Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Books For Kids

When I was younger I was so confused at times with why I did a lot of things that I did. I didn't understand my behavior often and why I felt the ways that I did as a child. 

I think if there were children's books about different disorders like ADHD or sensory processing disorder that explained them to me in a way I understood than that would have been extremely beneficial for me. 

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is a common disorder that children and adults can both struggle with. 

I love seeing so many new books for children being released. 

boy with sensory processing disorder and adhd holding book to read Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Books For Kids

Parents ask me so often where they can purchase children's books about attention deficit hyperactivity disorder for their children and which books they should buy.  found so many options for children's books. Reading books to our kids can be such a great bonding experience and when the books are a topic that is relatable for your child, it can feel like a magical time for them.  

 There's a lot of children’s books that have been written just for kids who are struggling with ADHD. How absolutely incredible is this? It is truly great right! 

These books help children learn about their ADHD so they feel understood, they are not alone, help them better understand and manage their feelings and behavior and there are so many other children who also have this too.  


ADHD Books For Kids 

Focused Ninja: A Children’s Book About Increasing Focus and Concentration at Home and School
Whenever Focused Ninja had a task to do, or if he set his mind on accomplishing something, he had a remarkable way of staying focused until it was complete. But Focused Ninja didn’t always have this wonderful capacity to concentrate. Once upon a time, he could lose his attention quite easily.
Find out what happens in this comedic book about improving one's focus and attention. 
Life is hard! And it's even harder for children who are just trying to figure things out.
The best-selling children's book series, Ninja Life Hacks, was developed to help children learn valuable life skills. Fun, pint-size characters in comedic books easy enough for young readers, yet witty enough for adults.

Impulsive Ninja: A Social, Emotional Book For Kids About Impulse Control for School and Home (Ninja Life Hacks) 
Do you have a child who acts or talks impulsively? Children who exhibit impulsive behavior are often labeled unruly. Even though children can be calm, their positive qualities can be often overlooked by their poor impulse control.
Children without impulse control act or talk before they think, often unable to control their initial response to a situation. The ability to self-regulate is absent and they don't pause to think about future consequences. Impulsivity is related to acting without thought. As a result, children do things like take unnecessary risks, blurt things out, don’t wait their turn, or interrupt conversations. This book is a perfect resource for children with autism, ADD, ADHD, or SPD.

My Busy, Busy Brain: The ABCDs of ADHD, a Resource and Children's Book about ADHD 
A resource for kids, parents, educators, and everyone else looking for insight into the experience of children with ADHD.
We've all heard that Big Question. It's easier to answer for some of us than others. And once Nicole's dad asks, "What did you learn in school today?" She struggles to remember.
Nicole has ADHD and a busy, busy brain. Facing a big, bright, bumbling world at school each day, she seems to notice everything around--except Mr. Oakley. She is excited to learn, but in a room full of colors and characters, Nicole can't help but daydream. With a little bit of courage, she makes a decision to confront her struggle with inattention, and finds she is not alone along the way. In standing up for herself, she helps her friends do the same. 

Mrs. Gorski I Think I Have the Wiggle Fidgets: An ADHD and ADD Book for Kids with Tips and Tricks to Help Them Stay Focused (The Adventures of Everyday Geniuses)  A student's positive journey through a learning difference that offers an encouraging example of triumph over difficulty. A must-have ADHD book for kids of all ages. The Adventures of Everyday Geniuses is meant to demonstrate various forms of learning, creativity, and intelligence. Each book introduces a realistic example of triumph over difficulty in a positive, humorous way that readers of all ages will enjoy! David gets scolded a lot by his teacher, Mrs. Gorski, for not paying attention in class. He wants to pay attention but it is just so hard when an exciting idea pops into his head. 

The Survival Guide for Kids with ADHD

What are ADHD? What does it mean to have ADHD? How can kids diagnosed with ADHD help themselves succeed in school, get along better at home, and form healthy, enjoyable relationships with peers? In kid-friendly language and a format that welcomes reluctant and easily distracted readers, this book helps kids know they’re not alone and offers practical strategies for taking care of oneself, modifying behavior, enjoying school, having fun, and dealing with doctors, counselors, and medication. Includes real-life scenarios, quizzes, and a special message for parents.

My Whirling Twirling Motor
Charlie feels like he has a whirling, twirling motor running inside him all the time and sometimes he just can’t settle. When his mom wants to talk to him, he figures he’s in trouble…but she has a surprise for him instead! Includes a Note to Parents, Caregivers, and Teachers with more information on ADHD, behavior management, and helping children focus on the positives.

Ellie, The ADHD SuperGirl: ADHD Book for Children
Yes, that is correct, 35 years I’ve taught math, but no one can blame me that I don’t know what is ADHD, that I haven’t experienced ADHD, that I haven’t worked with ADHD, that I didn’t love those children, the ADHD children. I spoke with them, I listened to them, using any possible and creative way. I made their studying easier day after day, I accepted them as they are, unconditionally. Today, I have two ADHD granddaughters. One of them, Hailey, is already dealing with school challenges, and I give her better tools on how to deal with it. The other, Ellie, is only in kindergarten. Hailey, Ellie, This book is dedicated to you, as well as to all other parents and children fighting ADHD.

