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!

This post contains links to Amazon and I earn a small commission from the orders. This helps support my book club habit!

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 (picture book)

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

Wiggles, Stomps, and Squeezes Calm My Jitters Down by Lindsey Parker, illustrated by Rebecca Burgess (picture book) *Preorder now! This book is fantastic and comes out in April.

Suzi Spins by Emma Dalmayne (picture book)

Benji, the Bad Day, and Me by Sally J Pla et al. (picture book)

Too Sticky! :Sensory Issues with Autism by Jen Malia et al. (picture book)

My Wandering Dreaming Mind by Merriam Saunders (picture book)

My Whirling, Twirling Motor by Merriam Saunders (picture book)

Trouble with a Tiny T by Merriam Saunders (novel) *Preorder now!

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

Diary of a Young Naturalist by Dara McAnulty

A Kind of Spark by Elle McNicoll (novel)

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

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 (novel)

The Autism-Friendly Guide to Periods by Robyn Steward

Stanley Will Probably be Fine by Sally J. Pla

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)

Twirling Naked in the Streets and No One Noticed: Growing Up with Undiagnosed Autism by Jeannie Davide-Rivera

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

Exposure Anxiety – The Invisible Cage: An Exploration of Self-Protection Responses in the Autism Spectrum and Beyond by Donna Williams

I Overcame My Autism and All I Got was This Lousy Anxiety Disorder: A Memoir by Sarah Kurchak

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)

Nobody Nowhere: The Remarkable Autobiography of An Autistic Girl by Donna Williams

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

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

Just Give Him the Whale! 20 Ways to Use Fascinations, Areas of Expertise, and Strengths to Support Students with Autism by Paula Kluth & Patrick Schwarz

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

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

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

The Neurodiversity Reader: Exploring Concepts, Lived Experience and Implications for Practice by Damian Milton et al

Underdogs Series by Chris Bonnello (fiction)

Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century edited by Alice Wong (not autism-specific)

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: The Trouble with Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, A’s, Praise, and Other Bribes by Alfie Kohn

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

A Mismatch of Salience: Explorations of the Nature of Autism From Theory to Practice by Damian Milton

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

Nerdy, Shy, and Socially Inappropriate by Cynthia Kim

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

Exposure Anxiety – The Invisible Cage: An Exploration of Self-Protection Responses in the Autism Spectrum and Beyond by Donna Williams

PDA by PDA-ers compiled by Sally Cat

The PDA Paradox by Harry Thompson

Nobody Nowhere: The Remarkable Autobiography of An Autistic Girl by Donna Williams

Somebody Somewhere: Breaking Free From the World of Autism 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

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

Look me in the Eye by John Elder Robison

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

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

About That Au-Some Book Club

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I started That Au-Some Book Club in June 2020 because I needed motivation to read NeuroTribes. Since then, it has grown to almost 4000 members from all around the world!

We discuss books, host book club meetings with authors (and other cool people), and we hold impromptu meetings over Zoom. It really is a magical place to learn!

You can find highlights from our meetings on the Not an Autism Mom Youtube Channel.

I have a plan to turn the book club into a non-profit organization. But until then, it’s just me! If you’d like to support these efforts, I would be more than grateful!

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9 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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