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05-11-2011, 02:55 PM
I'm asking for a friend who's a U.S. military wife in Germany and has a 9 year old son diagnosed with ADHD and she wants to help him understand the condition. (Note: not a thread to discuss the validity of ADHD diagnoses.) I'm a librarian but have virtually no experience with children's books and while I can do keyword searches and all I was hoping somebody might know offhand and be able to recommend for or against certain books.
Thanks for any info,
05-11-2011, 03:06 PM
The Library of Congress has 43 books with the subject heading Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder Juvenile literature.
My favorite title so far is All Dogs Have ADHD (http://www.amazon.com/Dogs-Have-ADHD-Kathy-Hoopmann/dp/1843106515).
05-11-2011, 09:20 PM
One of the top entries in the Style Invitational in The Washington Post, where the contest was to come up with bad ideas for children's books, was this:
The Attention Deficit Disorder Association's Book of Wild Animals of North Amer-Hey! Lets Go Ride Our Bikes
05-11-2011, 09:28 PM
So...are we talking about a non-fiction book that's written for child readers, or a fictional book? I can't imagine that there are a lot of the latter.
05-13-2011, 10:31 AM
I've self-published a pop-up book about erectile dysfunction, if that's any help.
To be honest though, it's a little disappointing.
05-13-2011, 11:53 AM
Totto-Chan: The Little Girl at the Window (http://www.amazon.com/Totto-Chan-Little-Girl-at-Window/dp/4770020678) is enormously popular in Japan, and also in Viet Nam where I first came across it. Totto-Chan's condition is never really referred to as ADHD, but it's pretty clear. She's a girl though, so maybe wouldn't interest your friend's son. The cover makes her look more girly than her character acts. She's comparable to, say, Beverly Cleary's Ramona.
05-13-2011, 12:00 PM
Hop On, by Dr.
05-13-2011, 10:34 PM
I wrote to my friend, who recommended the following book she got for her son (but he's in middle school). She said it explained a lot about the diagnosis, but not in a "there's something wrong with you" way (her words):
I'm sure you've already found this one, but it sounds perfect for a younger child:
I can't vouch for it, but the reviews sound promising.
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