Five Awesome Children's Books About Autism

Life feels like a wild ride right now, but we're all doing our best for our families in the midst of it. 

Chances are you know someone on the autism spectrum: at school, work, or maybe in your family. We love these children's books and hope you do, too! 

1. Wiggles, Stomps, and Squeezes Calm My Jitters Down by Lindsey Rowe Parker

Wiggles, Stomps, and Squeezes Calm My Jitters Down by Lindsey Rowe Parker

This book exudes JOY and explains sensory differences and needs in a way that way leave your little one with a smile on their face. 

"The vibration in her feet when she runs, the tap-tap-tap of her fork on the table at mealtime, the trickle of cool water running over her hands--these are the things that calm her jitters down. This book is for anyone who has ever felt the need for a wiggle, stomp, or squeeze!" 

2. A Friend for Henry by Jenn Bailey 

A friend for henry by Jenn Bailey

If you're looking for a sweet book, look no further. (It has a happy ending) 

"In Classroom Six, second left down the hall, Henry has been on the lookout for a friend. A friend who shares. A friend who listens. Maybe even a friend who likes things to stay the same and all in order, as Henry does. But on a day full of too close and too loud, when nothing seems to go right, will Henry ever find a friend—or will a friend find him? With insight and warmth, this heartfelt story from the perspective of a boy on the autism spectrum celebrates the everyday magic of friendship."

3. Headphones by Kira Elbeyli 

Headphones by Kira Elbeyli

This adorable book was written to help children with autism & sensory differences feel comfortable wearing their new headphones. It can also be used to help explain their headphones to others. 

"The author explains how loud environments may feel to a person with autism or sensory disorders.  Finally, the author points out several appropriate locations where headphones can be worn, and reminds the reader that they can wear headphones anywhere.

The author/illustrator also showcases several different types of headphones, big and small, as well as several different colors.  The children illustrated in the book all look different, in the hopes that each child can find a character they can relate to.  

The book was written and illustrated with inclusion in mind.  

It is the perfect book to purchase for a child who is just beginning to wear headphones, and was written for the author's preschool-age son with autism.

'Sometimes it's too loud, but I know what to do!  I put my headphones on my ears, and noise does not get through.' "


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4. My Brother Charlie by Holly Robinson Peete and Ryan Elizabeth Peete

My Brother Charlie by Holly Robinson Peete and Ryan Elizabeth Peete

Actress and activist Holly Robinson Peete wrote this story with her daughter, Ryan Peete. It's based on her 10-year old son. 

"From bestselling author and actress Holly Robinson Peete--a heartwarming story about a boy who happens to be autistic, based on Holly's son, who has autism.

Charlie has autism. His brain works in a special way. It's harder for him to make friends. Or show his true feelings. Or stay safe.' But as his big sister tells us, for everything that Charlie can't do well, there are plenty more things that he's good at. He knows the names of all the American presidents. He knows stuff about airplanes. And he can even play the piano better than anyone he knows."

5. Just Right For You by Melanie Hayworth 

Just Right For You by Melanie Hayworth

This is a hug in book form. Beautifully illustrated and focused on the heart of the individual, it is a must for anyone who cares for someone on the autism spectrum, or any special need. 

Review by seajam: "Finally a wonderful neurodiverse / autistic positive book for little ones. Most books describe autism using a deficit or superpower view. This book focuses on acceptance with a straight forward and fair view. It’s also illustrated an actually autistic person."

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