Books for Children With ADHD

Titles to Inspire and Teach Kids and Parents Alike

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If your child has recently been diagnosed with ADHD, you will likely be devoting a lot of time educating yourself about ADHD. It is equally important for your child to understand what the diagnosis means. Even if they are very young, there are ways to help a child grasp what ADHD is so that there is not a cloud of mystery hanging over the diagnosis.


Certainly, as a parent, you will want to sit with the child, explain ADHD in a way that they can comprehend, and answer as many questions as possible so that your child doesn't feel either bad or abnormal.

Books can help. Many of the best titles provide children an age-appropriate storyline they can identify with, while others offer games and puzzles that can teach the child important skills. Even as a child gets older and progresses from adolescence to the early teens, there are books that can help the child cope with the ever-changing demands of living with ADHD.

If your child is very young, you will want to read and discuss the book together. If your child is older and prefers to read alone, take time to read the book in advance so that you can discuss the book later together.

Books for Children

The following are books that you can share with your child to help them understand what a diagnosis of ADHD means:

50 Activities and Games for Children With ADHD
Patricia O. Quinn

A Walk in the Rain with a Brain
Edward Hallowell

Attention Girls! A Guide to Learn All About Your AD/HD
Patricia O. Quinn

Baxter Turns Down His Buzz: A Story for Little Kids About ADHD James M. Foley and Shirley Ng-Benitez

Cory Stories: A Kid’s Book About Living with ADHD
Jeanne Krauss and Whitney Martin

Eukee the Jumpy Jumpy Elephant
Clifford Corman and Esther Trevino

Help4ADD@High School: The Book You'll Want to Read, Even If Your Mom Bought It For You!
Kathleen G. Nadeau

Hi, It's Me! I Have ADHD
Katelyn Mabry

I Can Do That: A Book on Self-Regulation (Can Do Kids Series)
Kayla J. W. Marnach

I Can't Sit Still! Living with ADHD
Pam Pollack, Meg Belviso, and Marta Fabrega

I Have Bees in My Brain: A Child's View of Inattentiveness
Trish Hammond

I Would If I Could: A Teenager’s Guide to ADHD/Hyperactivity
Michael Gordon

Joey Pigza Loses Control
Jack Gantos

Jumpin' Johnny Get Back to Work! A Child’s Guide to ADHD/Hyperactivity
Michael Gordon

Learning to Slow Down and Pay Attention: A Book for Kids About ADHD Kathleen G. Nadeau

Marvin's Monster Diary: ADHD Attacks! (But I Rock It, Big Time)
Raun Melmed, Annette Sexton, and Jeff Harvey

Otto Learns About His Medicine: A Story About Medication for Children with ADHD Matthew Galvin

Putting on the Brakes: Activity Book for Young People with ADHD
Patricia O. Quinn, Judith M. Stern, and Neil Russell

Putting on the Brakes: Young People’s Guide to Understanding Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Patricia O. Quinn and Judith M. Stern

Shelley, the Hyperactive Turtle
Deborah M. Moss

Sparky’s Excellent Misadventures: My ADD Journal
Phyllis Carpenter

Super Emotions! A Book for Children with ADD/ADHD
Lionel Lowy

The ADHD Workbook for Kids: Helping Children Gain Self-Confidence, Social Skills, and Self-Control
Laurence E. Shapiro

The Adventures of Phoebe Flower: That's What Kids Are For
Barbara Roberts

The Girls’ Guide to ADHD: Don’t Lose This Book!
Beth Walker

The Survival Guide for Kids with ADD or ADHD
John F. Taylor

Understanding My Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
Kara T. Tamanini

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