My Whirling Twirling Motor

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Charlie feels like he has a whirling, twirling motor running inside him...all the time! He doesn't WANT to have so much energy, but sometimes he just can't settle down.

When his mom wants to talk to him, he figures he's in trouble...but she has a surprise for him instead.

Includes a Note to Parents, Caregivers, & Teachers with more information on hyperactivity, AD/HD, behavior management, and helping children focus on the positives.


Merriam Sarcia Saunders, LMFT, is a psychotherapist who specializes in helping families of children with autism spectrum disorder, AD/HD, and learning disabilities. She lives in Northern California.

Tammie Lyon is an award-winning author and illustrator of numerous books for children, including Olive and Snowflake, the Eloise series, and the Katie Woo series.

The story reinforces that his being overactive and impulsive is not intentional and does not make him bad. The young narrator eventually internalizes his parents' focus on his accomplishments, rather than his challenges, and he wonders what positive things he will do tomorrow...A must-have for young readers with any type of behavior difficulty and their caregivers.
School Library Journal (Starred Review)

A great strategy to increase positive behaviors is through positive reinforcement. I can only imagine how low a child's self-esteem goes if they are only being told to fix the negative—they need to hear the good too.
—Books That Heal Kids

This is a wonderful tale of how a small boy feels with his hyperactivity and behavior and focuses on the positives of what he can do versus what he feels is he always doing wrong.
Kids' Book Buzz

Lyrical, as it wonderfully captures the voice of a child with ADHD. Beautifully illustrated, bringing the reader directly into Charlie's world. This picture book, despite its simplicity and clarity, will help youth and families struggling with this disorder to understand the essential importance of understanding such children's experiences and providing them with positive feedback whenever possible.
—Stephen P. Hinshaw, PhD, Professor of Psychology, UC Berkeley; Professor of Psychiatry, UC San Francisco; Author, The ADHD Explosion and Another Kind of Madness

A sweet natured and practical reminder to focus children (and ourselves) on strengths, gratitude and success, even when (especially when) times feel challenging.
—Mark Bertin MD, author of Mindful Parenting for ADHD and How Children Thrive

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