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Developmental Texts

Nancy Roop

I write developmental books that adapt the book to the early reader.

Buy my books so your reader can go from struggling to striving!

The Big Aquarium Adventure

Stephen, a fourth grader, visits The Big Aquarium to look at many wild sea animals. But someone asks Stephen to touch a sea animal, and his body feels so scared that his hands are shaking.

What will Stephen do next?

Early chapter book with amazing art! 5th graders Alex & Jordan, explore Stephen’s visit to The Big Aquarium. Alex questions Stephen about marine life, and how frogs helped him handle a very upsetting event. Jordan creates a nonfiction report with animal’s size, habitat, and life cycles. They write a story. Educational resource for comprehension.

The first book in an early-chapter book series with upper elementary content:


  • Enriches comprehension routines and skills with “Pause and Think” predictions and reflections.

  • Provides guidance for parents to support non-traditional or neurodivergent learners.

  • Draws readers in with fiction and nonfiction chapters that are real, relatable, and relevant!

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Alex and Jordan Host
a Kids Explore Page

Hi kids! This Alex and Jordan from the book, The Big Aquarium Adventure! We are glad you are here. We have coloring and activity pages that you can download and print, if your parents or adult family members say it's ok.


We also have a forum, which is a place for you to upload your drawings, stories, research reports, or other projects you are working on. We love to see what you have been doing! You can also ask us questions about ourselves or the book. 

Nancy Roop Hosts a Resources Page

Parents and Educators, are you seeking information about strengthing your child or student's reading comprehension skills?  The Resources page has Quick Tips, social narrative stories, videos, booklists, and more! 

What are Developmental Books?

Developmental books adapt the book to the child like educators do in small groups or one-to-one teaching.

"Fill in the blank: Children who have _______ may need a developmental book that is adapted to the meet their neurodiverse needs."

*speech & language impairment, intellectual disability, ADHD, executive function or working memory deficits, autism, developmental delays, sensory processing disorder, traumatic brain injury, specific learning disability, dyslexia.

Patty Ruhfus, MEd., Reading Specialist at PGR Teaches

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About Nancy

Nancy Roop creates chapter books with embedded comprehension strategies, so readers learn how to extract meaning from books.


These developmental books look like traditional books, but are sensory-friendly, model social connections, and support self-regulation.


She has a BA in Integrative Studies from Oakland University and is also a speaker, publisher, and Special Education Substitute Teacher. 

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