Celebrating Differences: 5 Inspiring Books For Kids About Autism

Celebrating Differences: 5 Inspiring Books For Kids About Autism

Understanding neurodivergence and autism can be quite challenging for many people. And explaining these concepts to a child? Well, that can feel like trying to solve a puzzle with missing pieces. But fear not! Autism books for kids can save the day. These books aren't just stories—they're tools to help children grasp and celebrate their unique experiences. Whether you're navigating your child's autism diagnosis or simply want to foster understanding, these books can be the perfect companions. So, let's dive into five gems that rank among the best autism books for parents!

1.“A Friend Like Simon" 

By Kate Gaynor & Illustrated by Caitriona Sweeney

A Friend Like Simon features an autistic boy, Simon, who is a new student at the school. The story revolves around Matthew and Simon’s friendship. Infused with themes of acceptance, kindness, and inclusivity, this book is a perfect read for your child as well as their neurotypical sibling or friend. The recommended age range for this book is 4 to 8 years. The book is a part of the Special Stories Series that focuses on teaching children to embrace differences in others. A Friend Like Simon is an amazing read that could help autistic children feel represented and help neurotypical children learn about acceptance and neurodivergence. 

2.“The Girl Who Thought in Pictures: The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin

By Julia Finley Mosca & Illustrated by Daniel Rieley

Based on the life of Dr. Temple Grandin, a prominent scientist and autism advocate, the book follows her life story and chronicles how she went on to become a world-renowned scientist. After receiving an autism diagnosis at a young age, her life was filled with difficulties. The Girl Who Thought in Pictures portrays how she overcame these challenges and achieved her dreams. With its attractive pictures and simple but appealing language, the book is perfect for children aged 5 to 10 years. All of us need a little dose of inspiration now and again, and this book will not only inspire your child but also help them realise that being different is a strength and not a weakness!

3.“Since We’re Friends: An Autism Picture Book

By Celeste Shally & Illustrated by David Harrington

If you wish to explain your child’s autism diagnosis to their siblings or friends, this one is one of the best picture books about autism. Since We’re Friends tells the story of two friends who stick together and help each other through difficult situations. One of the main characters, Matt, is autistic but that doesn’t stop him from having fun. Matt and his friend spend much time together – they watch movies, play basketball, and read books. The story revolves around how his friend’s support and understanding help Matt live his life to the fullest. The book manages to explain autism in a way that is easy to grasp. Children can learn about the importance of kindness and compassion as well as get a realistic idea of what it is like to live as an autistic person.

4.“All My Stripes: A Story for Children with Autism

By Shaina Rudolf and Danielle Royer & Illustrated by Jennifer Zivoin

This book follows the story of an adorable Zebra called Zane. He is autistic and worries about the differences that make him stand out from his peers. He has an incredibly supportive mom who helps him realise that his differences are special and not something that he should be ashamed of. All My Stripes is a must-read for children aged between 4 to 8 years. The book perfectly captures the uniqueness of autism and does a wonderful job of representing every autistic child. This book is a powerful tool for not only children but also their parents along with the rest of the world.

5.“Aurora’s Gift: Children’s Autism Awareness Book for Kids

By Emily Bunny

Based on a true story, Aurora’s Gift follows the story of a nonverbal autistic girl with a determined spirit. She uses alternative ways of communication to make herself heard. Through the book, readers can get an idea about the alternative ways of communication used by people with special needs. The book also discusses various challenges that autistic individuals face on a daily basis. The book is recommended for children aged 3 to 6 years old. With beautiful illustrations paired with verses that rhyme, this book makes for an enjoyable read. Children can get a clear idea of what an autistic person’s world looks like.


We hope these recommendations make a lovely addition to your home library! Remember, while books are excellent for education and awareness, the real impact often comes from consistent daily practices that serve as stepping stones towards better brain development and overall well-being. Nurosmart, an ayurvedic brain syrup, offers a natural way to potentially enhance cognitive function and support overall brain health. Incorporating Nurosmart into your child’s daily routine can be a proactive step towards supporting their overall brain development.

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