Best Five Children’s Books on Autism Reviewed by Special Needs Book Review

Posted in Autism/Aspergers, Best Of, Educational, Special Needs Children by - December 08, 2012
Best Five Children’s Books on Autism Reviewed by Special Needs Book Review

How to choose the best five children’s books on autism? As a parent, grandparent, and retired teacher the features I look for in a children’s book are that they be fun to read, fun to listen to, and that they teach a lesson or life skill. With our busy lives, the quality time a child spends with the adults who care for them is very limited; therefore, I feel when you share a book with a child it is a golden opportunity to sneak in teaching moments. Children appreciate beautiful illustrations, a story or character they can relate to, and they cherish this special, shared reading time with an adult who cares.

What a pleasure it has been to read and review the many books authors and publishers have sent us the past year. We want to thank you for your books and also thank the many authors who took part in our very popular Author Interview Series.  If the review of a book you sent us has not been posted yet, please be patient, we receive new books every week and we will get to your book eventually.

Click over to the reviews on Special Needs Book Review to find information about the authors,  the illustrators, the publishing companies, and where to buy each book. Also if the author(s) have participated in our Author Interview Series a link to their interview will be there also.

Top Five Children’s Books on Autism

Pedro’s Whale by Paula Kluth, Ph.D. and Patrick Schwarz, Ph.D.

 

Pedro’s Whale  -by Paula Kluth, Ph.D. and Patrick Schwarz, Ph.D., is a picture book about autism many were waiting for. After their award winning guidebook, Just Give Him the Whale: 20 Ways to Use Fascinations, Areas of Expertise, and Strengths to Support Students with Autism, the authors realized a children’s book about areas of interests was needed. Check review:

 

My Friend with Autism by Beverly Bishop

 

My Friend with Autism: Enhanced Edition with FREE CD of Coloring Pages  -by Beverly Bishop with illustrations by Craig Bishop. Beverly Bishop wrote My Friend with Autism for her son’s elementary teachers and peers. She explains, “I was determined to help my son with autism fit in with his peers by fostering understanding and tolerance among her son’s friends and schoolmates.” No better place to start this process to embrace and cherish differences than with young children and I recommend this book to make this happen.   >> Check review

 

You are a Social Detective: Explaining Social Thinking to Kids written by Michelle Garcia Winner and Pamela Crooke

Are you a good Social Thinker? You might be after reading the children’s book You are a Social Detective: Explaining Social Thinking to Kids written by Michelle Garcia Winner and Pamela Crooke with illustrations by Kelly Knopp.  This book will be enjoyed by all the young Social Detectives who might have School Smarts, Science Smarts, or Music Smarts and need just a little help with their Social Smarts to make a big difference in their daily interactions.  Check review:

 My Little Brother is a Little Different: An Autism Story, by Tammy Parker Cox

 

Are you looking for a way to explain autism to children? Are you a parent, a teacher, a daycare worker looking for a resource to foster acceptance of the differences in others? You wish the children in your care knew about autism spectrum disorder and could understand the reasons behind the behaviour of an autistic child. Therefore this wonderful children’s picture book, My Little Brother is a Little Different: An Autism Storyby Tammy Parker Cox should be on your shelves. Check review

 

The Autism Acceptance Book: Being A Friend To Someone with Autism by Ellen Sabin –  I am The Autism Acceptance Book: Being A Friend To Someone with Autism by Ellen Sabinimpressed with Ellen Sabin’s character-building, activity book for children 6 years and up. Congratulations to the capable team who carefully put together this interactive, educational resource.  Ellen Sabin says, “The best way to teach children tolerance and acceptance is by encouraging them to take the time, and make the effort, to understand and respect others.” Her goal that The Autism Acceptance Book will engage and inspire children to do this should have been realized.  Check review:

 

Congratulations to the folks behind these best five children’s books on autism reviewed by Special Needs Book Review! Check soon to read about our Top Five Children’s Book on Sensory Processing Disorder.

Please note our other “BEST BOOK lists”

 

  • TEN TOP Sensory Processing Disorder Books and Resources for Parents and Teachers Reviewed by SNBR

 

 

This post was written by Lorna
Lorna d’Entremont: Co-owner of SentioLife Solutions, Ltd. the company behind KidCompanions Chewelry (2007) and SentioCHEWS (2013), mother of three, grandma of 5 and wife. She is a retired teacher and special needs advocate. Throughout she has taught all levels from grade 2 to grade 9. Lorna loved teaching and enjoyed seeing the students progress in the school system. During her 30 year career she took a few years off to raise her three children.
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