Helping My Son Understand Life Through Reading
If you’ve been to my blog before you probably know about my son’s Autism diagnosis. If this is your first time I invite you to read about our journey so far. My son is four years old, he’s in a special program for Special Needs Children since he’s non-verbal he needs more attention than regular kids would need in school. This year we have looking for ways to him that’s outside the box. We’ve found ways of helping him understand life through reading.
What Are Pumpkinheads?
Pumpkinheads focuses an inclusive approach to child development with the book series teaching valuable moral and emotional lessons such as learning from mistakes; embracing racial diversity; exploring imagination; developing resilience, and expressing kindness. In addition to the books, the company also features free educational worksheets, videos, games, an early childhood education digital magazine, and app.
Racially diverse, the seven Pumpkinheads characters, Lulu; Carmin; Danza; Ella; Sage; Xavy and Cameron are the ideal role models for young children. Each has their own unique personality allowing children to engage and connect with them in multiple ways.
The folks at Pumpkinheads sent my family their two newest books Peanut’s Mistake and Imagine for review. We loved both books but my favorite was Peanut’s Mistake. I love how this story helps me talk to my son through the story about making mistakes. Having a child with autism can be very challenging and when you add in the fact that he’s non-verbal to the mix it makes for even more challenging. Autism parents like myself depend on stories to help our children understand better. Using this book I was able to talk to my son about the ‘mistakes’ he makes around the house, and why it’s important for him to clean up after himself.
Imagine touches on using your imagination. It’s a great book for kids, however it wasn’t one my son was able to grasp yet. My niece on the other hand understood this book much better. I like that it helps encourage them to be anything they aspire to be in life.
These books have won the Parent Tested Parent Approved seal of approval along with a few other awards. They are beautifully illustrated and are great gifts for kids ages 2-6 years old. Priced at $10.95 per book, they are very affordable gift options for any special occasion. I highly recommend adding them to children’s bookshelves. To learn more about these award winning books visit the Pumpkinheads website.