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“My Wandering Dreaming Mind” Sweepstakes

Enter to win one of five copies of “My Wandering Dreaming Mind” — a refreshingly positive illustrated book for children with ADHD — by answering this question below: What is on your child’s (or your) summer reading list?

“She’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. Summer is an excellent time to introduce these role models to our children in books enjoyed on a picnic blanket, a lap, or a swing.

My Wandering Dreaming Mind

Sadie feels like her thoughts are soaring into the clouds and she can’t bring them back down to earth. She has trouble paying attention, which makes keeping track of schoolwork, friends, chores, and everything else really tough. Sometimes she can only focus on her mistakes. When Sadie talks to her parents about her wandering, dreaming mind, they offer a clever plan to help remind Sadie how amazing she is. Included in this illustrated children’s book by ADDitude blogger Merriam Sarcia Saunders, LMFT is a Note to Parents and Caregivers with more information on ADHD, self-esteem, and helping children focus on the positives.

Enter to Win My Wandering Dreaming Mind

To win one of three copies of My Wandering Dreaming Mind (a $16.99 value each), use the Comments section below to tell us: What books are on your child’s (or your) reading list this summer?

Deadline

Sunday, May 31, 2020, at 11:59 pm EST.

Rules

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 Monday, June 1, 2020.
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Updated on May 20, 2020

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  1. My 7 yr old granddaughter was recently diagnosed, my daughter was in denial although I have known for years and tried to help her. With this pandemic and learning at home having to do all her work online has been a struggle and she no longer has an interest in reading. She loved going to the library and checking out new books and reading them to me. She was tested at school and was placed at a 5th grade reading level when she was 6. I have been thinking about starting her on Nancy Drew books. I loved them, maybe she will too.
    Cindiegee@yahoo.com

  2. My little guy doesn’t have a lot of books and is definitely struggling with reading so I would love to have for us to read together. I would be doing the reading but I don’t mind. Right now we just read various books from free online websites, no hard copy books.

  3. This would be wonderful book for my daughter. She struggles to relate to characters in books who are like her. She is in 1st grade and continues to struggle in school. With the current situation, testing is on hold but having a son who is ADHD I’m sure something will come out of testing. I just wish I knew of more books like this that she could relate to.

  4. The books I will read to my child

    Super fudge

    Agent nole and corone the hyperactive bat

    Green eggs and ham

    Bernstein bear books

    Geronimo the news mouse

    Flat Stanley

    Diary of a wimpy kid

  5. My kiddo has hyperfocus when it comes to reading. This book would be amazing for her. She loves the “bad kitty” series and “dog man”, so both of those series are on her summer reading list.

  6. My 9 year old daughter is currently drawn towards books about friendships between kids and the complications therein. She recently finished The Friendship War by Andrew Clements and I’m hoping to get her a copy of Frindle by the same author.

  7. Our libraries are starting to do curb side pick ups so we are excited to get some level 1 and level 2 books to expand his reading skills. Curious George books are a favorite as well as Pete the Cat books. I would love to find more books he could read that help him understand how great he is as he lives with ADHD.

  8. As a kindergarten teacher, I am always looking for books that serve as windows and mirrors for students. Books as windows allow students to see into the life and feelings of others. Books as mirrors allows students to see themselves and their lives reflected in literature. This summer, I am reading books about making my classroom a more flexible learning environment for the varying needs to my students. I am also looking for read-alouds that will be windows and mirrors for my students so that they feel welcomed and supported in our classroom.

  9. My 5yo son is struggling with emotional regulation, so we’re working on that. We’re reading ‘Even Farries Fart’ about it’s ok to make mistakes, ‘even superheroes make mistakes’, the color monster, and workbooks like, when my worries get too big. This looks like a great book too!! So glad there are books about kids with ADHD.

  10. My daughter has ADHD and reads constantly; she also draws her own comics with elaborate stories about middle school girls and their adventures (she will be in the fourth grade in the fall). I found the book FOCUSED by Allyson Gerber for her to read this summer, which is about a girl with ADHD; she will also be reading and re-reading anything she can get her hands on, especially graphic novels and Raina Talgemeyer books. I love finding books where the characters struggle with accepting their differences and learn to love their uniqueness.

