Shaw, Joseph Madaus & Lyman Dukess, $40.95

For students with mild to moderate, non-visible disabilities, navigating a college education without the support team they had in high school can be challenging. Help students become effective self-advocates and maximize their postsecondary possibilities with this cutting-edge book, which balances current research with the most practical guidance to date on this topic. Readers will learn how early, coordinated, student-centered planning helps students develop the academic and personal skills required to successfully transition to college. User-friendly checklists, tip boxes, activities, and illustrative vignettes translate extensive research into immediate practice with students and families.

Secondary transition personnel, counselors, and educators in high school settings will turn to this book first for comprehensive, accessible information on helping students transition to college—and lay the critical groundwork for future employment success. 


Ready for Take-Off: Preparing Your Teen with ADHD or LD for College. Theresa Maitland & Patricia Quinn, $21.95

Using college readiness surveys and handy worksheets, Ready for Take-Off helps parents promote self-determination, academic and daily living skills in your teen — skills needed to succeed in college and life beyond high school.


Real Organized In a Jar® Helping You Get It All Together. Free Spirit Publishing, $13.50 (ages 9 and up)

Tips on how to create a less-mess zone to organize your life for success at home, in school, and wherever you go. Use REAL ORGANIZED IN A JAR whenever you need organizing help.

Organize Your Time cards: Everyone needs help managing time from time to time. These cards provide creative ways to organize your day and use your time efficiently. The better organized your time is, the more time you have to do the things you love!

Organize Your Space cards: Think of all the spaces in your life: bedroom, desk, locker, backpack, study area, etc. And your cyberspace, such as your computer files, email, and Internet bookmarks. These cards offer tips for organizing all of your life's spaces.

Organize Your Thoughts cards: These cards give practical advice for taking notes, making lists, and jogging your memory. They also help you record and follow through on your goals, desires, and ideas. Never let a brilliant thought get lost in your head again!

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Scholastic Dictionary of Idioms: More than 700 Sayings and Expressions. Marvin Terban, $12.99

Cat got your tongue? Penny for your thoughts?

Every day, idioms bring color to our speech. But for some people, idioms are difficult to comprehend. This essential resource offers explanations for everyday idioms that will make understanding them as easy as pie!


Study Strategies PLUS: Building Your Study Skills and Executive Functioning for School Success. Sandi Sirowitz, Leslie Davis & Harvey Parker, $20.95

Helps students improve executive functioning skills such as organizing, managing time, planning, focusing, and remembering. These skills are extremely important for success in school and in the workplace. Students will also find valuable strategies to improve reading comprehension, note taking, and reduce stress.


Succeeding as a Student in the STEM Fields with an Invisible Disability: a College Handbook for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Students with Autism, ADD, Affective Disorders, or Learning Difficulties and Their Families. Christy Oslund, $25.95

The STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) attract many students with autism, ADD, affective disorders and related invisible disabilities who are highly intelligent and analytical, but who, upon entering higher education, may find that they struggle with independent living and a different way of learning.

This preparation guide for students and their families explains everything they need to know about the university experience including classroom behavior, study skills, self-reliance, accessing support services, and when parents should and shouldn't get involved. Offering practical advice and strategies, this is a useful handbook that students can refer to again and again throughout their college years guiding them on their paths to becoming the inventors, scientists, engineers, and computer entrepreneurs of the future.

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The Survival Guide for Kids with LD, 3rd Edition. Rhoda Cummings, $19.99

Kids with LD can learn — they just learn differently. Young people labeled with a “learning disability” or “learning disorder” will find a welcome resource in this fully revised and updated survival guide. The book retains the warmth, affirmation, and straightforward approach of earlier editions while incorporating current information about why some kids have LD and what supports are available, including new technologies. It defines different kinds of LD, describes a range of learning aids, helps kids deal with bullying and difficult feelings, suggests ways to make friends, and inspires young people to set goals for the future. Readers will find quizzes, think-about-it questions, stories, and quotes from other kids with LD. A special section discusses how IEPs help kids with learning difficulties succeed in school. Includes a chapter written to parents and teachers along with resources for kids and adults.


Thank You, Mr. Falker. Patricia Polacco, $15.00

The very endearing — and true — story of a young girl who struggled with reading.


That's Like Me! Stories about Amazing People with Learning Differences. Jill Lauren, $10.95

What do a trapeze artist, an Arctic explorer, and a soccer player have in common? Meet fifteen kids and adults in this collection of first-person accounts of successful people who learn differently. Each person shares an inspiring story of facing the challenge of school while pursuing personal goals. Through their voices they encourage others to work hard and find hobbies that build self-esteem. An invaluable resource list for adults and students is included, as well as a place for kids to write their own success stories.


