There are so many picture books out there, but this is the first time I’ve seen a wonderful series like Little Senses. These books created specifically for kids who are on the autism spectrum or have sensory issues.
I guarantee we’ve all met a child who struggles with eating new foods or seems to act out every time they leave the house. What we may not realize is that there may be underlying sensory issues at play.
The main reason why I love the Little Senses book series by Samantha Cotterill is that they help address these issues by showing kindness and patience during these trying situations.
I believe in showing kindness and grace to both littles and their parents who are frustrated and don’t need a judging reaction but an understanding friend.
These fun picture books were created with love for the little ones that can feel overwhelmed by their feelings in specific situations.
Another reason I love these books, is that they manage to convey a fun and relatable story line without unnecessary labeling. This helps kids that are both on the spectrum as well as those who are neurotypical.
Little senses, the books
Now lets get to know these fun books! We had a lot of fun with them and the boys were able to recognize some of the feelings as their own, it was so helpful and eye opening.
This Beach Is Loud!
Amazing illustrations! A story about a child that is so very excited about his upcoming trip to the beach! When the day finally comes and he is at the beach , he realizes that it’s too overwhelming for him. Feeling so overwhelmed, he just wants to go home.
His dad recognizes the signs of his child being scared and is able to help him work through it. Once the boy sees how fun the beach can be, they end up having a super fun day. He is ready to plan the next beach trip!
The way this story shows kids that its ok to feel overwhelmed and that is possible to navigate through it to a fun day, is an incredible valuable lesson for all kids.
Nope. Never. Not for me!
A fun story about a little girl and broccoli! I’ve experienced this with my kids! They are absolutely sure that a certain new food will be impossible to eat!
The book, turns the experience into a fun quest of exploring, touching, smelling, and tasting, bringing the kids to realize that it wasn’t so bad after all.
In both books, the parents are ready to show understanding and help conquer the challenges their child is facing. We talked about how it’s so important to be that loved one, or friend, or kind stranger that shows others how we are here to navigate with them to the other end, which is the fun of it all!
Little Senses is a wonderful series for kids on the spectrum, to be able to feel like they are the person in the book and that they are not alone! The books are also important and amazing for the rest of the world! Helping to better understand and show compassion! There is so much we can learn from each other. A little kindness will go an incredibly long way!
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