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(Visit our list of Featured Books specifically for Families of children on the spectrum)

A Is for All Aboard! Paula Kluth & Victoria Kluth, $24.50 (ages 4-8)

Sure to captivate children with autism—and any young train enthusiast—this book will help kids of all ages improve their literacy skills as they learn the ABCs of one of their favorite topics.

Al Capone Does My Shirts. Gennifer Choldenko, $10.99 (ages 10+)

It’s 1935 and twelve-year old Moose has just moved to Alcatraz so his father can work as a guard and his sister can attend a special school in San Francisco. He has to leave all his friends and his baseball team behind - but if his sister Natalie can get help, it’s worth it. Isn’t it?

But on Alcatraz, his father is busy and his mother is preoccupied with Natalie’s condition (today it would be called autism), which is even worse now that there’s no extended family to help with her tantrums and constant needs. All Moose wants to do is protect Natalie, live up to his parents’ expectations and stay out of trouble — but on Alcatraz, trouble is never very far away!

All My Stripes: a Story for Kids with Autism. Shaina Rudolph & Danielle Royer, illustrated by Jennifer Zivoin, $14.50 (ages 5-8)

In All My Stripes, 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!

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Andy and His Yellow Frisbee. Mary Thompson, $21.50 (ages 5-8)

This story brings a message of tolerance and acceptance to young readers. It will appeal to those not only interested in autism but anyone who's experienced being the new kid in school or the child who's struggled in making friendships. (ages 6-10)

Anything But Typical.Nora Raleigh Baskin, $11.99 (ages 10-14)

Jason is a 12-year-old with autism, living in a neurotypical world and most days it’s just a matter of time before something goes wrong...

The ASD and Me Picture Book: a Visual Guide to Understanding Challenges and Strengths for Children On the Autism Spectrum. Joel Shaul, $27.95 (ages 7-14)

Children with ASDs often find it difficult to identify the things they find difficult and, more importantly, to recognize the things they are good at. This colorful book provides simple self-exploration tools to help children identify their strengths and begin to tackle the things they find harder.

The book explores a range of common difficulties, including communication, emotional and sensory regulation, and executive functioning, encouraging children to explore their personal challenges and abilities in an engaging and positive way. Illustrated with hundreds of cartoon-style graphics and containing a wealth of fun tools, games, activities and photocopiable worksheets, this book is ideal for children with ASDs aged 7-14, and will be equally useful at home or in the classroom.

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The ASD Workbook: Understanding Your Autism Spectrum Disorder. Penny Kershaw, $28.95 (ages 10+)

A diagnosis of an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can be confusing and overwhelming for all involved, and it can be difficult for parents to know how best to approach the subject with their child. This easy-to-use interactive workbook gives parents the help they need to explain ASDs to their child and provide practical and emotional support following diagnosis.

Parents are invited to work through each chapter with their child as they grow older and go through adolescence, encouraging them to talk through how the ASD affects each area of their life, from making friends to problem-solving to planning a career. The information and advice is presented in a clear and positive way to help both parent and child understand more about what the diagnosis means for them. As the workbook is completed an invaluable record of development will be created for parent and child to look back on together.

The ASD Zoo of Kalamazoo. Josie Santomauro, $26.95 (ages 4-8)

AAPC’s latest release, The ASD Zoo of Kalamazoo, is an illustrated, rhyming children’s book that connects the characteristics of various zoo animals to the major social skills characteristics of children with autism spectrum disorder. The book demonstrates how some animals exhibit specific characteristics, eccentric behaviors and special needs. The book capitalizes on their strengths.

The goal of this book is for children to recognize their characteristics and learn how to capitalize on them or adapt for greater success in the social realm. This resource can be used with children and their peers to talk openly about diagnosis, challenges and differences, read by them or with an adult. Professionals can also use the resource in schools or clinics.

