Are you an autistic adolescent looking for a good book to read for yourself?
Are you a parent or educator looking for books that support autistic adolescents, teens, and tweens?
The following titles were carefully selected in That Au-Some Book Club – a group dedicated to discussing books about autism and neurodiversity. This list will help you take the guess work out of choosing a few fabulous books.
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A few notes before you browse…
Titles with (*) behind the listing indicate the author is autistic. The absence of a (*) does not mean the author is not autistic.
If you’re looking for something specific, I’m in the process of placing a few topics underneath each listing.
Reading levels for these books range from upper elementary to adult. You may want to check that before purchasing.
This list is not all-inclusive. There are plenty of other titles that promote inclusivity and neurodiversity. These are the titles I stand behind as the author of this article.
I participate in the Amazon Associates Program. I earn a (very) small commission from the links provided.
Novels – (Wide Variety of Reading Levels)
The Many Mysteries of the Finkel Family by Sarah Kapit*
Get a Grip, Vivy Cohen! by Sarah Kapit *
The Infinite by Patience Agbabi
The Time-Thief by Patience Agbabi
Geek Girl Series by Holly Smale*
A Different Sort of Normal by Abigail Balfe*
Anybody Here Seen Frenchie? by Leslie Connor
The State of Grace by Rachael Lucas*
Afrotistic by Kala Allen Omeiza*
In Two Worlds by Ido Kedar *
Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper
The Someday Birds by Sally J. Pla*
Underdogs Series by Chris Bonnello*
Stanley Will Probably be Fine by Sally J. Pla*
A Kind of Spark by Elle McNicoll *
M in the Middle: Secret Crushes, Mega-Colossal Anxiety and the People’s Republic of Autism by the students of Limpsfield Grange*
M is for Autism: The Teenage Girl’s Guide to Autism, and Everyone Else’s by the students of Limpsfield Grange*
Moojag and the Auticode Secret by N.E. McMorran*
Planet Earth is Blue by Nicole Panteleakos *
Can You See Me? by Libby Scott & Rebecca Westcott *
Do You Know Me? by Libby Scott & Rebecca Westcott* (sequel )
Ways to Be Me by Libby Scott & Rebecca Westcott* (trilogy)
Trouble with a Tiny T by Merriam Saunders (ND Author)
Trouble at Table Five (a series) by Tom Watson
A Boy Called Bat by Elana K. Arnold
Nonfiction, Memoirs, Autobiographies
The Awesome Autistic Go-To Guide: A Practical Handbook for Autistic Teens and Tweens by Yenn Purkis and Tanya Masterman*
(A great book for self-exploration!)
Diary of a Young Naturalist by Dara McAnulty*
Leaders Around Me: Autobiographies of Autistics who Type, Point, and Spell to Communicate edited by Edlyn Vallejo Peña, PhD*
Anatomy of Autism: A Pocket Guide for Educators, Parents, and Students by Diego Pena*
The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida*
Fall down Seven Times Get Up Eight by Naoki Higashida*
The Spectrum Girl’s Survival Guide: How to Grow Up Awesome and Autistic by Siena Castellon*
Queerly Autistic: The Ultimate Guide for Lgbtqia+ Teens on the Spectrum by Erin Ekins*
Odd Girl Out by Laura James*
Ido in Autismland by Ido Kedar*
The Autism-Friendly Guide to Periods by Robyn Steward*
a resource for older elementary students
The Secret Life of Rose: Inside an Autistic Head by Rose Smitten*
The Awesome Autistic Guide for Trans Teens by Yenn Purkis and Glenn Masterman
(preorder – releases in June 2022)
Shake It Up: How to be Young Autistic & Make an Impact by Quincy Hansen*
(preorder – releases in July 2022)
The Young Autistic Adult’s Independence Handbook by Haley Moss *
Books for Parents, Caregivers, and Educators
Sincerely, Your Autistic Child by AWN * Edited by Emily Paige Ballou, Sharon daVanport, and Morénike Giwa Onaiwu
Neuroqueer Heresies: Notes on the Neurodiversity Paradigm, Autistic Empowerment, and Postnormal Possibilities by Nick Walker*
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
NeuroTribes: the Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity by Steve Silberman
Leaders Around Me: Autobiographies of Autistics who Type, Point, and Spell to Communicate ed by Edlyn Vallejo Peña, PhD *
Beyond Behaviors by Mona Delahooke PhD – This book is not autism-specific but I consider it a must-read!
Empowering Students with Hidden Disabilities: A Path to Pride and Success by Margo Izzo and LeDerick Horne (ND Authors)
Inclusive Education for Autistic Children: Helping Children and Young People to Learn and Flourish in the Classroom by Dr. Rebecca Wood*
Dove Orchids – Mentoring, Coaching, and Consulting by Autistic People
NeuroClastic: The Autism Spectrum According to Autistic People
Autism Resources for Elementary School Teachers – Some of my favorite resources all in one spot!
Helping Kids Communicate Without Speaking: Sign Language, Visual Schedules, AAC, and more!
Helping Nonspeaking Kids Transition to Spelling, Typing, and Pointing – A Resource List
Accessible Academics Course: Adapting Grade Level Curriculum to Nonspeaking Students
Beyond Behaviors Course: Effective Science-Based Tools to Transform Childhood Behaviors – Professional Development Credits Available!
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