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Books for Different Learners

Going back to school can be exciting, but it can also be scary. Kids with learning and thinking differences may have added concerns and issues with self-esteem. These back-to-school book picks from Understood‘s founding partner Reading Rockets can show them they are not alone.

Free Association: Where My Mind Goes During Science Class

By: Barbara Esham
Illustrated by: Michael Gordon
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Fiction

Even though Emily’s teacher is distressed that Emily daydreams during science, both recognize that Emily’s wandering mind just might lead to creativity and new ways of thinking. A lighthearted take on a serious topic reminds readers that imagination can lead to many positive things.

If You’re So Smart, How Come You Can’t Spell Mississippi?

By: Barbara Esham
Illustrated by: Mike and Carl Gordon
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Fiction

Katie is keen observer and a curious third grader. So when her dad explains why he finds spelling difficult, Katie wants to investigate. She learns that her very intelligent dad, a lawyer, has dyslexia — probably like a couple of Katie’s classmates. Expressive line and wash illustrations enhance the engaging, illuminating story. Part of The Adventures of Everyday Geniuses series.

Last to Finish: A Story About the Smartest Boy in Math Class

By: Barbara Esham
Illustrated by: Mike and Carl Gordon
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Fiction

Max’s hopes of becoming an engineer seem unattainable as Max’s brain freezes every time he takes a timed math fact test and is teased by the other children. That is until it’s discovered that Max understands how math works but just has trouble with memorization. A satisfying resolution does not involve a timer! Part of The Adventures of Everyday Geniuses series.

Excerpted from “5 Great Grade School Books About Kids Who Learn Differently” on Understood. Read the full article for more book recommendations!

Source: Understood | 5 Great Grade School Books About Kids Who Learn Differently, https://www.understood.org/en/school-learning/choosing-starting-school/back-to-school/5-great-grade-school-books-about-kids-who-learn-differently | Copyright © 2014–2020 UNDERSTOOD.ORG USA LLC
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