The Best Books for Kids With Hearing Loss
Books With an Auditory/Verbal or Oral Approach
Let's Hear it For Almigal, by Wendy Kupfer
Almigal is an energetic girl who wears cotton candy pink hearing aids. Almigal is the luckiest girl in the world, because she has many friends and each one is different. Sometimes, Almigal feels unlucky because she cannot hear her friend's baby brother's giggle or the birds chirp. She receives good news when the doctor tells her she can get cochlear implants. Ali has the surgery, does listening homework ("who knew homework could be fun?"), and soon learns to hear all the sounds around her. The book covers what happens when cochlear implants get wet (fortunately, Almigal's mother saves the cochlear implants with a hair dryer).
My five-year-old son's favorite part of the book is when Ali's pet poodle runs off with her cochlear implant. The book ends on a positive note, as Ali is able to hear her friend's "teeny tiny voice" and the soft music of her ballet class. Best of all, she can now hear her mommy and daddy whisper, "I love you."
Cosmo Gets an Ear, by Gary Clemente
What happens when a little boy has trouble hearing? This book follows the young Cosmo through the hearing tests, learning about hearing aids, and the discovery of many new sounds with his new ears.
Sophie's Tales, by Melanie Paticoff
The Sophie's Tales series features Sophie, a small white dog who wears cochlear implants. The series includes two books: "Learning to Listen" and "Overcoming Obstacles." A stuffed animal version of Sophie is also available. The Sophie's Tales series is perfect for children ages 3-10.
Happy Birthday to My Ears, by Elizabeth Boschini and Rachel Chaikof
This book is available as a board book or paperback, and it is targeted to very young cochlear implant users. This book follows a young boy through his first year with a cochlear implant. In rhyming prose, it goes through the seasons of sound to a set of brand-new ears.
Abby Gets a Cochlear Implant,by Maureen Cassidy Riski
Abby has a progressive hearing loss and wears purple hearing aids. Soon, she gets a cochlear implant and shows the readers how she learns to hear with her new ears.
Ellie's Ears,by Elizabeth Boschini and Rachel Chaikof
A ten-year-old girl with bilateral cochlear implants explains her hearing loss to her mainstream 3rd grade class.
Rally Caps,by Stephen J. Cutler and Jodi Cutler Del Dottore
A chapter book for slightly older children, ten-year-old Jordan is injured while trying out for his Little League team. Jordan is fearful of returning to baseball, until he meets an inspiring deaf friend at summer camp. Luca has a cochlear implant and has a wonderful "nothing is impossible" attitude.
Harmony Hears a Hoot,by Fara Augustover
An adorable picture book for grade-school level children, the owl Harmony experiences her first day of school with her hearing devices. Harmony teaches her new friends about what makes her unique and teaches tolerance on her adventures.