Monthly Archives: November 2015

Picture Books for Children with Sensory Needs, Anxieties and Special Needs

Melvin's Adventures LogoAs a registered dental hygienist for Concord Pediatric Dentistry, I am constantly researching and looking for helpful things for my patients and their parents. We treat a variety of different children all with different needs and circumstances. One thing I was having a difficult time finding was picture books to help children with sensory processing disorder, anxiety and autism prepare for a dental checkup.

There are plenty of books available about going to the dentist, but none I found to be realistic and helpful for a child with anxieties or special needs.

I am a local children’s books author and I developed a series for children with sensory needs, anxieties, and special circumstances. The books can be a great read for any child, but have a special amount of TLC throughout the story.

Concord Pediatric Dentistry has partnered with me to help present the newest book in the 9780996727068_E_BookMelvin’s Adventures – Sensory Series, “Melvin Goes to the Dentist.” I am so thankful and proud to have gained so much knowledge with this company and to also have my project and passion supported by such a great pediatric dental practice. This title is available the Monday after Thanksgiving, November 30, 2015 online at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books a Million, or locally at Concord Pediatric Dentistry.

What Makes Melvin Books Different:

Our stories are written in a realistic yet kid-friendly way. This means that after repetitious reading, children can understand what they can expect at the dentist and reduce some of the anxiety they may have.

FullSizeRender-10Parent guides are filtered into each story to help provide the parents with special tips to alleviate some of their stress and uncertainty.  At the end of each book there is a special parent survival guide and parent survival kit to help caregivers remember what to pack for a new experience and what to remember.



New titles are added every other month, with releases scheduled to the end of 2016. We are hopeful that we can portray many of the issues children with sensory issues struggle with to make the experience easier for them in the future.

Our current titles include


Future titles will include:

  • Melvin Has a Cavity
  • Melvin Learns to Eat Right (All about healthy snacks for your teeth and body)
  • Melvin’s Healthy Eats – A kid’s cookbook
  • Melvin Goes on Vacation
  • and so many more

We understand that parent’s have certain events that are more difficult than others. If you have a title you want portrayed in a book, please email me at

If you want to hear more about the Melvin’s Adventures – A Sensory Series, including local book signings, events and appearances and new titles, sign up for the mailing list at

Sara Cremeno,

RDH at CPD and Author of Melvin’s Adventures


Turkey Day Fun for your Little One!

I cannot believe how quickly 2015 is flying! Thanksgiving is just a few days away and the holiday preparations are underway. There are so many fun ways to keep your child involved in the holiday spirit. Here are some of my favorites!

Let them help in the kitchen:

Thanksgiving is never the same without homemade whipped cream. My mom always makes it to top the pumpkin pie and it’s extremely easy to make. This is a great recipe to have the kids help you with. If you’ve never made whipped cream before follow these instructions:

  • Heavy Whipping Cream
  • Sugar
  • Vanilla
  • Hand Mixer

Add one cup of whipping cream into a large bowl,  combine 2 tablespoons of sugar, and a teaspoon of vanilla. Whip the mixture until it becomes the consistency of whipped cream and the cream peaks.

This is a fun way for kids to stay active, involved and helpful around the holidays.

When dinner is underway and adults are deep in conversation, the kids table can become a little boring. Try some of these activities to make it more interesting and keep them occupied while you get to enjoy adult conversation.

Turkey Crayon Holder

What you’ll need:FullSizeRender_2

  • Styrofoam ball
  • Brown paint
  • Crayons
  • Construction paper – brown, red and yellow




Thanksgiving Coloring Activities


Print out a few Thanksgiving themed coloring pages for the kids table. The kids can use the turkey crayon holder and color while you can relax for a moment. If you don’t have time to make coloring books, try using craft paper as a table cloth and the kids can have fun playing tic-tac-toe or coloring right on the table!











Custom Table Name Tags:

Let the kids help make a special place card for your holiday guests!

What you’ll need:

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  • Pipe cleaner – yellow, orange, brown, red
  • Felt – orange, red
  • Googly eyes
  • Toothpicks
  • Sticky labels





We hope everyone has a safe and happy Thanksgiving with their family and loved ones this year. Share any creations you make this holiday season with us on Facebook! We’d love to see your creativity!

Happy Holidays!

Sara Cremeno,

Registered Dental Hygienist and Writer for Concord Pediatric Dentistry

Tomie dePaola presents The Magical World of Strega Nona: A Treasury

Local Happenings in the Concord Area

If you’re anything like me you might have been brought up reading or listening to Tomie dePaola’s stories of Strega Nona. I have distinctly fond memories of Strega Nona’s spaghetti bounding out of her door and down the road to town.


Children’s literature is such an important and empowering thing. Kids are so fortunate to have such a strong suspension of disbelief imbedded within them giving any story the power to become magical. The gift of literature is a true blessing in today’s society and community.


For a fun event in Concord, visit Gibson’s Bookstore where the author/illustrator of the Strega Nona series, Tomie dePaola, will be signing books. The event begins at 5 P.M on Monday November 9, 2015 and is FREE of charge to attend.


Bring your little one for an evening of fun children’s literature!

We’d love to see any pictures from this event shared with us on Facebook at Concord Pediatric Dentistry Facebook!


Sara Carbonneau, RDH and Writer for Concord Pediatric Dentistry