The Asperger Children’s Toolkit. Francis Musgrave, $26.95 (ages 4-8)

Growing up with Asperger Syndrome can throw up all sorts of challenges, but never fear, The Brain Guru, The Sensory Detective and The Social Scientist are here to help!

These likeable characters guide children with AS through some of the trickiest, stickiest conundrums known to humankind: from anxiety and negative thinking, to sensory overload, emotions, friendship and trust and social situations. By working through the activities and using the cut-out-and-keep tools, children with AS will learn how to build upon their strengths and develop techniques for coping with areas of difficulty — as well as how to handle setbacks and celebrate successes along the way! The important topic of staying safe in the digital world is also covered, providing children with the knowledge and know-how they need to use the Internet, social networking and text messaging safely.

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The Asperkid's Not-Your-Average-Coloring-Book. Jennifer Cook O'Toole, $13.95 (ages 8+)

Gathering the artistic talents of Asperkids and artists from around the world, as well as her own original artwork, Jennifer O'Toole has created a one-of-a-kind coloring book that's educational, fun and above all a celebration of difference! We all know that children with Asperger syndrome are far more likely to learn and enjoy themselves when their special interests are involved, and the color-in drawings in this book cover a wide range of subjects that Aspies love. We're talking mythology, atomic structures, nature, historical fashions, and more! Full of cool art, geeky humor, and inspirational quotations, this is a coloring book for all ages that celebrates the unapologetic awesomeness of Asperkids.

The Aspie Teen’s Survival Guide. J.D. Kraus, $26.95 (ages 12-17)

Candid advice for teens, tweens and parents form a young man with Asperger’s Syndrome. From sensory issues to dating; from driving to social awkwardness — practical tips for getting the most out of middle and high school, academically and socially.

The Autism Acceptance Book: Being a Friend to Someone with Autism. Ellen Sabin, $25.95 (ages 8-14)

An interactive, educational and character-building book that introduces children to the challenges faced by people with autism while also supporting their personal journey toward appreciating and respecting people's differences. The 62-page spiral-bound book offers educational information, conversation-starters, and engaging exercises that invite children to “walk in someone else's shoes” as they learn to treat others the same ways they would like to be treated themselves.

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Autism in My Family: a Journal for Siblings of Children with ASD. Sandra Tucker, $25.95 (ages 8-12)

An interactive workbook full of dynamic activities for children with siblings on the autism spectrum. Through individualized exercises in understanding and empathy, this book will serve to empower the child and strengthen their sibling relationship.

AUTISTIC? How Silly is That!  Lynda Farrington Wilson, $13.50 (ages 4-9)

There's more to this boy than being autistic. This delightful picture book goes beyond labels and reminds us all that children with autism are KIDS first!

Babies Are Noisy: a Book for Big Brothers and Sisters, Including Those on the Autism Spectrum. Anne-Marie Harrison, $17.95 (ages 2-7)

This engaging illustrated children's book is ideal for preparing young children age 3+ on and off the autism spectrum for the arrival of a new brother or sister. Covering everything from trips to the hospital, what to expect when the baby arrives and the fun, family times to look forward to, BABIES ARE NOISY is mindful of how children with autism think, learn and experience the world and is full of strategies for coping with the sensory issues and routine changes that a new baby brings.

Reflecting the real life situations that families with a child with autism find themselves faced with, this book can be read with parents and professionals to prepare the child for the arrival of their new sibling.

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Blue Bottle Mystery: an Asperger Adventure. Kathy Hoopman & Mike Medaglia, illustrated by Rachael Smith, $19.95 (ages 8-14)

This graphic novel re-telling of Kathy Hoopmann's best-selling Blue Bottle Mystery brings the much-loved fantasy story to life for a new generation of readers. The hero is Ben, a boy with Asperger Syndrome (AS). When Ben and his friend Andy find an old bottle in the school yard, little do they know of the surprises about to be unleashed in their lives. Bound up with this exciting mystery is the story of how Ben is diagnosed with AS and how he and his family deal with the problems and joys that come along with it.

