This is a very short story for very young children (ages 2-4), about a ghost who says b-b-b-boo and feels a little withdrawn about it, but gets supported by his friends. (This story is included as an appendix in Starkweather and Ackerman's new book, Stuttering).
"Although this delightful book is written very simply, it captures the essence of preschool. Emily's problem is treated honestly and realistically. Her disfluency is not called stuttering in the book, and there is no indication that the disfluencies are caused by nervousness. Emily is just as disfluent in her mother's lap as she is at school. Her life changes for the better with an attitude change, but there is no immediate change in the speech pattern." (Bushey and Martin, 1988).
This beautifully illustrated book is about a boy named Jeremy and a hippo that follows him everywhere. Not only does the hippo follow him, but whenever Jeremy stutters the hippo becomes gigantic, causing some embarrassing and funny situations. In the end Jeremy learns to deal with his stuttering and becomes friends with the hippo. Gail Wilson Lew has a private practice in Sierra Madre California where she specializes in working with children and adults who stutter. Her involvements includes workshops for people who stutter and their families, the National Stuttering Association (a national self help group), Pasadena City College Disabled Students Program, School District In-Service Workshops, and writing children's books. Gail herself was once a severe stutterer.
A book about Armann who is six years old and stutters, and his cat, Gentle. Orginally written in Icelandic, Armann and Gentle has been translated into English, and is available from the Stuttering Foundation of America.
"In this story, stuttering is interwoven with timidness and self-consciousness. This stereotype is, perhaps, a minor weakness in the book, but the beauty of the story far outweighs any such shortcoming. (The book) has rich illustrations and an emotionally satisfying plot. It is a lyrical, completely charming, romantic fantasy." (Bushey and Martin, 1988)
A sports story about Billy Joe's courage as he goes out for football. Sometimes this book makes it seem like if you are good at football or brave about something else that it won't matter if you stutter. What do you think about that?
About an alligator who stutters.
Based on a 1950 event in Wetumka, Oklahoma, that started their annual Sucker Day. The story features a "con man" and the first person in town to meet him, Bobbie Jo Hailey, a 10 year old who stutters. The book is about swindlers and swindling, friendship and stuttering.
"This story is not about stuttering, but about those dilemmas in life that have no completely satisfactory resolution. Marcus still stutters in the end. The author assumes in the story that the cause of stuttering is psychological stress, but she does not oversimplify the dynamics of this stress by making Marcus a victim of rejection or abuse. Marcus is a loved and valued member of his family and the community. The book captures the profound complexity of both stuttering and life itself." (Bushey and Martin, 1988)
"...A wonderful story about the nature of children and, more generally, about the challenge of survival. . . . Frankie becomes fluent as a result of breathing exercises and changing his attitude about the world. This book is a joy to read because it contains genuine and thoughtful observations about children living together and coping with reality." (Bushey and Martin, 1988)
This Dear America book is about a freed slave girl named Patsy. And guess what? She stutters! Patsy shows courage to speak and I was so surprised about that. Patsy writes about how frustrated she gets with her stuttering. People think she is dumb but she is really very smart. In the book they call stuttering, stammering. (Review submitted by Sarah. (This book also gets very good reviews by lots of kids and can be ordered through this link if you want )