Children's Books on Autism

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Afttig, Michelle
Bully-Be-Gone is book three in the Annie Books Series. The Windy Day with Annie, Calming the Stormy Days with Annie, and Bully-Be-Gone with Annie books, are a wonderful, non-threatening way, to introduce the topic of distractability and attention deficits to a young child and to introduce social skills training . So many times, my young attention deficit children respond, "I don't like her (Annie). She is bad." When prompted as to why they think she is bad, inevitably the response is, "Because she just daydreams. She is bad." In Bully-Be-Gone, Annie describes her feelings and emotions about bullies and the Bully-Be-Gone Plan, which includes social skills and avoiding being bullied.

AlGhani, A.J.
Deep inside everyone, a red beast lies sleeping. When it is asleep, the red beast is quite small, but when it wakes up, it begins to grow and grow. This is the story of a red beast that was awakened. Rufus is in the school playground when his friend John kicks a ball that hit him in the stomach, and wakes up the sleeping red beast: `I hate you - I'm gonna sort you out!'. The red beast doesn't hear the teacher asking if he's okay. It doesn't see that John is sorry - how can Rufus tame the red beast? This vibrant fully illustrated children's storybook is written for children aged 5+, and is an accessible, fun way to talk about anger, with useful tips about how to 'tame the red beast' and guidance for parents on how anger affects children with Asperger's Syndrome.

Altman, Alexandra
Alexander's little brother, Benjamin, doesn't do things the way Alexander thinks he should. He would rather stare at the wall than play with Alexander. And instead of talking, he just wiggles his fingers and rocks. Alexander knows it's wrong, but he can't help but feel embarrassed when one of his friends calls Benjamin a "wacko." When Benjamin's family learns that he has autism, they hire special teachers to teach him how to listen and talk and play. Alexander is glad-he just wants Benjamin to grow up faster. While Benjamin works with his teachers, Alexander works through his feelings of disappointment and jealousy. As time passes and each boy grows, Alexander discovers that Benjamin isn't just his brother-he is also his friend.

Amenta, Charles A.
This illustrated book introduces an autistic boy and examines his problems, strange moods, and play habits.

Band, Eve
When young people have questions about a brother or sister with autism or Asperger's Syndrome, clear answers are hard to find. 'Why does Daniel do that?' is the question ten year old Emily recalled asking her parents as a young child when she first sought to understand her older brother and his differences. Written by Eve Band, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist, his book gives voice to Emily's story: her questions about her brother, her search for answers about autism, her exploration of her feelings as a sibling of a high-functioning autistic brother. Told in her voice, Emily's story is as uplifting as it is filled with valuable information for parents and siblings - or any individual whose life is touched by a person with autism or Asperger's Syndrome.

Bardhan-Quallen, Sudipta

Bartholomew, Sandra
In the summertime, almost any weekend can be fun, but once in a great while, everything falls into place to make a perfect weekend. Megan Ropitsky lives in a guest house on the Maine coast, and visitors to the house provide some interesting adventures. In this story, Megan meets an autistic girl, deals with some feelings of jealousy, has some special times with her friends, and does something unselfish that brings an unexpected surprise.

Bellows, Melina Gerosa
When your entire life has been one long search for that mysterious "something" that will finally make you happy and complete, what you want changes faster than the fashions in Vogue. But that doesn't mean you stop wishing, does it? This is Bella Grandelli's heartbreaking, hilarious, and seemingly hopeless quest-from her days as a pudgy, insecure eight-year-old in the seventies, to a Madonna-worshipping Notre Dame co-ed in the eighties, where she tries on boyfriends as if they're leg-warmers, to a martini-sipping entertainment journalist in the nineties. The only constant through her love-life chaos is her twin brother, Bobby, whose mysterious illness has been a source of both triumph and tragedy-no matter how hard Bella tries to wish him well. But it's only when her family faces a devastating crisis that she finally realizes the painful truth about herself and her life. And no one is more surprised than Bella herself when that journey leads her to the only person in the world who holds the key to her heart.

Bishop, Beverly
My Friend with Autism is a coloring book to help peers and siblings understand autism and Asperger's Syndrome. It is the exceptional result of a parent's determination to help her special needs son fit in with his peers, and to foster tolerance and understanding among her son's friends and schoolmates. Author Beverly Bishop teaches high school computer classes and is the technology coordinator for a private K-12 school. She wrote My Friend with Autism for the teachers and students in her son's elementary school class. By helping others understand autism, she is able to encourage tolerance and a positive approach to classroom integration for special needs children.

Bleach, Fiona
This book is different! It is specially designed to give answers to the many questions of brothers and sisters of young people on the autistic spectrum. As well as explaining the characteristics of autism, it is full of helpful suggestions for making family life more comfortable for everyone concerned.

Boyd, Brenda
Ryan often seems to get the wrong end of the stick - which can make life tough. But when his twin brother Danny says he is going to 'kill' him things become serious. In Ryan's mind, there is only one way he can protect himself now. He must join the notorious Kelly Gang! As well as being a fun read, the author provides valuable insight into the intricate issues of navigating the world of social interactions for a child with Asperger Syndrome.

Brown, Laurie Krasny; Brown, Marc
Written and illustrated by the creators of the popular Dino Life Guides for Families, this book uses precise language and humorous illustrations to offer specific ways to be a friend and specific ways not to be one. A special section on how to deal with bosses and bullies has valuable information for young children going forth in the world and encountering these situations for the first time.

Brown, Mimi
Mimi Brown's Giggles is a deeply touching story of a young couple and their two daughters, Amy and Angie. Angie is autistic, deaf, and can only see clearly through one eye. But Angie is also the light and love that holds everyone so close with her amazing capacity to love, her sweet, innocent giggles and kisses and her determination. Giggles is sure to inspire anyone who may have to live life a bit differently, as well as those that take their blessings for granted.

Buehrens, Adam
A fictional story for children about how three boys with disabilities, taunted by their peers, find the magical power to cure their disorders.

Burns, Laura; Metz, Melinda
When Agatha and Orville go to visit Nana Wong, they find the door ajar and Nana gone! Agatha thinks her granny's been kidnapped, but the police are no help. The rejected detectives decide to investigate, and uncover photos of a strange man among Nana's negatives—could he be the kidnapper?

Burns, Laura; Metz, Melinda
B. Orville Wright has Asperger's Syndrome—and a genius-level IQ. He isn't popular, but he and his best friend, Agatha Wong, are great detectives. Together, they make one unstoppable crime- solving team! At Placid Middle School's annual football game, a prank gone wrong burns down the field house—where the school stores fertilizer. Now the field is ruined, and school really stinks . . . but Agatha and Orville smell foul play. Can they sniff out the prankster, or will the entire school be punished?

