Today is World Autism Awareness Day, designated in 2007 by the United Nations to promote global awareness. Autism has no racial, ethnic or socio-economic boundaries, so it is important to focus on AWARENESS. It’s also an important time to highlight the talents and gifts of those on the Autism Spectrum.
Since April is National Autism Awareness Month in the U.S., I will be reviewing a few autism books this month and throughout the year.
Today I will share the titles and authors of 22 books that I have reviewed in the Autism Spectrum. You can click on Autism Spectrum and Asperger’s Syndrome in the “Topics” side bar to the right of my blog to find all the reviewed and recommended books. The titles include Picture Books (PB), Middle Grade (MG), Young Adult (YA) and books for Parents.
Anthony Best, Davene Fahy
Ellie Bean: The Drama Queen, Jennie Harding
Ian’s Walk, Laurie Lears
I’m Here, Peter Reynolds
In Jesse’s Shoes, Beverly Lewis
My Brother Charlie, Holly and Ryan Elizabeth Peete
Russel’s World: A Story for Kids about Autism, Charles A. Amenta, III, M.D.
Understanding Sam and Asperger’s Syndrome, Clarabelle van Niekerk & Liezl Venter, MA, CCC-SLP
Wings of Epoh, Gerda Weissmann Klein
Autism, The Invisible Chord, Barbara Cain
Different Like Me: My Book of Autism Heroes, Jennifer Elder
How to Talk to an Autistic Kid, Daniel Stefanski
Mocking Bird, Katherine Erskine
Rules, Cynthia Lord
The Survival Guide for Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders, by Elizabeth Verdick and Elizabeth Reeve, M.D.
Young Adult Fiction and Nonfiction
Carly’s Voice: Breaking Through Autism, Arthur and Carly Fleischmann (YA/Adult)
I Am in Here: The Journey of a Child with Autism, Elizabeth M. Bonker and Virginia Breen
Marcelo in the Real World, Francisco X. Stork
Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World, Sy Montgomery (MG/YA/Adult)
Wild Orchid, Waiting for No One, and White Bicycle, Beverly Brenna (YA Trilogy)
A Friend Like Henry, Nuala Gardner
Carly’s Voice: Breaking Through Autism, Arthur and Carly Fleischmann (Also for parents)
Following Ezra: What One Father Learned About Gumby, Otters, Autism and Love from His Extraordinary Son, Tom Fields-Meyer
Not My Boy, Rodney Peete
Resources: There are many local and national organizations promoting Autism Awareness Month. Check out Autism Speaks, the Autism Society, The Arc, The Autism Now Center for information, resources, research and tool kits.