A Book About What Autism Can Be Like. Sue Adams, $17.95 (ages 5-11)

Chris and Andrew are good friends. They are the same in many ways — but they are also very different. Chris has autism and shares his view of the world with the reader with simple text and line drawings.

Bookworm: Discovering Idioms, Sayings, and Expressions. Karen Emigh, Illustrated by Steve Dana, $13.50 (ages 4-8)

“This book will sell like hotcakes!” If you understood what that means, you just subconsciously interpreted an idiom. Most children learn these “figures of speech” in social contexts. But for children who lack this ability, communication can get very confusing. The third book in Karen Emigh’s series, Bookworm introduces young readers to the world of idioms, narrated by Brett and his helpful dog, Herman. Playful dialogue, clear explanations, and colorful images make figurative language understandable and fun.

A Boy Called BAT. Elana Arnold, $21.00 (ages 7-11)

The first book in a funny, heartfelt, and irresistible young middle grade series starring an unforgettable young boy on the autism spectrum, from acclaimed author Elana Arnold and with illustrations by Charles Santoso.

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. But the minute Bat meets the kit, he knows they belong together. And he’s got one month to show his mom that a baby skunk might just make a pretty terrific pet.

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The Boy Who Said Nonsense. Felizia Sanzari Chernesky, $22.99 (ages 4-8)

Tate is different, and not just because he came from a pumpkin patch. He loves numbers, especially the number eleven, and he can count lots of things just by looking at them! But all this counting makes most people think Tate talks nonsense. Tate never seems to mind, but his brother does. No one seems to understand the way his mind works — until his older brother makes a connection and helps the whole family see things from Tate’s perspective.

The Boys’ Guide to Growing Up: Choices & Changes During Puberty. Terri Couwenhoven, $20.95 (ages 9+)

Puberty is a time when your body changes both inside and out. All boys, including you, will go though these changes between the ages of 9-16. Have you ever wondered what happens during puberty?

THE BOYS’ GUIDE TO GROWING helps you to understand what body changes to expect and how to handle them. It also explains social rules for keeping your body safe and clean. (Includes a Q & A section, many illustrations to enhance the text, and a note to parents.)

Calling All Minds: How to Think and Create Like an Inventor. Temple Grandin, $24.99 (ages 8-12)

From world-renowned autism spokesperson, scientist, and inventor Temple Grandin —

Have you ever wondered what makes a kite fly or a boat float? Have you ever thought about why snowflakes are symmetrical, or why golf balls have dimples? Have you ever tried to make a kaleidoscope or build a pair of stilts?

In Calling All Minds, Temple Grandin explores the ideas behind all of those questions and more. She delves into the science behind inventions, the steps various people took to create and improve upon ideas as they evolved, and the ways in which young inventors can continue to think about and understand what it means to tinker, to fiddle, and to innovate. And laced throughout it all, Temple gives us glimpses into her own childhood tinkering, building, and inventing.

More than a blueprint for how to build things, in Calling All Minds Temple Grandin creates a blueprint for different ways to look at the world. And more than a call to action, she gives a call to imagination, and shows readers that there is truly no single way to approach any given problem — but that an open and inquisitive mind is always key.

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Can I Tell You About Asperger Syndrome? A Guide for Friends and Family. Jude Welton, $15.95 (ages 7-15)

This is the story of Adam, a young boy with Asperger Syndrome, who invites young readers to learn about AS from his perspective. Adam tells the reader what AS is, what it feels like to have it and how to help children with AS by understanding their differences and appreciating their many talents. This illustrated book is ideally suited for boys and girls between 7 and 15, and also serves a as an excellent starting point for family and classroom discussions.

