Children’s Books

We have 15 children’s books and more are being created.

Here is an article published in The New York Lifestyles Magazine which describes the motivation for writing children’s books: http://www.newyorklifestylesmagazine.com/articles/2017/06/79.html

Here are some brief summaries of each book:

How Full is Sophia’s Backpack?

A grandmother and her two grandchildren, one who has autism are spending an afternoon taking a walk around their family pond. As they walk, they create an imaginary story about pirates and princesses and collect objects they place in a backpack. The story includes how to select, pack and wear a backpack correctly.

Three Bakers & a Loon

A child with autism is visited by an occupational therapist in his home where they bake cookies of loons as a meaningful occupation for the child. The illustrations were created using collage.

All Paws In

Using dogs as characters, the story is about the importance of being vaccinated.

Otter Awesome!

This is a book about a sibling relationship and friendship. The characters are otters, one who is blind and a whale, who no one, but the otter who is blind, can hear his song.

Soaring with Jimmy

Jimmy, is a child with autism who is at summer camp. He is working with an occupational therapist, who he calls his shadow. The theme is about being different and finding activities that are meaningful to each individual camper and how friendships are formed.

Sisters at the Beach

Depicts a child with a disability engaged in meaningful occupations. The story illustrates similarities and differences between families with and without a child with a disability and demonstrates how occupational therapy practitioners provide adaptations to promote social participation and play for all children.

Danny’s New Friend

Danny is 7 years old, deaf and is adjusting to being the new student in a new school. Students in the class learn about deaf culture through Danny and his interpreter who comes to the class. The book contains images of American Sign Language words with each illustration. The complete alphabet to learn about this culture is included on the back cover.

Make New Friends

Patsy, born with cerebral palsy (CP), is worried about going on a field trip with her class. She is concerned about walking with her crutches and how she will be able to keep up on the treasure hunt. A friendship is formed when a classmate sprains her ankle and Patsy shares one of her crutches with her.

A Hand to Hold

Ben, who is African American, has a new baby brother who was born premature and is in a neonatal intensive care unit at the local hospital. With the assistance of the occupational therapist, Ben learns how to help his brother get stronger by holding his hand in the isolette when he comes to visit.

Breakfast with Grandma Ruthie

This story is about a great-grandma with dementia who moves in with family members, who are multi-cultural. With the assistance of the occupational therapist, the family learns what simple changes they can make at home to help Grandma Ruthie do everyday activities.

Art at the Aviary

Artie has a stutter and bright red hair. He loves to draw especially the birds at the aviary because they are different, too. However, Artie’s Grandpa thinks Artie should be playing baseball instead of always going to the aviary until he learns how knowledgeable he is about birds and how talented he is as an artist.

Charlie’s Sensational First Day

Charlie is worried about his first day in kindergarten. He heard from a neighbor that the teacher was strict and might not understand that he has a hard time with loud noises and sitting still. He is surprised to find that kindergarten is not such a bad place when his teacher shares that there is a quiet corner any child can go to and that using a fidget is acceptable when we need to calm ourselves.

No Hippos at Hippotherapy

Children are worried about riding horses and why doing so is important as one activity in occupational therapy. However, they learn that it fun, but also a way for them to make friends and build their confidence.

The Lunch Bunch

The lunch bunch is a group of students who receive occupational therapy services in their school. Each child has a different challenge who faces being bullied because of their differences.

Lilac Sunday

Today is Lilac Sunday, and Sophie really wants to go with her Mommy. But her mom experiences depression and anxiety and is reluctant to leave the house. Mommy’s occupational therapist and some people from her support group will be there, so mommy agrees to go for a short time. They take their dog, Sammy, to help Mommy deal with her anxiety. By using the strategies that her occupational therapist suggests, Mommy and Sophie enjoy their day smelling the lilacs, watching the juggler, drinking lemonade and having a picnic on the grass.

For more information on how to obtain these children’s book contact me at kjacobs@bu.edu. They can all be found on Amazon.com