Buron, Kari Dunn; Myles, Brenda Smith
More than any other issue, 'losing control' can cause major problems for children with ASD. Through the irresistible character of Nicholas, this books gives young children an opportunity to explore with parents or teachers their own feelings as they react to events in their daily lives while learning some useful relaxation techniques. Children who use the simple strategies presented in this charming book, illustrated by the author, will find themselves relaxed and ready to work or play.

Bushardt, Alea
Cloud Filly is an exciting fantasy adventure about a teenage boy (Drake) and his sister (Nellie) who arrive in a new land by supernatural accident. They discover unicorns, which are much different than they ever imagined, and many mystical creatures such as fire horses, dragons and cloud unicorns. They are befriended by two sisters, one a mysterious sorceress. The adventure focuses on the friendship that is successfully forged between Drake and a wild, playful and independent filly unicorn (Cloudberry). Their love of running creates a special bond which enables them to chase a dream of winning the races held in that land. The adventure is troubled by a seemingly evil and hateful stallion (Nightcloud) who is revealed to be Cloudberry's brother. He holds a mysterious grudge against her, seems to feel that all his woes have been caused by her and is determined to make her pay for it. Even though he is considered a bad one to trust, Nellie begins to fall in love with him seduced by his great beauty and strong spirit. After all, no one said she was going to sit by and watch her brother have all the fun...

Camis, Jean
When I'm Away From Home is a workbook designed to provide specific information about the individual care requirements of a disabled child for anyone responsible for their care. It includes the child's medical and physical needs, their daily routine and a section which they can fill in themselves about their personality, preferences and habits. The workbook will benefit everyone involved: it will be an invaluable resource for the carer; the child, who may find it particularly difficult to understand and adapt to change, will benefit from the continuation of their everyday routine; and it may help to alleviate the anxieties of a parent or carer when they entrust their child into someone else's care. This clear and comprehensive workbook will help ensure that children's mental, physical, medical and emotional needs are met whenever they are being looked after by someone other than their primary carer.

Camis, Jean
When I'm Away From Home is a workbook designed to provide specific information about the individual care requirements of a disabled child for anyone responsible for their care. It includes the child's medical and physical needs, their daily routine and a section which they can fill in themselves about their personality, preferences and habits. The workbook will benefit everyone involved: it will be an invaluable resource for the carer; the child, who may find it particularly difficult to understand and adapt to change, will benefit from the continuation of their everyday routine; and it may help to alleviate the anxieties of a parent or carer when they entrust their child into someone else's care. This clear and comprehensive workbook will help ensure that children's mental, physical, medical and emotional needs are met whenever they are being looked after by someone other than their primary carer.

Carlson, Kevin
Wonder what life would be like with an autistic savant in your family?This book is a collection of 40 rhyming poems written by the author about his brother Kevin, an autistic savant. Includes 50 illustrations drawn by Kevin. A great read for young readers age 9 to 12 and grown-ups as well.

Carlson, Richard; Carlson, Kevin
Kevin Carlson, the author's younger brother, is an autistic savant. This book contains 6 short stories and 6 poems based on actual events involving Kevin. Who rode his bicycle into the pool? Gave himself a haircut? Ate someone else's food? Was terrified of a huge beetle? Wandered off? And rode the family dog? Kevin!

Carpenter, Mary
Temple Grandin was diagnosed with autism and suffered severe learning disabilities as a child. Bright lights and strong smells bothered her, and background noises other people couldn't even hear boomed inside her head. She first encountered cows on a trip to a cattle ranch when she was a teenager and realized that they experience the world in many of the same ways that she did—and were bothered by the same kinds of sights and sounds she was. She determined to find a way to ease their stress. Combining her remarkable ability to create building designs inside her head and her cow's eye view of the world, Temple became the foremost designer of humane animal facilities in the U.S. She persuaded fast food chains like McDonald's to adopt her standards for the humane treatment of animals and spurred a revolution in the American meat industry. Temple Grandin's life was documented in a PBS documentary entitled 'Stairway to Heaven' and by Oliver Sacks in his essay 'An Anthropologist on Mars.' In Rescued by a Cow and a Squeeze, Medical Reporter Mary Carpenter brings Temple's remarkable achievements to children and young adults for the first time.

Chara, Kathleen; Chara, Paul
Allergy Busters is a practical guide to help children struggling with allergy problems. It follows the experiences of Karston, who, in addition to autism-related problems, suffers from food and environmental allergies. He relates the struggles, frustrations, and disap-pointments in battling allergies, before coming up with a solution – the four Allergy Buster Keys. These effective methods for overcoming allergies are presented as a child-friendly plan leading to an allergy-free diet. The keys demonstrate how children with al-lergies can lead fun-filled lives by following simple, easily-attainable guidelines to man-age their allergies. Children on the autism spectrum suffering with gluten and casein allergies require professional services in addition to intensive family involvement. This book will be an asset to parents and professionals working with children on the autism spectrum who are struggling with allergies, as well as an informative resource for allergy sufferers themselves. The guidelines provided are both innovative and rooted in mainstream psychological principles, applicable to any child with allergy problems, not just those on the autism spec-trum. Written in a style that encourages the child to assist adults working with him or her, the authors have included a behavioural chart to track progress along the 'Allergy Buster System', as well as certificates for those children who succeed in becoming 'al-lergy busters'.

Chastain, Zachary
Duncan is different from other teenagers. Sometimes people think he acts like a robot, with stiff movements and a flat voice. Other times, he does or says the wrong things and ends up in trouble without ever realizing why. He doesn't really get jokes. He likes words to mean just one thing. Duncan has Asperger's syndrome, a condition that's often considered to be high-functioning form of autism. These young people interact with their worlds differently from others their age. But that doesn't mean they don?t have much to offer!

Clark, Joan
Jackson Thomas, a fifth grade boy with Asperger Syndrome, is back in Joan Clark s sequel to Jackson Whole Wyoming. This time, Jackson s in a new school with a new person telling the story. Hillary Branson has a real attitude problem, spunk, independence, and a tendency to lie. In Ann Drew Jackson, when the teachers assigns her to complete a science project with Jackson, Hillary tries to rebel in any way she can. As the story develops her issues are revealed. She and Jackson eventually discover that they have a lot more in common than they realize. Ann Drew Jackson brings to light a truth that teachers have known for years. Occasionally kids that have to deal with issues that are out of their control, such as Jackson, can become a guiding light for their peers. In Ann Drew Jackson, Jackson helps Hillary in a profound way. Jackson accomplishes this through being himself. Ann Drew Jackson lets children with and without ASD to experience the frustrations that may drift into their lives. The book so vividly allows them to see, from both sides of the spectrum, that people are people despite uncontrollable circumstances.

Clark, Joan
Tyler is confused when he is selected by his entire fifth-grade class to present a going-away gift to Jackson, a classmate who is moving out of town. The agonizing dilemma is that while Tyler likes Jackson, he is a little embarrassed to admit it, and is worried about being "lumped together" with Jackson, whom many of the other students view as a bit "strange." The truth of the matter is that Jackson has Asperger Syndrome, which explains his sometimes bizarre behavior and lack of social skills. In the end, Tyler's kind nature prevails and he does a wonderful job of presenting a class book to the departing Jackson. This heart-warming and often humorous book paints a realistic picture of the ups and downs in the life of a fifth-grader and, more important, of a young boy with Asperger Syndrome.

