Little Books for Big Minds

Our eyes are opening, our minds are expanding, and most importantly our hearts are growing to include love and respect for all human beings. Sounds idealistic or as it should be? In the past few years, many people have been faced with unimaginable loss and challenges, but if there is something to be gained during this time, it is that human beings as a whole are more aware of the beauty of diversity and inclusion, and that includes neurodiversity.

The term neurodiversity didn’t exist when I was a child and the notion of inclusion within educational settings and the world was barely even an entertained option. I don’t recall reading a single children’s book about diversity, and certainly not neurodiversity, throughout my childhood. Luckily, there are a number of books about neurodiversity today that should be part of every child’s library. Whether your child is identified as neurodivergent or not, they would benefit by understanding variations in thinking. Education about neurodiversity would prime your child to practice inclusivity throughout their lives, ultimately reducing neurodivergent individuals being written off in the working and social worlds. Here are three books that parents can share with younger children and that will assist them on the journey.

Your Fantastic Elastic Brain by JoAnn Deak is an excellent starting point for learning about the brain and the importance of learning new things to strengthen our brains. Making mistakes is a part of life and an integral component in the expansion of our brain’s knowledge and growth.

Author Julie Coy and her son, Grant Maniér, have created a series of children’s books on the variety of life’s challenges. Each unique story, written by Julie and illustrated by...


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