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Social Skill Story Books for Preschoolers/Early Elementary

One of the strategies that’s worked well with Hannah is reading illustrated books that feature children her age using a skill we’re focusing on-like toothbrushing.  Like many kids with ASD, Hannah processes visual information better than verbal information.
These books aren’t official “Social Stories”, but they’ve been really motivating for Hannah, and way easier for me to request from the library, than to put together an official social story.
It can be tricky to find just-right stories, so I thought I would share some of the ones that have worked for Hannah.  Most of these books have only a sentence or two per page, and devote a page or two to each step of an activity.

Of course, a child doesn’t need to have ASD to benefit from stories like these to help them build skills.

Princess Potty Time

by Sue DiCicco


Hannah’s occupational therapist introduced us to this book, and it was an instant hit with Hannah. It helped her finally overcome her fears of the toilet, enough to be potty trained.  Of course, that made it an instant hit with me.  🙂  I loved that it devotes a page to each step of the process, “A princess never forgets to flush.  Flushing is her favorite part of using the bathroom!”

Anna Brushes Her Teeth

by Kathleen Amant

Anna Brushes Her Teeth

The Ladybug Girl series of books are great!  Each one focuses on a different emotion.

We’ve liked all of the Ladybug Girl books, but I especially loved Ladybug Girl at the Beach, where Lulu overcomes her fear of the water.  Hannah’s never had paralyzing fear of water, but we’ve worked through many a fear over other things.



Stacey R. Kaye has a few books that I really like- on playdates, bedtime, and getting ready for the day.  The pictures are great, but they had more words than Hannah was ready for, so we always simplified the wording as we read.  Two I really liked were:

Ready for the day!  a tale of teamwork and toast, and hardly any foot-dragging   ParentSmart/KidHappy series


As social skill stories go, this one was spot on for Hannah about 6 months ago.  The little girl doesn’t want to get ready in the morning.  Her dad helps her make learn to choose from less preferred activities.

For playdates and sharing, we liked

I’ll admit, I’ve never really had a soft spot for Caillou, but some of the books have been quite helpful:

Caillou: At the Dentist


Caillou Wakes up at Night-

by Nicole NadeauPierre Brignaud (



Cheri J. Meiners, M. Ed. has a nice series of books.  We pared down some of the wording on these as well.  One I really liked was:

Be Polite and Kind



Playground Safety:

Percy Plays it Safe by Stuart J Murphy

Please Play Safe by Margery Cuyler

This one is pretty funny, and would be great for a child that doesn’t take things too literally.

Attending a birthday party:

It’s Party Time! by Ronne Randall

I liked that this book covered all the parts of the birthday party business- receiving an invitation, picking out a present, attending, etc.

We weren’t successful finding a book about having blood drawn before we did Hannah’s lab work, but I just spotted this one:

Lions aren’t Scared of Shots: A story for children about visiting the doctor


It might be worth checking out!

I’ll be adding more, as I remember some of the others we’ve used.  🙂


3 comments on “Social Skill Story Books for Preschoolers/Early Elementary

  1. Daycare centers
    September 21, 2013

    It shows that how kids are learning social morals in preschool.

  2. Mel
    September 28, 2013

    I came here from Power of Moms and looked around your site a bit. So inspiring! As an aunt of a young man with autism, thank you for sharing your experiences and resources.

    • holdingtomorrow
      September 28, 2013

      Hi Mel! Thanks for visiting, and for your kind words! I’m glad you stopped by!

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