Life takes turns sometimes, and although All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome by Kathy Hoopmann has been out for a few years, it is worth taking a look at again. With cute pictures and a gentle, but highly informative text, this is one of those children’s books that is really for everyone. It is helpful for children with Asperger Syndrome, their families, relatives, classmates, teachers, and anyone else who works with children.
Hoopmann has done a wonderful job explaining not only the challenges of raising a child with Asperger Syndrome, but also the potential, giving a sense that through the differences are positives. For example, a child may be a picky eater and be highly sensitive, but he or she can also focus on a topic for long periods of time and may see the world with amazing insight.
Her choice of cats as subjects works not only because people with Asperger Syndrome may seem aloof like cats and only want contact on their terms, but also because the highly posed cats and kittens convey messages to children who might not understand the facial expressions and postures of human models. The soft and playful cats add a touch of warmth and humor to a subject that in other circumstances may be emotionally-charged or difficult to talk about.
After reading this book, you may find there’s a little cat in all of us.
Hardcover: 72 pages
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Pub; 1 edition (October 26, 2006)
Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 8.4 x 0.7 inches
All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome
by Kathy Hoopmann
Nonfiction Monday is a blogging celebration of nonfiction books for kids. For more information, stop by Picture Book of the Day. This week’s post is at Moms Inspire Learning.
Can your feel the excitement in the air? It’s not just fall, it’s also time to nominate your favorite 2009 children’s and young adult books for the Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers Literary Awards or Cybils. You have to hurry though, nominations are only being accepted until October 15, 2009.
You are allowed to nominate one book published in 2009 (see website for details) in the following genres:
- Fiction Picture Books
- Middle Grade Fiction
- Young Adult Fiction
- Nonfiction Picture Books
- Middle Grade/Young Adult Nonfiction
- Science Fiction and Fantasy
- Graphic Novels
- Easy Readers and Short Chapter Books
Be sure to have the ISBN number ready when you fill out the form.
Even if you aren’t interested in nominating a book, stop by the Cybils website to see the growing lists of nominees. It’s a great way to find some of the treasures published recently in children’s and young adult literature.
The newest edition of the Carnival of Children’s Literature is up at Susan Taylor Brown.
If you work with children, you might be interested in all the exciting activities surrounding the October release of the children’s book Winter’s Tail by Juliana Hatkoff, Isabella Hatkoff and Craig Hatkoff. Winter’s Tail is the heartrending story of a young dolphin named Winter who lost her tail after becoming entangled in a crab trap line. After she healed, she was fitted with a prosthetic tail.
There will be a webcast of a virtual field trip to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium in Clearwater Florida on Wednesday, October 7, from 1:00 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. Sponsored by Scholastic and Turtle Pond Interactive, you find teaching materials at http://www.scholastic.com/winterstail/. You can also see a short video introduction to Winter. Note: the video does show a mauled tail, so you might want to prepare young/sensitive children.
For an excerpt of the Winter’s Tail, see
Winter’s Tail: How One Little Dolphin Learned To Swim Again
by Juliana Hatkoff, Isabella Hatkoff and Craig Hatkoff
Nonfiction Monday is a blogging celebration of nonfiction books for kids. For more information, stop by Picture Book of the Day. This week’s post is at Bookends Blog.