Reading and being a part of the creative autism community are two of my passions! There’s nothing better than curling up and reading a great story — from a delightful children’s tale to a page-turning memoir about someone’s personal journey. I’ve been fortunate to meet so many people with autism who are wonderful storytellers. I’d love to introduce you to a few of them. Add a tome or two to your library and you’ll be showing your support for their creative pursuits.
1. “The Fire Truck Who Got Lost” by Colin Eldred-Cohen
Colin writes in many genres, but his first children’s book is a real gem. He says his story ideas are a gift of his Asperger’s syndrome. “The Fire Truck Who Got Lost” is the tale of a brave little fire truck who must use his wits to find his way home.
2. “Darius Hates Vegetables” by Darius Brown
Darius is an autistic fifth-grader who writes to cope with the good and bad things he encounters in school. His children’s book, “Darius Hates Vegetables,” encourages kids to try and taste vegetables… at least once.
3. “Really, Really Like Me” and “The Quiet Bear” by Gretchen Leary
As a woman with autism, Gretchen writes children’s books as her way of giving kids a better understanding of differences and how they make us special. Her first book, “Really, Really Like Me,” was illustrated by Dani Bowman, an artist and animator on the autism spectrum.
4. “Noah and Logan” Children’s Book Series by Benjamin K.M. Kellogg
Benjamin writes the “Noah and Logan” stories as a way to help other children with autism learn the social and life skills that were challenging for him as a child.
5. “How to Be Human” by Florida Frenz
The independent publishing company Creston Books saw the potential of one young autistic teenager and published her “How to Be Human: Diary of an Autistic Girl” for tweens and teens. Under the pen name of Florida Frenz, Georgia (“an empowered autistic” as she likes to call herself) shares her tips, tricks and insights into understanding the social landscape.
6. “Middle School: The Stuff Nobody Tells You About!” and “A Freshman Survival Guide for College Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders” by Haley Moss
Haley is a popular autism advocate. She’s written the books for others on the autism spectrum she couldn’t find when she was in school. Both guides are filled with her strategies and advice for having a successful school experience.
7. “On the Edge of Gone” by Corinne Duyvis
If you like sci-fi, then you’ll enjoy autistic author Corinne Duyvis’ “On the Edge of Gone.” It’s an apocalyptic novel featuring a strong female autistic protagonist.
8. “Aspean” YA Sci/Fi Series by Roy Dias
Keeping the sci-fi theme going, check out Roy Dias’ Aspean Series. Roy has Asperger’s syndrome and he’s also a father to two sons with Asperger’s. The series features characters on the autism spectrum.
9. “It’s an Autism Thing… I’ll Help You Understand It” by Emma Dalmayne
Emma is a vocal advocate for the autism community. She isn’t afraid to speak out about the “miracle cures” that are harmful to children with autism. If you are searching for answers, her advice comes from a person who is on the spectrum and is also raising children with autism. Her book covers a wide range of subjects from autistic mistreatment to sensory issues, from meltdowns to domestic violence.
10. “Being Seen” by Anlor Danvin
Author Anlor Davin shows remarkable courage in “Being Seen,” her memoir as an autistic woman, mother, immigrant and Zen student.
A version of this post originally appeared on Geek Club Books.
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