This Is a guest blog by Andrea from A Bundle of Books children’s bookshop in Herne Bay. We were delighted to be asked to support a pre-school in the first ever Schools’ Autism Awareness Week. We wanted to find books about autism that enabled children to recognise and learn about the diagnosis. This could have been about themselves, siblings or friends with autism. Read about their top 5 children’s books here for more recomendations.
So with a young audience ranging from two and a half years to four what could we find to read?
In addition to these two books about Autism Nikki Saunders, A mother of an Autistic child did a Q&A for inclusiveteach.com about the process of writing a book for her family about Autism.
Isaac and His Amazing Asperger Superpowers! by Melanie Walsh Age 3+
A groundbreaking picture book which explains Asperger’s Syndrome in a simple, gentle and positive way to very young children.
Described by the National Autistic Society as “delightful … full of positive messages”. Meet Isaac. He’s a superhero! He might look like everyone else, but he has a kind of autism called Asperger’s. Inside this book he’ll tell you all about what it’s like to have his Asperger superpowers. An essential book for anyone wishing to understand more about Asperger’s Syndrome.
Using a few props to bring the story to life it was a great success!
A couple of other recently published books one for older children and one for adults:
The narrative is entirely from Rose’s viewpoint and her warm and friendly outlook and her degree of self-knowledge give us instant and constant empathy with her. However, such is the skill in the storytelling, it’s also possible to understand the frustration of her father and teachers with her outbursts and sense the humour in some of the situations that arise.
11-year-old Rose is autistic and struggles to understand her classmates. But when her father gives her a stray dog, which she names Rain, the dog becomes her best friend, her anchor in a confusing world. So when Rain goes missing during a storm, Rose refuses to stop looking for her… A touching story from the bestselling author of The Baby-Sitters Club.