With the growing number of children in America having some type of Autism Spectrum Disorder, books on the subject are starting to become more common. We’ve compiled a list of great books for autistic kids of all ages. Have any favorites? Add them in the comments!
“When My Worries Get Too Big! A Relaxation Book for Children Who Live with Anxiety”
By Kari Dunn Buron
Almost all children on the Autism Spectrum suffer from some form of anxiety. This book teaches beginning visualization and techniques that even very young children can use to calm themselves. It also lists preventative measures that are easy for all ages to understand, so children can learn to self-calm at the first sign of panic or anxiety.
$11.62 at Amazon.com
“Ben Has Autism. Ben is Awesome”
By Meredith Zolty
Written by the mother of an autistic child, “Ben Has Autism. Ben is Awesome” is a great book for young people on the spectrum and for other children to learn more about kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Ben is 5 years old and has trouble with some of the things he does. Read along while he tries to figure things out and realizes that he’s not alone.
$14.94 at Amazon.com
“Different Like Me: My Book of Autism Heroes”
By Jennifer Elder
Autistic kids 8 and older will enjoy discovering that people like Albert Einstein and Lewis Carroll were also autistic! Each person is given a short bio that includes some of the difficulties they faced. It can provide a self-esteem boost for ASD children.
$15.26 at Amazon.com
“A 5 Is Against the Law! Social Boundaries: Straight Up! An Honest Guide for Teens and Young Adults”
By Kari Dunn Buron
This book is a must have for teenagers and young adults that have “difficulty understanding and maintaining social boundaries.” Based on Buron’s popular “The Incredible 5-Point Scale,” this book shows just how easy it is to get to a “5” and get in real trouble.
$20.27 at Amazon.com
“My Book Full of Feelings: How to Control and React to the Size of Your Emotions”
By Amy Jaffe and Luci Gardner
This is a fantastic, fully interactive book for kids and teens on the spectrum and with ADHD. It helps explain each emotion, the level of the emotion and how to stay at a comfortable place. It even explores how emotions can get out of hand.
$25.83 at Amazon.com
“The Asperkid’s (Secret) Book of Social Rules: The Handbook of Not-so-obvious Social Guidelines for Tweens and Teens with Asperger Syndrome”
By Jennifer Cook O’Toole
O’Toole’s husband and three children have Aspergers Syndrome. She’s written several books on autism, and this is a favorite for tweens and teens. From Facebook to hanging out at the mall, this book covers all sorts of social situations that are tough for autistic kids to navigate. O’Toole uses comics and engaging writing to keep their attention.
$14.40 at Amazon.com
“All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome”
by Kathy Hoopmann
This is a hysterical book that will brighten the faces of kids who are age 1 and older. It features photos of cats with an associated Aspergers behavior. For example, a photo of a kitten with his paws up reads, “An Asperger child looks at the world in his own unique way.”
$10.79 at Amazon.com
“Chameleon Kid—Controlling Meltdown Before He Controls You”
By Elaine Marie Larsen
Using the skills of a chameleon, kids learn to control the meltdown inside them rather than letting it control them. The book presents easily understandable skills for staying calm and happy with cartoons that hold kids’ interest.
$16.18 at Amazon.com
“Armond Goes to a Party”
By Nancy Carlson
Armond goes to a birthday party and shares his experience, and he describes what he does when he gets overwhelmed. The book includes “notes to grownups” for ideas on helping an autistic child make friends and get through tough situations.
$9.74 at Amazon.com
“Social Story—Playing with a Friend and Winning & Losing”
By Jene Aviram
“Social Story—Playing with a Friend and Winning & Losing” is part of the “Now I Get It! Social Stories” series by Natural Learning Concepts. The book features two stories: the first teaches autistic kids how to play with other children, and the second shows how to win and lose without getting upset.
$8.84 at Amazon.com
“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 Amazon.com
“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 Amazon.com
“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 also has autism, kids learn that they have many wonderful qualities that define who they are.
$11.28 on Amazon.com
“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 Amazon.com
“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.
$12.24 at Amazon.com
“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 Amazon.com
“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 Amazon.com
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