Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Book List - Autism Acceptance Month

For insight into why I use the term Autism Acceptance instead of the more popular Aurism Awareness see my previous post.  In a similar vein, the books on this month's list are not necesarilly about promoting awareness of Autism Spectrum Conditions or helping children understand people with Autism Spectrum, though any book with well developed characters that have Autism should naturally do this.  Which is what these books do have, characters with Autism Spectrum.  Some of these characters are the narrators some are not, but I wanted to find books were the characters with Autism Spectrum were active, where they were more then learning experiences for others.  I haven't read every book on this list, so if I fail in my goals then I apologize.

P-K - Kindergarten
Jeffery and the Despondent Dragon by John Sprecher (The author wrote this book for his son who has Autism)

1st - 2nd Grade
Troy’s Amazing Universe by Sharon Kennedy Tosten (A series of four books where the narrator, 7 year old Troy has some incredible adventures.  Tosten wrote these books for and about her son Troy, who has Autism)
3rd - 5th Grade
Rescued by a Cow and a Squeeze: Temple Grandin by Mary W. Carpenter (A book about Temple Grandin and how she used her Autism to revolutionize the farming/meat industry)
Young Adult
Wright & Wong Mysteries by Laura Burns & Melinda Metz  (A series about 7th grade detectives.  One of the main characters has Asperger's.  Is appropriate for younger children.)
Curious Incident of the Dog and the Night Time by Mark Haddon (This book approaches the adult edge of YA fiction.  It is very emotionally heavy. While never explicitly stated the 15 year old narrator/detective Christopher is generally considered to have Autism Spectrum Conditions)
The Boy Who Ate Stars by Kochka (12 year old Lucy moves to France and meets Matthew, a four year old with Autism, his mother and silent nanny.  These three people change Lucy’s life.)
Out to Get Jack by James M. Williams (11 year old Jack is always blamed for other people's misbehavior, just becuase he has Autism.  Jack decides to take matters into his own hands and becomes a detective.  The author has autism and wrote this book when he was 13 years old)

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