Observe World Autism Awareness Day

Observe World Autism Awareness Day with these four books that feature Autistic characters. Learn more about autism at https://www.autism-society.org/

 

Andy and His Yellow Frisbee

Written and illustrated by Mary Thompson

A good resource to introduce young readers to the topic of Autism, Sarah is a new student who notices a boy playing by himself during recess. When she goes over to speak with him, his older sister explains why Andy prefers spinning his yellow frisbee more than playing on the playground. Back matter offers resources for parents to deepen the conversation with their children.

Reading Age: 5-8 years

 

Benji, the Bad Day, and Me

Written by Sally J. Pla and illustrated by Ken Min

When Sammy is having a bad day, he doesn’t think anyone notices, but his little brother Benji, who is also having a bad day, does. Luckily for Sammy, Benji knows just what to do on bad days.

Reading Age: 5-8 years

 

A Friend For Henry

Written by Jenn Bailey and illustrated by Mika Song

Introducing young readers to empathy and understanding, this book follows Henry as he tries to make friends in his class. Most of his classmates are just a bit too loud or too close for him to connect with, but Henry keeps on looking until he finds the perfect friend.

Reading Age: 5-8 years

 

Looking After Louis

Written by Lesley Ely and illustrated by Polly Dunbar

This book encourages the development of sensitivity in others and motivates young readers to look beyond what they can see on the surface.

Reading Age: 7-11 years

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