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Jay and Ben Board book – May 1, 2011

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 290L (What's this?)
  • Board book: 18 pages
  • Publisher: Lee & Low Books; Brdbk edition (May 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600604609
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600604607
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 11.2 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #677,540 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


The Jay and Ben book offers its readers a unique, interesting, and proactive way to connect and communicate. As the dad of a son with autism, and an autism advocate, this is one of the finest concepts that I have seen over the years. The book is wonderful for those with different abilities, but just as importantly, the interactive component engages even those with significant communications deficits. It opens the door for readers to connect more appropriately with the world around them. --Artie Kempner, Autism Speaks

I had a wonderful experience teaching a group of kindergarten students with Autism. Over the school year I purchased a book geared towards younger children with developmental disabilities, Jay and Ben by Lulu Delacre and Katherine Swanson. One day, I decided to read the book and have the students take turns finding the picture cards to go with the story. (I laminated and stuck Velcro to the back of the picture cards). After I read each page, they read and followed along on their own using the picture cards to help them. I was amazed at how well they did and how much they enjoyed this book. They enjoyed how interactive the story was and related to the characters. Jay and Ben quickly became a favorite book among the students and was picked daily to read or look at during free time or self selected reading. I wish there were more books like this! --Julienne Balmer, Special Education Teacher

I was recently asked to review a new book entitled Jay and Ben. Many people ask us to review products and we are pretty picky about the ones we feature. The product must be economical, child friendly, new and different, teacher friendly, simple and must make a difference in a child s ability to communicate, live independently, make progress in some area of functioning or improve the quality of their life. Well we were impressed with this unique book for students with special needs.
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So what makes it different? The book contains 2 sheets of picture symbols that you can cut out and use velcro to affix to the boxes on the pages. The pages are hard and slick; the story is simple; and there are several ideas for use of the book included in the back pages. This was such a wonderful idea! --Special Needs Resource Magazine

About the Author

Co-Author/Illustrator Bio and Previous Books LULU DELACRE is the illustrator of numerous textbooks, magazine stories, and award-winning trade books (several of which she also wrote or compiled) for young readers. She was honored in 1998 as Maryland Woman in the Arts, and was a juror for the 2003 National Book Awards. Delacre became interested in developing a book for special needs children after researching the available materials and finding nothing like the interactive book she envisioned. Delacre and her husband live in Silver Spring, Maryland.

KATHARINE SWANSON is a special education teacher who earned her teaching degree with a focus on mental and emotional disabilities. She currently teaches at Porter Road Elementary in Bear, Delaware, and is also working toward her Masters in Special Education degree. Swanson grew up with an autistic older brother, who inspired her to go into the special education field. Together Swanson and Delacre researched the kinds of materials teachers of special needs children wanted for their students, developed a prototype, and field tested the book with numerous children. Swanson and her son live in Wilmington, Delaware.

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Lulu Delacre

Three-time Pura Belpré Award honoree Lulu Delacre has been writing and illustrating children's books since 1980. Born and raised in Puerto Rico to Argentinean parents, Delacre says her Latino heritage and her life experiences inform her work.

Her 34 titles include Arroz con Leche: Popular Songs and Rhymes from Latin America, a Horn Book Fanfare Book in print for nearly 25 years; and Salsa Stories, an IRA Outstanding International Book. Her newest work, How Far Do You Love Me?, has been twice reviewed as having the emotional resonance of the children's classic, The Runaway Bunny.

Delacre has lectured internationally; served as a juror for the National Book Awards; and exhibited at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art among other venues. More at www.luludelacre.com.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kathy A Leggett on July 26, 2011
Format: Board book
Children with special needs often require special resources in order to be successful in the classroom. This beautiful book by Lulu Delacre has provided such a resource. This book has put an end to my searching in 100 different places to pull together a 10 minute lesson for an individual student. It is a nice big book, easy for children to handle...with pieces to manipulate for reinforcement of the skills being worked on. One special book that builds upon multiple skills, one book to provide sequencing and processing skills, one book to build language and sentence structure, one book to review letter and sound knowledge, one book that can open up the world of learning how to learn to a child. I LOVE it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kathlynn on July 10, 2011
Format: Board book
Jay and Ben is a great resource for all general education and special education teachers. The plot, the use of picture communication symbols, and the vivid illustrations make this a "go-to" book to teach many skills. Whether this book is used to teach concepts of print, sight words, and/or a task analysis, this book will change lives. This interactive book will sure be a favorite among children with and without disabilities of all ages!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Hartley on June 27, 2011
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This is such a thoughtfully crafted book. It allows children with autism and other disabilities to practice sequencing - and reading - in an engaging and playful way. At the same time, it conveys a lovely story of friendship between a boy and his magical horse. Children will be drawn to Delacre's colorful and happy artwork, and parents and teachers will value this book for its excellence as a teaching tool. It educates while it delights: a winning combo!
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