Motherandbaby.co.uk: 12 clever children's books that promote the understanding of autism

Though little ones with autism have strong personalities, incredible motivation and a unique take on life; they are still under-represented in society. Often others are unsure of what autism actually is, let alone how to communicate effectively to with those who have it. 

Here are 12 books which all promote understanding and acceptance for those with autism. They also feature characters on the spectrum and tackle issues related to the condition.  

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The touching book written by eight year old Ethan Rice who happens to be autistic. In this beautfully-illustrated book, Ethan explains what autism means to him and why he feels so very blessed that God made him this way.

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As part of the Sesame Street franchise, Elmo intoduces his friend Julia to Abby, who’s a little confused at first because Julia isn’t saying hello. Julia sometimes avoids direct eye contact, flaps her arms when she’s excited, and is sensitive to some noises. Despite this, they soon realise they have a lot in common. 

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“Charlie has autism. His brain works in a special way. It’s harder for him to make friends. Or show his true feelings. Or stay safe.” His big sister tells us about his condition in a fanstastically written book, which children will adore. 

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This book tells the story of Lauren, who has Autism Spectrum Disorder and sees the world differently to many other people. Brave Lauren learns handy tricks to stay calm, understand others’ feelings, and how to let her personality shine. 

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Zak is obsessed with watches. Before that it was trains. He owns hundreds of watches and is quick to tell everyone everything about them. Zak also has autism, so he sometimes responds to the world around him in unconventional ways. 

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 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 

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A beautifully composed collection of essays and drawings by Max Miller, a 12 year old boy on the autism spectrum. 

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Leah’s Voice tells the story of two sisters, one of whom has autism. It shows the unconditional love between families.

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The interesting tale of a world-renowned scientist Dr. Temple Grandin, who grew up at a time when society doubted people like her would accomplish anything.

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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. 

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Noah sees, hears, feels, and thinks in ways that other people don’t always understand, and he asks a lot of questions along the way. 

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Zane the zebra feels different from the rest of his classmates. He worries that all they notice about him is his “autism stripe”. With the help of his Mama, Zane comes to appreciate all his stripes — the unique strengths that make him who he is!

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