Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Children's Cochlear Implant Books

There has been a recent surge in the publishing industry when it comes to children's books that talk about cochlear implants and I wanted to share! You can order the books by clicking on the pictures and the best part is that they all cost less then a 1/4 of a tank of gas. :) I have to say that I'm digging the title of the first book for the obvious reason :) And no I had nothing to do with it. The only book that I have read and highly suggest is Rally Caps which I have purchased some time ago and donated to the my local library because I wanted to share it with others. I am planning on doing the same with the others because the more the merrier!

This book illustrates the process of how Abby gets a cochlear implant. The story shows that Abby has a hearing loss wears purple hearing aids, has a progressive hearing loss, and her family chooses a cochlear implant. The story goes on to describe hearing testing, an introduction to cochlear implants, and the steps a family would take to explore this option of habilitation for their child who has a hearing loss...

Rally Caps
Written by Stephen J. Cutler and Jodi Cutler Del Dottore
Now available in English and Italian!

RALLY CAPS is a humorous, fun-filled baseball and camp story. Ten year old Jordan is injured in an unfortunate and frightening accident while trying out for the Little League Travel team. Recovery is difficult. At summer camp he struggles to conquer his anxiety and fear in order to return to his beloved game of baseball. He forms a friendship with a deaf Italian boy, Luca, who wears a cochlear implant. Luca’s compelling positive nothing is impossible attitude, along with the inspiration he draws from his idol, Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr., gives Jordan the courage to return to baseball with a passion. Find out what happens as “Rally Caps” are raised in the bottom of the final inning in the biggest game of Jordan’s life. Boys and girls alike will enjoy this touching story of persevering through difficult times.

The story of a deaf girl who listens and speaks with the help of her cochlear implants! Today’s children with hearing loss may surprise you! With the help of cochlear implants, digital hearing aids, and specialized instruction in listening and spoken language, deaf children can learn to listen and speak, just like their hearing peers. According to the University of Michigan, over 100,000 people have received cochlear implants in the past 20 years. Children with hearing impairment, however, are rarely represented in children’s literature and cochlear implant technology is widely misunderstood.

My Brother John
Written by: Joanne Zellweger
Illustrated by: Andy Elliott

Release Data: May 2008
Pre-order your copy here!

It's fun, humorous and shows a day's adventure of a brother and sister.Her brother John is deaf and wears a hearing aid and cochlear implant.

I'm All Ears
Written by: Val Blakely and Tamara D. Harrison

This book is written by a resident blogger and a mother of two children that have cochlear implants, Val Blakely along with Tamara Harrison who is a speech-language pathologist that have taught her son Gage and her daughter Brooke how to speak. This is a personal account from a mothers perspective of what it is like to discover that your children have a hearing loss. I just ordered my book and I can't wait!


Valerie said...

Thank you for the list of books. I love rally caps. I'm waiting for the author to write another book for my school library.

By the way, when are you writing a book from the adult experience with a CI?

Always gone Dad said...

Thank you Abbie, you are a great source of information, and inspiration..Your really are special, in all the right ways.

C. said...

How fabulous that they have books out there to help children who have or know those who have cochlear implants understand how and what they are. Knowledge is power. :)

Laurie said...

How cute and wonderful! You are a great source of information! I'll have to get these books and donate them, too, because I feel that everyone at every age should be educated about hearing loss, etc. Thank you for doing this.

My HLAA magazine came today and I went straight to your article! It is beautifully written! Can't wait to meet you in person in RENO in 15 days!

Take care, Laurie

elizabeth said...

Thank you for helping to promote "Ellie's Ears" as well as all of these other excellent books! The more the merrier is right -- all children deserve to have "just like me!" characters in their storybooks!

Anonymous said...

Those books are really dumb...

Anonymous said...

dont you have anything better to do than talking lame !!!
You are the dumb one of course !!!

Anonymous said...

My new children book entitled "If You Are Plugged, Sue Your Parents!" just came out. Anyone interested?

Anonymous said...

Abby Gets a Cochlear Implant... LOL

Rally Caps... LOL

The following books would come out in 10 years from now:

"Abby Has No Hearing Friends."