Can I Tell You about Pathological Demand Avoidance Syndrome? A Guide for Friends, Family and Professionals. Ruth Fidler & Paul Christie, $15.95 (ages 7-15)

Meet Issy — an 11-year-old girl with pathological demand avoidance syndrome (PDA), a condition on the autism spectrum. Issy invites readers to learn about PDA from her perspective, helping them to understand how simple, everyday demands can cause her great anxiety and stress. Issy tells readers about all the ways she can be helped and supported by those around her.

This illustrated book will be an excellent way to increase understanding about PDA in the classroom or at home. It also includes practical tips and recommended resources for parents and professionals.

Can I Tell You about Sensory Processing Difficulties? A Guide for Friends, Family, and Professionals. Sue Allen, $15.95 (ages 7-15)

Harry explains what happens when the sensory information that we all process throughout the day does not transmit smoothly and leads to challenges in learning, movement or behaviour. He talks about how he can be helped at home and at school and the different types of sensory processing challenges that other children can face.

CHILL Like a Superhero. M-C Bailey-McKenna, $16.95 (ages 11-14)

CHILL Like a Superhero is a bright, inspiring graphic novel that helps young teens navigate the challenges of everyday school life. Young teens will recognize common school stressors, and learn ways of coping.  Included are:

  • strategies to deal with social stressors, including embarrassing moments
  • multiple ways of coming back to calm and increasing focus on schoolwork
  • insight into physical and emotional states, handling bullies, and dealing with lying
  • five key ways of getting to calm, alert and focussed
  • key aspects to a great apology, or fixing up relational messes

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Clever Carter: a Story about Autism. Sara Park, $17.95 (ages 4-7)

Clever Carter was developed as a resource to assist in educating young children about a friend or classmate with autism. The story uses rhyming text to narrate the abilities, traits, and behaviors that Carter has, and how his classmates can understand him better — include him in their play.

Colin Fischer. Ashley Edward Miller & Zack Stentz, $19.00 (ages 12+)


Colin Fischer cannot stand to be touched. He does not like the color blue. He needs index cards to recognize facial expressions. But when a gun is found in the school cafeteria, interrupting a female classmate's birthday celebration, Colin is the only for the investigation. It's up to him to prove that Wayne Connelly, the school bully and Colin's frequent tormenter, didn't bring the gun to school. After all, Wayne didn't have frosting on his hands, and there was white chocolate frosting found on the grip of the smoking gun...

Colin Fischer is a modern-day Sherlock Holmes, and his story is perfect for readers who are ready to consider the greatest mystery of all: what other people are thinking and feeling.

Color My Senses: the Sensory Detective Coloring Book. Paula Aquila, $13.50 (ages 8-11)

Color My Senses is an insightful way to teach kids about our amazing sensory system.

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David's World: a Picture Book about Living with Autism. Dagmar Mueller & Verena Ballhaus, $25.95 (ages 3-6)

David does not like when people are noisy; he does not like being hugged — not even by his own brother. David does not laugh when happy or cry when sad. He speaks his own language, which is difficult to understand at times. And he eats the same foods almost every day. However, David is a brilliant pianist and seems to have an amazing ability to communicate with the family dog. And even though he is not like most children, through the eyes of his brother we are able to see how he makes progress toward understanding his world.

Different Kinds of Special. Donna Carol Koffman, illustrated by Breanne Biggar, $12.95 (ages 4-7)

A gentle story to help children learn empathy, acceptance and understanding.

Different Like Me: My Book of Autism Heroes. Jennifer Elder, $18.95 (ages 8-12)

Eight-year-old Quinn, a young boy with Asperger's Syndrome, tells young readers about the achievements and characteristics of his autism heroes, from Albert Einstein, Dian Fossey and Wassily Kandinsky to Lewis Carroll, Benjamin Banneker and Andy Kaufman, among others. All excel in different fields, but are united by the fact that they often found it difficult to fit in — just like Quinn.

