This Morning Sam Went to Mars

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This Morning Sam Went to Mars tells the story of eight-year-old Sam, who is always daydreaming about exploring space and the deepest seas, which is awesome—except when he’s supposed to be focusing on homework or in class. It seems like all he hears is, “Focus, Sam!” and “Pay attention!” The doctor says Sam is lucky: He has a very powerful brain! But he does need some help focusing. She gives Sam and his dad lots of strategies to try, like staying organized, eating better food, and asking for help when he needs it. Sam’s favorite strategy? Make time to exercise his imagination!
This Morning Sam Went to Mars is written and illustrated by Nancy Carlson. Through the character of Sam, the book offers strategies to help all kids who are easily distracted, including those with ADHD.
This Morning Sam Went to Mars is Nancy Carlson’s sixty-fourth book, and continues Carlson’s philosophy of creating a story that helps children overcome a particular issue and feel good about themselves. Her characters aren’t perfect—they often have fears, anxieties, and disabilities. Through her books, kids learn to cope with different challenges. They can learn that they don’t have to be perfect to be a good person.
This Morning Sam Went to Mars was written to help kids improve their focus in all areas, whether they are one of the nearly 5.4 million children ages 4–17 who have been diagnosed with ADHD, are highly distractible, or could maybe use a little nudge in the focus department.

We have really enjoyed this book.  Broxton keeps asking me to read the Astronaut book to him over and over again... He likes looking at the book and we discuss foods that are healthy and ways to control being distracted.  One thing I enjoyed?  This book showed Sam going to the doctor and the doctor telling him things to do and eat to focus... It wasn't telling him to take a pill and best of all, it did not tell him to stop daydreaming, it was telling him to KEEP dreaming...  There is a time and place to use that creativity!  


  1. Sounds like a great book! Glad to know Broxton ejoys it.

  2. I think I'll get this one, it sounds about perfect for my guy.

  3. I'm so glad your little man likes reading so much! This sounds like another cute one. :)


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