Great Books for Autism Awareness Month

Great Books for Autism Awareness Month

There is still a lot of confusion and misunderstanding when it comes to autism, and the recent crop of books from Skyhorse Publishing aims to educate and assist both those affected by autism and those seeking more information on the subject. From a children’s book to a cookbook to a memoir, this line up covers a lot of ground.


It’s 1949 and eighteen-year-old pitching phenom Mickey Tussler is back with the rejuvenated minor league Brewers in the sequel to The Legend of Mickey Tussler (the basis for the television movie A Mile in His Shoes). The book follows Micky, a young man with Asperger’s Syndrome. Mickey reluctantly returns to the field and must once again cope with the violence and hatred around him. Mickey now must deal with a side of human nature he scarcely comprehends.


Sammy’s brother is angry because Sammy is autistic and does not know how to be a “normal” brother. Then, one day, Sammy’s older brother realizes that he should not demand everything on his own terms and that Sammy’s way of doing things may not be so bad after all. Simply written and beautifully illustrated, this moving book realistically portrays being a sibling of an autistic child.


Max’s autism doesn’t stop him from having fun! Even when Max struggles to navigate social situations, his friend is there to help him out. Whether on the basketball court, the playground swings, or at the neighborhood pool, the two friends enjoy each other’s company. Harrington’s colorful illustrations complement Celeste Shally’s touching story of friendship to create a book that is the perfect guide for children and parents to better understand those with autism spectrum disorders.

BAD ANIMALS (May 2012)

Joel Yanofsky’s account of a year in the life of a family describes a father’s struggle to enter his son’s world, the world of autism, using the materials he knows best: self-help books, feel-good memoirs, literary classics from the Bible to Dr. Seuss, old movies, and, yes, shtick. Funny, wrenching, and unfailingly candid, Bad Animals is both an exploration of a baffling condition and a quirky love story told by a gifted writer.


Join the countless other families who have discovered enormous improvement in their autistic children through diet. This comprehensive word-of-mouth cookbook sensation is available now for the first time in a beautiful full-color edition. Written by a mother of a child with autism and numerous food allergies, this book is a simple and easy guide to preparing family-friendly meals that can improve a child’s digestion and immunity.


Jeni Decker is five-foot nothing and one hundred and [redacted] pounds—a self described roly-poly, forty-something, Reubenesque bon-bon of a gal, often called cute but never sexy. She has two sons with autism on opposite ends of the spectrum (Jake and Jaxson), a husband who prefers hunting to household chores, an Australian Shepherd named Sugar, and an albino frog named Humbert Humbert. This is her story—a brash, personal, and some-times shocking memoir of one woman’s determination to raise two healthy kids with autism and keep her sanity in the process. I Wish I Were Engulfed in Flames also includes mini-chapters written by her eldest son, Jake.


For parents with limited time, ability, or resources to do this, Ken Siri and Tony Lyons have compiled the latest in autism research and treatment. Cutting-Edge Therapies for Autism contains contributions from more than eighty experts on a variety of therapies, models, and multifaceted evaluation and treatment centers.

3 comments to Great Books for Autism Awareness Month

  • Makayla

    Thank you for sharing these books. Your web site is very helpful. I am impressed by the details that you have on this site about autism. It reveals how well you understand this subject. I bookmarked this website page, and will come back.

  • Ben

    We are parents that have newly had an autism diagnoses for our son. I’m glad you are including resources for parents in your blogging, it helps to have a concentric place to look for books and aids. Thanks.

  • Holly

    Hi, these look like Excellent reads, I just passed this onto a friend who recently had her child diagnosed with autism.

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