4 Children's Books About Autism


As many of you already know I am the mother of a handsome highly intelligent, extremely handsome, dope son who also has autism. Being that it is Autism Acceptance month I wanted to share with you all four children's books about kids with Autism. What better way to help spread acceptance than to expose our little ones to the differences some of their peers or they themselves may house. Now I will be the first to admit before my son we didn't have any books about kids with Autism and that's when I realized as a mother I had to do better at exposing them to the fact that their friends, cousins, classmates, come in all shapes, colors, and abilities.

1. My Brother Charlie- Written by Holly Robinson Peete and her daughter Ryan Elizabeth Peete.

This book tells the story of a little girl whose brother has autism.  It was one of the first books we read and helped tremendously when explaining to my daughter that her big brother has autism. The characters looked like them and the perspective was from the sibling who wasn't actually autistic so this book worked out perfectly.

2. Some Kids Have Autism - Written by Martha E. H. Rustad

This book teaches diversity and tolerance to help kids understand and appreciate children with different disabilities. We chose this one in particular because King has always been more drawn to non-fiction books. The photos of real people rather than drawings were more interesting to him.

3. Since We're Friends- Written by Celeste Shally

This book is a great resource to talk to children who have friends, peers, or siblings with autism. It helps promote understanding, flexibility, and friendship. I even read it to King to try and help him understand his friends and sisters perspective. The fact that Matt, the character with autism, is an African American boy is a bonus. He gets to see a character with autism that looks like him. Representation is extremely important.

4. Why Does Izzy Cover Her Ears?- Written by Jennifer

This picture book is all about sensory overload which is a subject that can be hard to understand unless you are the one going through it. We picked this book because covering his ears was King's way of dealing, he could relate to the character on a personal level. Not only does this book share how Izzy feels but also gives solutions on how to self-regulate.

"The right book, 
in the right hands,
at the first time
can change the world"   

13 comments

  1. There are many other great books to check out these are just the ones we've read personally and love!

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  2. Sharonette L GreenApril 12, 2018 at 8:17 AM

    Fantastic reads. Love this blog I know I'm bias. Really love the reality of each read keep up the great work!

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  3. I really enjoyed reading this post I don't know much about autism so I love when you post abut it. I wanna check out a book for my girls.

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    1. glad u liked it....there is a great chance they will have someone in their class or school with autism so this will help them know and accpet their autistc peers better

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  4. This is so important to share ! As a child and youth worker I come across far too many mothers of children with autism that just simply don’t care enough to keep them engaged with tangible materials like books! This is great !!

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    1. thank you so much! for us it was all about finding what works for me and i dont get me wrong he isnt a big reader but we still read....it's important and figuring out early on that non-fiction books were his jam helped alot!

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  5. Thank you so much for making this post... I will definitely look into getting one of these to read to my son. I want to teach my son about tolerance and diversity young and also would like to understand more about autism for when he starts preschool so we can be understanding and kind.

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    1. thats really sweet and really helps towards autism accpetance. i wish i had been more educated about autism myself before hand

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  6. With so many kids on the spectrum, having these resources is so important to share with our kiddos. Thanks for sharing this, I can't wait to check them out.

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  7. Love this list! May get some of these for my son to help him better understand his peers. You are such an awesome mama and Kingston is such a handsome bright boy! Great blog post

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    1. thank you Najah i know his future autistic peers will really appreciate it!

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