The Work-Smart Academic Planner. Peg Dawson & Richard Guare, $23.50

From executive skills experts Peg Dawson and Richard Guare, this large-format academic planner is specially designed for students in grades 6-12. It provides a system for keeping track of assignments and due dates while developing the crucial executive skills needed to succeed in school and beyond. Students are guided to build a daily study plan, manage their time, set short- and long-term goals, study for tests, and record their successes. They also get tools for evaluating their own executive skills in order to target their weaknesses and capitalize on strengths. User-friendly features:

  • Spiral binding facilitates everyday use
  • Three-hole punched to conveniently fit in a binder
  • Reproducible planning forms; purchasers can download and print extra copies
  • Undated daily and monthly calendars for one academic year
  • Three-year reference calendar (2015-2017) on each monthly page
  • Online-only User's Guide for school psychologists, educators, coaches, and parents

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Complete Booklist

The Alphabet War: a Story about Dyslexia. Diane Burton Robb, illustrated by Gail Piazza, $10.99

Applying to College for Students with ADD or LD.  Blythe Grossberg, $16.50

The Art of Miss Chew. Patricia Polacco, $19.00

College Success for Students with Learning Disabilities. Cynthia Simpson & Vicky Spencer, $21.95

The Don't-Give-Up Kid and Learning Disabilities. Jeanne Gehret, $19.95 (ages 4–7)

Fish in a Tree. Lynda Mullaly Hunt, $22.99 (novel)

The Frazzle Family Finds a Way. Ann Bonwill & Steven Gammell, $26.50

Guiding Teens with Learning Disabilities: Navigating the Transition from High School to Adulthood. Arlyn Roffman, $17.95

How I Learn: a Kid's Guide to Learning Disability. Brenda Miles & Colleen Patterson, $13.95

I Don't Like Reading. Lisabeth Emlyn Clark, $19.95

It’s Called Dyslexia. Jennifer Moore-Mallinos, illustrated by Marta Fábrega, $9.50 (ages 4–7)

Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key. Jack Gantos, $8.99

The Junkyard Wonders. Patricia Polacco, $22.50

KNEES: the Mixed-Up World of a Boy with Dyslexia. Vanita Oelschlager, illustrated by Joe Rossi, $10.95

Learn to Have Fun with Your Senses: the Sensory Avoider’s Survival Guide. John Taylor, $20.95

Learning Disabilities: the Ultimate Teen Guide. Penny Hutchins Paquette & Cheryl Gerson Tutle, $27.00

Let’s Talk About Being in Special Ed. Diane Jordan, illustrated by Colette Taylor-Clements, $14.95

Lily and the Mixed-Up Letters. Deborah Hodge, illustrated by France Brassard, $21.99 (ages 6-8)

Make the Grade: Everything You Need to Study Better, Stress Less, and Succeed in School. Lesley Schwartz Martin, $18.99

Many Ways to Learn: a Kid’s Guide to LD, 2nd Edition. Judith Stern & Uzi Ben-Ami, $13.95 (ages 8-13)

Neema Wants to Learn: a True Story Promoting Inclusion and Self-Determination. Jo Meserve Mach, Vera Lynne Stroup-Rentier & Mary Birdsell, $12.95 (ages 3-8)

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Okay Kevin: a Story to Help Children Discover How Everyone Learns Differently. James Dillon, illustrated by Kara McHale, $19.95 (ages 5-8)

On Your Own: a College Readiness Guide for Teens with ADHD/LD. Patricia Quinn & Theresa Laurie Maitland, $15.50

Preparing Students with Disabilities for College Success: a Practical Guide to Transition Planning. Stan Shaw, Joseph Madaus & Lyman Dukess, $40.95

Ready for Take-Off: Preparing Your Teen with ADHD or LD for College. Theresa Maitland & Patricia Quinn, $21.95

Real Organized In a Jar® Helping You Get It All Together. Free Spirit Publishing, $13.50 (ages 9 and up)

Regina’s Big Mistake. Marissa Moss, $9.95 (ages 4-8)

Sahara Special, Esmé Raji Codell, $7.99 (ages 9-12)

Scholastic Dictionary of Idioms: More than 700 Sayings and Expressions. Marvin Terban, $12.99

School Survival Guide for Kids with LD (Learning Difficulties): Ways to Make Learning Easier and More Fun. Rhoda Cummings & Gary Fisher, $18.95 (ages 8-12)

See You Later Procrastinator! Pamela Espeland & Elizabeth Verdick, $9.95 (ages 10-14)

Study Strategies Made Easy: a Practical Plan for School Success. Leslie Davis & Sandi Sirotowitz, $20.95 (book); $44.95 (DVD) (ages 12 and up)

Study Strategies PLUS: Building Your Study Skills and Executive Functioning for School Success. Sandi Sirowitz, Leslie Davis & Harvey Parker, $20.95

Succeeding as a Student in the STEM Fields with an Invisible Disability: a College Handbook for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Students with Autism, ADD, Affective Disorders, or Learning Difficulties and Their Families. Christy Oslund, $25.95

The Survival Guide for Kids with LD, 3rd Edition. Rhoda Cummings, $19.99

Taking Dyslexia to School. Lauren Moynihan & Tom Dineen, $16.95 (ages 7-10)

Thank You, Mr. Falker. Patricia Polacco, $15.00

That's Like Me! Stories about Amazing People with Learning Differences. Jill Lauren, $10.95

A Walk in the Rain with a Brain. Edward Hallowell, Illustrations by Bill Mayer, $21.00

The Work-Smart Academic Planner. Peg Dawson & Richard Guare, $23.50

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