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Ely Library at Westfield State University
This a guide to some of the ERC's books about the Autism Spectrum. The guide includes stories and information on these topics.
A Friend for Henry by Jenn Bailey; Mika Song (Illustrator)
Call Number: PZ1000.B167 Fr 2019
In Classroom Six, second left down the hall, Henry has been on the lookout for a friend. A friend who shares. A friend who listens. Maybe even a friend who likes things to stay the same and all in order, as Henry does. But on a day full of too close and too loud, when nothing seems to go right, will Henry ever find a friend—or will a friend find him? A story from the perspective of a boy on the autism spectrum.
I Have Autism, and That's Okay! by Kristin Arniotis; John Arniotis (Illustrator)
Call Number: RJ506.A9 A75 2013
As parents, we want to have all of the answers for our children. We want to make everything better, perfect even, for them. In this book, rather than focus and dwell on the uncertainty, we decided to focus on the things that were certain. This book shares some of those certainties, the positives, the love, and also the autism.
What It Is to Be Me! by Angela Wine
Call Number: RJ506.A9 W564 2005
Written from the perspective of the author's son, Danny, a boy with Asperger's Syndrome, shares the ups, downs, and pride of being an Asperger kid.
Understanding Sam and Asperger Syndrome by Liezl Venter; Clarabelle Van Niekerk
Call Number: RC553.A88 N54 2008
This firsthand view of the life of an undiagnosed child presents behaviors and characteristics that are common among children with this disorder. Sam doesn't like his pancakes to touch, his sister is annoyed with his repetitive song, and his new coat hurts his skin, but once he is diagnosed, teamwork-based support helps Sam's life become a little easier.
Pedro's Whale by Paula Kluth; Patrick Schwarz
Call Number: LC4069.3 .K58 2010
Pedro, a young boy with autism who loves whales more than anything, is heartbroken when he's told to put away his favorite whale on the first day of school. But then Pedro's teacher discovers the secret to helping him do his best work: not only giving him his whale, but also incorporating his special interest into the whole curriculum.
The Flight of a Dove by Alexandra Day
Call Number: PZ1000.D299 Fl 2004
Betsy is a child trapped inside her own body; her autism keeps her a world apart, from even her mother. After being enrolled in a school for children with developmental disabilities, Betsy struggles to adjust. The head teacher believes that animals sometimes help children overcome problems. Betsy shows no interest in any of them -- until the day one special bird manages to catch her attention.
Ian's Walk by Laurie Lears; Karen Ritz (Illustrator)
Call Number: PZ1000.L46365 Ian 1998
This story a subtle portrait of how Ian's autism affects his older sister, Julie. Without shying away from autism, the text and illustrations underplay it to create an ordinary, everyday scenario in which Julie's reactions could be those of any impatient older sibling. The same tone is maintained to the end when Julie realizes that she appreciates Ian not so much for his differences, but simply for who he is.
Inside Asperger's Looking Out by Kathy Hoopmann
Call Number: RJ506.A9 H652 2013
Each page brings to light traits that many Aspies have in common, from sensitive hearing and an aversion to bright lights and strong smells, to literal thinking and difficulty understanding social rules and reading body language and facial expressions. At the same time, the book highlights and celebrates the unique characteristics that make those with Asperger's Syndrome special.
A Whole New Ballgame by Phil Bildner; Tim Probert (Illustrator)
Call Number: PZ7.B4923 Wh 2015
Rip and Red are best friends whose fifth-grade year is nothing like what they expected. They also find themselves with a new basketball coach. Easy-going Rip is knocked completely out of his comfort zone. And for Red, who has autism and really needs things to be exactly a certain way, the changes are even more of a struggle. But together these two make a great duo who know how to help each other--and find ways to make a difference--in the classroom and on the court.
A Boy Called Bat by Elana K. Arnold; Charles Santoso (Illustrator)
Call Number: PZ7.A73517 Boy 2017
For Bixby Alexander Tam (nicknamed Bat), life tends to be full of surprises—some of them good, some not so good. Today, though, is a good-surprise day. Bat’s mom, a veterinarian, has brought home a baby skunk, which she needs to take care of until she can hand him over to a wild-animal shelter. Bat has one month to show his mom that a baby skunk might just make a pretty terrific pet.
Autism and Me by Ouisie Shapiro; Steven Vote (Photographer)
Call Number: RJ506.A9 S523 2009
In these moving essays, Christian and many other kids tell what it's like to live with siblings who have autism. Sometimes they can't talk much. Sometimes they have tantrums. It can be tough for a family, but there are happy surprises, too.
Rules by Cynthia Lord
Call Number: PZ7.L87734 Rul 2006
Twelve-year-old Catherine just wants a normal life. Which is near impossible when you have a brother with autism and a family that revolves around his disability. One summer Catherine meets Jason, a surprising new sort-of friend, and Kristi, the next-door friend she's always wished for, it's her own shocking behavior that turns everything upside down and forces her to ask: What is normal?