One of our clinicians recently posted on our intranet that they were in a position to buy children’s books for therapeutic purposes and asked for recommendations from the rest of our clinicians. While we often have great conversations on there, this one was especially fun because it was the first one that involved our new colleagues from Buckendorf Associates (the future Hello Clinic). The suggestions were so great that I thought I’d go public with them. After all, this sort of information is best when it’s shared far and wide, right?

As usual, we’re not getting anything from any of these books or from their sales, we just honest to goodness like them. So, without further ado, here are our favorite (as of today) 36 books for therapy:

36 Kids Books

  • From Kathleen
    Chalk, Bill Thomson
    The Chicken Thief, Beatrice Rodriguez
    Shh We Have a Plan, Chris Haughton
    The Man Who Walked Between the Towers, Mordicai Gernstein
    Good Night Gorilla, Peggy Rathmann
    Duck & Goose, Tad Hills
    The Lion’s Share, Matthew McElligott
    Not a Stick, Antoinette Portis
    Not a Box, Antoinette Portis
    Hooray for Hat, Brian Won
    A Boy and HIs Jaguar by Alan Rabinowitz and Catia Chien is a really great (and true!) story if you have kids with fluency goals
  • From Sharon Soliday
    When I was working with adolescents I purchased hard copies of Cliff Notes of typical books read at the middle & high school (Romeo & Juliet, Diary of Anne Frank, etc.) It really let us cut to comprehension and sequencing and other pre-teaching tasks to assist students accessing general ed curriculum.
  • From Lori
    Pete the Cat books, various authors
    The Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson
    Pout Pout Fish, Deborah Diesen and Dan Hanna
    Flight of the Dodo, Peter Brown
    Graphic novels have become really popular….I have used one called Chi’s Sweet Home (Kanata Konami) that has very little language but has a good visual story and wrote a story with kids to go with it.
    For middle readers, I like Wonder (R.J. Palacio) and Petey (Ben Mikaelsen). The main character in Wonder has a “facial deformity,” and the main character in Petey has CP.
  • From Me
    A few years ago I saw Dr. Laura Justice speak at OSHA on emergent literacy and sort of fell in love. She co-authored this *totally free* curriculum that I’ve implemented in varying ways in a few different districts. It uses common children’s books to target pre-literacy and s/l targets.
  • From Melissa
    I like repetitive stories for pre-k like Brown Bear, Brown Bear (Bill Martin, Jr. and Eric Carle) or the Very Hungry Caterpillar (Eric Carle).
  • From Laura
    The Watermelon Seed, Greg Pizzoli
    Escape of Marvin the Ape, Caralyn Buehner and Mark Buehner
    Circus Ship, Chris Van Dusen
    the Mercy Watson series (simple chapter books with great illustrations), Kate DiCamillo
    A Piece of Cake, Cupcake Brown
    The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith
    Click Clack Moo Cows That Type, Doreen Cronin
    Snowman at Night (lots of s-blends and verbs), Caralyn Buehner and Mark Buehner
    Shh! We Have a Plan, Chris Haughton
    the Elephant and Piggie series, Mo Willems
    Rainstorm (wordless picture book), Barbara Lehman
    Mustache Baby, Bridget Heos and Joy Ang
    That is Not a Good Idea, Mo Willems
    The Very Cranky Bear, Nick Bland

As Laura said at the end of her post, “Gosh, there are so many…I could go on and on!” So, what are your favorites these days? What did we forget about on our lists?