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The Disappointment Dragon: Learning to Cope with Disappointment (for all children and dragon tamers, including those with Asperger Syndrome). K.I. Al-Ghani, Illustrated by Haitham Al-Ghani, $22.95 (ages 6-12)

The Disappointment Dragon sometimes comes to see us all and, if we let him, he can make us feel sad or angry. He visits Bobby when he is not picked for the school football team, he also finds Lucinda when she has to miss an exciting school trip because she has the Chicken Pox. He even tries to take the whole of Class Three down to the Valley of Despair when their favourite teacher moves away. Will the Dragon of Hope be able to chase away the Disappointment Dragon and help them see things more positively?

The fun characters in this charming, fully illustrated storybook will help children to cope with, and discuss openly, their feelings of disappointment. There are many creative suggestions on how to banish the Disappointment Dragon and an introduction for adults explaining disappointment in children and how they can help.

Do You Understand Me? My Life, My Thoughts, My Autism Spectrum Disorder. Sofie Koborg Brøsen, $20.95 (ages 9-15)

This fully illustrated book is a readable insider’s view of life as a child with autism attending a mainstream school and will be an invaluable resource in helping other children to understand their classmates with autism spectrum disorders. Teachers, parents, carers, support workers, children with autism spectrum disorders and their classmates will find this an entertaining, informative and attitude-changing read.

Ellie Bean the Drama Queen. Jennie Harding, illustrated by David Padgett, $13.95 (ages 3-8)

This is the story of Ellie and what it’s like to have sensory issues — and of how Ellie learned to keep calm and not overreact!

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Erin’s Period Book. Barb Zimmerman, $23.95 (ages 9+)

Erin’s Period Book uses factual language, photos and illustrations to explain menstruation. A simple tool for teaching girls with developmental delays how to take care of their menstrual needs at home, school or out in the community.

Finding Your Own Way to Grieve: a Creative Activity Workbook for Kids and Teens on the Autism Spectrum. Karla Helbert, $29.95 (ages 5-18)

Children and teenagers with autism can struggle to cope with the loss of a loved one, and the complicated and painful emotions of bereavement. This book explains death in concrete terms that the child with autism will understand, explores feelings that the child may encounter as a part of bereavement, and offers creative and expressive activities that facilitate healing.

With illustrations throughout, this interactive book begins with a simple story about what happens when people die. Each chapter then expands on the issues that have been raised in the story and offers a variety of coping skills exercises including writing, art and craft, cooking, movement, relaxation, and remembrance activities. Encouraging children with autism to express their loss through discussion, personal reflection, and creative activity, the book is ideal for children and teens to work through by themselves, or with the support of a family member or professional.

Flying to See Janet: a Fun Guide to the Airport Experience. Laura Vickers, $19.95 (ages 3-12)

Traveling by plane can be a stressful experience for anxious children (and their parents!) Prepare children for the unfamiliar sights and sounds of the airport experience in advance with this fun picture book. Children will join Janet as she learns what to expect at each stage of a plane journey — from packing and getting ready to leave home, to traveling to the airport, checking in, going through security, boarding the plane, taking off, turbulence, using the on-board bathroom, landing, and baggage reclaim. Particular emphasis is placed on coping with sensory issues, and the book provides many welcome ideas for distractions and suggestions for activities to relieve boredom during the flight. It closes with a useful list of practical hints and tips for parents and caregivers. With bright and cheerful illustrations, and a timeline on each page allowing children to keep track of where they are on their journey, this book will be an enjoyable read for children aged three to twelve, and will be especially useful for those on the autism spectrum.

A Friend for Henry. Jenn Bailey, illustrated by Mika Song, $24.99 (ages 4-7)

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?

With insight and warmth, this heartfelt story from the perspective of a boy on the autism spectrum celebrates the everyday magic of friendship.

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Friends Learn About Tobin. Diane Murrell, $23.95 (ages 4-6)

Tobin’s friends are learning to understand him as they come to accept and appreciate his differences.

