100-ish Books on Autism and Neurodiversity

If you want to learn about autism and neurodiversity, there’s plenty of resources to choose from!

We’ve been compiling this book list for over a year in That Au-Some Book Club. All of the titles have been discussed and approved by our autistic members and allies.

There are a few categories. Other than that, these books are in no particular order.

Consider this a working document. It is in no way complete, and I’ll be adding to it continuously. Feel free to leave a comment with your suggestions! Happy Reading!

Ten Books To Get You Started

The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida

NeuroTribes: the Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity by Steve Silberman

Loud Hands: Autistic People Speaking (Anthology) Julia Bascom

Uniquely Human: a Different Way of Seeing Autism by Barry M Prizant

Ido in Autismland by Ido Kedar

It’s An Autism Thing, I’ll Help You Understand It by Emma Dalmayne

Anatomy of Autism: A Pocket Guide for Educators, Parents, and Students by Diego Pena

Leaders Around Me: Autobiographies of Autistics who Type, Point, and Spell to Communicate ed by Edlyn Vallejo Peña, PhD

All the Weight of Our Dreams: On Living Racialized Autism edited by Lydia X Z Brown et al.  (By autistic women of color)

Typed Words Loud Voices edited by Amy Sequenzia & Elizabeth J. Grace

***Beyond Behaviors by Mona Delahooke PhD – This book is not autism-specific but I consider it a must-read!

Books by Nonspeaking Authors – AAC, RPM, FC

Ido in Autismland by Ido Kedar

Communication Alternatives in Autism: Perspectives on Typing and Spelling Approaches…by Edlyn Vallejo Peña

In Two Worlds by Ido Kedar (fiction)

Autistic & Awesome: A Journal From the Inside by Alfonso Camacho

Typed Words Loud Voices edited by Amy Sequenzia & Elizabeth J. Grace

Anatomy of Autism: A Pocket Guide for Educators, Parents, and Students by Diego Pena

Leaders Around Me: Autobiographies of Autistics who Type, Point, and Spell to Communicate edited by Edlyn Vallejo Peña, PhD

Back from the Brink: Stories of Resilience, Reconciliation, and Reconnection by Tim Chan and Sarah Chan

The Reason I Jump by Naoki Hashida

Fall down Seven Times Get Up Eight by Naoki Higashida

Books for Kids and Teens

Just Right for You: A Story About Autism by Melanie Heyworth

A Kind of Spark by Elle McNicoll

Just Give Him the Whale by Paula Kluth & Patrick Schwarz

Too Sticky! :Sensory Issues with Autism by Jen Malia et al.

Anatomy of Autism: A Pocket Guide for Educators, Parents, and Students by Diego Pena

The Awesome Autistic Go-To Guide: A Practical Handbook for Autistic Teens and Tweens by Yenn Purkis and Tanya Masterman

The Spectrum Girl’s Survival Guide: How to Grow Up Awesome and Autistic by Siena Castellon

Suzi Spins by Emma Dalmayne

Diary of a Young Naturalist by Dara McAnulty

The Reason I Jump by Naomi Hashida

Planet Earth is Blue by Nicole Panteleakos (novel, autistic author)

Fall down Seven Times Get Up Eight by Naoki Higashida

Benji, the Bad Day, and Me by Sally J Pla et al.

Can You See Me? by Libby Scott & Rebecca Westcott

Get a Grip, Vicky Cohen! by Sarah Kapit (novel, autistic author)

The Someday Birds by Sally J. Pla (novel, autistic author)

Can You See Me? by Libby Scott & Rebecca Westcott

Do You Want to Play? Making Friends with an Autistic Kid by Daniel Share- Strom

The Autism-Friendly Guide to Periods by Robyn Steward

Women and Girls

All the Weight of Our Dreams: On Living Racialized Autism edited by Lydia X Z Brown et al.  (By autistic women of color)

The Edge of the Playground: Two Stories One Journey by Mary Lynn Ackerman Willis and Mikaela Ackerman

Aspergirls: Empowering Females with Asperger Syndrome by Rudy Simone

Spectrum Women: Walking to the Beat of Autism by Barb Cook (Editor), Michelle Garnett (Editor), Jen Elcheson (Contributor)

Women and Girls with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Understanding Life Experiences from Early Childhood to Old Age by Sarah Hendrickx and Judith Gould

Autism in Heels: The Untold Story of a Female Life on the Spectrum by Jennifer Cook O’Toole (autistic author)

Odd Girl Out by Laura James

Can You See Me? by Libby Scott & Rebecca Westcott

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang (fiction)

The Bride Test by Helen Hoang

The Spectrum Girl’s Survival Guide: How to Grow Up Awesome and Autistic by Siena Castellon

The Autism-Friendly Guide to Periods by Robyn Steward

What Every Autistic Girl Wishes Her Parents Knew by Autism Women’s Network, Inc. (anthology)

En Español

Autista y Maravilloso: Un Diario Desde el Interior by Alfonso Camacho

Seres humanos únicos: Una manera diferente de ver el autismo – Barry Prizant

Anatomía del Autismo: Guía de Bolsillo para Educadores, Padres y Estudiantes – Diego Peña

General

The Real Experts: Readings for Parents of Autistic Children, ed. Michelle Sutton

And Straight on Till Morning: Essays on Autism Acceptance by ASAN and Julia Bascom

Empowering Students with Hidden Disabilities: A Path to Pride and Success by Margo Izzo and LeDerick Horne

Born on a Blue Day by Daniel Tammet

The Explosive Child by Ross Greene (not autism-specific)

Raising Human Beings by Ross Greene (not autism-specific)

Funny, You Don’t Look Autistic: A Comedian’s Guide to Life on the Spectrum by Michael McCreary

Knowing Why: Adult-Diagnosed Autistic People on Life and Autism by Autistic Self Advocacy Network, Elizabeth Bartmess (ed.)

Look me in the Eye by John Elder Robison

Trauma, Stigma, and Autism by Gordon Gates (autistic author and therapist)

Autistic Community and the Neurodiversity Movement: Stories from the Front Line edited by Steven K. Kapp

Punished by Rewards by Alfie Kohn

Unconditional Parenting: Moving from Rewards and Punishments to Love and Reason by Alfie Kohn

Nerdy, Shy, and Socially Inappropriate by Cynthia Kim

Spectrum Women: Walking to the Beat of Autism by Barb Cook (Editor), Michelle Garnett (Editor), Jen Elcheson (Contributor)

Neurodiversity: Discovering the Extraordinary Gifts of Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia, and Other Brain Differences by Thomas Armstrong PhD

The Invisible Cage – Exposure Anxiety by Donna Williams

Nobody Nowhere and Somebody Somewhere by Donna Williams

Autism and Asperger Syndrome in Childhood: for Parents and Carers of the Newly Diagnosed by Luke Beardon

Can You See Me? by Libby Scott & Rebecca Westcott

On the Outside Looking In: My Life on the Autism Spectrum by Russell Lehmann

PDA by PDA-ers compiled by Sally Cat

The Creation of Dr. B by Richard Pollak (biography of Bruno Bettelheim)

4 Replies to “100-ish Books on Autism and Neurodiversity”

  1. Kids book written by an Autistic friend of mine, available on Amazon “Autistic Ollie” by Jacob Drum, @Autistic_Ace on Twitter. My kiddo adores this book, and so do I! Highly recommend!

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  2. Almost anything by Temple Grandin. I didn’t see her in your list but I recommend Thinking in Pictures and/or Animals in Translation as good starting places

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