Are you looking for resources to help grow your family’s awareness and understanding of autism? We have compiled these helpful books that highlight perspectives of individuals with autism as well as discuss the differences that make each child so unique. These books can help educate, while also fostering open conversations in your home. We hope you find these books to be helpful resources in helping your family grow awareness and acceptance of autism.
All My Stripes: A Story for Children with Autism
This is the story of Zane, a zebra with autism, who worries that his differences make him stand out from his peers. With careful guidance from his mother, Zane learns that autism is only one of many qualities that make him special.
A Friend Like Simon
A Friend Like Simon serves as a helpful introduction to autism for neuro-typical peers or siblings. This is the story about an autistic child who joins a “typical” classroom and faces a number of challenges. Young readers will learn how to be mindful of and patient with their autistic peers, while also learning about the many ways an autistic child can contribute to a friendship and community.
Keisha's Doors / Las Puertas de Keisha: An Autism Story
Keisha’s Doors: An Autism Story is a bilingual children’s story about two sisters, Keisha and Monica. Monica is frustrated. As a big sister, she wants to have fun and play with her younger sister Keisha. But Keisha doesn't seem to know how to play. She throws toys and she doesn't seem to listen. In fact, she doesn't talk a lot. Then they learned that Keisha is autistic. Keisha's therapist helps them understand what autism is and works with the entire family, not just Keisha.
Ethan’s Story: My Life with Autism
A children’s book written by eight-year-old Ethan Rice as he shares his story with others to raise awareness and show what autism means to him.