The Well of Truth

The Well of Truth by Martha Hamilton and Mitch Weiss is the story about telling the truth. Most children experiment with lying and for many young children, this is common. To learn more about developmental age and lying, check out this article by Parenting.com here. The Well of Truth is a folktale about three friends including Goat, Rooster and … [Read more...]

Milk Goes to School

Milk Goes to School is a clever and engaging story about Milk's adventures on her first day of school. With the author's clever puns and valuable lesson about treating others, Milk Goes to School is an excellent read at school and in the home environment. Milk was off to her first day of school and she was scared. What was going to happen? Who … [Read more...]

Ferocious Fluffity

Ferocious Fluffity by Erica S. Perl is an entertaining and humorous book about a class pet that became ferocious! When Mr. Drake showed the children Fluffity, they said "She's so tiny!" "She's so sweet" "Such cute whiskers!" "Such cute feet!" He warned them right away by telling them "Look-don't touch" Did they listen? No! One day when Dr. Drake … [Read more...]

Social Thinking Conference…product reviews and tips to use at home

  "The concept of being social is a judgement not a test score" (Social Thinking, 2016) This past week, I had the pleasure of attending a one day Social Thinking Conference in Tarrytown, NY. I was excited to hear Michelle Garcia Winner, the founder of Social Thinking discuss Informal Dynamic Social Thinking Assessment and Core … [Read more...]

Social Thinking…product reviews plus a link to attend a conference…

As a speech language pathologist, I treat many children and adults with social cognitive learning challenges. Many individuals with varying diagnoses struggle with pragmatic language skills that impact their ability to build strong relationships with their peers and interact with others in their environment. Diagnoses such as Autism, genetic … [Read more...]

Gravitybread presents Laura Pedersen

I am excited to present Laura Pedersen, author of Unplugged, Ella Gets Her Family Back. When I was recently shopping a small book shop with creaky floors (I love creaky bookstores), I found Laura's book, Unplugged Ella Gets Her Family Back. I immediately read through it and loved it. Laura brings up some real issues in her book regarding … [Read more...]

Stepping Stories..a review plus tips!

Do you want to introduce more stories at mealtime that relate directly to your child? Make your child the star of the book! I was contacted by Stepping Stories a couple of weeks ago regarding their personalized books. When I visited their website, I was able to easily create a personalized book for both of my children in less than ten … [Read more...]

The Most Magnificent Thing

Does your child get frustrated often? Many children, specifically children with ADHD get frustrated often and have a difficult time sticking with an activity due to low frustration tolerance. I came across this book titled, The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires, which can be an excellent tool in helping a child who has trouble sticking with … [Read more...]

Gravitybread presents Maria Dismondy

Does your child have empathy and appreciation for others? Check out my interview with Maria Dismondy and her tips on how to help your child develop a better sense of empathy through book reading with her book, The Potato Chip Champ. Maria Dismondy is an award winning children's book author who has also written many other books including Pink … [Read more...]

The Potato Chip Champ

Are you looking for a good book to teach your child about empathy and being kind to others? The Potato Chip Champ written by Maria Dismondy is an excellent book to teach your child many important concepts. The story begins with a boy named Champ who loves potato chips and is a very good baseball player. It is all perfect until a new boy joins the … [Read more...]

Make Social Learning Stick

Are you looking for a fun and and functional guide to help improve your child's social and language skills? Make Social Learning Stick is an excellent guide to help build social competence through a child's daily routines and activities. I am a huge fan of Elizabeth Sautter's work because whatever she creates is extremely functional, fun and easy … [Read more...]

How To Cheer Up Dad

Do you have a very active child that is always getting themselves in trouble due to their mischievous ways? You will love this book, How To Cheer Up Dad by Fred Kochler. This book is a sweet and funny tale of an elephant named Little Jumbo and his dad. Little Jumbo is getting in trouble with his dad by making a big mess and telling his daddy that … [Read more...]

Jake Starts School

Has your child ever attached themselves to your leg and it felt impossible to remove them? Jake Starts School by Michael Wright is a funny and sweet tale of a boy named Jake who is anxious about leaving his parents to start school. He is so anxious he actually clings to his parents so tight they can't pry him off! He can't do anything in school … [Read more...]

Picture Books that Encourage a Child to Tell the Truth

Does your child always tell the truth? Have you ever caught your little one telling a white lie? Have you ever been a caught in a lie? Well, these three books are for you! Even if your child always tells the truth, it is valuable for them to learn about what lying is and the consequences to that particular behavior. I like these three books that I … [Read more...]

