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From The Series
Alex and Jordan Explore

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?

The Big Aquarium Adventure is the first in the series from Alex and Jordan Explore and is an early chapter book with 3000 words and amazing full-color art! Developmental format created with struggling readers in mind-ESL, too. Reading comprehension skills and routines are embedded. Kids learn to pause and think about what they are reading. It's sensory-friendly-colors, fonts, and themes for neurodivergent learners.

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What people are saying about The
Big Aquarium Adventure?

"To describe this as a chapter book does not do it justice. The integration of comprehension prompts enables young readers to engage actively with the text and strengthen their comprehension skills in a natural, accessible way. By combining genres, Roop allows readers to approach the text in a way that is consistent with their strengths and preferences, while inviting them to expand their comfort zone. The backmatter and online resources add another layer of support. This is a chapter book for all readers and a useful resource for those who are supporting young, reluctant, or developing readers. Well done!"   –Patty

Patty Ruhfus, MEd., Reading Specialist at PGR Teaches

"I can't wait to use this book in my ASD classroom! It provides a training for staff on what questions to ask during shared reading.

This book is wonderful for guiding para educators through the process of shared reading. Emotional regulation and shared experiences are key for students to be able to learn in the classroom, and Stephen is a great role model!"

Megan Cavanaugh, MA.SPEd., QBHP, Special Ed Teacher

"The Big Aquarium Adventure is a perfect high-interest book (sea life, sharks, and frogs) to engage upper elementary students who struggle with reading. The format very cleverly builds in repetition of vocabulary and science concepts in a way that involves the reader in problem-solving strategies and thinking activities that neurodiverse students need to learn to use. This book provides an excellent departure from the typical middle level chapter books."

Linda Hodgdon, CCC-SLP, author, Visual Strategies for Improving Communication

“Yay! Sea Animals!”

Alison Coates Tashich, High School Science Teacher

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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