25 Sensory Books 
25 Days Of Christmas For Kids
 


Another parent was telling me about the 25 Days To Christmas Book Countdown. Putting 25 books under the tree at the beginning of December and each day your children get to choose a book leading up to Christmas Day. 

I am asked often by parents where they can buy children's books for Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) and which books they should buy. I found 25 Sensory Processing Disorder books for kids. I made this list for you because I know that this time of year always gets super busy for parents. I have also added several Christmas books for you too! 


This is a great way to ease our way into Christmas, get into the holiday spirit while spending some extra time with our kids reading. Happy Holidays and happy reading! 



This is Gabriel: Making Sense of School. Book about Sensory Processing Disorder.
This is Gabriel Making Sense of School provides a look into the challenges children with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) face in the classroom. This easy-to-read and beautifully illustrated picture book gives teachers, parents, and students a better understanding of all seven senses, how they are each affected at school, and what kinds of accommodations are necessary to help children with SPD become learning sensations!

Squirmy Wormy: How I Learned to Help Myself
Many kids have some form of SPD (Sensory Processing Disorder), but who can help them overcome their daily struggles? Wait . . . they can help themselves!
Lynda Farrington Wilson, along with Tyler and some delightful illustrations, help kids help themselves through daily life like no one has before with some great everyday tips and techniques.

Squirmy Wormy is a wonderful little children's book about a boy named Tyler, who has autism and SPD. Together with Tyler, the reader learns about SPD and what easy therapies he can do by himself to feel better.


Ellie Bean the Drama Queen
This cute children’s book helps explain some bizarre or "dramatic" behavior, and gives easy sensory answers to parents and teachers. Written by a mom and special education teacher, this story brings home what it is like to grow up with sensory issues, and helps kids understand that they are not alone. Children will enjoy the fun artwork and empathize with Ellie Bean. By the end of the story, Ellie learns how to cope with her issues and stop being such a drama queen . . . but she does keep her crown.


The Chair Kicked Me and I Kicked it Back: Understanding Sensory Processing Disorder for Kids (Living with Sensory Process Disorder) 
The Chair Kicked Me is a book that will help parents explain to their children that Sensory Processing Disorder is real and what they are feeling is alright. Kate and Beary will show children how to accept and deal with life and SPD The chair Kicked Me is a great place to start the discussion with children and family members when SPD is new or behaviors are unknown to your family.


My Great Big Feelings: A Story for Sensitive Children
For highly sensitive children and those with sensory processing difficulties. Sweet illustrations and lovely rhymes grace the pages of this special book. Overstimulation and deep empathy are among the many powerful experiences which often accompany being a highly sensitive person. Accepting and embracing heightened sensitivity is one of the most important things we can help our children (and ourselves) learn to do. As we follow along the story of this highly sensitive child, we discover how we can accept, manage and ultimately appreciate possessing this gift of sensitivity. 


I'm Not Weird, I Have Sensory Processing Disorder
This book was inspired by the author's daughter, Jaimie, who struggles with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) every day. It was written to validate Jaimie's feelings and to show her other children feel things the way she does. This book can help children with SPD learn how to explain their disorder to others; help peers understand what children with SPD go through; and also help therapists, teachers and/or counselors learn how to talk about it. Helping others learn about children with special needs brings understanding to them and help to make them seem less... different.

Why Does Izzy Cover Her Ears? Dealing with Sensory Overload
International Book Award Winner! ForeWord Book Of The Year Award Winner! Meet Izzy, a feisty first grader, whose behavior is often misunderstood as she tries to cope with sensory overload. This brightly illustrated book creates an environment that is accepting of students with sensory difficulties, including those on the autism spectrum. Why Does Izzy Cover Her Ears? Dealing With Sensory Overload is a great resource for occupational therapists, teachers, and parents to share with children.

