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Kids' books about autism

Courtesy of the CDC, here are a few books about autism, written specifically for kids in mind:

Blue Bottle Mystery


by Kathy Hoopmann
Jessica Kingsley Publishers; first edition (May 2001)
Reading Level: Ages 9-12

Nothing seems to be going right for Ben. Sometimes he has trouble understanding what his teachers are saying, and they get frustrated and yell at him. And because he sometimes acts strangely, he only has one friend, Andy. The boys are in a miserable mood, digging in the dirt in the schoolyard, when they unearth a mysterious blue bottle. The story is a gentle introduction to the challenges and unique qualities of people living with Asperger’s.

Different Like Me: My Book of Autism Heroes


by Jennifer Elder
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Pub (November 30, 2005)
Reading Level: Ages 8 to 12 years

“Different Like Me is a book describing the lives of various people who found it difficult to fit into society. There are both famous and historical people who found it difficult to fit into society. There are both famous and historical people who all excelled in their chosen fields.

My Friend with Autism: A Coloring Book for Peers and Siblings


By Beverly Bishop
The author explains autism to young children in a tactful and relatable way, while the parent section helps grown-ups answer those tough questions. An excellent addition to any family library.

The Autism Acceptance Book: Being a Friend to Someone With Autism


by Ellen Sabin
Publisher: Watering Can Press; 1 edition (January 30, 2006)
Reading Level: Ages 9-12

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 invites children to “walk in someone else’s shoes” as they learn to treat others the same ways they would like to be treated themselves.

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