Crissey, Pat; Crissey, Noah
Personal Hygiene? What's that got to do with me? is a curriculum developed for students with autism, Asperger's Syndrome, learning and developmental disabilities, designed to help them understand how others perceive their appearance and the social implications of neglecting personal hygiene. Simple factual information is accompanied by humorous cartoons that emphasize how others view someone with poor hygiene. Step-by-step cartoons explain exactly what the student needs to do to ensure good hygiene. Quizzes and activity pages provide numerous opportunities for repetition and reinforcement of the key points. There are also hands-on activities to demonstrate why and how to perform various hygiene tasks. Several social stories are also provided, along with a set of worksheets that help students set up a daily schedule to allow time for completing necessary hygiene tasks.

Crowley, Suzanne
Merilee leads a Very Ordered Existence. V.O.E., for short. Her schedule (which must not be altered) includes, among other entries: * School (horrendous) * Litter patrol (30 minutes daily) * Lunch (PB&J and a pickle) * Bottle return (Friday only at the Piggly Wiggly) * Dame Fiona's meditation show (Saturday only, 6:00 AM). The V.O.E. is all about precision. Merilee does not have time for Biswick O'Connor. Merilee does not have time for Miss Veraleen Holliday. He with his annoying factoids and runny nose. She with her shining white shoes as big as sailboats. Both of them strangers who, like the hot desert wind that brings only bad news, blow into town and change everything.

Duane, Diane
While Nita grieves over her mother's death, Kit tackles a challenge as dangerous as it is strange: Rescue a young wizard who has vanished on his first assignment. This new wizard is unlike any other--he's autistic and he's a magical prodigy. His power is enormous. Now Kit and his dog, Ponch, must track down the missing boy before the Lone Power finds him.

Eden, Alexandra
Bones, a former police officer, teams up with Verity, a clever twelve-year-old with Asperger's syndrome, to try to solve the mystery of two missing girls.

Eden, Alexandra
Bones arrested by Grumbera and put in jail? It's true. Someone has been spray painting bad graffiti about the chief of police all over town, and the chief is convinced it is Bones. Now it's up to the duchess to find out who the real culprit is and prove that Bones is innocent. The duchess comes up with a brilliant plan to lay a trap for the suspects. Will the duchess's plan work? Will they be able to discover who the real culprit is and keep Bones out of jail? Find out in this, the third exciting Bones and the Duchess Mystery.

Eden, Alexandra
An ex-cop and a 12-year-old girl solving crimes? Odd, yes, but that's exactly what Bones Fatzinger and Verity Buscador do--even though Bones hates to admit he needs help. When a local church is torched, the parson approaches him to find the culprit. Bones thinks there's a nice fee to be had and plenty to look into. Verity, on the other hand, doesn't think there's much to investigate; she insists she already knows who did the deed. As in To Oz and Back (2003), cranky Bones' narration gives this a more adult sensibility than most mysteries for kids, and although Eden does plant a selection of red herrings to sort through, there's not much drama in the story. Readers will, however, find out a bit about the autistic-like behavioral characteristics associated with Asperger's syndrome, with which Verity deals, and they aren't likely to miss the goodhearted, inspirational message about forgiveness that's the real point of the novel

Edwards, Andreanna; Dineen, Tom, Illustrator
This book educates children about autism, a complex and often misunderstood condition. Told by Angel, whose friend Sam is autistic, the story describes what life is like for a child who lives with autism.

Elder, Jennifer
Autistic Planet is a magical world where all trains run exactly to time, where people working in offices have rocking chairs, and where all kids dream of winning the chess World Cup. Join us on a journey to this alternative reality, where being different is ordinary, and being "typical" is unheard of! Full of color illustrations and written in child-friendly rhyme, this book will be much loved by children, particularly those on the autism spectrum, their parents, teachers, carers and siblings.

Elder, Jennifer
Different Like Me introduces children aged 8–12 years to famous, inspirational figures from the world of science, art, maths, literature, philosophy and comedy. Eight-year-old Quinn, a young boy with Asperger's Syndrome, tells young readers about the achievements and characteristics of his autism heroes, from Albert Einstein, Dian Fossey and Wassily Kandinsky to Lewis Carroll, Benjamin Banneker and Julia Bowman Robinson, among others. All excel in different fields, but are united by the fact that they often found it difficult to fit in – just like Quinn. Fully illustrated in colour and written in child-friendly language, this book will be a wonderful resource for children, particularly children with autism, their parents, teachers, carers and siblings.

Ellis, Marvie
Michael is a four year old boy with autism. His older brother, Thomas, doesn't understand why Michael behaves the way he does. The therapist teaches Thomas how to play with Michael, making sibling time fun again. This fully color illustrated, bilingual (English and Spanish) children's book is written for young readers, parents, siblings, family members, and professionals who work with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Ellis, Marvie
An older sister can't understand why her little sister, Keisha, won't play with her. The family finds out that Keisha has autism and goes to see a therapist to understand what autism means to them. This fully color illustrated, bilingual (English and Spanish) children's book is written for young readers, parents, siblings, family members, and professionals who work with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Ely, Lesley; Dunbary, Polly
'There's a new boy at school called Louis. Louis sits next to me and I look out for him. He's not quite like the rest of us. Sometimes I wonder what he's thinking about. He often just sits and stares at the wall. If I ask him what he's looking at, he says, 'Looking at,' and keeps on looking.' 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.

Emigh, Karen
This outstanding picture book helps children understand the Who/What/When...questions while taking its readers on a fun journey looking for a lost shoe. A very entertaining book for all involved!

Emigh, Karen
Don't miss the second book in Karen Emigh's series. This time Herman's adventures will help your child discover the difficult concept of prepositions such as up, in, under, and behind by using colorful illustrations.

Espin, Roz
In this brightly illustrated book, readers are introduced to Alphie, a computer that is 'wired differently' and therefore has trouble fitting in and performing successfully. After beginning to doubt his self-worth and his ability to do anything right, Alphie finally meets a human, Chris, who has been hired to fix the malfunctioning computers in the lab. Chris' patient and accepting approach totally changes Alphie's life. Instead of feeling incompatible and useless, Alphie starts to realize that being different is what makes him special, and soon he is free to use his abilities to their fullest -- free to be who he was meant to be. This book, written for children ages 8 and up, fosters tolerance and acceptance while celebrating differences. It is a perfect addition to any family and school reading.

Faherty, Catherine
A workbook explaining self awareness and life lessons to the youth with high functioning autism or Asperger's Syndrome. This is the book most requested by parents and teachers. Written by a leading therapist, this book is a must-have for the person with high functioning autism or Asperger's Sydrome. Includes chapters to help explain their world. Special binding allows for easy photcopying for classroom use.

