Books About Autism & Neurodiversity for Parents, Young Adults, Teens & Kids

The following selection of books includes resources for parents, young adults, kids, teens and tweens.

Books About Autism

The Power of Neurodiversity: Unleashing the Advantages of Your Differently Wired Brain

By Thomas Armstrong
The Power of Neurodiversity celebrates the strengths of neurodivergent individuals and encourages a more inclusive, accepting approach to neurodiversity.

Uniquely Human: A Different Way of Seeing Autism

By Barry M. Prizant

The book is aimed at parents, educators, and professionals working with people on the autism spectrum and offers practical strategies for supporting their unique needs and abilities.

Unmasking Autism

By Devon Price PhD

This memoir explores the Price’s experiences growing up with undiagnosed autism and the challenges they faced as a result.

Look Me in the Eye: My Life With Asperger’s

By: John Elder Robison
In his memoir, John Elder Robison offers a first-person account of what it’s like to grow up with Asperger’s syndrome. Robison shares his experiences with social isolation, difficulties with communication and understanding social cues, and the challenges of navigating a world that doesn’t always understand or accommodate neurodiversity.

NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity

By Steve Silberman

This book provides a comprehensive history of autism and explores the concept of neurodiversity and challenges the idea that autism is a disorder that needs to be cured.

The Autistic Brain: Helping Different Kinds of Minds Succeed

By Temple Grandin, Richard Panek

This book that explores the unique strengths and challenges of the autistic brain. Grandin, who is on the autism spectrum, offers insights into how to support individuals with autism in their academic and professional pursuits.

Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew

By Ellen Notbohm, Veronica Zysk

This guidebook for parents and caregivers offers practical advice on how to understand and support children with autism, including tips for communication, sensory sensitivities, and behavior management.

The Social Skills Picture Book

By Jed Baker

This is a visual guide to social skills for children on the autism spectrum. The book uses cartoon illustrations to teach social skills such as conversation, manners, and dealing with emotions.

The Awesome Autistic Go-To Guide: A Practical Handbook for Autistic Teens and Tweens

by Yenn Purkis and Tanya Masterman

A practical guide for teenagers on the autism spectrum, this book covers a range of topics, including social skills, relationships, self-advocacy, and managing anxiety.

The Social Survival Guide for Teens on the Autism Spectrum: How to Make Friends and Navigate Your Emotions

by Lindsey Sterling PhD

This guidebook for teenagers on the autism spectrum that offers practical advice on social skills, emotional regulation, and making and maintaining friendships.

All My Stripes: A Story for Children With Autism

by Shaina Rudolph and Danielle Royer 

This children’s book features a young zebra who learns to embrace his unique stripes and celebrates the diversity of all individuals.

The books listed above are available through national booksellers everywhere.

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