Thriving with ADHD Workbook for Kids: 60 Fun Activities to Help Children Self-Regulate, Focus, and Succeed
For millions of kids who live with ADHD, feelings of loneliness, frustration, and helplessness are all too common. Thriving with ADHD is a workbook specially designed to helps kids with ADHD develop essential skills for managing their ADHD symptoms, while also providing a powerful message of hope and encouragement for their future.

In Thriving with ADHD family therapist Kelli Miller draws upon both her professional expertise, as well as her experience as the mother of two ADHD children, to help kids reframe the way they think about ADHD and discover that they have special talents that are unique to them. With fun activities that engage their busy minds, Thriving with ADHD offers kids a better understanding of themselves, their ADHD, and the simple things they can do to feel more confident and in control.

What Were You Thinking?: Learning to Control Your Impulses (Executive Function)Help kids learn self-control and reduce disruptive behaviors.
Third-grader Braden loves to be the center of attention. His comic genius, as he sees it, causes his friends to look at him in awe.
But some poor decision-making, like ill-timed jokes in class and an impulsive reaction during gym that left a classmate teary-eyed and crumpled on the floor, forces the adults in Braden's life to teach him about impulse control. But will the lessons shared by his teachers and his mom really help Braden manage his impulses?
Part of the Executive FUNction series by author and school counselor Bryan Smith.

Entertaining book to help kids develop friendships, control emotions and improve their manners. 

Freddie the Fly: Bee On, Buzz Off: A Story about Learning to Focus and Stay On-Task
Are your children easily distracted? Do you wish they could focus more on the task at hand?
Freddie, our lovable fly, is tappin and flappin his way to trouble.
He whirls around to and fro, buzzing from one distraction to another. Is it any wonder he forgets his lunch, fails his spelling test and leaves the house semi-undressed?
Freddie is a go-go-go kind of guy who has no time to listen, focus or pay attention. His lack of concentration causes a real fright when he finds himself lost and alone at the zoo. Will that be the scare Freddie needs to finally take action and turn his BEE on and his BUZZ off?

All Feelings Are Okay: A Kid's Book About Different Moods and Emotions; Helps Kids Identify and Accept Feelings; Autism; ADHD, ADD, SPD (Social ... Toolbox - Therapists, Educators, and Parents) 
Social emotional learning -Recognizing emotions is important for many reasons. First, it helps young children to explore and understand their feelings and thoughts, so they can be proactive in responding to them instead fo reactive. Later in life, children with these skills are better able to face hurdles, investigate personal issues, and develop solutions for real-world problems.

Mindfulness Activities for Kids with ADHD: Engaging Stories and Exercises to Help You Learn And Thrive
A storybook to help kids with ADHD practice mindfulness―for ages 4 to 8
Give kids the tools to stay mindful and in control with this unique choice in ADHD books for kids. Featuring three different tales, it follows a group of animal friends who experience some of the signs of ADHD on their adventures and explains the mindfulness activities they practice to stay confident and positive.
Kids and parents―Whether kids can read this book by themselves or prefer it read aloud, grown-ups can get involved by encouraging kids to practice the mindfulness activities they learn.
Familiar friends―Kids will see themselves in these smart and talented animal characters who encounter challenges with socializing, staying focused, and understanding their feelings.

A Dragon With ADHD: A Children’s Story About ADHD. A Cute Book to Help Kids Get Organized, Focus, and Succeed. (My Dragon Books) 
Having a pet dragon is very fun!
He can sit, roll over, and play…
He can candle a birthday cake, lit a campfire, or so many other cool things…
But what if your dragon talks a lot and speaks really fast?
What if:
he’s very active and always run around?
he likes to interrupt when others are talking?
he has hard time concentrating and staying on task?
he’s disorganized, forgetful and often loose his things? And more…

I Have Bees in My Brain: A Child's View of Inattentiveness
Jasper's head is buzzing! His brain is stuffed with bees who fill his head with random thoughts and make it hard for him to concentrate. Queenie, his brain's regulator, usually helps to filter the ideas in his head and keep the bees' energy under control. But one day, Queenie decides to take a nap leaving no one in charge. Trying to be helpful, two of Queenie's most playful bees decide to carry on without her, making Jasper's head feel even worse! But by working together, the two bees are able to come up with a few simple strategies to help Jasper keep his thoughts organized.

Sometimes I Get The Wiggles 
Sometimes I Get the Wiggles is about a little boy who sometimes can’t keep still. He gets the wiggles at school, the doctor’s office, and the store . . . he can get them anywhere. His mommy says there's nothing wrong with him and that he just has a lot more energy than some other children. Through wiggle breaks and fun activities, he learns that the wiggles are part of who he is and that he’s perfect just the way he is.

