Realistic Fiction

Books About Kids on the Autism Spectrum

Kids like to see themselves in books, but they also crave understanding of those who are not like them. This list focuses on kids with behaviors on the autism spectrum. You’re sure to walk away with a better understanding of what it’s like to live with autism.

The Someday Birds by Sally J. Pla

Charlie is on the Austism spectrum and suffers from OCD. The last place he wants to be is traveling across country in an old RV with his crazy family and a weird lady from Bosnia. If he wants to see his dad, that’s what he must do.

How to Speak Dolphin by Ginny Rorby

Lily’s mother died, leaving Lily and her stepfather to care for her severely autistic 4-year-old brother. Her stepdad is having a hard time accepting Adam’s disability and refuses to put him in a special school. Finally he agrees to try the dolphin therapy program, but Lily’s blind friend questions the morality of keeping dolphins in captivity. 

Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin

Rose is a fifth grader with autism and a father who doesn’t understand her. When he unexpectedly brings home a dog on a rainy night, she names it Rain, and the two become instant companions. When Rain goes missing during a hurricane, she will stop at nothing until she finds her dog.

Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko

Some kids would think it’s cool to live several hundred yards from the most famous criminals in the world, but not Moose Flanagan. When his father takes a job as a prison guard at Alcatraz, Moose’s world takes a turn for the worst.

Rules by Cynthia Lord

Catherine’s autistic brother, David, has a hard time following rules. Catherine struggles with the social ramifications of having an autistic brother. When a girl her age moves in next door, she becomes more determined than ever to teach David the rules. 

Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine

Caitlin doesn’t know how to deal with the death of her brother. He was the only one who understood her. Now a school shooting has left her and her community devastated. After discovering the word “closure,” she realizes that she must learn this word and put it into action.

The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd

Siblings, Kat and Ted, are horrified when their cousin Salim disappears while on the London Eye Ferris Wheel. How is that possible? Ted has Asperger’s Syndrome. Most people don’t understand his ultra-logical brain. Though Ted can be annoying most of the time, Kat can’t deny his importance at this moment. Narrated by Ted.

Team Players (Home Team #4) by Mike Lupica

It’s softball season, and there’s a new girl on the team. Sarah is on the Autism spectrum. She’s a fantastic player, but her lack of social skills is building a wall between her and the rest of the team. Cassie goes out of her way to make Sarah feel like she’s part of the team, but everything she does backfires .

Slider by Pete Hautman

David Miller feels like he is overshadowed by his autistic brother and smart sister, but he has something too. He’s obsessed with eating contests. When he accidentally bids $2000 for a half-eaten hotdog from Nathan’s famous hotdog eating contest, he’s determined to win the $5000 prize at the State Fair Pizza Eating Contest before his mom finds out.

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