Fattig, Michele
The Annie Books are a must read for any parent, teacher, or student with the challenges of Attention Deficit Disorders. The Windy Day with Annie,Bully-Be-Gone with Annie, and Calming the Stormy Days with Annie books, are a wonderful, non-threatening way, to introduce the topic of distractability and attention deficits to a young child and to introduce social skills training. So many times, my young attention deficit children respond, "I don't like her (Annie). She is bad." When prompted as to why they think she is bad, inevitably the response is, "Because she just daydreams. She is bad."

Fattig, Michelle
A Windy Day with Annie is an early reader. A Windy Day is fun to read, and helps promote understanding for children with Attention Deficits and Asperger's. As a counseling tool, A Windy Day provides the opportunity to discuss a child's feelings about Annie and her daydreaming. Frequently, a young reader will indicate that Annie is "bad" because she doesn't pay attention. Discussing Annie's daydreaming and inattentiveness as a "difference in her brain," instead of being "bad," can help facilitate awareness and empathy in others and self-acceptance in those of us with ADD and AS.

Fattig, Michelle
A Prairie Day with Annie was written as a tool, to work with students, parents, and educators in order to increase awareness and empathy for those of us with Attention Deficit Disorders and Asperger's Syndrome. The Annie Books Series is designed to promote understanding, and teach social skills for both early and middle readers.

Freedman, Jeri
The author has a B.A. from Harvard University and spent fifteen years working in companies in the biomedical and high-technology fields. For young adult collections.

Frender, Sam
Brotherly Feelings explores the emotions that siblings of children with Asperger's Syndrome (AS) commonly experience. With illustrations throughout, this book will help siblings to understand that their emotional responses - whatever they are - are natural and OK. It is the ideal book for parents and professionals to use with siblings to discuss their emotional experiences, and will also help children with AS to form an understanding of the feelings of other family members.

Gagnon, Elisa
This much-needed book demystifies the unique and sometimes puzzling behaviors of individuals with Asperger Syndrome by letting the reader experience the world from the perspective of a young child with Asperger Syndrome. The brief, easy-to-understand text is accompanied by whimsical cartoon-like characters.

Gray, Carol
Carol Gray explains autism and Asperger's to students that share their classroom.

Gray, Carol
Carol Gray uses her unique abilities to help explain autism and Asperger's Syndrome to children who share their classroom. In the Sixth Sense, Carol Gray introduced us to our sixth sense, our social sense. The Sixth Sense II is more comprehensive than its predecessor, "Taming the Recess Jungle." It helps promote understanding and supportive social climates for children with autism spectrum disorders.

Hadcroft, Will
Gezz and her best friends Malcolm and Luke are having fun on the housing estate where they live when the arrival of a stranger interrupts their everyday lives and changes the world as they know it forever. Created by a professor of robotics, Anne Droyd is left in the care of these three children, who take her to school with them and teach her how to be 'a human'. This Asperger adventure explores the human condition and the need to integrate into a society that demands conformity. The author's pun on 'android' introduces the theme of alienation that runs throughout, a tool used to provide comfort to individuals who feel like 'aliens', excluded in a social environment. Readers will be captivated by the heroic characters and the colourful plot, and engaged by Hadcroft's imaginative presentation of real-life issues such as smoking, bullying and peer acceptance.

Haddix, Margaret Peterson
Jessie lives with her family in the frontier village of Clifton, Indiana, in 1840 -- or so she believes. When diphtheria strikes the village and the children of Clifton start dying, Jessie's mother reveals a shocking secret -- it's actually 1996, and they are living in a reconstructed village that serves as a tourist site. In the world outside, medicine exists that can cure the dread disease, and Jessie's mother is sending her on a dangerous mission to bring back help. But beyond the walls of Clifton, Jessie discovers a world even more alien and threatening than she could have imagined, and soon she finds her own life in jeopardy. Can she get help before the children of Clifton, and Jessie herself, run out of time?-

Haldane, Carol
Dannie is an eleven year old Aspergers child, she is smart, friendly and very helpful, but due to the Aspergers she finds it difficult to assess situations, work out what people think and really mean, make daily choices and understand emotions and sayings. Like most Aspergers children Dannie does find herself in trouble quite a few times for taking people literally, especially with idioms. 'Dannie's Dilemmas' tries to explain as many idioms as possible. Seeing life through Dannie's eyes shows us all how emotionally difficult it is for Aspergers children to understand the world that we take for granted every day. While in a sweet shop Dannie finds it difficult to understand the shop assistant and takes what the assistant says literally and finds herself in trouble. Dannie eventually makes it to the toy shop, she is overwhelmed by the amount of toys to choose from and thus Dannie's Dilemma begins, should she ask for her mothers help or should she choose for herself? The reader will choose her decision.

Hebert, Bryna
This workbook helps children understand strong feelings in a fun interactive format. Not only will children become acquainted with how to identify feelings but will also learn strategies to deal with those feelings in a socially appropriate manner. Sections of the workbook include: Feelings, Feelings Detective, Dealing with Feelings, Charting, and Problem Solving. Each section comes with it's own certificate of completion to encourage and reward children every step of the way. This workbook is great for any child who deals with strong emotions or has trouble identifying emotions.

Heiman, Herb
This is the story of Justin, a 15-year-old boy with autism who is starting his first semester in a mainstream school and Brad, the school track star, all-around cool guy, and Justin s assigned buddy. In Running on Dreams, these two middle-school boys are tossed together in a story of teenage angst, confusion, and friendship. For adolescents with autism and their neurotypical peers alike, the book is written from both Justin s and Brad s perspectives as they struggle to understand each other and themselves. Join Brad and Justin as they embark upon several teen benchmarks: the first date, rejection by peers, family pressure to succeed, fitting in with the right crowd, experiencing teenage sexuality, and dealing with the outsider kid who is perceived as not cool. This book captures many bittersweet and humorous events that bring new insight to a familiar world the world of heartbreak for two boys whose relationship starts out quite turbulent but evolves into a friendship of loyalty and trust.

Hoopmann, Kathie
All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome takes a playful look at Asperger Syndrome (AS), drawing inspiration from the feline world in a way that will strike a chord with all those who are familiar with AS. Delightful colour photographs of cats bring to life familiar characteristics such as sensitive hearing, scampering at the first sign of being stroked, and particular eating habits. Touching, humorous and insightful, this book evokes the difficulties and joys of raising a child who is different and leaves the reader with a sense of the dignity, individuality, and potential of people with AS. This engaging book is an ideal, gentle introduction to the world of AS.

