Books about Autism

Here is a list of some of the books that I have read recently about autism that I recommend, it also includes the associate links to amazon.

My favourite so far has to be Neurotribes by Steve Silberman, it is a fascinating book full of the history of autism and the current neurodiversity movement.  It did take me a while to read but it was really worthwhile.  This book genuinely helped me to understand autism and see the real value and positives of neurodiversity.  I really would urge everyone to take the time to read this book.

If you want a shorter read both books below by Naoki Higashida are really great.  The Japanese author is autistic and non verbal.  The first book The Reason I Jump was written when Naoki Higashida was 13 and in it he provides an insight into his world.  The second book Fall Down 7 Times and Get Up 8 is even better, I found it to be a very moving book particularly as he shows a real depth of understanding towards his readers. My own son is non verbal and reading these books really hit home (I did shed a few tears reading these).


Temple Grandin is probably one of the most famous autistic authors and her most famous books are Thinking in Pictures and The Autistic Brain both I would recommend as she provides a wonderful insight to autism, some of the comments in the book are probably a little dated now but still worth a read.


If you want fiction I would go for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon, it is not a book about autism but it does have a main character with Asperger’s.  It is a book about being an outsider and being different.

Or if you want something more practical I would recommend Building Language using Lego Bricks by Dawn Ralph and Jacqui Rochester.  I had the privilege of attending a short workshop by the authors at the Autism Show last year and their helpful advice on using Lego to support language development as well as social is very useful.

I hope you get as much out of these books as I did xx

Disclaimer – this post contains associate links to Amazon, if you click on the pictures of the books above you will be taken to Amazon’s website.  If you choose to purchase one of the books via these links you will be purchasing from Amazon.  Furthermore if you do choose to purchase one of these books via this link I may receive a small percentage of the sale via the Amazon Associates programme.

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