"Rally Caps Rest 6 Feet Under"

Valerie said...

Hey Benny,

How about this book: Benny is a bully!

Abbie will always have friends and Rally caps will do more in a lifetime then most people.

If you don't like the site, don't read, don't comment. When you leave a negative comment, you show your true self - trash.

You a wealth of information, a great person and a fantastic friend. Remember "real life" is nothing like this. We create our community and we rally our community. Remember it takes one person to make a change.

Anonymous said...

Hey Valerie,

How about this book: Valerie a Horrible Teacher to the Little Robots

Anonymous said...


You posted, "Abbie will always have friends and Rally caps will do more in a lifetime then most people."

Than, not then.

No wonder you are failing deaf education.

Abbie said...


Thank you for everything :)

Abbie said...

Always gone dad,

Thank you for your positive comments, it is always a pleasure to see them! :)

Abbie said...


I agree with you 100% I wish they had books like that when I was younger portraying a child with a hearing loss. Kids would have learned at least the obnoxious ones that deaf kids are no different then anyone else :) Everyone has something different about them that sets them apart and I think these are GREAT to do just that.

PS: Glad your weekend was so fun filled :)

Abbie said...


I'm so glad you liked the article!! I can't wait for RENO. I have this little countdown ticker at work... It isn't coming fast enough I tell ya...

Abbie said...


It is my pleasure, I just can't wait to get my hands on it! :)

Anonymous said...

"Kids would have learned at least the obnoxious ones that deaf kids are no different then anyone else :)"

You must be proud of your education, Abbie.

Anonymous said...


I read your profile. Did your mommy write that for you?

Anonymous said...

People like Benny and Anon are not worth anyones ire! They enjoy the two minute fame their comments give them. Any comments these people write is just a picture of their mental state, best to be ignored!! But Benny heres one!
MameYokum Happy!! LOL
MameYokum Proud LOL
MameYokum six feet under No fear!! LOL
Abbie Go girl!!!

Anonymous said...

See MameYokum Huff! LOL
See MameYokum Puff! LOL
See MameYokum's Teeth Fell Off! LOL

Abbie said...

Mary, Benny, Anonymous, Greg and I am sure by the end of the night you will change your name to Larry, Moe and Curly,

As much as I am enjoying the trouble of watching you change names in attempt to leave rude and unsubstantiated comments, I feel that you are wasting your time and energy trying to do so.

Anonymous said...

How interesting, and what a great way to raise awareness of cochlear implants. I work on http://www.thedeafblog.co.uk which
focuses on cochlear and baha implants and the impact they have in helping both young and old to hear. I'll post a story on the site about these books, as I think they'll be of interest to our readers.

VBnBama said...

Thanks Abbie, I had not heard of the first one...you're a goldmine for information

*Tasha* said...

Hi Abbie!!

Thanks for your comment! Yay, you're the first person ever to comment. I just got the blog up today and wish I had done it sooner.

Thanks for the explanation about the vaccine. :) I don't get why I have to get it again if I've already gotten it for college.... but I'm not really going to question it either way. I'll mention I already got it but we'll see what they say. Oddly they did say it wasn't required, so maybe the FDA requirements are different in states or it isn't actually required per se but is highly recommended as a precaution.

Anyway, thanks for welcoming me! :) I look forward to getting to know all of you.

Also? Your video and the fact it's captioned is AWESOME. It helped to see how you reacted and that it wasn't a total "amazing experience" (i.e immediately) like how some others' experiences have been.

*Tasha* said...

Yeah it would be a LOT easier, I agree! But that's also kind of the exciting part.... you could totally exceed their expectations! And usually they (at least in my experience) have low expectations as not to give you TOO high hopes.

I REALLY want music (detect a beat, and melody) and SOME speech comprehension but I don't ever expect total speech comprehension. I guess at the bare minimum I wish I could KNOW when someone was saying my name and recognize it.