Hoopmann, Kathy
Acclaimed author of the Asperger Adventures series for children Kathy Hoopmann has turned her hand to a novel for teenagers. Much more than just a book about a boy with Asperger Syndrome, this is her best book yet. Weaving the facts of Seb's Asperger Syndrome into the story, this fast-paced book will be a rivetting read for teenagers of all sorts and abilities. Seb is a loner. Brilliant with numbers and facts, but hopeless with people. Bored at school – he prefers the company of his computers, and his only friend, Guzzle. However, things change for the better. Kristie, a girl in his class, phones him one night. Kristie introduces Seb to Madeline and Jen, and the group become friends. Then a new computer teacher – Miss Adonia – brings a challenge back into schoolwork. So when Seb finds out that he has Asperger's Syndrome, he is not too concerned. Suddenly Guzzle starts to hang out with a group who had bullied Seb throughout the year. Seb reacts badly and ends up suspended from school. Miss Adonia agrees to tutor him so he can pass his exams, but she is not what she seems. Before long, Seb is caught up in a web of computer fraud and lies. Things come to a head when Madeline is mistreated by her mother and Seb turns to Madeline's mysterious cyber friend for help.

Hoopmann, Kathy
This is a warm, fun-filled fantasy story for children with a difference: the hero is Ben, a boy with Asperger Syndrome. When Ben and his friend Andy find an old bottle in the school yard, they little realize the surprises about to be unleashed in their lives. Bound up with this exciting mystery is the story of how Ben is diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome and how he and his family deal with the problems and joys that come along. Blue Bottle Mystery is a delight to read that is more than just another kid's book. For the first time, the issues and frustrations that a child may have with Asperger Syndrome are explored within a fictional format especially for children. Its portrayal of Ben as the central character offers other children with autistic spectrum disorders and their peers a positive role model. It is a valuable teaching tool that demystifies children with Asperger Syndrome, justifying their individuality as valid and interesting. In Blue Bottle Mystery Kathy Hoopmann has combined her love of children with her passion for fantasy literature to produce a delightful read for anyone who loves an adventure and wants a unique insight into the mind of an Asperger child.

Hoopmann, Kathy
Ben's attempt to cope with his newly diagnosed Asperger Syndrome is complicated by the crash landing in his back yard of an alien who knows nothing about Earth's rules and norms.

Hoopmann, Kathy
When Lisa discovers a derelict hut in her friend Ben's backyard, she delights in exploring the remnants of an era long gone. Imagine her surprise when Great Aunt Hannah moves into a nursing home nearby, and reveals that once she was a servant in those very rooms. The old lady draws Lisa into the art of lace making and through the cross-crossing of threads, Lisa is helped to understand her own Asperger Syndrome. But Great Aunt Hannah also has a secret and now it is up to Lisa to confront the mysterious lacemaker and put the past to rest.

Ives, Martine
After a brief introduction to the most common areas of difficulty for young people with AS, this reader-friendly booklet provides a list of practical tips to help deal with common problems. The book ends with a list of answers to frequently asked questions by young people.

Kahn, Robert
This children's safety booklet is particularly aimed at the challenged child. It will educate them and make their lives safer while entertaining with art and clever wording.

Kahn, Robert
This children's safety booklet is particularly aimed at the challenged child. It will educate them and make their lives safer while entertaining with art and clever wording.

Keating-Velasco, Joanne
Imagine spending a year in middle school without being able to talk with friends or understand the concept of hanging out. Joanna Keating-Velasco s In His Shoes - A Short Journey Through Autism gives readers an opportunity to follow Nicholas Hansen, a 13-year-old boy with autism, as he transitions to middle school and faces all kinds of new experiences new teachers, new friends, sounds and smells. But there s more to live then school. Accompany Nick to the beach, the mall, his birthday party, a track meet and his first school dance. As we view the world through Nick s eyes, we soon realize that, despite his challenges in many areas, particularly communication, his everyday life is very similar to that of other kids his age. In His Shoes offers a valuable tool for classrooms, community groups and families to promote discussions about life on the autism spectrum. Through a series of Points to Ponder after each chapter, young readers learn ways to offer support and encouragement to individuals with autism disorders and similar challenges. This book is great for students ages 11-15.

Keating-Velasco, Joanne
A Is for Autism, F Is for Friend provides a unique glimpse of life from the perspective of a child who has severe autism. It is told through the voice of Chelsea, an 11-year-old girl, who has severe autism. Chelsea sees kids on the playground and at the park and wants to get to know them, but social interaction can be tricky for her. As Chelsea explains some of her behaviors and challenges, she compares them with issues that all kids face. By demystifying her autism, she underscores the many things she and her schoolmates have in common, prompting a typical child to think, Hey, I experience that, too! Giving Chelsea a voice provides a rare insight into what a child with autism faces daily. Chelsea discusses issues of eye contact and explains echolalia. Chelsea cheerfully shows us that if we look closely, we are sometimes more similar than different. She brings a fun and clear voice for children who cannot articulate the challenges that autism presents. A Is for Autism, F Is for Friend provides an enjoyable discussion-oriented format for teaching our youth about autism.

Kimmel, Elizabeth Cody
Balto has a quiet life as a sled dog—until tragedy strikes. Dozens of children in Nome become sick with diphtheria. Without antitoxin serum, they will perish—and the closest supply is 650 miles away! The only way to get the serum to Nome is by sled, but can the dogs deliver it in time? Heading bravely into a brutal blizzard, Balto leads the race for life.

Kochka, Sarah Adams
Matthew wasn't like anyone I'd ever met. He could be his own planet, become his own TV channel. Being with him was like sitting in a shouting whirlwind. He was a real mystery, and one I was determined to solve.

Kranowitz, Carol Stock
This delightfully illustrated "chapter book," geared for eight-to-twelve-year-olds, tells the charming tale of five family members and their naughty dog (each with a different sensory processing challenge) and how they get in sync after a tough day. The book is designed with the action of the story in larger print for younger readers to read or hear. Explanations of sensory processing issues are woven through the story in regular type for proficient readers to linger over at leisure. Everyone with sensory issues will find a character to identify with. Maybe your child is like Darwin with sensory overresponsivity. Or perhaps you know someone like Betsy and Filibuster, who are sensory seekers. The Goodenough's tough day starts to make sense when they realize what each needs to do to get back in sync. This wonderful book, from the best-selling author of The Out-of-Sync Child and The Out-of-Sync Child Has Fun is a must-have for every family challenged by sensory processing problems!

Larson, Elaine Marie
The Kaleidoscope Kid is written for children with Asperger Syndrome and high-functioning autism to remind them of their many special gifts. Children on the autism spectrum possess a kaleidoscope of intellectual strengths and unique personality traits. Their outlook and creative ways are as variable and colorful as the view through a kaleidoscope. Written in light verse and illustrated in bold, colorful and entertaining illustrations, The Kaleidoscope Kid draws the reader to the book with the colorful, bold design of its cover. The interesting illustrations inside provide a vivid backdrop for the poetry. The book touches on subjects familiar and dear to children including pets and friends and a few of kids favorite things like dinosaurs, holidays, and summer vacations. The reader is reminded that those with Aspergers syndrome and high-functioning autism can proudly acknowledge to themselves that they are excellent, special and one-of-a-kind individuals. They are usually truthful, helpful and dependable. The book is an expansion on Elaine Marie Larson s first book, I Am Utterly Unique, an ABC book on the positive traits exhibited by children on the autism spectrum for children ages 4-10. The Kaleidoscope Kid can be enjoyed by children in this younger group, but entertains and educates readers of all ages through light verse.

