Title: The Cozy Book
Author: Mary Ann Hoberman
Illustrator: Betty Fraser
Age: preschool, early elementary
Description: This is a beautifully illustrated book that takes a child through waking up to bedtime while experiencing all the sights, sounds, smells, tastes, touches, movement and emotions a young child might live through in a day.
- Sensory regulation
- Perspective taking
- Body awareness
- Spatial terms
- Imaginative play
Why I like this book: This is a book that must be experienced. It is long and written in rhyme. The illustrations have lots of detail, action, and emotion. The book reminds us that we live in a world that bombards the senses at every turn and recognizing the “cozy” senses can help us stay regulated.
Ideas for use:
- Read the book a little at a time and have the kids talk about what is “cozy” or regulating for them as each sense is highlighted.
- Talk with kids about the sequence of their days.
- The book points out that some things are “cozy” for some people and not for others. Have a discussion about differences and taking another person’s perspective.
- Kids can conversely talk about sensory experiences that are not cozy and what they can do about it. (Some kids in the book are putting hands over their ears to block out noise).
Submitted by: Jill Perry, MHA, MS, OTR/L
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