When learning of an Autism diagnosis, books are often one of the first places parents turn to learn more. Whether you’re looking for books to educate yourself about Autism, books to teach siblings or other young children about Autism, or books for your child with Autism, we have them all in this blog!

Scroll for a list of our favorite books with their Amazon descriptions below. 

Books For Children With Autism

Benji, the Bad Day, and Me

Nothing seems to be going right for Sammy today. At school, he got in trouble for kicking a fence, then the cafeteria ran out of pizza for lunch. After he walks home in the pouring rain, he finds his autistic little brother Benji is having a bad day too. On days like this, Benji has a special play-box where he goes to feel cozy and safe. Sammy doesn’t have a special place, and he’s convinced no one cares how he feels or even notices him. But somebody is noticing, and may just have an idea on how to help Sammy feel better.

Ty the Dinosaur and the Substitute Teacher

Ty the Dinosaur has autism.

He doesn’t like change.

Today when Ty arrives at school Ty gets angry because the usual teacher is sick, but a kind principal teaches him a neat trick that helps him cope.

My Rainbow

A dedicated mom puts love into action as she creates the perfect rainbow-colored wig for her transgender daughter, based on the real-life experience of mother-daughter advocate duo Trinity and DeShanna Neal.

Just Right for You

From the moment you began to grow, I knew that you would be just right …

Just Right for You offers a warm, optimistic way of introducing Autism to your child and embracing their differences.

Your Interests, My Interests: A Visual Guide to Playing and Hanging Out for Children on the Autism Spectrum

Children on the autism spectrum can find playing with other children difficult and they may be highly focused in their interests. This colourful and interactive visual guide will help these children learn how to establish common interests with friends and classmates, or family members at home, and use this knowledge to improve their play.

Benny Doesn’t Like to Be Hugged 

A little girl uses rhyming verse to describe the unique traits of her autistic friend. Benny likes trains and cupcakes without sprinkles, but he can also be fussy sometimes. The narrator doesn’t mind, however, because “true friends accept each other just the way they are.” A gentle story encouraging children to appreciate and accept our differences.

 

Books That Explain Autism To Children

How to Speak Dolphin

Schneider Family Book Award-winning author Ginny Rorby has created an irresistible dolphin story about a girl’s struggle to help her autistic brother and herself.

Aspergirls: Empowering Females with Asperger Syndrome

This is a must-have handbook written by an Aspergirl for Aspergirls, young and old. Rudy Simone guides you through every aspect of both personal and professional life, from early recollections of blame, guilt, and savant skills, to friendships, romance and marriage. Employment, career, rituals and routines are also covered, along with depression, meltdowns and being misunderstood. 

A Manual for Marco: Living, Learning, and Laughing With an Autistic Sibling

“Through her genuine and caring accounts about growing up with an older, autistic brother, this 8-year-old also shows her love for her sibling who is special but sometimes does things that are not-so-special. I highly recommend this book written with sensitivity and beautifully illustrated.”

–Lorna d’Entremont, M.Ed., Special Needs Book Review

How I Learn: A Kid’s Guide to Learning Disability

When a child struggles in school, it is difficult to find the words to help. Once a child is diagnosed with a learning disability, another journey begins. How do you explain learning problems to a child? What strategies may support academic success? How I Learn provides a simple explanation of why some children struggle. It introduces learning disability in concrete terms for younger students, emphasizing that they are capable of learning, but they do so in a different way.

I See Things Differently: A First Look at Autism (A First Look At…Series)

I See Things Differently will help children understand what autism is and how it affects someone who has it, and is a wonderful catalyst for discussion that will help children to better understand and support autistic classmates or siblings.

How to Babysit a Logan

Thunderbolt the Cat takes his position of babysitting Logan, his human, very seriously. Logan has autism so it is Thunderbolt’s job to protect and provide support for Logan throughout his day. In this heartfelt true story, view the world of living with someone with autism through the eyes of their beloved Cat.

Books for Parents of Children With Autism

Sleep Better!: A Guide to Improving Sleep for Children with Special Needs

From bedtime tantrums to bedwetting, sleep problems can be one of the biggest sources of worry and frustration for parents of children with special needs. Help is here in this down-to-earth, nonjudgmental guide, packed with widely tested, easy-to-use techniques that work for all children, with and without disabilities. This fully updated edition includes help for parents who usually struggle with nighttime problems. Without preaching or proposing a “one right way” to solve problems, psychologist and father Mark Durand helps families tackle sleep issues with optimism and proven strategies drawn from clinical and personal experience. A must-own for tired parents everywhere, this warm and wise guidebook will put sleep problems to bed and help whole families get the rest they need.

Let Me Hear Your Voice: A Family’s Triumph over Autism

Let Me Hear Your Voice is a mother’s illuminating account of how one family triumphed over autism. It is an absolutely unforgettable book, as beautifully written as it is informative.

“A vivid and uplifting story . . . Offers new strength to parents who refuse to give up on their autistic children.” — Kirkus

Thinking in Pictures, Expanded Edition: My Life with Autism

For the new edition, Grandin has written a new afterword addressing recent developments in the study of autism, including new diagnostic criteria, advancements in genetic research, updated tips, insights into working with children and young people with autism, and more.

Activity Schedules for Children With Autism, Second Edition: Teaching Independent Behavior

Activity schedules are a set of pictures or words that cue a child to follow a sequence of steps. Based on ABA methods, learners are taught using a system of graduated guidance–physical prompts systematically faded as performance increases. Once the individual has mastered their use, he or she can independently follow a schedule to engage in activities at home, at school, and during leisure time. For example, activity schedules can cue an individual to prepare food with minimal assistance, interact with classmates, and complete a puzzle.

Understanding Applied Behavior Analysis, Second Edition

This revised and updated edition reflects recent developments and introduces new key terms. Albert J. Kearney explains the kinds of learning and reinforcement processes that form the basis of ABA programs. Having covered these essential principles, he describes how the science of behavior analysis can be effectively applied to real life behavior problems. He looks at how behavior is assessed and various intervention techniques that are often employed with children who have autism and other special needs. Having laid these essential foundations, Kearney touches on more advanced topics: the applications of ABA in behavioral education, such as precision teaching and programmed instruction.

Born on a Blue Day: Inside the Extraordinary Mind of an Autistic Savant

Bestselling author Daniel Tammet (Thinking in Numbers) is virtually unique among people who have severe autistic disorders in that he is capable of living a fully independent life and able to explain what is happening inside his head.

* All descriptions and pictures are taken from Amazon.