Here to Help: Books about Learning Challenges

By sharing stories together and having conversations about the books you read, you can help young children understand the world around them. Seeing diverse experiences represented in books helps children to explore their own identities and develop empathy for others.

We all have different learning styles and this is important to remember, particularly as children are preparing to go to school. Whether you’re looking for books that are representative of your child’s unique experience with learning or a learning disability, or books that celebrate a variety of ways to learn, these titles for young children feature memorable characters who discover their unique strengths and abilities.

Not every book is available at all locations, but any title can be requested. The children’s librarian at your neighborhood library is also here to help, with suggestions for additional titles on topics of interest–or feel free to suggest some titles to us. New books are always being added to the collection. You can find more Here to Help booklists on different topics by clicking here.

A Walk in the Words

Through a story from his own childhood, Hudson Talbott shares the challenges–and ultimately the rewards–of being a non-mainstream kind of learner. You can also check out this title as an eBook on the Libby app.

Back to Front and Upside Down!

While the rest of the class makes birthday cards for the principal, Stanley struggles with his words and letters.

I Will Never Get a Star on Mrs. Benson's Blackboard

Rose is a distracted and creative soul. She does her best at school, but sometimes her mind wanders, and she answers the wrong question … And her desk? Well, keeping her desk neat is a challenge. When it’s time to make thank-you cards for a class visitor, Rose’s art supplies turn her workspace–and her–into a colorful mess. But her artistic skills shine through in the gorgeous oversize card she creates. Could she possibly get a star after all?

Madeline Finn and the Library Dog

Reluctant reader Madeline really wants to earn a star at school, so when Mrs. Dimple, the librarian, suggests she read to a dog Madeline gives it a try.

Mrs. Gorski, I Think I Have the Wiggle Fidgets

David’s teacher asks for a parent conference when David’s behavior distracts the rest of the class. David, however, comes up with his own wiggle fidget cures that he shares at the meeting, combining creativity and practicality that just may help others with the wiggle fidgets. Part of The Adventures of Everyday Geniuses series.

Thank You, Mr. Falker

At first, Trisha loves school, but her difficulty learning to read makes her feel dumb, until, in the fifth grade, a new teacher helps her understand and overcome her problem.