Lears, Laurie; Ritz, Karen, Illustrator
Narrator Julie and her sister Tara take their autistic younger brother, Ian, for a walk. Although they are disturbed by his unusual reactions to events and have ambivalent feelings toward him, they show their love by rescuing him when he wanders away.

Levine, Carol Ann
Jay often feels out of place in the world around him, but doesn't know why. Being called names like "space cadet" and "asp-booger" confuses him even further. He has looked up "asp" in the dictionary and knows he is not an asp, a "small poisonous snake from Egypt." But what is he then? Caroline Levine's short novel, Jay Grows an Alien, follows Jay, a young boy with Asperger Syndrome, at school and home. Over the course of the novel, as he deals with bullies, faces the difficulties of a sibling relationship, and befriends a cyborg from outer space, Jay begins to find his place and comes to understand that differences in him and others are unique and special. Intended for children ages 9 to 14 with Asperger Syndrome, as well as their neurotypical peers, Jay Grows an Alien helps anyone see that "there are many parts of Asperger's that are positive." As Jay's dad points out, "You wouldn't want to lose them." In addition to independent reading, the book can be used by teachers to promote understanding of differences. Following Jay's story is a section entitled "Sayings and What They Mean" that covers the implied meanings of commonly used slang and idioms that literal-minded students like Jay often find confusing.

Lord, Cynthia
Twelve-year-old Catherine just wants a normal life. Which is near impossible when you have a brother with autism and a family that revolves around his disability. She's spent years trying to teach David the rules -- from "a peach is not a funny-looking apple" to "keep your pants on in public" -- in order to stop his embarrassing behaviors. But the summer Catherine meets Jason, a paraplegic boy, and Kristi, the next-door friend she's always wished for, it's her own shocking behavior that turns everything upside down and forces her to ask: What is normal?

Lowell, Jamie; Tuchel, Tara
In My Best Friend Will, enter Willie's world through Jamie's eyes as it unfolds 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 these are all a part of who he is.

Luchsinger, Dena
When a long-distance relative comes for a visit, Jody and her brother Josh, who has autism, find themselves teaching Great Aunt Tilda the rules of the games they like to play. Josh loves Animal Sounds Bingo, but not with new people. Jody's delighted to have an adult to herself and gets out a game of her own, but Josh keeps interrrupting. Will Jody never win? As the story progresses, Josh slowly warms up to Aunt Tilda as Jody helps her to understand her brother. But, as with many board games, the rules of autism are complicated. Still, through Jody's humor, complaints, exuberance, and wisdom, Playing by the Rules shows how siblings of children with autism bridge the gap of understanding between their brothers or sisters and other people. With colorful, cartoon-like illustrations, Playing by the Rules is a funny, realistic story of having to tolerate interruptions and less attention because of a sibling's special needs. But as with all siblings, Josh and Jody's relationship is also positive and loving--most of the time!

Maguire, Arlene; Bailey, Sheila, Illustrator
Presents a positive image of persons with disabilities. It shares the message that even though each of us may have something different about us, we share many commonalities. Coupled with the colorful illustrations, the book conveys the message that although painful at times, being different can also be glorious. Delightful rhyme combines with rich watercolor illustrations to take the reader on a journey of discovery. Beyond our physical limitations is a world of unique gifts for each of us to share.

Martin, Ann M.
The summer Hattie turns twelve, her predictable small town life is turned on end when her uncle Adam returns home for the first time in over ten years. Hattie has never met him, never known about him. He's been institutionalized; his condition involves schizophrenia and autism. Hattie, a shy girl who prefers the company of adults, takes immediately to her excitable uncle, even when the rest of the family - her parents and grandparents - have trouble dealing with his intense way of seeing the world. And Adam, too, sees that Hattie is special, and that her quiet, shy ways are not a disability.

Messner, Abby Ward
This charming book has been available for several years, but it only now receiving the wide recognition it deserves. It is for younger children (grades 1-4), and illustrates the way one young boy, reluctantly at first, but with increased interest, becomes an important contributor to the life of a fellow student with autism.

Miller, Debbie
In the winter of 1925, Nome, Alaska, was hit by an unexpected and deadly outbreak of diphtheria. Officials immediately quarantined the town, but the only cure for the community of more than 1,400 people was antitoxin serum and the nearest supply was in Anchorage—hundreds of miles of snowbound wilderness away. The only way to get it to Nome was by dogsled. Twenty teams braved subzero temperatures and blizzard conditions to run over 600 miles in six days in a desperate relay race that saved the people of Nome. Several of the dogs, including Togo and Balto, became national heroes. Today their efforts, and those of the courageous mushers, are commemorated every March by the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Jon Van Zyle's stunning oil paintings capture the brutal conditions, pristine wilderness, and sheer guts and determination demonstrated by the heroic mushers and dogs.

Mitchell, Leslie
Using vividly colored, three-dimensional images that capture children's attention and help them concentrate on the story, this book was written for young children with developmental delays, especially in speech and language. Each turning page encourages the child to participate in the story by using words that grow in complexity as the story unfolds. Written by the mother of a son with autism, the books is based on behavioral techniques.

Murrell, Diane
"A little help from your friends goes a long way!" In this follow-up to "Tobin Learns to Make Friends," the bright red train embarks upon more social adventures despite having many of the challenges common to those with autism. In this title, Tobin's peers learn how they can be better friends to Tobin through compassion and understanding.

Murrell, Diane
A timeless message coming form a most unexpected source. Readers and listeners who have delighted in Diane Murrell's earlier picture book, Tobin Learns to Make Friends, will welcome her latest book written for and addressing some of the major issues faced by all children, but particularly so by those with autism spectrum disorders. Oliver Onion is written for 4 to 10-year-olds but the colorful illustrations and heartfelt message will appeal to children and adults alike.

Murrell, Diane
This colorful picture book is quite effective in teaching social skills to children with autism, Asperger's Syndrome, and other pervasive developmental disorder. Follow Tobin, a train, as he learns how to make friends with other trains and engage in proper social activities. Ages 3-8.

Myles, Haley Morgan; McAfee, Jeanette
What do you say if you receive a gift you don't care for? How do you handle somebody who brags and shows off? What do you do at a social event where you don't know anybody? What do you do if somebody has a nose bleed? In this charmingly illustrated book, 9-year-old Haley Myles gives simple, no-nonsense suggestions and advice for how to handle these and other everyday occurrences that can be particularly challenging for children and youth with Asperger Syndrome. While the topics would be of interest to all children, the book is of particular interest to children with Asperger Syndrome ages 5 - 11.