3 Picture Books by Katie Davis

Katie Davis is an accomplished author and illustrator of many children's books including Mabel the Tooth Fairy, Little Chicken's Big Day, and Kindergarten Rocks. Other titles include Scared Stiff, Who Hoots? and many more. For more information on other books by Katie Davis visit her website here. Katie also writes titles to authors such as myself … [Read more...]

Betty Bunny Wants Everything

Have you ever been to the toy store with your child and they want everything? Betty Bunny Wants Everything is a funny and engaging book about a little bunny named Betty who does not want to just pick one thing from the toy store, she wants everything! She wants a detective kit, slip and slide pool, a large panda and a whole cart of various toys. … [Read more...]

David Gets in Trouble

Do you have a little troublemaker at home? If you do, you will love this book! David Gets in Trouble is about a little boy named David who always finds himself in trouble. He spills his juice on the floor, breaks things and even goes to school in just his underwear. What I love most about this book is the ending, when he says "I'm sorry" and "I … [Read more...]

Mrs. Gorski, I Think I Have The Wiggle Fidgets

Do you have a child with ADHD? Does your child have problems sitting and paying attention in class? Mrs. Gorski, I Think I Have The Wiggle Fidgets  (ages 6 and up) by Barbara Esham is an excellent book to have in your home library and can be quite important in a school library as well. I love this book because it explains the symptoms of an … [Read more...]

Superflex, a Superhero Social Thinking Curriculum

Does your child like super heroes? Does your child need some help with their social skills and flexible thinking? Superflex, A Superhero Social Thinking Curriculum is a "curriculum that can provide a teaching tool to help children learn about their social behavior and strategies on how to regulate it".  A great precursor to this book is You are a … [Read more...]

Josh’s Smiley Faces

Josh's Smiley Faces, A Story about Anger  by Gina Ditta-Donahue is an ideal book to read to a child that is experiencing frequent temper tantrums due to anger. Read this book during a relaxing time, such as mealtime. The book is about a little boy named Josh who gets angry often. He gets angry when his brother wants to play with his toy, when a … [Read more...]

I Don’t Want To Go To School!

Does your child give you a hard time going to school? I picked up this book, I Don't Want to Go to School! (appropriate for ages 3-5) yesterday at the library after a very difficult morning trying to get my own son to preschool. Lots of kids are resistant starting school especially after time off at home over the summer and/or separation anxiety … [Read more...]

Whole Body Listening Larry at School

Do you have a child who has difficulty following directions and listening? Whole Body Listening Larry at School is an excellent book to teach the concept "whole body listening" and following directions within the school setting. The story begins with two new students attending school named Luka and Leah. Luka and Leah have trouble listening and … [Read more...]

Gravitybread Presents Zachariah OHora

I am thrilled to present award winning illustrator and author Zachariah OHora. I recently reviewed his book, No Fits for Nilson which was a major hit in my house. We recently saw his book again at the library and my daughter was super excited to see his book on display. I love Zach's responses below and I'm sure you will too! Thanks Zach for taking … [Read more...]

Whole Body Listening Larry at Home!

Does your child ever have trouble listening? I think every parent runs into this issue. Whole Body Listening Larry at Home which is written by two speech language pathologists is an ideal book to discuss whole body listening. I loved this book because the illustrations are so vibrant and engaging and the text is easy for a young child to understand … [Read more...]

No Fits for Nilson!

Does your child tantrum when you go on errands? Then you will love this book! No Fits for Nilson (3 years and up)  is a very funny book about a little girl named Amelia and her gorilla Nilson. Amelia and Nilson are inseparable and love to play with each other. However, when Nilson gets upset, he has big temper tantrums which sometimes results in a … [Read more...]

Picky, Picky Pete

Picky, Picky Pete is a children's book about a boy with a sensory processing disorder. Pete's mom struggles each morning to get Pete dressed and ready for school. Many challenges arise such as itchy tags, gooey soap and touch sensitivity that interfere with the morning routine. I think many moms can relate to this book because most of us find it … [Read more...]

Ellie Bean: The Drama Queen

Is your little girl a drama queen? I think many of us feel like our little girls can be very dramatic at times.  Ellie Bean the Drama Queen is about a young girl who has sensory processing difficulties that cause her to get upset often and be very dramatic. These dramatic behaviors can be caused by a simple tag in her shirt itching her, the flush … [Read more...]

Challenging Behavior During Mealtime

So now that you have all of your books ready and your meal all prepared, what do you do when your child completely rejects it and stands up and starts throwing the food at you? Has this ever happened to you? Well, I will admit that yes, it has happened to me and its something that I have been working on for many months that is always a work in … [Read more...]