If you are a parent carer to a child with autism, chances are you have searched on the internet for recommended children’s books to explain autism to a child. Books sometimes have words that we cannot find or put together and they can be incredibly helpful when you want to explain something in the best way possible. To save you time searching the internet, in this blog, we aim to give you a list of the best books on autism for children.
Our top picks for Autism books for children
Loud! By Rose Robbins
This book will be relatable to a lot of children with autism who struggle at school due to sensory and behavioural issues. It tells the story of Abigail, who can find it hard to concentrate and often gets sent out of her class to cool down. One day Abigail screams in class but instead of telling her off or sending her out of the room, her teacher finds a way to include Abigail. This book is great at showing children that some people behave differently and this doesn’t mean that they are ‘bad’ for doing so.
Through the Eyes of Us. By Hannah Rounding and Jon Roberts
This book highlights that autism is a spectrum and as such, not everyone with autism is the same. In fact, they can be quite different. It tells the story of Kya and Martha who have different experiences due to their autism and sensory needs.
Finding My Voice. By Aoife Dooley
This is a great book for children with autism to read on the journey of starting high school. It tells the story of Frankie and how being yourself is important, even if you are different, and how we should be kind and supportive of one another.
Talking is Not My Thing. By Rose Robbin
Another great book by Robbins, this story uses speech bubbles, colours and pictures to highlight non-verbal communication. It’s a great picture book for younger children with autism.
Issaac and His Amazing Aspergers Superpowers! By Melanie Walsh
This book tells the story of Isaac who has aspergers. It helps children to understand that children with autism can find understanding emotions difficult and that various strategies can help them to concentrate and focus, like fidget toys.
All My Stripes: A Story for Children with Autism. By Shaina Rudolph and Danielle Royer
This book is useful for helping to explain autism to your child and why they may feel different to other children. It is about Zane the zebra who is worried that his classmates might treat him differently because of his autism. He soon realises that his autism is a positive thing and so is being unique.
Different Like Me. By Jennifer Elder
Different Like Me is a great book that highlights famous and inspirational figures who have autism. They all excel in different things but find it difficult to fit in, just like Quinn, who is 8-years-old and has asperger’s.
The Survival Guide for Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders (And Their Parents). By Elizabeth Verdick and Elizabeth Reeve
This book is a fantastic resource for children with autism, helping them to understand their feelings and behaviours and find tools to help cope with any challenges that they face. The book has checklists, facts, resources and stories from children with autism. There is also a helpful section for parents.