Some Good Books on Autism and What They’re About


Whether you’re a parent caring for a child with ASD or someone on the spectrum, autism can present different challenges and be difficult to fully grasp.

Some Good Books On Autism and What They’re About



Whether you’re a parent caring for a child with ASD or someone on the spectrum, autism can present different challenges and be difficult to fully grasp. This article hopes to provide a list of recommended books surrounding autism. This list will touch on the inner workings of an autistic mind, how communication can be uniquely developed, the unique experiences of caregivers, and inspirational stories of self-discovery for those living with ASD. Here are 12 amazing books about autism and what they’re about.


Into the Autistic Mind


1. The Reason I Jump

  • The Reason I Jump was written by an incredibly bright and self-aware boy with autism. This memoir offers an intimate and eye-opening view of how an autistic mind uniquely thinks, feels, and perceives the world.


2. Thinking in Pictures: My Life with Autism

  • The author, Temple Grandin, writes a dual perspective of how the autistic mind works. As a scientist and as a person with ASD, she suggests analyzing patterns of thought to understand the inner workings of different minds.


3. Born on a Blue Day: Inside the Extraordinary Mind of an Austistic Savant

  • This is a guide into one of the most fascinating minds in the world. The author has an incredibly rare condition called savant syndrome which gives him remarkable mental abilities.


Communication Through the Spectrum


1. Carly’s Voice

  • Carly’s Voice is an international best seller which tells the story of how a father got to know his daughter, who was believed to be unable to communicate. Now an advocate for autism, he shares Carly’s journey in finding her voice.


2. Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes, and Autism

  • In this story, Ron Suskind, a critically acclaimed author, tells the story of how his autistic son learned to understand life and to express himself through Disney films. This book unfolds a family’s compelling journey through autism.


3. To Siri with Love

  • Within a series of delightful stories, To Siri with Love, tells the story of how a young boy learned to communicate by bonding with the automated assistant living on his mother’s iPhone.


Chronicles of Caregiving


1. Following Ezra: What One Father Learned About Gumby, Otters, Autism and Love from His Extraordinary Son

  • This memoir celebrates a ten-year journey a father and son take through a difficult diagnosis in early childhood to the emergence of adolescence. The author demonstrates how he connected with his son Ezra, a fascinating boy with a complex mind.


2. Maria and Me: A Father, A Daughter (and Autism)

  • This comic tells the story of a father and his young daughter who struggles with autism. Charming illustrations and conversations between the pair demonstrate the daily challenges that those with ASD and their caregivers face and overcome.


3. Different: The Story of an Outside-the-Box Kid and the Mom Who Loved Him

  • This book tells the story of a mom who learns to appreciate the challenges that she and her autistic son face. Through religion, she finds the strength to help her son grow and flourish.


Self Discovery, Perseverance, & Acceptance for Those on the Spectrum


1. What Autism Gave Me: A Devastating Diagnosis to a Triumphant Life

  • From a young age, many believed the author of this story would not be able to lead a successful and independent life. Michael faced many failures, rejections and hardships. But with support and encouragement surrounding him, he was able to forge his own path to happiness.


2. Population One: Autism, Adversity, and the Will to Succeed

  • The author of this book offers unique perspectives on growing up with autism, adapting to life’s challenges, how to survive bullying, the gifts that come with disability, leveraging each individual’s talents, and putting aside differences.


3. Odd Girl Out

  • In adulthood, Laura James discovers that she has autism. This diagnosis brings her on a journey to understand that ‘different’ does not mean ‘less.’ While it is a story of self discovery, this memoir also touches on broader topics such as, the disproportionate diagnosis of autism between genders, the relationship between eating disorders and autism, marriage, and motherhood.


Within this list, there is surely something for everyone. There are plenty of great books on autism which are enriching, educational, and inspiring. Check out the links to get these books!


Written by Aileen.

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