Books To Support Autism Awareness

April is Autism Awareness Month, but these books can be used year round to educate and celebrate.

Books for Elementary School

How to Build a Hug: Temple Grandin and Her Amazing Squeeze Machine by Amy Guglielmo and Jacqueline Tourville

I remember watching the HBO documentary about Temple Grandin and being struck by her “hug machine.” This beautiful book talks about the incredible invention of the ultimate coping tool.

Inside Asperger’s Looking Out and All Cats Are On The Autism Spectrum by Kathy Hoopman

All Cats Are on the Autism Spectrum by [Kathy Hoopmann]

I randomly discovered this books years ago and I’m so glad I did. They are a favorite on my bookshelf. Honest, funny, and insightful they truly “nail” what it’s like to live on the spectrum. The perfect way to build empathy.

My Brother Charlie by Holly Robinson Pete

My Brother Charlie by [Ryan Elizabeth Peete, Holly Robinson Peete, Shane Evans]

A perfect book for any student who has a sibling on the spectrum. It celebrates the struggles and strengths that come with Autism.

The Girl Who Thought In Pictures by J. Mosca

The Girl Who Thought in Pictures: The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin (Amazing Scientists Book 1)

I was once fortunate enough to hear Temple and her mother speak at a conference. I remember them talking about Temple’s struggles and strengths and in the course of the conversation compared Temple’s brain to a “Google Image Search.” The analogy stuck with me!

This book is a great way to explaining how those with Autism think “differently.”

Leah’s Voice by Lori DeMoria

Leah's Voice by [Lori DeMonia]

A wonderful book for any student who has a new friend or sibling on the spectrum. This is the story of two sisters and the importance of inclusion.

Understanding Sam by L. Venter

Hardcover Understanding Sam and Asperger Syndrome Book

Told in the 3rd person this book goes into many challenges those on the spectrum face- dislike of loud noises, trouble making friends, and the fear of change.

Books for Middle School and Beyond

A Boy Called Bat by Elana K. Arnold

This is the first book in a trilogy about a boy on the autism spectrum. Meet the incredible young man who cares for a baby skunk. Perfect for middle grades.

The Danger Box by Blue Balliett

The Danger Box by Blue Balliett
I still think about this book years after reading it! It’s a great mystery and the excitement only builds as you continue to read.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

Paperback The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Book
This book is narrated by a 15 year old, but it’s really wonderful for middle school and beyond. I loved it as an adult. I love the feel of Sherlock Holmes in this book and the perspective of being autistic and gifted.

Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger’s Kindle Edition John Elder Robison

Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger's by [John Elder Robison]

Written by the brother of my favorite author, Augusten Burroughs, this memoir doesn’t hold back about life with autism. It talks about difficult struggles like connecting with others and trying to fit in. I would read with high school and beyond.

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