Free Association Where My Mind Goes During Science Class: An ADD and ADHD Growth Mindset Book for Kids to Engage Their Creative Minds 
Have you ever started to think about one thing and ended up thinking about something completely different? Emily does it all the time. For example, today her science class was learning about the Arctic Circle. Emily was following along, but then she suddenly became distracted by one of her adventurous ideas. Her teacher is worried that Emily isn't paying attention to the information in class. Will Emily find a way to―she just needs an outlet for her extra thoughts.

I Have Ants in My Pants 
Control your wiggles and be the BOSS of your ants. In I Have Ants in My Pants, Julia Cook helps normalize the feeling many kids have when they struggle to control their wiggles and provides strategies for improving impulse control.
Some children just can't sit still no matter how hard they try. And Louis is no exception. He accidentally kicks his friend during story time. He can't stand still in the lunch line. And he wiggles in his seat at the movie theater.
Everyone keeps telling him he has ants in his pants, but Louis doesn't see any ants! Louis' mom explains that this means he wiggles a lot, and she teaches him a special tool, the Wiggle Dance.

But It's Not My Fault! (Responsible Me!)
"My name is Norman David Edwards, but everybody calls me Noodle. Sometimes things happen to me that get me into trouble. But it's not my fault!"
Teach children to stop making excuses and blaming others when they make mistakes. Elementary school kids will identify with Noodle as he makes one excuse after another for his behavior and choices that lead to unwanted consequences.
It just isn’t his fault that his brother’s game ran late, and he didn’t finish his homework. Or that his mom forgot to remind him to turn in his library book. By learning to accept responsibility he finds instead how to use mistakes as opportunities for problem-solving and to turn negatives into positives.

A Little SPOT of Frustration: A Story about Self-Control
Does your child become easily frustrated? Is their reaction not matching the problem? A little SPOT of Frustration is a fun, colorful book that helps a child learn how to FLIP their Frustration SPOT into a CALM and Flexible thinking SPOT! Children will love the built in activity that can help them remember how to manage their frustrations in a healthy way.

Delilah's Song: Learning about children with ADHD  A young girl with ADHD is finding difficulty making friends in school and play. The other children don’t seem to understand her or the things she does. -this children’s picture story book puts a fresh spin on the ins and outs of the minds of children with ADHD, with a young female character and an explanation children can understand using an everyday concept. Raising children of her own with disabilities, including ADHD, Chantilly Smith debuts the story of Delilah by helping kids understand this disability in a way children can comprehend. Delilah’s Song resonates well with boys, girls and children with and without diagnoses. It develops conversation prompts in many areas of concern and helps adolescents understand symptoms -be it their own or someone else's.

A Walk in the Rain with a Brain is the illustrated version of that story. In it, a little girl named Lucy is making her way down a rainy sidewalk when she spies, of all things, a brain -- Manfred, called Fred -- sitting forlornly in a puddle. The courtly cerebrum asks Lucy for help getting home, and as they walk along she worries that she's not smart enough. "Everyone's smart!" explains Fred. "You just need to find out at what!" Fred reassures her that each child learns and thinks differently -- and that every child has special talents.  

This Morning Sam Went to Mars: A book about paying attention
Eight-year-old Sam is always daydreaming about exploring space and the deepest seas, which is awesome—except when he’s supposed to be focusing on schoolwork or stuff at home. It seems like all he hears is, “Focus, Sam!” and “Pay attention!” The doctor says Sam is lucky: He has a very powerful brain! But he does need some help focusing. She gives Sam and his dad lots of strategies to try, like staying organized, eating better food, and asking for help when he needs it. 

This Kid Can Hyperfocus
Kid, the goat, begins his hyperfocus mission thinking about and getting ready for the day.
Throughout this book, This Kid Can Hyperfocus, Kid talks about his amazing brain and finds new and creative ways to bring some smiles to the farm. Will he complete his mission, to bring laughter back, while visiting all the farm animals?
This is an inclusive story of friendship and determination through the eyes of a main character with ADHD.
*Many characters in the book are based on real life hobby farm animals.
*This book is set in a dyslexia-friendly font.
*A portion of all book sales donated to charity. *Hyperfocus is a superpower for neurodivergent individuals!

Eukee the Jumpy Jumpy Elephant
An honest portrayal of the difficulties faced by young children with attention deficit disorder (ADD), this beautifully written and illustrated story follows Eukee, a young elephant who has trouble getting along with friends and family due to his hyperactivity and self-control. Finding the help he needs, Eukee helps youngsters, parents, teachers, and service providers learn more about themselves and the disorder in this simple and entertaining read-aloud story.

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DISCLAIMER: I am not an Occupational Therapist. I am an adult who has Sensory Processing Disorder, a sensory parent and a Grandma. The information on this website is not medical advice and does not replace the information that your child's therapists give you. These are just ideas and information that I have learned myself over the years of being a parent and an adult living with SPD. If you are concerned for your child, please always seek medical attention through a family doctor, pediatrician or therapist. This website is for suggestions and informational purposes only. Each child is different and what works for one child may not for another because all children have different needs. Please always consult with a professional.

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