Autism spectrum disorder is a serious neurodevelopmental disorder that impairs a child's ability to communicate and interact with others. It also includes restricted repetitive behaviors, interests and activities. These issues cause significant impairment in social, occupational and other areas of functioning. (Mayo Clinic definition) Books listed below deal with autism and Asperger's Syndrome which would be appropriate for and elementary, middle school, and/or high school library.

Fiction

My Brother Charlie: A Sister's story of Autism by Holly Robinson Peete
A girl tells what it is like living with her twin brother who has autism and sometimes finds it hard to communicate with words, but who, in most ways, is just like any other boy. E

All My Stripes: A Story for Children with Autism by Shaina Rudolph
Zane rushes home to tell his mother about problems he faced during his school day, and she reminds him that while others may only see his "autism stripe," he has stripes for honesty, caring, and much more. E


Anything But Typical by Nora Raleigh Baskin
Jason, a 12 yr old autistic boy who wants to become a writer, relates what his life is like as he tries to make sense of his world. JUV FIC

Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko
A 12 yr old boy named Moose moves to Alcatraz Island in 1935 when guards' families were housed there, and has to contend with his extraordinary new environment in addition to life with his autistic sister. JUV FIC

Al Capone Shines My Shoes by Gennifer Choldenko
Moose Flanagan, who lives on Alcatraz along with his family and the families of the other prison guards, is frightened when he discovers that noted gangster Al Capone, a prisoner there, wants a favor for the help that he secretly gave Moose. JUV FIC

Al Capone Does My Homework by Gennifer Choldenko
Moose Flanagan, who lives on Alcatraz along with his family and the families of the other prison guards, faces new challenges when his father is promoted to Associate Warden. JUV FIC

Mockingbird (Mok'ing-burd) by Kathryn Erskine
10 yr old Caitlin, who has Asperger's Syndrome, struggles to understand emotions, show empathy, and make friends at school, while at home she seeks closure by working on a project with her father. JUV FIC

Rules by Cynthia Lord
Frustrated at life with an autistic brother, 12 yr old Catherine longs for a normal existence but her world is further complicated by a friendship with a young paraplegic. JUV FIC

The World From Up Here by Cecilia Galante
Wren Baker is an anxious 12 yr old, so when her mother goes into a hospital for depression, and she and her younger brother, who has Asperger's syndrome, go to live with her aunt and cousin, Silver, who have just recently moved to Pennsylvania, her stress level soars--especially since Silver is a fearless child who conceives a plan to climb Creeper Mountain and interview "Witch Weatherly" for the class history project. JUV FIC

Of Mice and Aliens: An Asperger Adventure by Kathy Hoopmann
Ben's attempt to cope with his newly diagnosed Asperger's syndrome is complicated by the crash landing in his back yard of an alien who knows nothing about Earth's rules and norms. JUV FIC

Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin
Struggling with Asperger's Syndrome, Rose shares a bond with her beloved dog, but when the dog goes missing during a storm, Rose is forced to confront the limits of her comfort levels, even if it means leaving her routines in order to search for her pet. JUV FIC

Nobody's Perfect by Marlee Matlin
Megan, a popular and outgoing 4th grader, is sure that the "perfect" new girl dislikes her because she is deaf, but persistence and a joint science fair project help Megan see that the two girls have something in common after all. JUV FIC

The Cruisers: A Star is Born by Walter Dean Myers
Zander's play, Act Six, brings Da Vinci Academy into the spotlight, especially when LaShonda's costume designs win her an opportunity she can accept only if she is willing to leave her autistic brother and their group home behind. JUV FIC



The Half Life of Planets by Emily Franklin
An unlikely romance develops between a science-minded girl who is determined to reclaim her reputation and a boy with Asperger's Syndrome. FIC

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
Despite his overwhelming fear of interacting with people, Christopher, a mathematically-gifted, autistic 15 yr old boy, decides to investigate the murder of a neighbor's dog and uncovers secret information about his mother. FIC

Somebody Please Tell Me Who I Am by Harry Mazer
Wounded in Iraq while his Army unit is on convoy and treated for many months for traumatic brain injury, the first person Ben remembers from his earlier life is his brother who has autism. FIC

Rogue by Lyn Miller-Lachmann
An 8th grade girl with Asperger's Syndrome tries to befriend her new neighbor, facing many challenges along the way. FIC

Colin Fischer by Ashley Edward Miller
A boy with autism teams up with the high school bully to get to the bottom of a cafeteria crime. FIC

House Rules by Jodi Picoult
Emma Hunt's son Jacob, who has Asperger's Syndrome and occasionally tries helping the police with his unique forensic analysis abilities, falls under suspicion when a murder occurs in town, reminding Emma of society's--and the legal system's--misunderstanding with regard to the behavioral cues associated with Asperger's. FIC

Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork
Marcelo Sandoval, a 17 yr old boy on the high-functioning end of the autistic spectrum, faces new challenges including romance and injustice, when he goes to work for his father in the mailroom of a corporate law firm. FIC

Delightfully Different by D.S. Walker
A novel that explores the life and mind of a girl with Asperger's syndrome. FIC



Non-fiction

The Unwritten Rules of Social Relationships by Temple Grandin and Sean Barron
The authors share what they have learned about social relationships over the course of years struggling with the effects of autism, identifying Ten Unwritten Rules as general guidelines for handling social situations. 303.32

Views From Our Shoes: Growing up with a Brother or Sister With Special Needs by Donald J. Meyer
A collection of essays in which siblings share their experiences as the brother or sister of someone with a disability such as autism, cerebral palsy, ADD, and Down Syndrome. JUV 362.1

Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger's by John Elder Robison
The author recounts his struggles to fit in and communicate with others as he grew up, describing why he had so many problems relating to others and why he often turned to machines for comfort, rather than people, and explains how his life was changed when he was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome at age forty. 362.196

Living with Autism by Megan Atwood
Features fictional narratives paired with firsthand advice from a medical expert to help preteens and teenagers feel prepared for dealing with autism during adolescence. 616.85
It's Raining Cats and Dogs: An Autism Spectrum Guide to the Confusing World of Idioms, Metaphors, and Everyday Expressions by Michael Barton
Uses literal illustrations of metaphors to demonstrate the difficulty people with autism have understanding them. 616.85

Be Different: Adventures of a Free-range Aspergian With Practical Advice for Fellow Aspergians, Misfits, Families, and Teachers by John Elder Robison
The author provides insights into the minds of people who have been diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome through stories from his own life, as well as those of other Aspergians, and offers advice to people with the syndrome on how to deal with the attending weak communication and social skills that can hold them back. 616.85

Raising Cubby: A Father and Son's Adventures with Asperger's, Trains, Tractors, and High Explosives by John Elder Robison
The comic memoir of an Aspergian father raising his Aspergian son. 616.85
Autism by Ann Squire
Discusses autism in children, how it is diagnosed, what challenges it presents, treatment, and more. JUV 616.85

Social Skills Picture Book: Teaching Communication, Play, and Emotion by Jed Baker
Colorful photographs demonstrating nearly 30 social skills, including conversation, play, emotion management, and empathy, help engage and motivate students who need extra help learning appropriate social skills. 618.92
There's a Boy in Here by Judy Barron
Judy Barron chronicles her son's battle with autism, discussing how she and the other members of the family learned to deal with his outbursts and special challenges. 618.92
Asperger's Rules: How to Make Sense of School and Friends by Blythe N. Grossberg
A guide to school for children with Asperger's, explaining the confusing rules of the classroom, how to interact with other kids, and maintain healthy habits. 618.92

Asperger Syndrome, the Universe and Everything by Kenneth Hall
The author, aged 10, presents an account of his experiences growing up with Asperger Syndrome, providing information on his thoughts, perceptions, and unique perspective on the world around him. 618.92

Freaks, Geeks, and Asperger Syndrome: A User Guide to Adolescence by Luke Jackson
13 yr old student Luke Jackson describes what it is like to live with Asperger syndrome, offering a new perspective on bullying, friendships, the challenges associated with AS, problems at school, dating, and more. 618.92

The Aspie Teen's Survival Guide (Candid Advice for Teens, Tweens, and Parents, From a Young Man with Asperger's Syndrome) by J. D. Kraus
Offers practical advice so readers can get the most out of middle and high school, both academically and socially, from sensory sensitivity to awkwardness, dating to driving. 618.92

The Asperkid's Secret Book of Social Rules: The Handbook of No-so-obvious Social Guidelines for Teens and Tweens With Asperger Syndrome by Jennifer Cook O'Toole
Offers guidance and advice on social interaction for tweens and teens with Aspergers. 618.92
Autism and Asperger Syndrome by Ana Maria Rodriguez
Provides information on the causes, diagnosis, treatment, and symptoms of autism and Asperger Syndrome, and discusses the likelihood of communication problems, social difficulties, and obsessive behaviors. 618.92

Some Kids Have Autism by Martha E. H. Rustad
Simple text and photographs describe children with autism, their challenges and adaptations, and their everyday activities. JUV 618.92

The Conversation Train by Joel Shaul
This inventive color picture book uses the metaphor of a train to teach basic conventions of conversation to children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). 618.92

My Friend has Autism by by Amanda Doering Tourville
Explailns some of the challenges and rewards of having a friend with autism using everyday kid-friendly examples. JUV 618.92