A Girl Like Tilly: Growing Up with Autism. Helen Bates, illustrated by Ellen Li, $21.95 (ages 7-13)

Tilly is a bit of a puzzle. She's struggling at school, she really doesn't like surprises, she isn't sure if she's a girl or a boy, and she just doesn't want to make new friends. Why is it such hard work to try and understand people, or for them to understand her? This poignant story maps the entire childhood of a bright young girl with autism. Growing up undiagnosed, she finds life increasingly difficult and confusing. Unable to communicate her thoughts and feelings, she retreats further into her own world while her family grows evermore perplexed and concerned. When a psychologist finally explains what makes her special, they can stop focusing on the problems and start to navigate a new way forward for Tilly.

With vividly expressive illustrations and minimal words, this story is a valuable and accessible tool for helping children aged 7-13 and their families understand female autism, and will also be immensely helpful to readers interested in understanding better how autism manifests in girls.

The Girl Who Thought In Pictures: the Story of Dr. Temple Grandin. Julia Finley Mosca, illustrated by Daniel Rieley, $17.99 (ages 5-10)

When young Temple was diagnosed with autism, no one expected her to talk, let alone become one of the most powerful voices in modern science. Yet, the determined visual thinker did just that. Her unique mind allowed her to connect with animals in a special way, helping her invent groundbreaking improvements for farms around the globe!

The Girls' Guide to Growing Up: Choices & Changes in the Tween Years. Terri Couwenhoven, $20.95 (ages 9+)

Here's a book just for girls beginning a new phase of their lives. This appealing and easy-to-follow guide for girls with intellectual disabilities is an introduction to the physical and emotional changes they'll encounter during puberty. Written on a third-grade reading level for preteens or young teenage girls to read by themselves or with a parent, it's filled with age-appropriate facts, realistic illustrations and photos, icons, and a Q&A. The Girls' Guide to Growing Up advises girls about their changing bodies, privacy issues, and how to feel their best.

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The Green-Eyed Goblin: What to Do about Jealousy — for All Children Including Those on the Autism Spectrum. K.I. Al-Ghani, illustrated by Haitham Al-Ghani, $24.95 (ages 6-12)

This illustrated storybook explains jealousy through the story of Theo and his Green-Eyed Goblin. It will encourage children to talk about their feelings and learn how to subdue their own Green-Eyed Goblin for good. A section of tried and tested techniques for using with children, and a helpful introduction for parents and carers is included.

Growing Into a Young Lady. Barb Zimmerman, $15.95 (ages 9+)

Using simple language, photos and illustrations this book shows girls with developmental delays what to expect and how to take care of their changing bodies.

Growing Together Across the Autism Spectrum: a Kid’s Guide to Living With, Learning From, and Loving a Parent With Autism Spectrum Disorder. Elizabeth Marks, $20.25 (ages 8-12)

A parent with ASD can provide his or her children deep love and support, along with a perspective on the world that is wonderfully unique. At the same time, the emotional and physical demands of parenting can be taxing for someone with autism.

Growing Together Across the Autism Spectrum tackles a topic that has received little attention — the relationship between a neurotypical child and a parent on the spectrum.  As such, this illustrated children’s book provides a conversational starting point for families with a parent on the autism spectrum. While narrated from the perspective of a boy whose father has ASD and a mother who does not, his thoughts and questions apply equally to other variations of this family structure.

While an ASD parent craves order, reason, and predictability, the experience of parenthood is inherently chaotic. This book fills a critical gap in resources for children and families with parents on the autism spectrum. It takes children’s feelings of love, confusion, and worry seriously and promotes mutual respect, affection, and accountability among family members. Overall, this title reflects the importance of every family member’s commitment to growing together.

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Help I've Got an Alarm Bell Going Off in My Head! How Panic, Anxiety and Stress Affect Your Body. K.L. Aspden, $13.95 (ages 9-12)

An illustrated book for children aged 9-11 that explores the science behind our bodies' fight, flight or freeze reactions. With activities to help manage anxiety and keep the nervous system healthy, the book is an incomparable resource for anyone supporting children who are easily angered or anxious including parents, carers and teachers.