Nappi, Frank
Seventeen-year-old Mickey Tussler is recruited to play for a minor league affiliate of the Boston Braves. Arthur Murphy swears Mickey has the greatest arm he has ever seen, that anybody has ever seen. And it might be true. But Mickey's autism is prohibitive. It keeps him sealed off from a world he scarcely understands. Lost both in the memory of his former life with an abusive father and the challenges of a new world filled with heckling teammates, opponents and fans, there's no way Mickey can succeed. But his inimitable talent -- one of the most gifted arms in the history of baseball -- gives him a chance. Can he survive a real life dream? Or are the harsh realities of life too much for him? This is the powerful underdog story of how a young man with an extraordinary gift comes of age in a harsh and competitive world.

Nichol, Tim
This book tells a tale of a child and his family that shows, in a light hearted way, the trials and tribulations that a child with Developmental Co-ordination Disorder (DCD, Dyspraxia) may go through in his everyday life from the moment he gets up until he goes to bed at night. It shows the way that other children and even parents can view the child and the real impact this has on the child's view of himself. It gives the reader insight into what it is really like for the child himself. The book will be useful for parents of children with DCD and other specific learning difficulties and teachers who come into contact and want to help and support the child in the classroom and in the playground. It is not just a story but also gives the teacher constructive strategies that can be tried with the child, so it is instructive as well as informative.

Ochiai, Midori
This engaging colour illustrated book explores the difficulties faced by 'frogs with a different croak'. Aimed at children with autism and related spectrum conditions, Teacher Toad's lessons pick up on social and physical difficulties and the kind of behaviours that can get young frogs into trouble. Each lesson gives practical advice on issues covering everything from hard-to-break habits to physical coordination difficulties. Without using 'labels', Midori Ochiai writes about a range of conditions in a child-friendly, non-threatening way that encourages a positive and fun approach to understanding, accepting and accommodating difference. A detailed appendix covers the conditions from a medical perspective. Ideal for reading with children, this book will be helpful to parents and professional.

Ogaz, Nancy
A real-life story about a young boy with a brother diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome. In story-like fashion, text tells of the brother's relationship, their trials and tribulations, and ultimately, their genuine affection for each other.

Ogaz, Nancy; Shubeck, Patricia
Daisy White was not crazy. Clumsy maybe, but definitely not crazy. In this exciting adventure story, Daisy, who has autism, defeats her bullies and overcomes her fears with the help of a very special rabbit, named Buster. All is going well until a terrible fate threatens Daisy's new friend Cody. Will Daisy be able to gather her courage and special talents to save him?

Peers, Jessica
Expelled from mainstream education and vaguely aware she has something called 'Asparagus' Syndrome, 12-year-old Jessica is sent away to a residential school for young people with autism. Here, at first miserable and misunderstood, she spends the next five years trying to cope with the strict school system -- fighting against misguided teacher interventions, dealing with the onset of adolescence and fitting in with the other pupils. Recalling her school years with humour and insight, Jessica takes the reader right inside what it feels like to have AS. Her account will open the eyes of readers to the difficulties, and the rewards, of this condition.

Peralta, Sarah
This book comes from the heart of a little girl (Sarah is eight years old) who has grown up with and who, with her parents, has been involved in helping her younger brother with autism to learn. The book is a testament to the parental support that has fostered a strong positive relationship between Sarah and her brother, with the result that even at a very young age, Sarah has become a strong advocate for Evan and other children with autism.

Rosaler, Maxine

Rustad, Martha
Simple text and photographs describe children with autism, their challenges and adaptations, and their everyday activities

Sabin, Ellen
The Autism Acceptance Book is an interactive, educational, and character-building book that introduces children to the challenges faced by people with autism while also supporting their personal journey toward appreciating and respecting people's differences. This book offers educational information, conversation-starters, and engaging exercises that invite children to "walk in someone else's shoes" as they learn to treat others the same ways they would like to be treated themselves.

Sabin, Ellen
The Special Needs Acceptance Book is an interactive, educational, and character-building book that introduces children to the challenges faced by people with special needs while also supporting their personal journey toward appreciating and respecting people's differences. This book offers educational information, conversation-starters, and engaging exercises that invite children to "walk in someone else's shoes" as they learn to treat others the same ways they would like to be treated themselves. The book covers a range of disabilities including autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, cystic fibrosis, learning disabilities like dyslexia, ADHD, blindness and deafness. This book is much more than a book that teaches children about special needs. It uses informative narrative and engaging activities to help them develop understanding, compassion, and appreciation for people different from themselves. It lets them use their imagination and journal exercises to more fully comprehend some of the challenges people with special needs might face. It also empowers children by helping them understand the power of their actions and how they can be a good friend to others. Finally, it shows children that we are all different, all special, and all of us like to be accepted and understood!

Salisbury, Gay; Salisbury, Laney
Nome, Alaska, sits on the edge of the Bering Sea two degrees below the Arctic Circle, and there are few more forbidding places on earth, especially in winter. Dr. Curtis Welch knew the signs of diphtheria, knew that his patients—many of them children—would die without a shipment of fresh serum. The port was icebound and the nearest railhead was almost 700 miles away across mountains, rivers, and the treacherous ice of Norton Sound. A blizzard was brewing, and airplanes, in 1925, could not fly in such conditions. Only the dogs could do it. A relay was set up, and the drivers, many of them Native Alaskans, set off into the night at 60š below zero, often trusting their lead dogs to find the trail under feet of driven snow. The legendary heroism and endurance of the men and dogs in the Serum Run need no enhancement. Here, for the first time, their story is told in full.

Schnurr, Rosina; Strachan. John
A wonderfully simple and insightful view into the world of a child with Asperger's Disorder. Parents and children, as well as teachers and other professionals will benefit from the practical and positive approach of this book.

Shally, Celeste
Children with autism struggle to make friends and navigate social situations. However, one child can make a significant difference in the life of a child with autism by offering compassion, understanding and friendship. Since We re Friends is about two boys. One has autism, the other does not. The story of their relationship provides practical examples of how to make such a friendship work. It will help children see that their peers with autism can make a fun, genuine contribution to friendship.

Simmons, Karen
This wonderfully illustrated book is written by a mother as if the child with autism is speaking. Many teachers and parents use the book to educate peers and siblings as Jonathan "describes" his challenges and feelings. Here is an example: "My name is Jonathan. I have autism (aw-tis-um). My nose looks the same as other people's and my ears and eyes do too. Except that I can see and hear a lot better than most people. My brain thinks different. Some things I do better, like reading and copying; other things I do worse, like making friends. I need help with learning to do some things. There aren't many people like me, maybe 15 in 10,000, so I am very unique. I will always need to learn how to cope in this world, which comes naturally to most other people."

Standiford, Natalie
Recounts the life of Balto, the sled dog who braved a snowstorm to deliver medicine to Nome, Alaska, during a 1925 diphtheria epidemic.

