I am Aspiengirl, by Tania Marshall. A highly visual and colourful book, showing the diversity of girls on the autism spectrum, with quotes from both girls and adults (parents, teachers, professionals) on each page. The appendices contain a long list of common traits of Aspiengirls and a comparison between boys and girls on the autism spectrum.
Colin Fischer, by Ashley Edward Miller. An Aspie detective mystery! Colin Fischer is a very stereotypical Aspie, who is socially awkward at school, and very bright. When there is a mystery at school, and the wrong person (who also has a history of bullying Colin) is accused, Colin solves the mystery and clears the false accusation.
Nobody’s Perfect, by Marlee Matlin. A great book for siblings and disability acceptance! A new girl starts at school, and seems very aloof, despite the others trying to be friendly. She seems to be nearly perfect at everything, and it’s only late in the book that it’s revealed that she has an autistic brother, who she is initially ashamed of. One of her classmates, who is deaf, begins teaching the boy sign language, to the delight of his family, and his sister learns to accept disabilities.
Counting by 7s, by Holly Goldberg Sloan. Aspergers is never mentioned in this book, but the main character has many stereotypical traits. She is endearing, quirky, funny – and when tragedy disrupts her ordered world, she learns to adapt more easily to her changing circumstances.
Goodreads has a very comprehensive bookshelf called Disability in Kidlit, covering an enormous number of disabilities. I’ve already requested copies of all the books in the autism category that are available through my local library, and will write reviews of those that we enjoy.
My Autism Book, by Gloria Dura-Vila and Tamar Levi. A simple book for children, exploring the strengths and differences of autism, and written in very positive language. At the end of the book, all of the strengths and differences throughout are compiled into a tick-list, which can be useful to share with therapists, teachers etc.
The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd. One of the two main characters has a “brain wired a little differently”, and is depicted very positively (he solves the mystery!). Ages 8+.