What is Your Favorite Book About Autism?

I had a new teacher ask me today to suggest a book about autism to her. “If I’m going to [teach],” she said, “I figure I should know about it.”

How great is that?

Now I want to recommend a great book to her. Any suggestions? Also, if you have books about autism that you love, but that wouldn’t necessarily be for a teacher, can you also let me know what they are?

Thank you!!

15 thoughts on “What is Your Favorite Book About Autism?

  1. My favourite autism book is Not Even Wrong by Paul Collins. It was the first book I really read about autism and the lens through which I’ve viewed everything since then. I don’t know that it’s an ideal teacher’s intro to the subject, but it is personal and compelling, and it was, after all, MY intro to the subject.

  2. So I read the curious incident of the dog in the night-time by Mark Haddon. It’s completely fiction, told from the lens of a narrator who has autism and…it changed how I deal with my students with autism. So, it’s not academic, but it certainly is interesting.

  3. I also loved “The Incident of The Dog in the Nightime” by Mark Haddon. It was very entertaining as well as educational about Asperger’s Syndrome.

    I am a big fan of the coloring book, “My friend with Autism” by Beverly Bishop and have used it a number of times with friends from church, etc.

  4. Second the motion for “You’re Gonna Love This Kid!” I am also a fan of “Overcoming Autism” by Lynn Kern Koegel, which is more of a parent’s book but is very helpfully and practically written.

  5. OK, this is going to seem really odd, but I think that once you get through a book “about autism”, you should read To Kill a Mockingbird. Pay attention to what is said about Boo Radley, then compare that to what he actually does and his character when you really meet him at the end. This is what kids with autism face, compared to who they really are and what they can really do (and feel).

  6. I love The Sensory Sensitive Child for teachers and parents. It’s not autism exclusive, but it addresses so many puzzling behaviors and explains what the child is feeling/experiencing in a very accessible way.

    I also am very partial to Gravity Pulls You in, for obvious reasons, but also because the depth and variety of experience captured in those essays and poems speaks to such a wide variety of situations in a way that personalizes autism for those who might otherwise tend to view it in a strictly clinical way.

    And for parents, A Slant of Sun, by Beth Kephardt. One of the most beautiful memoirs of early childhood and autism that I’ve ever read.

  7. That’s better than the question I got today which was, “Can you read that Picoult book and tell me, from a parent’s perspective, if she accurately described what it’s like to raise a child with Asperger’s?”

    Like they are all the same?


  8. One that I just bought for my six-year-old ASD kid is “Arnie and His School Tools – Simple Sensory Solutions that Build Success”. He took it to school and shared it with his K teacher, and she ended up reading it to the class to kind of explain some of the supports he has and how they help him. (Things like fidgets, gum, and weighted blankets or vests are explained in kid-friendly terms.) The teacher, in particular, loved it! And Ryan loved saying “that boy’s just like me!” I’m buying a copy for the school to have in their resource room and kids to share with classrooms as needed. We also showed it to his OT and she thought it was great.

  9. I’m so glad to have stumbled upon this blog– it’s great! My blog partner and I work at TEACCH in NC and write a lot about resources that may be helpful to parents and professionals. Check it out at theautismangle.blogspot.com!

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