Have you met this month’s Locally Grown featured business owner, Maureen Heun of Hippo Campus in Volo? As the mother of a child with sensory processing issues, she saw a need in her community for an inclusive place for all kids to learn, socialize, and play. Maureen created the newly opened Hippo Campus play space to fill that void. She is here with us today to share her favorite books for kids with (and without!) sensory processing issues.
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. Here are some of my favorites.
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, at 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.
Maureen is excited to introduce Little Lake County readers to this unique new local business that is an art studio, a play space, and a hands on experience all in one. If patrons mention Little Lake County in the month of October, they will receive $4 off the regular admission price of $12 (Crawlers will receive a discount of $2 off the $6 fee).
Be sure to check back next week to read about Jessica’s visit to Hippo Campus.
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