Willamette Valley Down Syndrome Association

Babies with Down Syndrome:  A New Parent's Guide
Edited by Karen Stray-Gundersen
ISBN# 0-933149-64-6

This is an excellent book to have on hand for yourself, and for family members.  It goes beyond 'babies' and is something to which you can refer time and again.

Early Communication Skills for Children with Down Syndrome
Libby Kumin, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
ISBN# 1-890627-27-5

Focuses on Speech and Language development from birth through the stage of making 3 word phrases.  This 
book offers a wealth of information on intelligibility issues, hearing loss, apraxia (difficulty planning oral-motor movements), and other factors that affect communication.

Gross Motor Skills in Children with Down Syndrome
Patricia C. Winders, P.T.
ISBN# 0-933149-81-6

This guides illustrates more than 100 important activities for parents and professional to practice with children from birth through six years of age.  This book takes you step by step through gross motor development with instructions and photographs.  It is a wonderful resource.

Fine Motor Skills in Children with Down Syndrome
Maryanne Bruni, BSc OT(C)

This guide helps show parents and professionals how they can improve fine motor functioning in children with Down Syndrome from infancy through twelve years of age.  This book has many step by step instructions and photographs.

The Down Syndrome Nutritional Handbook
Joan E. Guthrie Medlen R.D., L.D.
ISBN# 1-890627-23-2

This book looks at all aspects of nutrition from birth through adulthood.  Topics include:  Breast and Bottle Feeding, Basic Nutrition, Physiology, Celiac Disease, Diabetes, Alternative Therapies, Food and School, Weight Management, Fitness and Exercise, Cooking, and Menu Planning.

Medical and Surgical Care for Children with Down Syndrome
Edited by D.C. Vandyke, M.D, Philip Matheis, M.D., Susan Schoon Eberly, M.A. & Janet Williams, R.N., Ph.D.
ISBN# 0-933-149-54-9

An easy to read and well organized resource that covers medical treatments and conditions common among children with Down syndrome.  This book covers everything from Heart Disease to Skin Conditions that are common among children with Down syndrome.  Topics included are; Dental Care, Nutrition, Sexuality, and Alternative Therapies.  

The New Language of Toys - Third Edition
Sue Schwartz, Ph.D.
ISBN# 1-890627-48-8

This book is a wonderful guide for parents and professionals.  It shows you fun and constructive ways to stimulate language development in young children with special needs.  Completely updated with toys that are currently in stores, it even shows you how to make your own toys!  Gives many step by step instructions and ideas, along with many pictures.

Teaching Math to People with Down Syndrome and Other Hands-On Learners, Book 1
DeAnna Horstmeier, Ph.D.

Covers introductory math skills, typically taught in preschool and elementary school, but which many older students may still need help with.  Topics include, Number Sense, Calculator Skills, Measurements, Place Value, Addition, Subtraction, Time, Counting, Shapes, Money, and Recognizing and Writing Numerals.

Teaching Reading to Children with Down Syndrome
Patricia Oelwein, M.Ed.

Teach your child to read using the authors nationally recognized, proven method.  Introduces the alphabet and progresses to writing and spelling.  It includes many pictures, games, and flashcards that are easy to copy.

We'll Paint the Octopus Red
Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen / Illustrated by Pam DeVito
ISBN# 1-890627-06-2

This is a reassuring story for young children as well as parents adjusting to Down syndrome and what it means for their relationship with their sibling or child.  It concludes with helpful questions and answers about children with Down syndrome.

I Can, Can You?
Written & Photographed by Marjorie W. Pitzer
ISBN# 1-890627-57-7

A wonderful Board Book for children full of color pictures of children with Down syndrome participating in normal, everyday activities.


Count Us In
Jason Kingsley & Mitchell Levitz
Harcourt Brace Publishing: 800-543-1918

Life As We Know It : A Father, a Family, and an Exceptional Child
Michael Berube
Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 0679758666

Michael Berube is a thoughtful, intelligent and passionate writer who describes his first years with his son Jamie and then branches out to discuss broad issues of raising a child with Down syndrome in our American society.

Sometimes Miracles Hide
Bruce Carroll
Howard Publishing Company
ISBN# 1-58229-071-7

This is an amazing book.  After he recorded this song he received so many inspiring letters from parents of children with special needs that he put them in a book along with the song lyrics.  A CD Single of the song comes with the book.

Changed by a Child
Barbara Gill
Main Street Books (Double Day)
ISBN# 0-385-484234

Mister Rogers' Playbook:  Insights and Activities for Parents and Children
Fred Rogers & Barry Head
Berkley Books, NY

Common Threads; Celebrating Life With Down Syndrome
Cynthia Kidder & Brian Skotko / Photography by Kendra Dew
Band of Angels Press
ISBN# 1-930868-04-9

www.bandofangels.com has this book and several other products.

Common Threads is a book FILLED with beautiful pictures of children with Down syndrome and has many inspiring stories.  IT is very uplifting and inspiring.

Your Baby has Down Syndrome
The Mackenzie Sara Nocca Charitable Trust
Pittsburgh, PA
(412) 798-0794

Medical Care in Down Syndrome:  A Preventative Medicine Approach
P.T. Rogers & Mary Coleman
Marcel Dekker, Inc.
I ISBN# 0-8247-8648-X

Biomedical Concerns in Persons with Down Syndrome
S.M. Peuschel and J.K. Pueschel
Paul Brookes Publishing Co.
ISBN# 1-55766-089-1
Advances in Down Syndrome
Edited by Valentne Dmitriev and Patricia Oelwein
Special Child Publications
ISBN# 0-87562-092-2

The Psychobiology of Down Syndrome
Lynn Nadel
MIT Press
ISBN# 0-262-14043-8

Teaching the Child with Down Syndrome:  A Guide for Parents and Professionals
M.J. Hanson
ISBN# 0-89079-103-1


​Recommended Reading 

​​​Other Publishers:

​​​Woodbine Publishing:  800-843-7323
Woodbine offers a range of different books and movies; here are a few: