Molly has taken such a great interest in reading lately! She’s not even old enough to read yet, but that doesn’t stop her from looking at the pictures and turning the pages. She’s fascinated with books!
Not long after Molly was born, we were introduced to some fantastic books featuring kids with Down syndrome. It was such a fantastic feeling to know that these books even existed – I was instantly in love!
I wanted to share some of our favorite books with you. I thought they might be helpful for other parents too – whether you have a child with special needs or not!
I Can, Can You?
The “I Can, Can You?” book shows children with Down syndrome doing typical kid stuff – swimming, eating, playing and teaches kids that no matter the disability we are all the same. We read this book a lot with Maggie, I think it’s important for her to understand that Molly is just like any other kid! Plus, I really think Molly likes seeing kids that look like her!
It’s such an encouraging book, filled with bright colors. I love seeing happy faces on each page!
Kids Like Me…
The “Kids Like Me…” series of books may feature kids with Down syndrome, but they are truly great for any children. Maggie loves to read them just as much as Molly and I love that she The “Kids Like Me… Learn Colors” book offers many ways for kids to learn colors with the turn of each page, showing the words in English, Spanish, along with shapes and a cute kiddo too!
(Please overlook the teeth marks on our books!)
The book that gets read most at our house is the “Kids Like Me…Learn ABCs” book. Each page features a letter, alongside a cute toddler with Down syndrome. I especially like that the book uses sign language, a real-life item associated with the letter, plus a drawing of the item and the word written out on the page too. There are numerous ways for a child to associate the letter with the sound.
I had no idea that books like these even existed and now… I can’t imagine life without them! These books are such an important part of our daily life. I love that Molly has the opportunity to see kids like her doing everyday kid stuff and especially love that it exposes Maggie to see kids that look like her sister!
Do you have any book recommendations featuring kids with special needs? I’d love to hear about them!
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