At BCLS, we celebrate neurodiversity during Autism Acceptance Month – and all year long. You can too! Check out this selection of juvenile books featuring main characters and significant figures who have ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder).
A Bird Will Soar by Alison Myers
After a tornado, Axel, who loves birds, finds an injured eaglet and helps to rescue it – and also helps to resolve the problems in his broken family and draw his father back home.
A Boy Called Bat (series) by Elana K. Arnold
When his veterinarian mom brings home a stray baby skunk that needs rehabilitation before it can be placed in a wild animal shelter, Bat, who has autism, resolves to prove that he is up to the challenge of caring for the skunk permanently.
Can You See Me? by Libby Scott
Eleven-year-old Tally is starting sixth grade and she really wants to fit in, which means somehow hiding her autism, hypersensitivity to touch and true self, and trying to act "normal" like her former best friend. But, as she records her thoughts and anxieties in her coping diary, Tally begins to wonder – what is "normal" anyway?
Chester and Gus by Cammie McGovern
Chester has always wanted to become a service dog, but when he fails his certification test it seems like that dream will never come true, that is until a family adopts him to be a companion for their 10-year-old son, Gus, who has autism.
Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan
Willow is a 12-year-old genius, obsessed with nature and diagnosing medical conditions, who finds it comforting to count by sevens.
Do You Know Me? by Libby Scott
Tally Olivia Adams is a 12-year-old (just) autistic girl faced with the prospect of a week-long, end-of-the-year class trip. Tally needs all the life-skills she has learned to cope with and expose the bully, and maybe make some friends along the way.
The Exceptional Maggie Chowder by Renee Beauregard Lute
Twelve-year-old aspiring forest ranger Maggie Chowder wants to be just like her favorite comic superhero, the Exceptional Eagirl. Maggie is determined to make the most of her new circumstances when her dad loses his job and her family moves from a house to a small apartment. Maggie realizes that home is about more than a house.
Forever Amigo: An Abby Story (Second Chance Ranch series) by Kelsey Abrams
Although he is retired, Amigo is more than a service dog, he is her friend. When the unthinkable happens, can Abby find a way to move past her grief and keep Amigo's memory alive forever?
Forever Neverland by Susan Adrian
Told in two voices, Clover, 12, and her autistic brother Fergus, 11, discover they are descended from Wendy Darling and set off with Peter Pan for adventures in Neverland.
Frankie and Amelia by Cammie McGovern
After being separated from his family, Franklin becomes an independent cat, until he meets a goofy dog named Chester. Chester is a service dog to his person, a boy named Gus, and Chester knows just the girl to be Franklin's person – Gus's classmate, Amelia. Amelia loves cats, but has a harder time with people.
Get a Grip, Vivy Cohen! by Sarah Kapit
Eleven-year-old pitcher Vivy Cohen, who has autism, becomes pen pals with her favorite Major League Baseball player after writing a letter to him as an assignment for her social skills class.
Me and Sam-Sam Handle the Apocalypse by Susan Vaught
In this heartfelt middle grade mystery, an autistic girl becomes an amateur detective after money is stolen from her English teacher father's desk at school and he is blamed for the theft. With the aid of her friend, new kid Springer Regal, and her faithful Pomeranian, Sam-Sam, Jesse sets out to clear her father by finding the true culprit.
Real by Carol Cujec
Charity may have mad math skills and a near-perfect memory, but with a mouth that can't speak and a body that jumps unpredictably, most people incorrectly assume she cannot learn. Inspired by a true story, Real speaks to all those who've ever felt they didn't belong and reminds readers that all people are worthy of being included.
The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashidea
Written by Naoki Higashida, a very smart, very self-aware and very charming 13-year-old boy with autism, this one-of-a-kind memoir demonstrates how an autistic mind thinks, feels, perceives and responds in ways few of us can imagine.
The Someday Birds by Sally Pla
Charlie, 12, who has autism and obsessive-compulsive disorder, must endure a cross-country trip with his siblings and a strange babysitter to visit their father.
We Could Be Heroes by Margaret Mary Finnegan
Fourth-graders Maisie and Hank, who has autism, become friends as they devise schemes to save a neighbor's dog, Booler, from being tied to a tree