ADHD Awareness Month Sweepstakes 2019

Enter to win one of three copies of “My Whirling, Twirling Motor” — a refreshingly positive illustrated book for children with ADHD — by answering this question below: Who are your favorite ADHD characters from books, film, or TV — and why?

“He’s Just Like Me!”

All children need role models who look like them. For kids with ADHD, those heroes and heroines take on extra importance. They show our kids that success is within reach, that persistence pays off, and that ADHD or ADD is not a character flaw or a disability. During ADHD Awareness Month, we spend extra time seeking these stories and profiling these role models — broadcasting positivity for ourselves, our kids, and the whole world to see.

My Whirling, Twirling Motor

This illustrated children’s book by ADDitude blogger Merriam Sarcia Saunders, LMFT tells the story of Charlie, who gets in trouble a lot. But, he can’t help it! He has a whirling, twirling motor that makes him wiggle and squiggle. This heartwarming read is an appropriate and helpful early book for children who need to hear the message often that their ADHD behaviors are neither awful nor a personal failing.

“A sweet-natured and practical reminder to focus children (and ourselves) on strengths, gratitude and success, even when (especially when) times feel challenging.” — Mark Bertin, M.D., author of Mindful Parenting for ADHD and How Children Thrive (#CommissionsEarned)

Enter to Win My Whirling, Twirling Motor

To win one of three copies of My Whirling, Twirling Motor (a $13 value each), use the Comments section below to tell us: Who are your favorite ADHD characters from books, film, or TV — and why?


Thursday, October 31, 2019, at 11:59 pm EST.


Only Comments posted with a valid email address will be considered valid entries. One entry per household per day. The editors of ADDitude will select two winners at random and notify them via email on Friday, November 1, 2019.
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Updated on October 8, 2020

40 Comments & Reviews

  1. My favorite character from a book with ADHD is Tigger from the Winnie-the-Pooh series. Tigger demonstrates all of the angles of ADHD. The energy of it, the way it sometimes frustrates others around Tigger, the sadness of that, and the times when the energy of his ADHD was exactly what the crew needed to solve a problem.

  2. Dory
    Dory is one of the most well-known characters on this list. She’s sweet, lovable, and has short-term memory loss. Overall, Dory is a pretty good caricature of someone with ADHD.

  3. Tom Sawyer, Amelia Bedelia, The Cat in the Hat are some of my favorites. They’re mischievous but oh so precious! Granted I only read about their high energy and playful tendencies.

  4. I have several Ty Pennington and Michael Phelps. My twin sons are 8 years old and have been diagnosed for several years now. One son is crazy about legos and loves to build anything. I pointed out to him that Ty Pennington helps build houses for those less fortunate and I compared that to him liking to build with legos. His response: Maybe someday I can do that to dad. My other son is an athletic boy. While some sports are very difficult at his age for the ADHD brain to encompass, I decided to talk to him and showed him videos of Michael Phelps. We talked about the consistency with swimmers being “in motion” so to speak all the time and they need to focus on their workout regimen. He plays football and knows that with hard work and some focusing he can excel and not let the disruptions of the way his brain works effect him negatively.

  5. It’s not stated explicitly, but I deeply relate to Red Blood Cell for the anime cells at work. She shows signs of inattentive ADHD as she constantly gets lost on her deliveries around the body, has difficulty listening to instructions and has heightened emotional reactions to different situations. She makes impressive progress throughout the season, and with the help of her friends she learns more about her role in the grand scheme of things and does everything she can to do her job right, even when the odds are stacked against her.

  6. My favorite ADHD character is Mouse from If You Give a Mouse a Cookie….Before receiving my diagnosis, I used this book as a spring board for a writing project with my 4th grade students. They each crafted their own If you give a ______ story. One student wrote about “If you give Miss D a target gift card….”. Nearly ten years later I can still remember that class and the way we bonded together. Not knowing my diagnosis then to knowing it now, makes that memory all the more meaningful because I can sit back and laugh at the silly stories I’d share about getting “lost” in Target. Now, every time I read aloud any of the “If you give a _____” books out loud, I cannot help but wear a big smile and laugh to myself about how much the tale of the silly mouse makes me think of myself.

