As temperatures cool and families begin spending more time in the home, we thought it would be a perfect time to share some of our favorite books that shine a light on families affected by autism spectrum disorder. If your child has a diagnosis and finds it difficult relating to others, these books will introduce relatable characters helping your child through challenging times. Similarly, if you have family members who find it difficult appreciating individuals with autism these books will provide a better perspective about individuals on the spectrum and hopefully lead to more empathy. We hope after reading your family is able to spread autism acceptance in our community!
Noah Chases the Wind
“Noah Chases the Wind” is about a little boy who has autism. Noah knows he is different. He acts, feels, and sees things differently than other kids. Noah likes to learn about new things, and he wants to know where the wind goes. Noah decided he can find out where the wind goes if he chases the wind. The wind goes around the town. Then the wind picks Noah up and flies him high above the clouds.
Since We’re Friends
Matt’s autism doesn’t keep him from having fun! Even when he struggles in social situations, his friend is there to help him out. The two boys love playing sports watching movies, reading books, and talking about animals. By working together, a best friend’s understanding and compassion change Matt’s frustration into excitement. No matter where they go—from the basketball court to the playground swings to the neighborhood pool—the two friends enjoy spending time with each other.
Tacos Anyone? / ¿Alguien quiere tacos? An Autism Story
This bilingual children’s book is the story about two brothers, Michael and Thomas. Michael is a four-year-old boy with autism. His older brother, Thomas, doesn’t understand his brother’s behavior and can’t figure out how to play with him. When a therapist explains to Thomas that Michael is autistic, Thomas learns how to better relate to his brother.
“Leah’s Voice” is a story that touches on the difficulties children encounter when they meet a child with autism or special needs. Siblings may find it hard to explain to their friends or feel disappointed when others aren’t understanding. This book tells the story of two sisters facing these challenges. Through her kindness and devotion, one sister teaches by example the importance of including everyone and showing acceptance.
The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year Old Boy with Autism
Written by Naoki Higashida, a very smart, very self-aware, and very charming thirteen-year-old boy with autism, this memoir demonstrates how an autistic mind thinks, feels, perceives, and responds in ways few of us can imagine. Every parent of an autistic child wishes to get inside the autistic mind, and this book helps to make that a reality. Naoki cannot physically speak out loud, however he uses an alphabet grid to carefully construct the answers to common questions people have about those on the spectrum. Why do you line up your toy cars and blocks? Why don’t you make eye contact when you’re talking? With disarming honesty and a generous heart, Naoki shares his unique point of view on not only autism but life itself.