This is the newest title in Samantha Cotterill's Little Senses series, and I cannot emphasize enough how much I love these books! Can I Play Too? focuses on two boys playing trains, but one has trouble seeing beyond how he thinks they should play. With empathetic, specific help from his teacher, he is able to see how to better include his friend in their game and make it fun for both of them.
I can't say enough good about this series! They are books about experiences predominantly (but not exclusively!) had by autistic kids and are executed in an empathetic way that centers the child and their needs. Check out the other two titles that have been released so far: This Beach is Loud! and Nope. Never. Not for Me!
Friendship--and trains!--take center stage in this gentle, inviting story about paying attention to other people's feelings.
Two boys' fun train-track-building project takes a turn when one of the boys obliviously insists on only doing things his way. Their disagreement spells disaster for the train and the friendship, until a kind teacher steps in and explains how to tell when a friend is feeling happy, frustrated, or angry. . . and how to ask for a do-over.
Compromising and paying attention to how other people are feeling can be hard for any kid, but especially for kids on the autism spectrum. Samatha Cotterill's third book in the Little Senses series provides gentle guidance along with adorable illustrations to help every kid navigate the twists and turns of friendship and working together.
About the Author
Samantha Cotterill has written and/or illustrated many popular books for kids, including Nope. Never. Not for Me!, This Beach Is Loud!, and Charlotte and the Rock, by Stephen W. Martin. She created the Little Senses series because she wished books like these were part of her own childhood. Being on the autism spectrum herself, Samantha wanted to make books that would allow kids to recognize themselves in a playful, fun, and therapeutic way.
"Kids, as well as their adults, will likely appreciate the supportive, thoughtful, and positive approach to dealing with emotions and responses, along with the themes of sharing, collaboration, and being considerate of others." —Booklist
"A wonderful choice for anyone seeking books on social-emotional development or for use with helping kids on the spectrum better understand social cues." —School Library Journal