They're sending me to Children's Hospital in Seattle for mapping/training instead of working with the people that work with adults, due to the type of hearing loss and how late I'm getting an implant. So they are the ones that typically work with babies and young children so I think that'll be really good, since I never learned speech comprehension or lost my hearing slowly. I was simply born deaf, period.

I enjoy reading your blog as well! :)

*Tasha* said...

Oh, and I keep forgetting to tell you you can add me to your CI Bloggers list!! :)

Abbie said...

Hi Tasha!!

I'm so glad you came over here! It is so hard to keep your expectations low and your hopes high. There is just no words that any of us can use to describe what you hear at activation. It is one of them things that you have to experience. The one thing that I will drill into you from now to activation that it DOES get better :) Believe me, I walked right after activation and had a helicopter almost land on my head. If it wasn't for the wind kicking the sand up in my face, I would have never known it was right above me. :) Don't worry, I can hear them now!

The music is usually the last to come. Many of us sit there and listen to a song over and over (no different then a hearing aid) until it sounds good. It takes a while for that to happen. It took about six months for being to listen to a song one time and recognize it again. The cool part is that I sometimes can pick out some words in the song and I never used to be able to do that. I just came out with an article if you care to read about story about how I got one and the beginning stages and learning how to hear. You can go here to read it. It is a PDF file and you have to download but it might help you :)

I am sure the Audiologist at the children's hospital are jumping for joy! They usually work with kids that can't talk back and having someone giving them feedback is probably a welcomed change :)

I added you to my list my dear! Welcome aboard, I'm looking forward getting to know you!

Anonymous said...

Wow! What a "wealth" of information through this list of books. This is a "keeper" for me! Thank you!

Anonymous said...

I agree with Denise, this is a wealth of information. I think I might go to the library soon and check these books out.

It's about time for me to venture into different parts of the deaf community now. It's still pretty much uncharted territory for me.


Anonymous said...

Cool books! I definitely want to read Rally Cap only because I love sports, he he.

Thanks for sharing since I had no idea they even exist out there other than ASL books. I love all of diversity books out there to keep me entertained!


Diane J Standiford said...

Really cool.

Yana said...


Thanks for the supportive comments on my blog! You rule!

Christian and Lily's Mommy said...

We just ordered our copy of Ellie's Ears...I'm ordering Rally Caps for my neighbor's kids too...


Cyborg Queen said...

Aside from your name (kind of) for Abby Gets A Cochlear Implant - My name is one of the children's that the author thanked to...Deanna. :-)

We're famous. :-D

I'll have to read up on these books!

VBnBama said...

this is one more I found out about...from a sibling's perspective...about a ci and hearing aid user. haven't read it though

Abbie said...

Hey Val, great find!!! Thank you so much for sharing that with me! I updated the post to include My Brother John. It looks like it is supposed to be released this month!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing. I would like to buy these books and donate them to the library that will open up in a few months in Seattle.

Keep on blogging and best to ignore those ignorants! Otherwise they will keep coming back. They have nothing better to do. I for one have open up to CI since I came across your blog, Jodi's, Val's and others a year ago. More people are doing the same and becoming more accepting. Keep at what you are doing.

Ironically, I just had a sudden hearing loss a few months ago and just had an CI evaluation. I'm qualified and scheduled for surgery next month in seattle. Zowee! Thanks to you bloggers!


David said...

Wow! Interesting comments !
I agree with Valarie...I would love you to write your story. It would be an amazing help to people like me. You have helped me so much over my CI time.

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Unknown said...

Hi Abbie...Thank you so much for your kind words...greatly appreciated, really. And, thank you to the other people who have commented about RALLY CAPS, it's been a Very rewarding and exciting ride that keeps doing loop-dee-loops. *smile* Hugs, Jodi
PS. Aboveall, thank you for donating it to your library so mainstreamed kids can meet a child like my son and many others who have cochlear implants. You're such a Coooooool Woman!

Jesse Rugge said...

Why don't you post some ASL books? Cochlear implants isn't the only choice a deaf person has. Statistics show that a deaf person benefits more from ASL than getting a coclear implant and try to speak. Try to be open-minded..this is already a biased world- encourage ASL!