He's Not Naughty! A Children's Guide to Autism. Deborah Brownson, illustrated by Ben Mason, $19.95 (ages 6+)

Taryn and Jake are best friends who have lots of similarities and lots of differences. One of the differences is that Jake has autism and Taryn doesn't, which means they can act differently sometimes. Taryn knows that people with autism are often mistaken for being naughty when it's actually a natural way for their brain to react. Fed up with everyone not understanding, Taryn decides to let the world know why Jake isn't naughty! Join Taryn as she candidly explains her understanding of autism, and why there's always a reason behind everything Jake does.

This distinctively illustrated book is a quick and quirky way to explain to friends and family why children with autism behave the way they do. Unique visuals provide a great sense of what it's truly like to have autism, making this the perfect book for children aged 6 and up to learn about autism.

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The Hidden Curriculum and Other Everyday Challenges for Elementary-Age Children with High-Functioning Autism. Haley Morgan Myles & Annelise Kolar, $26.50 (ages 8-12)

In this 2nd expanded edition, previously entitled PRACTICAL SOLUTIONS TO EVERYDAY CHALLENGES FOR CHILDREN WITH ASPERGER SYNDROME, young authors Haley Myles and Annellise Kolar give simple, no-nonsense advice on how to handle everyday occurrences that can be challenging for children on the autism spectrum. This reader-friendly book provides social rules that help children with peer relationships, school and everyday activities. New hidden curriculum tips, including tips on Internet safety, provide children essential social rules for succeeding in an ever-changing interactive world.

How to Be Human: Diary of an Autistic Girl. Florida Frenz, $19.50 (ages 7-12)

With powerful words and pictures Florida Frenz chronicles her journey figuring out how to read facial expressions, how to make friends, how to juggle all the social cues that make school feel like a complicated maze. Diagnosed with autism as a two-year-old, Florida is now an articulate 15-year-old whose explorations into how kids make friends, what popularity means, how to handle peer pressure will resonate with any pre-teen. For those wondering what it's like inside an autistic child's head, Florida's book provides amazing insight and understanding. Reading how she learns how to be human makes us all feel a little less alien.

How to Be a Superhero Called Self-Control: Super Powers to Help Younger Children to Regulate Their Emotions and Senses. Lauren Brukner, illustrated by Apsley, $22.95 (ages 4-9)

Meet Self-Control, a superhero who wants to teach young children his super powers of self-control! Anxiety, frustration, anger, and other difficult feelings won't stand a chance against their new-found powers. Self-Control teaches children with emotional and sensory regulation difficulties aged approximately 4-7 how to calm themselves using self-massage, deep pressure, breathing exercises, and activities such as making an imaginary list and finding their own peaceful place. This illustrated book also features an appendix with photocopiable super power charts, reinforcers, and reminder tools to ensure that parents, teachers, and other professionals can support children in upholding superhero strategies even after the book has been read.

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How to Build a Hug: Temple Grandin and Her Amazing Squeeze Machine. Amy Guglielmo & Jacqueline Tourville, illustrated by Giselle Potter, $23.99 (ages 4-8)

The inspiring story of autism advocate Dr. Temple Grandin and her brilliant invention: the hug machine.

As a young girl, Temple Grandin loved folding paper kites, making obstacle courses, and building lean-tos. But she really didn’t like hugs. Temple wanted to be held — but to her, hugs felt like being stuffed inside the scratchiest sock in the world; like a tidal wave of dentist drills, sandpaper, and awful cologne, coming at her all at once. Would she ever get to enjoy the comfort of a hug? Then one day, Temple had an idea. If she couldn’t receive a hug, she would make one... she would build a hug machine!

