Autism Awareness Children’s Books

• Celebrate National Autism Awareness during April •
An entire month devoted to raising awareness of autism and neurodiversity!

You may be wondering what is neurodiversity?

According to Harvard Health Publishing Medical School,

“Neurodiversity describes the idea that people experience and interact with the world around them in many different ways; there is no one “right” way of thinking, learning, and behaving, and differences are not viewed as deficits. The word neurodiversity refers to the diversity of all people, but it is often used in the context of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), as well as other neurological or developmental conditions such as ADHD or learning disabilities.”

What better way to raise awareness and educate our children on autism and neurodiversity than with books? That being said, I’ve scoured the web looking for the best children’s book list on autism awareness and created this one-stop post for you right here on KidLit TV.

Click on the hyperlinks below to find diverse autism books, own voices books, and books on autism for young readers.

From the University of Iowa: Some #OwnVoices Books About Autism in the Youth Collection,  What We Do All Day: Children’s and Teen Books with Characters on the Autism Spectrum and from Imagination Soup:  Beginning and Middle-Grade Chapter Books.    Mommy Evolution has this list on  ADHD Books for Teens.   I’ve included this post on ADHD because they are related in several ways and have the same symptoms although ADHD is not on the autism spectrum having one of these conditions increases the chances of having the other.  More information on this is here. On Meraki Lane has a wonderful post with 31 Helpful Books about Autism for Parents and Kids, too!  Harper Collins has a list of  14 Books to Read during National Autism Awareness Month.   Lastly, this is by far my favorite book list because it features autistic Black children as the main characters:  6 Books About Autism Featuring Black Characters.
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Kid Lit TV Commenter Lauren

It`s a nice list. “How to Speak Dolphin” by Ginny Rorby was really helpful for my child`s understanding. About 1% of the world’s population has autism spectrum disorder, so it`s important to teach your child about this. Thank you for your list, I will consider some of other books!


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