Stites, Stan
A non-verbal, autistic boy is given the ability to converse, in a "frozen moment," and trace ancestors through his DNA. He, incidentally, saves the earth from total destruction.

Tager-Flusberg, Helen, Editor
Until recently, genetic, neuroanatomical, and psychological investigations on neurodevelopmental disorders were carried out independently. Now, tremendous advances across all disciplines have brought us toward a new scientific frontier: the integration of molecular genetics with a developmental cognitive neuroscience. The goal is to understand the basic mechanisms by which genes and environmental processes contribute to the development of specific structures and regions of the brain. This handbook-style volume explores these advances from the perspective of developmental disorders in children. Research on children with known genetic disorders offers insights into the genetic mechanisms that underlie neural development and organization, as expressed in variations in cognitive profiles. The contributions provide in-depth analyses of a broad range of neurodevelopmental disorders, including those resulting from whole chromosome defects (Down and Turner syndromes), those related to defects in a single gene (fragile-X syndrome) or a small number of genes (Williams syndrome), and complex genetic disorders (dyslexia, autism). Contributors from the fields of teratology and brain injury provide additional perspectives. Contributors: Jane Adams,

Thompson, Mary, Illustrator
'My Brother, Matthew' offers a sibling's point-of-view of the ups and downs of life when his brother is born with a disability. David, the older sibling, wryly shares his experiences adjusting to Matthew -- the worry, impatience, feeling left out, being talked down to by grownups -- and the positive ways in which he has built a unique relationship with his brother.

Thompson, Mary, Illustrator
Andy and His Yellow Frisbee is a heartwarming and educational children's book about a boy with autism. Like many children with autism, Andy displays a fascination for objects in motion. He spins things-coins, dinner plates, and when at school, his yellow frisbee. It's Andy's special talent, combined with a new student's curiosity about his behavior that sets this story in motion. Rosie, the watchful and protective sister supplies background information about Andy and autism, as well as a sibling's perspective.

Twachtman-Cullen, Diane
Trevor Trevor is a metaphor for children. A form of symbolic communication, the metaphor uses indirect teaching and implication to stimulate new ways of thinking. The main character, Trevor, is a child with impressive, though isolated skills. Unfortunately, it is not Trevor's strengths that his classmates notice, but rather his differences. Change comes through the efforts of a caring and sensitive teacher. Trevor Trevor is a heartwarming story designed to be read to children by adults. The unusual feature of the book is that it comes with two Trevor cut-out paper doll figures. These are intended to serve as props for adults and children to use as they review and/or act out the events of the story that make Trevor happy or sad. The ultimate goal of Trevor Trevor is to enable typical peers to become more sensitive toward their classmates with differences. The book is appropriate for early - later elementary school years.

van Niekerk, Clarabelle
Answering the question Why is Sam different?, this heartwarming story tells of the challenges of living with Asperger Syndrome, a form of autism. This firsthand view of the life of an undiagnosed child presents behaviors and characteristics that are common among children with this disorder. Sam doesn't like his pancakes to touch, his sister is annoyed with his repetitive song, and his new coat hurts his skin, but once he is diagnosed, teamwork-based support helps Sam's life become a little easier. With endearing illustrations, the book includes 10 helpful tips geared toward children, showing them how to respect and accept differences as well as to interact with a classmate or friend with Asperger Syndrome.

Veenendall, Jennifer
Arnie and His School Tools: Simple Sensory Solutions to Build Success is an illustrated children's book about an exuberant little boy who had difficulty paying attention in class and doing his school work until he was equipped with the tools to accommodate his sensory needs. Written from Arnie's point of view, the book uses simple language to describe some of the sensory tools and strategies he uses at school and home to help him achieve a more optimal level of alertness and performance. Arnie and His School Tools creates an environment that is accepting of students with sensory modulation difficulties, including many on the autism spectrum. Occupational therapists, teachers and parents will find this book an engaging way to introduce elementary students to basic sensory tools used to help children focus in classroom settings, such as fidgets, chewy pencil toppers, and weighted vests. Additional resources are provided at the end of the book, including definitions of sensory processing and sensory modulation disorder, suggested discussion questions, and lists of related books and websites.

Vera Rosenberry
When spots break out all over her body, Vera must stay in the sick room where it is lonely and scary and where she can't fall asleep.

Victor, Pamela
Baj lives in the future on a planet called Aular and in many ways is like any other kid, but he has trouble reading body language, making eye contact, and taking turns in conversation. When Baj is given a special present -- a magical communication kit -- he begins to understand the complex rules of the social world. An invisible Calming Cape comforts his body, making it easier to keep his cool in difficult situations; a Word Launcher helps him decide the best words for the moment; and Listening Aids help him focus on the important words when people talk. But will Baj ever be able to do all these things without the help of his enchanted gadgets? To find out, join Baj on his flying bicycle as he embarks upon space age adventures in communication!

Watson, Esther Pearl
The subject of autism is introduced through the experiences of the author, who has an autistic sister.

Welton, Jude
Nine-year-old Adam dreads Sports Day – he usually comes last in the races and never gets chosen for the team events. So he is delighted when Mr Williams, the head teacher, announces that this year there will be an Alternative Sports Day with some very different challenges. There will be quizzes, riddles to solve, and a treasure hunt -- all the things that Adam enjoys. At last he'll have a chance of winning something. But as the competition runs high, how will Adam feel if his best friend Josie beats him to the Challenge Cup? And what will they do when they discover that James, the new boy in the class, is cheating? A fun and absorbing children's story, Adam's Alternative Sports Day also offers insights into how a child with Asperger Syndrome copes with the ups and downs and everyday challenges of school.

Welton, Jude; Telford, Jane; Newson, Elizabeth
Meet Adam - a young boy with AS. Adam invites young readers to learn about AS from his perspective. In this book, Adam helps children understand the difficulties faced by a child with AS; he tells them what AS is, what it feels like to have AS and how they can help children with AS by understanding their differences and appreciating their many talents. This book is ideally suited for boys and girls between 7 and 15 years old and also serves as an excellent starting point for family and classroom discussions.

Williams, James
A comic novel about an eleven-year-old autistic boy who struggles to cope with the absurdities of so-called "normal" life, both in the classroom and with his eccentric family.

Wilson, Ryan
This colorful picture book was written and illustrated by a 9-year-old boy with pervasive developmental disorder- not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS). The author wrote this book using the literacy program Image-Making Within the Writing Process, an art-and-literature-based approach to writing in which children construct paper collages in order to generate story ideas. In these pages, the author has created an imaginative story based on a sequence of his vibrant collage images. The story is about a Blobshocker named Henry, who travels from outer space to Earth in order to find a more comfortable place to live.

Wilson, Ryan
Ryan is a nine year old active and handsome boy with a delightful personality and imagination. He also has autism and wrote and illustrated this colorful storybook. A book for the general population, using the imagination of one challenged child.

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