100-ish Books on Autism and Neurodiversity

If you want to learn about autism and neurodiversity, there are plenty of resources to choose from! You can consider these titles vetted by a large group of autistic adults and allies.

It’s important to remember that there are no perfect books. All books related to autism and neurodiversity come with several trigger warnings. Some may contain person-first language, while others may include internalized ableism.

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. At the bottom, I’ve linked to other great lists I’ve come across.

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!

Looking for autistic authors only?

Listing with a (*) indicate the author identifies as autistic or that the book has autistic contributors.

Listings without a(*) indicate either the author’s neurology is unknown, or the author is allistic (not autistic).

Some titles show that the author is ND (neurodivergent). Some authors choose not to share their neurology with the public.

A List To Get You Started

Welcome To the Autistic Community by Lar Berry and The Autistic Self Advocacy Network
You can also read this book online here. *

Sincerely, Your Autistic Child by AWNN * Edited by Emily Paige Ballou, Sharon daVanport, and Morénike Giwa Onaiwu New Book!

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) * We are awaiting a new edition to this book.

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!

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Books by Nonspeaking Authors – AAC, RPM, FC

Ido in Autismland by Ido Kedar *

In Two Worlds by Ido Kedar (fiction) *

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

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

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

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

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 *

The Reason I Jump by Naoki Hashida *

Fall down Seven Times Get Up Eight by Naoki Higashida *

Picture Books

Wiggles, Stomps, and Squeezes Calm My Jitters Down by Lindsey Parker, Illustrated by Rebecca Burgess New Book!

Do You Want to Play? Making Friends with an Autistic Kid by Daniel Share-Strom, Maxine Share, Illustrated by Naghmeh Afshinjah *

Sensory Seeking Sebastian by Christia DeShields, Illustrated by Marissa Nelson

Suzi Spins by Emma Dalmayne and Illustrated by her son Raphelle *

Benji, the Bad Day, and Me by Sally J Pla et al. Illustrated by Ken Min *

Too Sticky! :Sensory Issues with Autism by Jen Malia et al. Illustrated by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff *

Come Meet Drayden by Dana Young-Askew, illustrated by Cameron Wilson

My Wandering Dreaming Mind by Merriam Saunders, Illustrated by Tammie Lyon (ND Author)

My Whirling, Twirling Motor by Merriam Saunders, Illustrated by Tammie Lyon (ND Author)

A Friend for Henry by Jenn Bailey, Illustrated by Mika Song *

The Little Senses Series by Samantha Cotterill, Illustrated by Samantha Cotterill*

A Tiger Called Thomas by Charlotte Zolotow and Diana Cain Bluthenthal

Not Your Typical Dragon by Dan Bar-el, Illustrated by Tim Bowers

The Masterpiece: One Big Canvas by Jay Miletsky, Illustrated by Luis Peres

The Molding of Clay by Jay Miletsky, Illustrated by Luis Peres

Red: A Crayon’s Story by Michael Hall, Illustrated by Michael Hall

Swing by Michael Hall, Illustrated by Michael Hall

Be Who You Are by Todd Parr, Illustrated by Todd Parr

It’s Okay to be Different by Todd Parr, Illustrated by Todd Parr

The Big Umbrella by Amy June Bates and Juniper Bates illustrated by Amy June Bates

Not Quite Narwhal by Jessie Sima, Illustrated by Jessie Sima

Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty, Illustrated by David Roberts

Benny Doesn’t Like to Be Hugged by Zetta Elliott, Illustrated by Purple Wong

Rosalee the Seeker by Nicole Filippone *

Books for Kids and Teens

The Many Mysteries of the Finkel Family by Sarah Kapit (novel) * New Book!

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

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

Trouble with a Tiny T by Merriam Saunders (novel) New book! (ND Author)

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

The Autism-Friendly Guide to Periods by Robyn Steward *

The Someday Birds by Sally J. Pla (novel) *

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

Stanley Will Probably be Fine by Sally J. Pla *

Diary of a Young Naturalist by Dara McAnulty *

Moojag and the Auticode Secret by N.E. McMorran (novel)*

A Kind of Spark by Elle McNicoll (novel) *

A Boy Called Bat by Elana K. Arnold

Planet Earth is Blue by Nicole Panteleakos (novel) *

Can You See Me? by Libby Scott & Rebecca Westcott *

Can You See Me? by Libby Scott & Rebecca Westcott (novel) *

Do You Know Me? by Libby Scott & Rebecca Westcott (sequel novel) *

Fall down Seven Times Get Up Eight by Naoki Higashida *

The Reason I Jump by Naomi Hashida *

Underrepresented Genders

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 *

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

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

Women on the Spectrum: A Handbook for Life by Emma Goodall and Yenn Purkis *

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 *

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

Somebody Somewhere: Breaking Free From the World of Autism by Donna Williams *

Odd Girl Out by Laura James *

Can You See Me? by Libby Scott & Rebecca Westcott (novel) *

Do You Know Me? by Libby Scott & Rebecca Westcott (sequel novel) *

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 *

Nerdy, Shy, and Socially Inappropriate by Cynthia Kim *

En Español

La Razón por la Que Salto by Naoki Higashida and Jorge Rizzo (translator) *

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*

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

Casu un Narval by Jessie Sima (picture book)

Meneos, Pistones, Y Apretones Para Calmar Mi Cosquilleo by Lindsey Parker, illustrated by Rebecca Burgess, translated by Laura Fuentes Lopez *Preorder now! (picture book)

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 (ND Authors)

Born on a Blue Day by Daniel Tammet*

The Parents’ Practical Guide to Resilience for Children aged 2-10 on the Autism Spectrum by Yenn Purkis and Emma Goodall*

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

Avoiding Anxiety in Autistic Children: A Guide for Autistic Wellbeing by Dr. Luke Beardon (ND Author)

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

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

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

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

Lost At School: Why Our Kids With Behavioral Challenges Are Falling Through The Cracks And How We Can Help Them by Dr. Ross Greene Ph. D

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

Underdogs Series by Chris Bonnello (fiction) *

The Journal of Best Practices: A Memoir of Marriage, Asperger Syndrome, and One Man’s Quest to Be a Better Husband by David Finch *

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

Trauma, Stigma, and Autism: Developing Resilience and Loosening the Grip of Shame by Gordon Gates *

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

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

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

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

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

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 *

Look me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger’s by John Elder Robison *

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

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

Other Lists to Explore

A list from Autistic, Typing – to support independent booksellers and promote disability and racial justice on Bookshop.

Multiple Lists at Raising Luminaries (Books for Littles)

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 over 6000 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 and a few trusted helpers! If you’d like to support our efforts, I would be more than grateful!

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22 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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    1. I wondered if you’d be re-releasing given the DSM changes. I am a therapist (and the author of a few books on this list) and I recommend your All Dogs and All Cats books to clients all the time! Love them! Nice to virtually meet you, Kathy! Merriam Saunders, LMFT

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  3. I cannot thank you enough for this list!! I have been searching for books featuring autistic protagonists (preferably written by autistic authors) for my almost middle-schooler. This list is absolutely perfect!!!

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