I’m officially on the hunt for chapter books for boys with autism.
Best Chapter Books For Boys With Autism
Anyone that has been reading me for even a short time knows I love book sales! I love thrift store books. Amazon is also another love of mine. But now that I have turned my youngest into a bookworm, the need to collect books and grow our library is even stronger. Our GoodReads “What to Read” shelves is growing & growing by the day.
However, now I’m on a specific mission, to collect books from particular series. Yes I will still be buying books that are not part of a series. But my main focus is completing several series we are reading.
Why Am I Doing That? Why Does It Matter That We Stick Mostly to Series?
It happened on fluke, and I didn’t piece it together until recently. Zakari and I had started reading the Magic Tree House last year. Honestly the first book, he could have taken it or left it. But in the new year when I started reading him more books from the series, his opinion seemed to change. Each book he seemed to become more and more interested in. Until one day, he started specifically asking for me to read the next one in the series to him.
I thought this was just a coincident, until the same thing happened with the Bailey School Kids Adventures. During the first book or two I wasn’t too sure he really liked it. But because this was one of my favourite series when I was a kid, I kept on trying them with him. Now he listens to them and enjoys them.
8 Books into The Puppy Place, I’m finding this to be true again. He can go from upset about bedtime to attentively listening to these stories. This kid will beg me to read one more chapter, even though he is drifting off to sleep.
Why Are Series Hooking Him In?
My theory is because the characters are familiar to him. He doesn’t have to worry about learning who the characters are. He already knows them, and likes them. Now he can focus on the story line.
Its the same reason why you like to watch the same TV shows. You know the characters already and they can jump right into the plot of the story.
Another Reason Book Series Work For My Son With Autism
This past weekend I attended a local homeschool conference. One of the sessions I choose to sit in was “How Boys and Girls Learn Differently”. She talked about how boys don’t care to focus on character development in a story. Afterwards I started doing my own research on how boys learn and found an article on the Reading Rocket website, Books and Books by Jane McFann.
In the article she mentions that: Boys like to collect things and tend to like to collect series of books.
This makes perfect sense to me as a person who must collect everything.
In another article called Hooking Struggling Readers: Using Books They Can and Want to Read by By: Lori Rog & Paul Kropp, they talk about “Straightforward plot development (avoiding flashbacks, time shifts, and confusing changes in point of view)”
This I find to be so true. Most of the series we read don’t jump around between scenes too much. Most of the characters are together in most scenes. The only exception to this has been Wishbone: The Early Years. However they avoided confusing by stating they were switching scenes.
What I Look For In A Series:
Over the last year we have dived into some awesome book series. I try and find:
- Geared towards 7-8 year olds
- Shorter chapter books(50-90 pages)
- Action packed
- Includes animals is a major plus
- I also look to see if there are several books in the series. The more books the better because if he really loves the characters we can keep feeding that interest. I’m always sad when a series is only 4 books long, and a new book hasn’t been published in years.
- Clear, large writing is a bonus in case he wants to follow along. This is also nice for when he’s ready to read this longer books on his own.
Series I recommend for starting out:
- The Puppy Place
- The Magic Treehouse
- The Magic School Bus
- The Bailey School Kids Adventures
- A to Z Mysteries
- Wishbone: The Early Years
Grace Hospital Book Sale & Goodwill Book Haul
So in my hunt for new books to add to our home library, last week I went to the Goodwill by my house. I prefer the Goodwill as the books I look for usually range between 50 cents to a buck. Places like Value Village often have a better selection, but the books cost $1.79 for a kids chapter book and up. I’ve even encountered managers and cashiers that try and charge even more because they feel it should cost more. I left a huge pile of books one time because they were trying to nickle and dime me. It was so frustrating. I REFUSE to step foot into that location ever again. As someone who buys a lot of books, they lost a good customer.
Last Thursday Wesley and I drove to the other side of the city and check out a book sale at the Grace Hospital. I found it was worth the drive, and will likely go back again. This past Thursday the Huge Children’s Hospital Book Sale at St.Vital mall started and I will be sharing more about that in another post.
In the winter I’m a hermit. I do not like to go out in the cold. So I’m in squirrel mode right now. Got to get all the book! If you want to see what I snatched up, you can check out this video. The list with amazon links can be found below too.
So What Did I Land Up Finding!
- Dear Canada: Pieces of the Past
- Encyclopedia Brown Finds the Clues
- Everything on a Waffle
- Video Rivals (Formac First Novels)
- Go For It, Carrie (Formac First Novels)
- Scream for Ice Cream (Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew 2)
- Barkley’s School for Dogs 4: Ghost Dog: Is Barkley’s School for Dogs Haunted?
- Mrs. Jeepers’ Secret Cave (Bailey School Kids Super Special 3)
- Vikings Don’t Wear Wrestling Belts (Adventures of the Bailey School Kids, No. 43)
- Wolfmen Don’t Hula Dance (Bailey School Kids 36)
- Triplet Trouble and the Bicycle Race
- Triplet Trouble and the Cookie Contest
- The Triplet Trouble and the Pizza Party
- Cam Jansen: The Mystery of the Monster Movie
- Cam Jansen: The Mystery of the Dinosaur Bones
- The Mystery at the Coral Reef (Greetings from Somewhere)
- The Ghost Ship Mystery (The Boxcar Children Mysteries)
- Into the Blue (Dolphin Diaries 1)
- Racing the Wind (Dolphin Diaries)
- Sarah Trilogy Boxed Set (Sarah, Plain & Tall, Skylark & Caleb’s Story)
- The Beast and the Halloween Horror (The Kids of the Polk Street School)
- Pioneer Cat (A Stepping Stone Book)
- The Berenstain Bears Chapter Book: Accept No Substitutes
- Mumble’s Journey (Happy Feet)
- Tabby in the Tub (Animal Ark Series 29)
- Wolf at the Window (Animal Ark Hauntings 7)
- Fueled for Adventure (Disney/Pixar Cars 2) (Golden First Chapters)
- Little Town on the Prairie (Little House)
- These Happy Golden Years (Little House)
- The First Four Years (Little House)
- Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Wishbone Classics)
- The Secret at the Seashore (Bobbsey Twins 3)
- Bobbsey Twins: Mystery of the Laughing Dinosaur (Bobbsey Twins, N0. 8)
- Case of the Creepy Castle, The (New Bobbsey Twins 17)
- Farmer Johnson’s Psycho Dairy Farm
- Haunted Canada 3 : More True Ghost Stories
- Christmas in Ontario: Heartwarming Legends, Tales and Traditions (Amazing Stories)
- Weird but True: A Cartoon Encyclopedia of Incredibly Strange Things
- Say Hello to Cactus Flats: A Fox Trot Collection
- The Untold Legend of the Batman (1980) 3
- Me Oh Maya 13 (Time Warp Trio)
- Science Anytime: Workbook
What series do your kids like to read? What do you look for in books when shopping for you kiddos?