International Book Award Winner Arnie and His School Tools: Simple Sensory Solutions to Build Success is an illustrated children's book about an exuberant little boy who had difficulty paying attention in class and doing his school work until he is given the tools to accommodate his sensory needs. Written from Arnie's point of view, the book uses simple language to describe some of the sensory tools and strategies he uses at school and home to help him achieve a more optimal level of alertness and performance. Arnie and His School Tools creates an environment that is accepting of students with sensory difficulties, including many on the autism spectrum. Occupational therapists, teachers and parents will find this book an engaging way to introduce elementary students to basic sensory tools used to help children focus in classroom settings, such as fidgets, chewy pencil toppers, and weighted vests. 


Sensitive Sam: Sam's Sensory Adventure Has a Happy Ending!
Appropriate for children, families, and professionals, this wonderful book brings to life the story of Sam, whose over-sensitivity creates chaos and frustration in his life. Sam's various sensory sensitivities adversely affect his experiences, both at home and in the classroom. He walks readers through his typical day of sensory blunders, which many kids and families may find all too familiar!
Finally, at the suggestion of Sam's teacher, his parents take Sam to see an occupational therapist. Sam describes the process in a non-threatening, child's perspective that is sure to sooth young readers who may be facing the same challenges.


Picky, Picky Pete
Written by occupational therapist Michele Griffin, this picture book is a must for any child with Sensory Processing Disorder. Pete finds his clothes uncomfortable and can’t stand “paint, soap, and things with lumps.” He explains this to his mother and the reader in this fun children’s book, as he and his mother navigate a difficult morning in the life of a young boy with sensory issues.


Listening to My Body: A guide to helping kids understand the connection between their sensations (what the heck are those?) and feelings so that they can get better at figuring out what they need. 

This engaging and interactive book guides children through the practice of naming their feelings and the sensations that accompany them. Engages children in easy, kid-friendly mindfulness activities.

Helps kids build on their capacity to be mindful, self-regulate, and develop emotional resilience.

Sensory Like You In this charming, colorful, and easy-to-read book, Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) Adult Advocates, Rachel and Kelly, act as guides for their young readers. Children will learn about the senses and SPD through their new grown-up friends’ examples, as well as the importance of celebrating what makes them unique.

The focus of this book is acceptance. Thanks to their older, trustworthy sensory guides, children will be reminded that having SPD doesn’t make them less - it makes them wonderful! 



'I Need Movement!' tells the story of a little girl who just needs to move! With playful words and colourful illustrations 'I Need Movement' explains what it is like in school for children who crave movement and what helps them be at their best.

Particularly helpful story for children with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) and their parents and carers. Written by a little girl with SPD, with help from her mum, this story helps sensory seekers to see they are not alone and that with understanding they can fulfil their potential.


Pickysaurus Mac is not your typical dinosaur. Mealtimes pose a special problem for our picky little friend. Sometimes foods smell too gross to eat, they taste different than they look and their textures feel like garbage in his mouth. His friends tell him to eat right to stay healthy, but some things you just can't fix with words. Will Pickysaurus Mac ever find something he likes? When he finds he likes it, will it be the best food for him? Will he find it in time?
One symptom of SPD is the adverse affect food (taste, smell, texture) has on our senses.  Often children who have SPD are labeled as "picky eaters," 

 
Don't Rush Me!: For Siblings of Children with Sensory Processing Disorder (Spd)
My daughter, Jordhan, has the unique position of not only being a middle child, but a middle child among siblings with special needs. This story touches on the important contributions Jordhan makes to our family, especially on the days when she doesn't think so. We need more stories for siblings of special needs children. This is my gift to each of them to show how much we appreciate their very important role in the family.


Learn to Have Fun with Your Senses: The Sensory Avoider's Survival Guide

This book represents an introduction to the human senses for kids.  It might be your child’s first “read about your own problems” guide.  It explains what can go wrong when the brain inappropriately magnifies the messages sense organs send to it.

