3 Great Books About Autism
Introduce your child to the world of people with autism with these thoughtful books.
"All My Stripes-A Story for Children with Autism" by Shaina Rudolph and Danielle Royer
Zane is a zebra with autism, which makes his stripes a little different from other zebras. Zane’s autism stripe sets him apart from his classmates, and he worries that his class will only see his stripe, not him. Guided by his loving mom, Zane comes to understand that his special stripe is only one of the many things that makes him unique. Recommended for ages 4-8.
"Isaac and His Amazing Asperger Superpowers!" by Melanie Walsh
Meet Isaac, who has boundless energy and can remember lots of facts. Sometimes his amazing brain makes social interactions hard, though. Isaac doesn’t really have superpowers, but has a form of autism called Asperger syndrome. He introduces readers to his challenges and his coping strategies, and through Isaac parents and children can start a discussion about the ways we all cope with stress, and what it may be like to have a friend with Asperger’s. Recommended for ages 6-8.
"How to Speak Dolphin" by Ginny Rorby
Twelve-year-old Lily has a lot of responsibility since her mother died. She takes care of her younger brother Adam, who has severe autism while trying to navigate school, friends and her distant, but well-meaning, stepfather. Lily struggles to convince her stepfather that Adam needs a special school while Adam bonds with a therapy dolphin. When Lily realizes that the dolphin seeks freedom as she does, she must decide where her loyalties lie. A great book for siblings of children with autism, Rorby paints a vivid picture of life with a child with autism and the struggles a family can face. Recommended for ages 10-13.