Little Bookshelf: 5 Books for Kids With Sensory Processing Challenges


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Maureen Heun is a local mother of a child with sensory processing issues. She has previously run inclusive play spaces for kids with all needs. Today she is sharing with us her favorite books for kids with sensory processing issues. T

Reading can be a joyful way to spend time with children. For kids with sensory processing challenges, a little extra sensory incentive might help coax them away from toys and games and into a good book. Interactive books and books with sensory components can be a great way to engage young reluctant readers.

Books for Kids with Sensory Processing Challenges

Press Here and Mix It Up! by Herve Tullet

Both of these stories prompt readers to interact with the book by touching colors, shaking the book, clapping their hands, and counting to create changes on subsequent pages. It is silly, fun, and very engaging for young readers.

The Book with No Pictures by BJ Novak

Best known, perhaps, for his work as the disgruntled Ryan on The Office, Novak’s book forces parents to say the most ridiculous things to their kids. While his book lacks pictures, it is full of fun.

Ten Little Ladybugs by Melanie Gerth

Throughout this adorable book, colorful, tactile ladybugs disappear one by one. Don’t worry; in the end, the ladybugs are all found safely at home.

Duck’s Not Afraid of the Dark by Ethan Long

In this whimsical story, kids can use the book’s light switch to play with the light and dark. It also helps to teach an important lesson about not being afraid of the dark.

My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss

I love this book because it uses colors and imagery to help kids identify difficult emotions like loneliness, anger, and anxiety. It is beautifully illustrated and fun to read, but with an important message about how confusing emotions can be.

Find more book suggestions on our Bookshelf!

By: Holly G.

Holly keeps busy with freelance writing, as well as many volunteer ventures including PTO, dog rescue, and Lakes Region Historical Society. She is quick to pitch in for a good cause. She is an aspiring vegan, Jazzercise addict, runner, coffee junkie, and enjoys cooking.

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Little Bookshelf: 5 Books for Kids With Sensory Processing Challenges

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