  11. I’d love to win one to read it to my four fabulous godchildren via videoconferencing! 🙂

    Here are my book recommendations for summer:
    * I just finished Saša Stanišić’s “Origins” a few minutes ago. The book is poetic and wonderful and full of stories and memories great and small. Definitely a book so densely knit you want to be read it over and over again.
    * Barbara Sher’s “Refuse to choose” is made for the highly creative ones among us who don’t know which of their numerous talents to focus on. As the title suggests: you don’t have to 🙂

    Have a great summer!

  12. We are reading “A Child’s Introduction to Poetry” right now. My daughter is loving it! We are also going to continue working our way through the Junior B. Jones series.

  13. Both my boys are diagnosed Adhd and ASD but they suffer in very different ways. My youngest has DMDD as well and makes things a lot harder to deal with. This book would be a great way to explain to them some of what we see as someone on the outside. My 9 yr old likes Diary of Wimpy Kid and Big Nate but his Literature school work has enabled us to get him To read Charlottes Web and Mr Poppers Penguins too. He is a huge non fiction fan too. This summer he wants to read more Big Nate books and we also have David Walliams books on his list who is an English children’s author and comic.
    My youngest (7) likes anything with animals in and has been reading the Bad Guys series which we are working through.

  14. I love that someone is writing about ADHD is such a positive way. I helped my daughter understand the need for meds with ladybugs. Ladybugs can be different colors and when all mixed up can be confused about their job. Medication helps them line up correctly. She embraced her medication from that point on.
    Summer reading: Sitting Like A Saint

  15. This summer I’ll be rereading my Melissa Orlov books. I find my husband and myself caught in a lot of action-reaction-reaction lately.

    As for my son, I’d love to get this book for him because he’s 5 and everything I hear coming out of my mouth or my husband’s is verbatim something I heard from my own mom or my teachers, that doesn’t help.

  16. Ohh I would love this for my 7 year old. I grew up undiagnosed and always felt lazy, under achieving and just not good enough. I can see my daughter starting to doubt herself and her abilities and don’t want her to lose her quirky spark. We love to read books with tough, independent and confident role models. The favourites are the little people big dreams books by Isabel Sanchez Vegara

  17. This lovely picture book would be excellent for our incoming foster children who will likely have a myriad of issues, including ADD/ADHD, in addition to the trauma they’ve experienced. Other books we’ve collected: Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key, Have You Filled a Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids, What I Like about Me, The Family Book; Tango Makes Three, My Princess Boy, All Kinds of Families, It’s Okay to be Different, My Uncle’s Wedding, A Rainbow of Friends, William’s Doll, Chrysanthemum, If Everybody Did, 100,000 Dresses, etc, etc.

    For my own reading list, I have so many to choose from as I’m constantly reading! But here are just a few: The Wrong Way to Save Your Life by Megan Stielstra, Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane, and A Certain Loneliness by Sandra Gail Lambert.

  18. I am very excited about this book:
    HOW BIG IS YOUR BRAVE? by Ruth Soukup
    Thank you for the opportunity to have a chance to win My Wandering Dreaming Mind!
    More kids need to know it’s ok to have ADD/ADHD…. I am adult female diagnosed as an adult…. and although it has posed some challenges… I think that it has also been my superpower!!

  19. Our summer reading list for our preschooler includes “Ruby Finds a Worry” on repeat, Gerald and Piggie books, and possibly trying the Ramona series! Would love to win this book too

  20. My 11 year old girl with ADHD, Autism, dyslexia, OCD, SPD, depression, anxiety, and panic attacks has always struggled to read fluently and feel good about the experience. Recently she has found the “Ranger in Time” series. Historical fiction told from a rescue dogs point of view! She loves these stories! Additionally, she enjoys a good mystery. She has read the Geronimo Stilton: Thea Sisters books. She plans on reading this series and Nancy Drew this summer! So good to see her read!

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