Welcome to my character development series. Today I am focusing on the word “attentiveness” by bringing you books about attentiveness for kids. Although “attentiveness” is the word of the week, these books also could be called “books on listening” or “books for helping kids with ADHD.” If you are unfamiliar with my character development series, let me give you a brief overview. I have been developing the series for 2 1/2 years now. I focus on one word a week for an entire year. That means we cover 52 words a year. Each character trait focus has 7-9 lesson that you can do with your kids. This year, my goal is to add literature to aid in the teaching of these traits. I hope you are finding it helpful. Unfortunately, I was only to get my hands on a few of the books listed here. Normally I like to have the opportunity to review a few more. However, I still thinks these books about teaching kids to be attentive should be very helpful.
Waiting for Mr. Goose: A Concept Book (Concept Books (Albert Whitman)) – This is a nice story about a little boy who has ADHD. He is always getting in trouble for wiggling, not paying attention and being to slow. There is something that draws in his attention, however, and that is a goose who has been caught in a trap that is still attached to its leg. This is the story about how the little boy is able to muster up the ability to pay attention, be patient and persevere because of his desire to help the bird. The heart of the author is to recognize the struggle for kids with ADHD but also tap into their strengths. She recognizes that kids with ADHD often “tend to be innovate, creative thinkers, and once their energy is channeled, they possess a tenacity that is unstoppable.” I love the authors heart in this way. I wasn’t particularly drawn to the illustrations, although they were obviously done by a talented artist. The story was well written and captured my children’s attention.
Learning To Slow Down & Pay Attention: A Book for Kids About ADHD – This books is really great for kids age 6-11. It isn’t so much a story but tips and tricks for kids who struggle with ADHD. It is really honest and addresses a variety of emotions, situations and behavioral issues that kids might encounter as they are navigating their own bodies and minds. I really like that there is a great resource for kids. I think it would open up conversation and help kids to really be able to relate to others and themselves as they learn to function well within the way they were created.
Listen, Listen LB – We really enjoyed this book. With the business of life, we often don’t slow down enough to listen to the world go by. This book encourages us to slow down and pay attention. It takes you on a journey through each season and the noises that come with it. I love the illustrations, which felt like a unique piece of antiqued artwork on each page. This was a lovely little find, and it made me want to pay attention to each sound of the season more.