Did you know that 1 in 68 children have an Autism Spectrum Disorder (according to the CDC)? 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.
*Full Disclosure: The author of Leah’s Voice and Super Lexi sent review copies of their books. However, all opinions expressed are my own. This post also contains affiliate links.
Children’s Books About Autism
The Girl Who Thought in Pictures: The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin by Julia Finley Mosca is accessible to younger children with rhyming text. In the story, we meet a doctor who uses her unique strengths to make a huge difference in the world. It’s an inspiring story of someone living with Autism.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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? Also check out Super Lexi Is Not a Fan of Christmas (Volume 2)Super Lexi is Not a Fan of Christmas.
Have you found other great books on the topic?
*This post was first published on Growing Book by Book on 9/2/13.