Welcome to my latest blog piece. April 2nd marks World Autism Awareness Day so to mark the day I’m sharing reads that connect to this day which was first celebrated in 2008.
A Friend For Henry by Jenn Bailey and illustrated by Mika Song.
This book is such an emotive read and the thoughts behind each page are so powerful. I highly recommend it.
Jenn Bailey, the author, skilfully writes about Henry and his feelings, his choices and actions with such sensitivity. Added to that are Mika Song’s illustrations which are soft but striking and so expressive. There are no labels throughout this book but Henry is in fact on the autism spectrum.
Henry’s efforts in making friends are misunderstood at first but this doesn’t stop Henry in building a friendship. It is such a charming book.
Seek this book out and share, it is brilliant. Find out more about A Friend For Henry over on a blog piece I’ve previously written A Friend For Henry.
Autism and Me by Haia Ironside and illustrated by Ellie O’Shea.
This fantastic read doubles up as a wonderful activity book for young people with autism but also a super informative read answering many questions about autism.
There are various activities for readers to complete including yoga, colouring in and thought provoking questions about being autistic. In addition to this there is also a note for parents and carers and a brilliant page informing readers of further resources.
As well as being a great resource to use at home, this book would be a great pick to use with a child in a learning setting. The illustrations are inclusive and engaging, in keeping with its target audience using unfussy but charming drawings.
A brilliant book sharing great tips and mindful activities.
The Reason I jump by Naoki Higashida and introduced by David Mitchell
Naoki Higashia is a young boy with autism and this book is his memoir. This book gives readers a brilliant understanding of Naoki‘s life, how he feels, how he responds in particular situations, his dreams and his frustrations.
The book is introduced by David Mitchell is the father of an autistic child and it is him and his wife that organised the translation of this book for us all be more informed about autism.
Born in Japan Naoki is a thirteen year old boy who is severely autistic. It is important to note that being on the autism spectrum can vary person to person however, I would highly recommend you find this book. It would also be such a beneficial read for those who work in learning settings also.
My Name is Nadia, I have Autism by Huda Patel.
This book is a great read and one that I purchased whilst in Singapore. Sadly, it’s a book that is proving quite difficult to buy but it was one that I really wanted to share and should you find a copy I think it’s a lovely read.
The young girl in this book, named Nadia shares with readers that though she is autistic she is able to do a great many things just like many other children. The inclusive book is based on a Muslim family where readers see Nadia’s mum dressed complete in hijab and where the book is written both in Malay and English.
Readers are informed of various problems Nadia shares with readers but on discovering she has autism her doctor and family are able to support her.
Compete with warm illustrations this is book to keep a look out for.
My brother Otto by Meg Raby and illustrated by Elisa Pallmer.
This is a book that I am excited to read but unfortunately it is yet to arrive. I look forward to reading this book but to give you an insight into the book here is the description as described on Amazon:
is a child-friendly, endearing, and fun picture book for children about the love, acceptance, and understanding a sister, Piper, has for her little brother Otto, who is on the autism spectrum. The book provides explanations for Otto’s differences and quirkiness in an easy-to-understand language, and highlights Otto’s desires for adventure and love–just like his peers. To be more specific, My Brother Otto is a sweet story about a sister and a brother who engage in common, everyday experiences in their own unique way with the idea that kindness and understanding always win!
A brilliant bundle of books informing readers more about the autism spectrum disorder which will be a great addition to all libraries.
Disclaimer: Some of these books I received from the publishers. All words and opinions are my own and I chose to include these books in this piece. This post contains affiliate links.