Children’s Books About Autism

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Did you know that 1 in 88 children have Autism (according to Autism Speaks)?  Chances are that you know someone with autism.  Today I’m sharing children’s books about Autism.  There were once very few children’s books about Autism.  However, more and more quality books are now available.  Here are some of my favorites.  All which have been published in the last ten years.

children's books about autism

*Full Disclosure:  The author of Leah’s Voice and Super Lexi did send me review copies of their books.  However, all opinions expressed are my own.  This post also contains affiliate links for your convenience.  Your support of Growing Book by Book is greatly appreciated.

Children’s Books About Autism

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Leah’s Voice by Lori DeMonia is a realistic fiction story about a little girl who learns why her sister sometimes has a hard time in social situations.  This book would be helpful to siblings who have a hard time explaining to their friends that their brother or sister has Autism.  Inclusion and acceptance are two themes showcased in this story.

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My Brother Charlie by Holly Robinson Peete and Ryan Elizabeth Peete is the story of a girl who tells what life is like growing up with a brother who has Autism.

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My Friend Has Autism by Amanda Doering Tourville is about the friendship between two boys, one of which has Autism.  The two both love airplanes, building models and hanging out together.  The book also includes “Did you know?” fact bubbles sprinkled throughout the story.

books about autism

I Am Utterly Unique (Celebrating the Strengths of Children with Aspergers Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism) by Elaine Marie Larson is a super cute ABC book about all the great attributes of a person with Aspergers Syndrome or High-Functioning Autism.

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Since We’re Friends- An Autism Picture Book by Celeste Shally is the story of two friends one of which has autism.  It shares all the things two friends love to do such as playing sports, watching movies and talking about animals.

books about autism

My Best Friend Will by Jamie Lowell and Tara Tuchel would work well for the bigger kids.  It’s a photographic journey of a girl’s best friend who happens to have Autism.  It gives a really nice look at details about what it’s like to have Autism.  At the end of the book you will find numerous tips for parents and teachers to use with the book.

2014 Update:

For older readers, the beginner chapter book, Spaghetti is Not a Finger Food by Jodi Carmichael allows us to see through the eyes of a boy who has Asperger’s Syndrome.  It’s great for teaching kids about diverse ways of thinking.

Super Lexi by Emma Lesko is another beginning chapter book.  Lexi is a second grader who deals with sensory issues.  She’s not a big fan of yogurt or songs that get stuck in her head.  One of things she dislikes the most is eyeballs staring at her.  Lexi has a challenge because she has a solo in the school Parents’ Day performance.  Will her superpower tornado-twirl help her disappear off the stage?

Do you have any other books to recommend that deal with Autism?  Please share your ideas in the comments.

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About Jodie Rodriguez

Jodie Rodriguez is a mom of two young boys and an early childhood/elementary educator with over 18 years of experience. Jodie's passion is helping parents, teachers, librarians and anyone else interested in nurturing our youngest readers.

Comments

  1. What a great resource! Thanks so much for compiling this list. I’d love if you’d link up at the After School Linky for kids ages 5+! It went live on my blog today and is co-hosted by 9 other blogs.

  2. Wonderful list and so important for kids to realize how to treat classmates with austism since it is so prevalent. I think books are wonderful way for kids to learn empathy and compassion. I really like My Brother Charlie and I’m excited to read the rest of your list!

  3. You have put together such a wonderful list that will make a difference to so many :-) I have written down a few of these titles to borrow from our library the next time we check out books.

    Thank you for linking up this week to the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop! I do hope that you will visit my neck of the magical woods every week and take a quick rest by the tree on the tree stump while you read everyone’s blog posts that they have so thoughtfully shared with all of us.

  4. Thanks for the wonderful resource of books on Autism.

  5. This is a great list of resources. Thanks for sharing them with Afterschool. I also really like seeing your recommendations on FB :)

  6. PS – I am featuring this post this coming Monday as an Afterschool blog hop host.

  7. Anna and Natalie aren’t the only ones that love this list! I, too, will be featuring your post on my site for this week’s After School Linky. Stop by, check it out, and share more while you’re there!

  8. That is such a super list Jodie!
    -Reshama @StackingBooks.com

  9. Wonderful list! Autism is so prevalent but so misunderstood. I’m looking forward to reading these!
    Thank you for sharing this with the Kid Lit Blog Hop!

  10. This is such a great list! Thanks so much for pulling this together and sharing with the Kid Lit Blog Hop. I thought I remember Holly Robinson Peete being a big advocate for autism awareness. I didn’t realize she had written a book. Pinning to my Kid Lit Blog Hop Great Finds board! :-)

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