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***New and expecting parents, let me just put this on the table… I was OBSESSED with learning about Down syndrome, I wanted to be totally prepared. Some of the books however scared the CRAP out of me, I thought Joey was going to have each and every single thing wrong with him that I read about, and it got to the point, I actually started obsessing about these problems. I finally had a breakthrough and stopped by obsessing and started using the books as reference books instead. Thankfully I was wrong about Joey having everything wrong with him that I read. His heart is healthy, no cranial axial instability, no thyroid issues, no leukemia, no celiac, no vision issues (although we do get annual blood-work done every year to check on certain things) need I go on?

Below I have listed some of my favorite books about Down syndrome in the past 10 years that I have either read front to back or just used as a reference. Also, I have listed some of our favorite children’s books about Down syndrome.

Books good to use as a reference guide:
  Babies With Down Syndrome by Susan J. Skallerup
Gross Motor Skills for Children With Down Syndrome: A Guide for Parents and Professionals (Topics in Down Syndrome) by Patricia C. Winders
Fine Motor Skills for Children with Down Syndrome: A Guide for Parents and Professionals (Topics in Down Syndrome) by Maryanne Bruni

Early Communication Skills for Children with Down Syndrome: A Guide for Parents and Professionals (Topics in Down Syndrome) by Libby Kumin

When Down Syndrome and Autism Intersect: A Guide to DS-ASD for Parents and Professionals by Margaret Froehlke

  Fasten Your Seatbelt: A Crash Course on Down Syndrome for Brothers and Sisters by Brian Skotko

Books to read from front to back:
Gifts: Mothers Reflect on How Children with Down Syndrome Enrich Their Lives by Kathryn Lynard Soper

Gifts 2: How People with Down Syndrome Enrich the World by Kathyrn Lynard Soper

Count Us In: Growing Up with Down Syndrome by Jason Kingsley and Mitchell Levitz

Road Map to Holland: How I Found My Way Through My Son’s First Two Years With Down Syndrome by  Jennifer Graf Groneberg

A Special Mother is Born: Parents Share How God Called Them to the Extraordinary Vocation of Parenting a Special Needs Child by Leticia Velasquez

  Common Threads: Celebrating Life with Down Syndrome by Cynthia S Kidder and Dr. Brian Skotko

Children’s Books:

 I Can, Can You? by Marjorie W. Pitzer

 My Friend Has Down Syndrome (Let’s Talk About It) by  Jennifer Moore-Mallinos

 We’ll Paint the Octopus Red by Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen

  My Up & Down & All Around Book by Marjorie Pitzer M.Ed.

  My Friend Isabelle by Eliza Woloson

  ABC for You and Me by Meg Girnis