Making inappropriate responses to sensory input from various senses is commonly referred to as sensory processing disorder, or SPD.  The child avoids, resists, or becomes emotionally upset about experiencing sensory awareness, to a level that significantly interferes with a child’s ability to perform the necessary major functions of daily living.  This book is a therapy guide for any child with sensory issues


My Service Dog: Help for Sensory Processing Disorder
This book is based on a true story of a boy that received a service dog to help with his Sensory Processing Disorder. Service dogs can help special needs children make there everyday interactions more manageable. This book includes an afterword by Patty Dobbs Gross of The Northstar Foundation one of the largest children's Autism service dog providers.


Love for Logan is an inspirational story based on actual events. A young girl learns to better understand why day to day life can be challenging for her older sister. While sharing a special night, the story embraces how one girl's love for her sister empowers her to overcome one of life's obstacles.

This beautifully illustrated, kid friendly picture book, told through the eyes of a sibling, will help children understand others' sensory difficulties, and explain sensory processing disorder. 


The Goodenoughs Get in Sync: 5 Family Members Overcome their Special Sensory Issues This delightfully illustrated chapter book geared for 8-to-12 year olds, tells the charming tale of five family members and their naughty dog (each with a different sensory processing challenge), and how they get in sync after a tough day.

The book is designed with the action of the story in larger print for younger readers to read or hear. Explanations of sensory processing issues are woven throughout the story in regular type for proficient readers to linger over at leisure. Everyone with sensory issues will find a character with whom to identify. Darwin, 11, is over-responsive to sensory stimulation. Edward, 5, is under-responsive. Teen-aged Carrie has difficulties with dyspraxia. The father, Andy, has sensory discrimination issues. The mother, Betsy, and the dog, Filibuster, are definitely sensory seekers.

Emily's Sister: A Family's Journey With Dyspraxia and Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)
Emily’s sister is different from other children she knows. She seems to struggle with things most of us just do naturally.
In this delightfully illustrated story, based upon real family experiences, Emily discovers how to understand and help her sister live a happier life.
This story, written by the parent of a child with Dyspraxia and Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), paves the way for parents, teachers and medical professionals to discuss these specific learning difficulties with children (aged around 7-9).


Ovis Has Trouble with School
Ovis is a sheep that is misunderstood by his teacher and his peers. He has sensory processing issues, therefore he misbehaves. But when Ovis gets some new ideas about how to cope from an occupational therapist, he gets back on track.



Ovis Has Trouble with Eating
Ovis, a young sheep with sensory processing disorder, is a picky eater. This book examines ways to help Ovis and his family address this issue.


How to Be a Superhero Called Self-Control!: Super Powers to Help Younger Children to Regulate their Emotions and Senses
Self-Control teaches children with emotional and sensory regulation difficulties aged approximately 4-7 how to calm themselves using self-massage, deep pressure, breathing exercises, and activities such as making an imaginary list and finding their own peaceful place. This illustrated book also features an appendix with photocopiable super power charts, reinforcers, and reminder tools to ensure that parents, teachers, and other professionals can support children in upholding superhero strategies even after the book has been read.


Can I tell you about Sensory Processing Difficulties?Meet Harry - a young boy with sensory processing difficulties. Harry invites readers to learn about why he finds it hard to process sensory information effectively, and how even simple thing such as washing, dressing and coping with meal times can be challenging for him. He also talks about difficulties he faces at school and why large groups and loud noises are especially hard. He explains how other people can have different sensory processing issues and talks about what he and those around him can do to help.

This illustrated book is ideally suited for readers aged 7 and upwards and occupational therapists, teachers, parents, family members and friends of those with sensory processing difficulties.



Sensitive Sam Visits the Dentist
Going to the dentist can be frightening to many kids, but especially those with sensory issues and autism. In her marvelous second book, Marla Roth-Fisch explores a trip to the dentist with our protagonist, Sensitive Sam. Join Sensitive Sam as he learns to understand and overcome his fear of the dentist! 







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