Friday, January 20, 2023

Book Nook: Books for Kids with Autism

Reading is a wonderful way to build confidence and self-awareness in children! 
BlueSprig Pediatrics shares some of the top autism books for children this year

Nathan’s Autism Spectrum Superpowers 

Nathan, the superhero of this book, talks about his autism spectrum superpowers. He describes how they affect him, and lets his friends know ways to help him when his superpowers spiral out of control. Lori Leigh Yarborough, a physical therapist, authored this book for her second son Nathan, who was diagnosed on the autism spectrum with Asperger's. As a tool, this book aims to help children, their friends, families, and caregivers understand kids with superpowers. 

Completely Me 

To help celebrate autism acceptance & awareness this month, we wanted to share the book ‘Completely Me’ with you! As told in this book, a little girl was not aware of anything different about her until others noticed it. By standing up for herself, she teaches the townspeople an important lesson about acceptance. The author, Justine Green, Ed.D. is an educator, award-winning author, and disability advocate based in Florida. Using her own life experiences, Green wrote this book to teach readers to love themselves and others and that everyone's imperfections make them unique. 

All My Stripes: A Story for Children with Autism 

Zane the Zebra worries that his autism stripe makes him stand out from his peers. Zane soon learns that his autism stripe is one of the many stripes that make him special through wise guidance from his mother. A closing note from authors Shaina Rudolph and Danielle Royer provides caretakers and parents with suggestions for coping with autism. 

This Is Me! I am who I'm meant to be!: Autism book for children, kids, boys, girls, toddlers, parents, teachers and caregivers 

The purpose of this book is to increase awareness, acceptance, and understanding of autism by explaining it in a special way. Able, a boy who has autism, invites you to see life through his eyes. Able inspires readers with autism by empowering them to believe in themselves and achieve their full potential, despite challenges they may face. In this way, he encourages them to be confident in themselves because they are exactly who they are meant to be! 

Artie is Awesome (Artie’s Adventures) 

This book is unique in that it explains autism in a way that kids can understand. Artie, who has autism, uses an augmentative and alternative communication (ACC) device. He loves trains, playing chase, and eating pizza! Author Deidra Darst wrote Artie is Awesome to give kids an unfamiliar perspective on everyone’s unique differences. 

The Superhero Brain: Explaining Autism to Empower Kids 

In the story, sensory issues are referred to as "special powers" and how living with autism can feel both awesome and tricky at the same time. The story speaks to children who have autism and explains what it means to have autism in a way that leaves them feeling empowered and able to make their dreams come true! The book is also inclusive and is available with several different characters to help your child relate to the message of the story. 

Just Right for You: A Story about Autism 

This book offers a way for a parent or caregiver to introduce autism to a child in an optimistic way to embrace their differences. Author Dr. Melanie Heyworth, who is the CEO and founder of Reframing Autism, brings a depth of insight and passion into autism throughout this book.  

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