April is Autism Acceptance Month. Autism is the fastest growing developmental disorder in the United States. 1 in 54 children are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, totaling over 5 million young people and adults.1 Magination Press has a variety of resources for children and teens about Autism and Asperger’s to help them understand and manage their diagnosis.
All My Stripes: A Story For Children With Autism by Shaina Rudolph and Danielle Royer
“Nobody gets me, Mama!”
In the award-winning picture book, Zane the zebra feels different from the rest of his classmates. He worries that all they notice about him is his “autism stripe.” With the help of his Mama, Zane comes to appreciate all his stripes — the unique strengths that make him who he is!
“Rudolph and Royer shine a light on the autism spectrum, but go a step further and show how endearing, unique and beautiful the children are in this inspiring story about embracing differences.” — Children’s Books Heal
Asperger’s Rules!: How To Make Sense Of School And Friends by Blythe Grossberg
A large part of school isn’t just taking tests, reading, and writing — it’s knowing the rules for behavior in the classroom and learning how to communicate with teachers and classmates. This book makes school easier for kids with Asperger’s by explaining the confusing — and often unwritten — rules of the classroom
“Grossberg provides an upbeat and supportive guide for readers with Asperger’s, covering feelings and emotions, teachers, asking for help, and dealing with bullies…The invaluable advice should help readers navigate new challenges.” — Publishers Weekly
by Blythe Grossberg
For a teen with Asperger’s, high school can be a time of great promise and opportunity — to learn more about subjects they’re excited about, join clubs and activities that interest them, and make new friends — but it can also be uncomfortable at times. This award-winning book helps them use their strengths and unique personal style to feel more comfortable in high school and to be better able to make friends, understand teachers, and get the grades they are capable of.
“High school students who have been diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome will find this a welcome tool to add to their support resources. The straightforward tone and achievable tips make this guide approachable for a wide range of readers. Both teachers and counseling staff would be well served to have this title in their collection.” — Booklist
Autism, The Invisible Cord: A Sibling’s Diary by Barbara S. Cain
This award-winning book features Jenny, a teen who confides in her diary about what it is like to live with Ezra, her younger brother with autism, and her life with the most “wacky, exasperating, infuriating, amazing younger brother!”
“…Cain reminds us that the experience of living with a child with ASD is not limited to parents; siblings are at the forefront of each challenge and every triumph, and they are profoundly affected as a result.” — Somer Bishop, PhD, Assistant Professor, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Russell’s World: A Story For Kids About Autism by Charles A. Amenta III
Russell is a boy with autism. Russell is a boy with a great big smile and a family who loves him. Step into award-winning Russell’s World for an inside look at a real-life family as they share their photos and stories. Kids can see just what Russell and his family experience as well as the surprises and challenges that can come with autism.
“The author writes from experience and research — not only is he a physician, Amenta is also Russell’s father. With honesty and love, he describes the many challenges that Russell, who is severely autistic, faced growing up, including the impact on his siblings and others around him.” — School Library Journal
1 Autism Society, 2021. Autism Acceptance Month 2021 landing page, first paragraph in second section: Acceptance. https://www.autismacceptance.org