Books on Autism to share in your classroom

World Wide Autism Awareness and Acceptance Day Blog Hop

Welcome to my blog, "All Things Special Ed." I am happy you have stopped by to learn more about Autism and how as a teacher you can help those with and with out autism build awareness and acceptance in your classroom and school.

I love using books to help my students and students in the regular education classroom learn about Autism and to share how they can be a good friend and peer to their classmate who has Autism in their classroom. Here is a list of books you may be interested in using in your own classroom and/or school.

1. My Best Friend Will 
By Jamie Lowell and Tara Tuchel
This stunning black-and-white photo journal chronicles the relationship between 11-year-old neurotypical Jamie and her friend Willie who has autism. The reader enters Willie s world through Jamie s eyes to witness events that unfold at school, at home, and at play. In the process, you will gain a rich understanding and appreciation of Willie s many unique qualities and come to accept that they are all a part of who he is.

2. The Autism Acceptance Book
By Ellen Sabin

The Autism Acceptance Book is an activity book, a conversation-starter, and an educational tool that engages children in learning to embrace people's differences and treat others with respect, compassion, and kindness.. It teaches children about autism; helps them imagine how things might feel for those with autism, and lets them think of ways to be understanding and accepting to people with autism. Ideal for children 6-13 and classrooms and other group settings.

3.  How to Talk to an Autistic Kid
By Daniel Stefanski (an autistic kid)

Kids with autism have a hard time communicating, which can be frustrating for autistic kids and for their peers. In this intimate yet practical book, author Daniel Stefanski, a fourteen-year-old boy with autism, helps readers understand why autistic kids act the way they do and offers specific suggestions on how to get along with them.
While many "typical" kids know someone with autism, they sometimes misunderstand the behavior of autistic kids, which can seem antisocial or even offensive–even if the person with autism really wants to be friends. The result of this confusion is often painful for those with autism: bullying, teasing, excluding, or ignoring. How to Talk to an Autistic is an antidote. Written by an autistic kid for non-autistic kids, it provides personal stories, knowledgeable explanations, and supportive advice–all in Daniel's unique and charming voice and accompanied by lively illustrations.
Always straightforward and often humorous, How to Talk to an Autistic Kid will give readers–kids and adults alike–the confidence and tools needed to befriend autistic kids. They'll also feel like they've made a friend already–Daniel.
4. Ian's Walk, A Story about Autism
By Laurie Lears

Julie can't wait to go to the park and feed the ducks with her big sister. Her little brother, Ian, who has autism, wants to go, too. Ian doesn't have the same reactions to all the sights and sounds that his sisters have, and Julie thinks he looks silly.

5. Looking After Louis
By Lesley Ely and Polly Dunbar

A young girl sits next to a boy named Louis at school. Louis has autism, but through imagination, kindness, and a special game of soccer, his classmates find a way to join him in his world. Then they can include Louis in theirs.

6. A Friend Like Simon
By Katie Gaynor

This is a special education children's picture books that introduces autism. When an autistic child joins a mainstream school, many children can find it difficult to understand and cope with a student that is somewhat ‘different’ to them. This story encourages other children to be mindful and patient of the differences that exist and to also appreciate the positive contribution that an autistic child can make to the group - See more at:

7. Autism Is?
By Ymkje Wideman-van der Laan

Logan overhears his grandma tell her friend he has autism, and he asks her, ”Autism is...?” She explains it to him in this beautifully illustrated story. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a disability that, according to new statistics released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on March 29, 2014, affects an estimated 1 out of 68 children (1 in 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls) in the US alone. It is a spectrum disorder because its impact on development can range from mild to severe. The areas of development most affected are social interaction and communication skills, difficulties with verbal and non-verbal communication, and leisure play. Someone wisely said, “If you have met one person with autism, you have met one person with autism.” The characteristics are different with each unique individual, and so are the ways to interact, teach, and care for them. You may or may not wish to explain the term autism to your child at a young age, but if you do, I hope this book can help make it easier for you, as it did for me when explaining autism to Logan. His inquisitive mind wanted to know, and once he read this story, even before it was illustrated, he was satisfied with the answer.

And of course there are many, many more books out there- leave a comment and share your favorite! 

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Happy World Wide Autism Awareness and Acceptance Day!! Until next time, 

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