After years of waiting to tell my son about his diagnosis of autism, I finally told him on his 9th birthday. I expected some questions at least, but I got none from him. He just looked at me, matter-of-factly, and said, “okay,” and moved on. A few months later, I began reading him books with characters who have autism and realized through his interactions with me that he really got that he has autism. That he’s autistic. And it’s books like these that not only help me explain autism to him, but help him see that he is not the only one out there. So, here are three terrific autism-themed books for kids that I’ve found in recent months. I have been compensated for my fair review of these books by receiving complimentary copies for review, but I also have two to give away. I hope you’ll enjoy them as much as I have enjoyed them.
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Three Terrific Autism-Themed Books for Kids
- Invisible Voice by Noreen Eves is a book written and inspired by her daughter’s tenth birthday party. Nancy, the protagonist of the story, has an autistic brother and, through their shared experiences, children reading this book can come to understand the importance of the issues surrounding disability amongst family members and peers. As Nancy comes to grips with her brother’s disability and learns how to move past it, the reader may feel free to do the same. It is such a wonderful story about learning to accept each other as we are, no matter what.
- Look at Me, Look at Me: An Eye Contact Game by Sophia Gallagher and illustrated by David Cruz, who has autism. The book was designed to help develop eye contact in children and bring about healthy non-verbal communication skills. This book, proven by use in classrooms to grow eye contact in a fun way for readers and caregivers, may make it easier for children to develop proper eye contact. My advice: Don’t force eye contact in your children if they aren’t comfortable with it. However, if you can make it fun for them to do it and this brings about success, this book may be the key.
- Floppy Lop-Ears Tries to Get Off the Spectrum by Rochelle Caruso Flynn, an adult with Autism Spectrum Disorder, tells the tale of a young bunny who knows he is different from other bunnies and finds out that he has autism. He embarks on a journey to try to “get off the spectrum,” which he perceives is a tangible thing. His parents reassure him throughout the book that he is great just as he is, and eventually he comes to believe it himself. After telling my son he is autistic, this book maintained his interest for longer than I’ve seen in a long time!
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I love finding new books that help children understand autism in a new way, but am especially inspired by books that accept our children as they are and allow them to accept themselves. The authors of the books Invisible Voice by Noreen Eves and Look at Me, Look at Me by Sophia Gallagher provided extra copies of their boos to give away to my readers. I would love for you to get a chance to enjoy these books, so make sure to enter for a chance to win below!
You can also still enter to win a signed copy of More Heaven. I highly recommend this inspirational book!