7 Awesome Children’s Books That Explain Autism Well

There are lots of autistic people in the world, but most of us don’t really understand it. These children’s books help explain it in a simple and easy way.

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From left to right: 'Can I Tell You About Autism?,' 'My Brother Charlie,' and 'Why Does Izzy Cover Her Ears?' book covers against a dark blue background.

We live in a diverse world, and it’s important to try and understand how people are different. There are approximately 75 million autistic people in the world. Thus, it’s important for all of us, including children, to understand autism and how it can affect people. So, I made a list of seven great children’s books that easily explain autism. Read on to learn more.

Why Does Izzy Cover Her Ears? by Jennifer Veenendall

'Why Does Izzy Cover Her Ears?' by Jennifer Veenendall book cover showing a little girl covering her ears.
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Izzy is a spirited child, and those around her often misunderstand her behavior as she struggles with sensory overload in a new environment. The book works to make a place where people with sensory issues like Izzy are comfortable and accepted. This book isn’t exactly about autism, but since many autistic people have sensory modulation difficulties, it is still a relevant and important read.

Noah Chases the Wind by Michelle Worthington and Joseph Cowman

'Noah Chases the Wind' by Michelle Worthington and Joseph Cowman book cover showing a little boy grinning while the wind swirls around him
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Noah is different, and he knows it. He experiences the world in ways others don’t, and he always asks lots of questions. His favorite subject is science, specifically the weather, and books usually give him the answers he seeks. Until one question remains unanswered, prompting his windy adventure in search of an answer. This book shows how curious all children are, especially those with autism, who may not stop until they find an answer.

My Brother Charlie by Holly Robinson Peete, Ryan Elizabeth Peete, and Shane Evans

'My Brother Charlie' by Holly Robinson Peete, Ryan Elizabeth Peete, and Shane Evans book cover showing a young girl hugging a boy as well as a dog sticking its head out.
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Charlie has autism, which means that his brain works differently. He struggles to make friends, show his true feelings, and more. But as his older sister says, Charlie has just as many things that he is great at. He can name every American president, knows a lot about airplanes, and is better at playing piano than anyone else they know.

Can I Tell You About Autism? by Jude Welton and Jane Telford

'Can I Tell You About Autism?' by Jude Welton and Jane Telford book cover showing a young boy named Tom jumping on a small trampoline.
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Tom is a young boy with autism, and he invites us to learn about autism through his eyes. He helps us understand what autism is, including the challenges he faces, such as communicating with others, routine changes, and sensory overload. He also tells us ways that others can help and support him as he moves through the world.

I See Things Differently by Pat Thomas

'I See Things Differently' by Pat Thomas book cover showing some kids playing and another kid sitting at a desk drawing.
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This is a great book to help children understand what autism is and how autistic people are affected by it. This book helps children better understand autism with answers to common questions, easy-to-understand material, and more. It’s one of the books in the A First Look At series, a series of children’s books that help children explore emotional issues.

Trampoline Boy by Nan Forler and Marion Arbona

'Trampoline Boy' by Nan Forler and Marion Arbona book cover showing a young boy in the sky with birds.
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The main character, a young boy named Trampoline Boy, shows us how he sees the world. We see how he loves jumping on his trampoline, ignoring the kids who walk by and tease him. One day, a girl named Peaches is interested in his jumping, and Trampoline Boy invites her to join him. As they spend time together, we learn how important it is to see different perspectives.

Medikidz Explain Autism: What’s Up with Ben? by Kim Chilman-Blair

'Medikidz Explain Autism: What's Up with Ben?' by Kim Chilman-Blair book cover showing the Medikidz and a young boy standing around.
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This is part of the Medikidz series that follows five superheroes from outer space. The series explains health information in ways children can understand, and this book has them explaining autism. It utilizes a fun story format to explain autism, including what it’s like for the autistic person as well as how to befriend them.

These may be children’s books, but they have plenty of information for people of all ages. Happy reading!


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