Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Top three books with autistic kids

Jane in a tower - My top three books with autistic kids

I don't get the chance to read often and when I do get a bit of time, I like a bit of fact and fiction.  Like these books with autistic adult characters, I often go back to ones with autistic kid characters too. Not only are that full of fantastic plots or heart-breaking truths but I connect with them in a way I don't with other books.  My boys connect with books in a unique way too.  Why not have a read of my top three and see what you think?

Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon
If you haven't read the Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, stop reading this immediately and go read it. It's an award winning book that has been made into a west-end stage sensation.   When a neighbours dog is mysteriously killed in the middle of the night, Christopher Boone feels he won't be safe until he finds out who did it. But Christopher is not ordinary fifteen year old.

He's doing his Maths A level early and he'll ace it.  He doesn't understand why people do things, he can't be touched and hates the colour yellow.  Christopher uncovers far more than he was looking for and how copes when he must venture outside his known world.

M is for Autism by The Students of Limpsfield Grange School and Vicky Martin
Actually written be girls on the autistic spectrum, M is for Autism draws on their real life experiences to create a warm and funny novel that highlights the ups and downs of being different in a world of normal. It's all about M who wants to be just like her teenage peers. Except they always seem to know what to say and what to do. M feels like she comes from a different planet.

The Horse Boy by Rupert Isaacson
When Rupert's son, Rowan, turned two he suddenly seemed to change, withdraw and was soon diagnosed with autism.  His parents lives orientated around looking after Rowan.  Then one day he was introduced to their neighbours horse and so began his family's trek to Mongolia looking for a way to connect with their son.

Have you read any of these?  What makes you connect with a book?


  1. I have read the Curious Incident (and throughly enjoyed it) but not the others, hello Amazon. I love the Reason Why I jump - have you read it? Thank you for linking up to #ablogginggoodtime 🎉

  2. I LOVE Curious incident and really want to see the play. its such a brilliant book and I also recommend it to everyone! Its refreshing to see how he sees the world so differently and to see someone writing and representing Autism.
    Thank you for sharing this with us at #TriumphantTales. I hope to see you back next week!


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