Jay and Ben

By Lulu Delacre, Katharine Swanson
Illustrated by Lulu Delacre

Board Book: $20.00


Jay and Ben is an interactive book developed for use with children with developmental and learning differences and disabilities, including—but not limited to—autism spectrum disorder (ASD), attention deficit disorder (ADD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), dyslexia, and language delays. The book is designed to help educators, parents, and caregivers teach children about language, reading, story comprehension, functional skills, and basic concepts.

Jay can make his own breakfast, dress himself, and play by himself, but sometimes he feels sad and wishes for a friend. When a magical horse appears and befriends Jay, his wish comes true. Clear visual representation of the text, through sequential illustrations along with picture symbols (based on the commonly-used Boardmaker® Picture Communication Symbols), enables children to gain understanding of the story plot and to recognize printed words.

Children with learning differences and disabilities exhibit a broad range of behaviors and abilities, and they require individualized instruction. Jay and Ben may be used in a variety of ways to promote each child’s educational progress and growth.

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About the Creators

Thumb_lulu_delacre_media_photo_1 Lulu Delacre - Author, Illustrator

is the author and illustrator of many award-winning children's books, as well as a nonfiction novel for teens. Winner of several Pura Belpré Award Honors, Delacre has been named a Maryland Woman in the Arts and served as a juror for the 2003 National Book Awards. A native of Puerto Rico, Delacre lives with her husband in Silver Spring, Maryland. For more information about Lulu Delacre visit

Thumb_thumb Katharine Swanson - Author

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 younger 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.