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Books are magical. They can make you experience and understand the seemingly inconceivable. They’re one of the most powerful lenses you have for making sense of the world around you. For anyone struggling to understand autism and how this commonly misunderstood condition impacts one’s daily life, books are a great place to start.

The AngelSense community has compiled a list of 10 of the best books on autism spectrum disorder to help you and your loved ones see the world through the eyes of someone with autism. Our hope is that these books will make you more tolerant, understanding and will improve your relationship with your child with special needs.

AngelSense 10 Great Books for Friends and Families of Kids with Autism

 

1. Since We’re Friends by Celeste Shally

Since We’re Friends by Celeste ShallySince We’re Friends is charming book about two boys. One has autism, the other does not. The story of their relationship provides practical examples of how to make such a friendship work. This book will help children see that their peers with autism can make a fun, genuine contribution to friendship.

What ages is this book suitable for: Preschool to grade 2 
2. My Brother Charlie by Holly Robinson Peete & Ryan Elizabeth Peete 

My Brother Charlie by Holly Robinson Peete & Ryan Elizabeth Peete This is a heartwarming story about a boy with autism. The book is based on the life story of Holly’s 10-year old son who has autism.

This novel gives us insight into life with autism, and helps kids understand why those with the condition struggle to make friends and express themselves.

What ages is this book suitable for: Preschool to grade 2

3. What It Is to Be Me! by Angela Wine

What It Is to Be Me! by Angela WineWhat It Is To Be Me! gives us a very real taste of what life with Asperger’s Syndrome is like.  The book is written from the perspective of the author’s son, Danny, a boy with Asperger’s Syndrome. Danny shares the ups, downs, and pride of being a child with Asperger’s.

Fully illustrated, this book is insightful and entertaining for children and adults alike.

What ages is this book suitable for: Ages 4 and up

4. Why Does Izzy Cover Her Ears? by Jennifer Veenendall

Why Does Izzy Cover Her Ears? by Jennifer VeenendallThis is an entertaining story about Izzy, a feisty first grader, whose behavior is often misunderstood as she tries to cope with sensory overload in her new surroundings.

The book is brightly illustrated, and creates an environment that is accepting of students with sensory modulation difficulties, including many on the autism spectrum.

What ages is this book suitable for: Ages 4-8

5.  Tacos Anyone? By Marvie Ellis 

Tacos Anyone? By Marvie Ellis Michael is a four-year old boy with autism. His older brother, Thomas, doesn’t understand why Michael behaves the way he does. A therapist teaches Thomas how to play with Michael, making sibling time fun again. This fully color illustrated, bilingual (English and Spanish) children’s book is written for young readers, parents, siblings, family members, and professionals who work with children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders.

What ages is this book suitable for: Ages 4-7

6. Can I Tell You About Asperger Syndrome? by Jude Welton

Can I Tell You About Asperger Syndrome? by Jude WeltonAdam, a young boy with Asperger’s Syndrome, invites young readers to learn about the condition from his perspective. In this book, Adam helps children understand the difficulties faced by a child with Asperger’s. He tells them what Asperger’s is, and how they can help children with the condition by understanding their differences and appreciating their many talents.

What ages is this book suitable for: Ages 6-12

7. The Autism Acceptance Book by Ellen Sabin

The Autism Acceptance Book by Ellen SabinThe Autism Acceptance Book is an interactive, educational, and character-building book that introduces children to the challenges faced by people with autism.

At the same time, the book also supports their personal journey toward appreciating and respecting people’s differences.

What ages is this book suitable for: Ages 6 and up

8. Autism, the Invisible Cord by Barbara S. Cain

 Autism, the Invisible Cord by Barbara S. CainAutism, The Invisible Cord follows 14-year-old Jenny as she describes her day-to-day life with her younger brother with autism, Ezra. Ezra can be both her best friend as well as her biggest obstacle to living a normal life, and Jenny often finds herself worrying about her younger brother. Through taking care of Ezra and a very special school project, Jenny ends up learning about her own character and strengths, and finds a way to shine despite everything else.

What ages is this book suitable for: Grades 4-7

9.  Different Like Me by Jennifer Elder

Different Like Me by Jennifer ElderEight-year-old Quinn, a young boy with Asperger’s Syndrome, tells young readers about the achievements and characteristics of his autism heroes. These are inspirational figures from the world of science, art, math, literature, philosophy and comedy. They include everyone from Albert Einstein, Dian Fossey and Wassily Kandinsky to Lewis Carroll, Benjamin Banneker and Julia Bowman Robinson.

What ages is this book suitable for: Ages 8-12.

10.  Everybody Is Different by Fiona Bleach

Everybody Is Different by Fiona BleachThis book gives answers to the many questions brothers and sisters of young people on the autism spectrum have about their siblings. In addition to explaining the characteristics of autism in easy to understand terms, this little book is full of helpful suggestions for making family life more comfortable for everyone. The many illustrations make this a warm and accessible book for young people.

What ages is this book suitable for: Ages 9 and up

Do you have recommendations for books which that have helped you better understand your child with special needs? Shares your suggestions in the comments below.


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10 Comments

  1. Jennifer Ringuette July 24, 2016 at 2:18 am - Reply

    May I Be Excused, My Brain is Full – Olivia’s Aspberger Story by Krista Preuss Gouldreault
    There is a facebook page of the same name.

    Krista and Olivia are my cousins!
    Jen Ringuette

  2. Luke Yancey July 29, 2016 at 3:21 pm - Reply

    I never knew that there were books like this to help other kids understand autism. My nephew has autism, and I am trying to help my kids understand why he is different than most people. I think I will try reading them Since We’re Friends, though all of them look good.

  3. Daniel Mergner August 11, 2016 at 9:51 pm - Reply

    Please consider reading my book about my son which I published to kindle. Our true tales. I can send you a copy.

  4. Greg Mathews September 8, 2016 at 7:06 am - Reply

    I am a new author, and I just made an Autism Awareness Children’s e-book that is available on Amazon.com. How can I post the book on this site.

    https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=Gregory+R.+Mathews+Dijah's+Dream+Land&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3AGregory+R.+Mathews+Dijah's+Dream+Land

  5. REENA September 17, 2016 at 1:20 pm - Reply

    I live in patna.I have eleven year old daughter with autism. there is no any supporting school here for him.I can’t send him in normal school.Because they do not get admission.Nobody is supporting in my family to me.How can I help my daughter at home alone .please help me
    reena

  6. Britney October 2, 2016 at 6:06 pm - Reply

    “Lucy’s Amazing Friend” http://www.stephanieworkman15.com

  7. Britney October 2, 2016 at 6:28 pm - Reply

    I liked “Lucy’s Amazing Friend.”

  8. Autism Spectrum Disorder: What You Need to Know & How You Can Help | in the mind of a therapist March 16, 2017 at 11:48 pm - Reply

    […] Books by John Elder Robison or Temple Grandin are both great resources and insight from two adult individuals who are successful and living with the spectrum. There are also great children’s books […]

  9. Anj March 18, 2017 at 2:16 pm - Reply

    Reena,

    Children with autism are visual learners. As much as possible, establish a consistent routine using photographs and/or real objects. Provide choices using real objects. Use short phrases when speaking with your child. Establishing routines about mealtimes, bedtime, safety, and cleaning up, for example, will take time but will help you and your child, ultimately.

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    […] from two adult individuals who are successful and living with the spectrum.  There are also great children’s books too.   […]

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