This Beach Is Loud! (Little Senses)
Publisher: Dial Books
ISBN 10: 0525553452
ISBN 13: 978-0525553458
Patience, understanding, and a soothing exercise saves the beach day when excitement turns to sensory overload for this child on the Autism Spectrum. A perfect book for any child with sensory sensitivities.
Going to the beach is exciting. But it can also be busy. And loud. Sand can feel hot or itchy or sticky...and it gets everywhere! In This Beach Is Loud!, a sensitive boy gets overwhelmed by all the sights, sounds, and sensations at the beach. Luckily, this kiddo's dad has a trick up his sleeve to help his son face these unexpected obstacles.
Combining accessible storytelling and playful design, This Beach Is Loud! gently offers practical advice for coping with new experiences to children on the autism spectrum and/or with sensory sensitivities.
From School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—In this much-needed new series, author/illustrator Cotterill shows the excitement and challenges of going to the beach for the first time. Wearing his snorkel mask, a young boy is packed and ready for a day at the shore with his father. At the beach they seek a spot to set up their day camp. On their way, the itchiness of the sand and the surrounding noises becomes overwhelming for the young boy, but soon, after being able to soothe himself with a couple of techniques, he is able to play. Many children will be able to identify with the stresses of a new experience, and Cotterill, on the spectrum herself, has deliberately left this open-ended so any child with sensory processing disorder (SPD) and/or autism can identify with the experiences represented in the book. Ink, charcoal, and block print offer composition and texture capturing the beauty of the day. Overlapping text helps distill the feeling of certain senses being overwhelmed. Throughout the book, she subtly shows tools the family uses to prep for new experiences and for when things become overstimulating, paving the way for dialogic reading and conversations for readers whether they're neurodiverse or neurotypical. VERDICT This charismatic and essential read-aloud will fill a hole that has been too long ignored in library and storytime collections.—Danielle Jones, Multnomah County Library, OR
★ "This charismatic and essential read-aloud will fill a hole that has been too long ignored in library and storytime collections." —School Library Journal, starred review
"Especially designed for kids with sensory-processing issues, the book has broad applicability beyond that audience . . . this book will reassure children that they can overcome their anxieties." —Kirkus Reviews
From the Inside Flap
Samantha Cotterill's Little Senses books are created with love for any kid who sometimes feels anxious or overwhelmed, but especially for kids who are on the autism spectrum or have sensory issues.
About the Author
Being on the spectrum herself, Samantha wanted to make books that would allow kids to recognize themselves in a playful, fun, yet therapeutic way. Every story in the series is presented without labels, allowing parents to step into their kids' worlds and see their point of view. For more about this series please visit her Instagram @littlesensesbooks