  7. I love the dad, Daniel Hilliard in Mrs Doubtfire (played by Robin Williams). It never comes out and says he has ADHD, but he does seem pretty impulsive, which is a characteristic of ADHD.

  8. My first favorite was Joey Pigza, of Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key, and Joey Pigza Loses Control, both by Jack Gantos. Joey (a 3rd-grader, maybe?) broke my heart describing life with his father and grandmother who both have ADHD, and giving a play by play of his own out-of-control poor choices and the consequences they lead to. He so wants to stay in control and do the right thing, but so often crashes and burns in the attempt. At the same time, I was rooting for him as his mother got her life on track and returned to care for him. He shows such persistence and positivity as while he navigates treatment and the new structure in his life. It’s a bumpy ride, but he is relentless!

  9. Clementine, of the series by Sarah Pennypacker, is another awesome character with ADHD. Adults keep telling her to pay attention, but she maintains that she IS paying attention – and notices all kinds of things the adults have no clue are going on! She also explains why choosing a pair of shoes is so hard – it’s not the choosing one pair you like, it’s the NOT choosing so many pairs you like. Even though she is impulsive and gets in trouble, she solves problems that baffle the grown ups in the stories, or finds ways to work through her own tangled emotions. She’s a winner!

  10. Spinner from the Canadian TV series Degrassi: The Next generation is one character that I feel the writers did an amazing job in depicting the negative impact ADHD can have on students’ learning and peer relations, yet with intervention, how that can turn around and redeem an individual with the right supports. Initially, during the first few seasons, Spinner’s character is unpopular due to the terrible behaviours he engages in, (ie bullying classmates, lying, and “out of control” behaviour (hence the name “Spinner”). Over time, we see that he receives support and ends up taking medication to help control his unmanageable behaviour. We see his redemption from these terrible acts and winds up becoming a popular character, building long-term relationships with his peers.

  11. I’d have to say Willy Wonka. Mostly because he reminds me a lot of myself except for being rich of course. Mr. Wonka is extremely intelligent he tinkers and can make up ways for his factory to run seamlessly. However he is a bit of a recluse and finds solace in his alone time. Even in 2019 people think just because I’m not suffering academically that my ADHD is of less significance than those that may display other symptoms. I’ve found relief in this character over the years just knowing it’s another “smart” person with dopamine irregularities helps me feel less alone.

  12. My grandson first of all.. Tigger because he’s fun,silly,and all over the place just like my grandson…Dory, because she’s just so silly,just like Joshua…

  13. My favorite character with ADHD is Dory because she is funny and enthusiastic just like my son. She is also very forgetful and loves to talk. Dory is a great example of what ADHD must be like. I don’t have ADHD but my son does and this page has helped me so much to understand his diagnosis and what he goes thru everyday.

  14. My favorite character with ADHD is Helen Burns from Jane Eyre. She was the first person in a book that reflected me- someone that enjoys school and learning but can only concentrate when she’s interested, someone who had difficulty being organized and keeping clean.

    I thought of you when I read this quote from “” by Anonymous –

    ““You say you have faults, Helen: what are they? To me you seem very good.” “Then learn from me, not to judge by appearances: I am, as Miss Scatcherd said, slatternly; I seldom put, and never keep, things, in order; I am careless; I forget rules; I read when I should learn my lessons; I have no method; and sometimes I say, like you, I cannot bear to be subjected to systematic arrangements. This is all very provoking to Miss Scatcherd, who is naturally neat, punctual, and particular.””

    Unfortunately,she dies, and as she’s dying she basically says she probably deserves to because she’s so distractable and slovenly.

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