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11 Books for Kids on the Autism Spectrum

  • Brooke Slezak

    With 1 in 50 school aged kids diagnosed with autism, there’s a clear need for quality books for children across the spectrum. Fortunately, they're out there.

    To get insight on what to keep an eye out for, spoke with Lisa Goring, vice president of Family Services at Autism Speaks.

    “When looking for books for kids on the spectrum it is important to keep the messaging positive and provide strong examples about the unique skills of those with autism," said Goring, mother of two children, one of whom has autism.

    “A good book about autism should provide specific examples of the child’s strengths as well their challenges.”

    With that in mind, here’s our list of the best books for kids with autism, with input from Goring. Happy reading!

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    Troy’s Amazing Universe: M is for Mall
    By S. Kennedy Tosten
    Based on the author’s son who is on the spectrum, Tosten will open your eyes to the amazingly optimistic world that resides within Troy’s mind. Best of all, there is a whole series of books about Troy’s adventures, so you can continue reading with your child.

    $13.95 at

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    Point to Happy: A Book for Kids on the Autism Spectrum
    By Miriam Smith and Afton Fraser
    Wanting to give her grandson the perfect gift, Miriam Smith partnered with her daughter Afton Fraser to write a book specially designed for kids on the autism spectrum. Filled with simple language and large colorful photos, this book and the attached pointer can be used as a communication tool for you and your child

    $12.76 at

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    Autistic? How Silly is That!: I Don’t Need Any Labels at All
    By Lynda Farrington Wilson
    This book will give kids the confidence to break through their “autistic” label. With the help of the book’s narrator, who is also has autism, kids learn that they have many wonderful qualities that define who they are.

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    Different Like Me: My Book of Autism Heroes
    By Jennifer Elder
    A great read for older kids on the spectrum. Narrator Quinn, an 8 and three-quarters years-old boy, examines the lives of successful men and women who have autism, just like him. From Albert Einstein to Dian Fossey, Quinn explains these talented individuals have made their mark on history.

    $13.65 at

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    Gallop!: A Scanimation Picture Book
    By Rufus Butler Seder
    Kids (and parents!) of all ages will fall in love with Gallop! Prepare to be dazzled by the brand-new Scanimation technology that makes the animals in this picture book practically leap off the page. Your kids will want to read this one again and again.

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    I’m Here
    By Peter H. Reynold
    I’m Here is a beautifully illustrated book with a powerful message. Kids will learn that it’s okay if they don’t fit in because they will never truly be alone and that sometimes, friendship can blossom in unexpected places.

    $12.88 at

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    Jay and Ben
    By Lulu Delacre and Katharine Swanson
    ​Jay and Ben tells the story of a little boy who befriends a magical horse. Developed for children with learning difficulties, Jay and Ben is the perfect book for children with autism or other developmental disorders.

    $20.00 at

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    Ben Has Autism. Ben is Awesome!
    By Meredith Zolty, Illustrated by Rebecca Rivard
    Just like you, there are so many things that 5-year-old Ben can do! He can type his own name and play hide-and-seek. There are also some things that Ben has trouble with, like putting on his pajamas. This relatable book teaches kids to focus on their strengths, while acknowledging their weaknesses.

    $8.95 at

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    The Survival Guide for Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders (And Their Parents)
    By Elizabeth Verdick and Elizabeth Reeve
    Best read with a parent, this book helps kids on the autism spectrum understand their diagnosis and recognize their individual needs and differences. It encourages kids to focus on what they can do, as opposed to what they cannot.

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    The Autism Acceptance Book: Being a Friend to Someone With Autism
    By Ellen Sabin
    A great way to teach kids compassion, acceptance and how to be a good friend to those who are different. A must-read for raising a kind and thoughtful child.

    $13.44 at

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    My Friend with Autism: A Coloring Book for Peers and Siblings
    By Beverly Bishop
    The author explains autism to young children in a tactful and relatable way, while the parent section helps grown-ups answer those tough questions. An excellent addition to any family library.

    $20.05 at