As a writer, I'm a pretty big believer in books. Since Cooper's delays are becoming more and more apparent to other kids close to him, like his cousins, I've been on the search for children's books that explain special needs to read to them. 

I've managed to find some great reads that have been kid-tested. I'm so impressed with these three books, I decided to share them with all of you. Some of these books are geared toward all children, others are written more for siblings of kids with special needs. All of them are well worth the small expense.

We'll Paint The Octopus Red by Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen

Six-year-old Emma anxiously awaits the arrival of her new baby boy Isaac—only to find he's not exactly the little brother she'd thought she would have. Baby Isaac is born with Down Syndrome, requiring Emma and her family to re-imagine their new life with him. As Emma's father tries to help Emma come to terms with her new baby brother, they both begin to see that Isaac is exactly the little boy they'd hoped for.

What's Wrong with Timmy? By Maria Shriver

The former NBC anchor tells a touching tale of friendship between Kate and Timmy. Timmy doesn't learn as fast as Kate, and he can't run or talk like she does. Though Kate and Timmy are diffferent in a lot of ways, Kate soon learns that they're the same in many ways, as well. Like Kate, Timmy wants to go to school, make friends, and dreams of what he'll be when he grows up. He also loves his family, just like Kate loves her's.

Special People, Special Ways by Arlene Maguire

We all rhyme with orange. That's the theme of this iParenting Media Award winner that illustrates how each of us, even those with disabilities have special, unique gifts we bring to the world. Beautiful illustrations and fun rhymes make this book a perfect read for classrooms and families alike.

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