I am an Aspie Girl: a Book for Young Girls with Autism Spectrum Conditions. Danuta Bulhak-Paterson, illustrated by Teresa Ferguson, $15.95 (ages 5-10)

Girls with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are often quite different from boys with an ASD. In this fully-illustrated, colour storybook, Lizzie, an 'Aspie Girl', talks about all the things she and other girls with Asperger Syndrome sometimes find difficult, and all of the things that make them special.

I Am AspienGirl: the Unique Characteristics, Traits and Gifts of Females on the Autism Spectrum. Tania Marshall, $28.50 (ages 8-12)

The lives of Aspie girls and their parents are portrayed in this uplifting and imaginative book.

I am Special: a Workbook to Help Children, Teens and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders to Understand Their Diagnosis, Gain Confidence and Thrive, 2nd edition. Peter Vermeulen, $45.95

I AM SPECIAL is a proven programme for helping children, teens and adults on the autism spectrum to understand themselves and their diagnosis, gain confidence and thrive. Peter Vermeulen describes in-depth the theory and research behind the programme, and explains how to use it in practice. He presents a series of specially-designed worksheets, included on an accompanying CD in a handy printable format, on a wide range of topics, including how the brain works, physical characteristics, likes and dislikes, sensory issues, strengths and weaknesses, learning preferences, relationships and plans for the future. When completed, the worksheets can be used to build up a unique and personal book about the individual on the autism spectrum, to help foster self-understanding and self-confidence. For the very first time, the programme presented in this second edition is suitable for use with teens and adults as well as children, and also contains helpful interactive material for siblings.

This is a unique resource for all those involved in supporting children, teens and adults on the autism spectrum, including teachers, psychologists, counsellors as well as parents and carers.  

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I Have a Question about Cancer: Clear Answers for All Kids, Including Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder or Other Special Needs. Arlen Grad Gaines & Meredith Englander Polsky, $19.95 (ages 5-12)

When someone in a child's life has cancer, it can be tough for any parent or adult to explain. This book is designed specifically to help kids, especially children with autism spectrum disorder or other additional needs, to understand what cancer means. Using a question and answer format, it explores the life changes and feelings of uncertainty a child may experience if a loved one has cancer. Illustrated with SymbolStix, a symbol-based language for visual thinkers, this book explains a difficult topic to children who might otherwise struggle to understand it. The book also features a short picture story that repeats the complete story for children who process information best through visual cues. Additional guidance for parents and carers gives ideas to help children cope with this experience.

I Have a Question about Death: a Book for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder or Other Special Needs. Arlen Grad Gaines & Meredith Englander Polsky, $19.95 (ages 5-12)

Death is a difficult topic for any parent or educator to explain to a child, perhaps even more so when the child has Autism Spectrum Disorder or other Special Needs. This book is designed specifically to help children with these additional needs to understand what happens when someone dies.

The first book of its kind, I Have a Question about Death uses straightforward text and images to walk children through what it means when someone dies, as well as ways they might want to react or to think about the person. Using clear illustrations throughout and with information for parents and guardians, this book is essential for families with a child aged 5-11 with Autism Spectrum Disorder or other special needs.

I Have a Question about Divorce: a Book for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder or Other Special Needs. Arlen Grad Gaines & Meredith Englander Polsky, $19.95 (ages 5-12)

Divorce is a difficult topic for any parent or educator to explain to a child, perhaps even more so when the child has Autism Spectrum Disorder or other special needs. This book is designed specifically to help children with these additional needs to understand what divorce means.

Using a question and answer format, it explores the changes and feelings a child may experience during a divorce, and provides ideas to help cope with this life change. Illustrated with SymbolStix, which uses a symbol-based language for visual thinkers, this book explains a difficult topic to children who might otherwise struggle to understand it, and gives additional guidance for parents and carers.

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I See Things Differently: a First Look at Autism. Pat Thomas, $9.50 (ages 4-8) 

This book will help children understand what autism is and how it affects someone who has it. A wonderful catalyst for discussion that will help children to better understand and support autistic classmates or siblings. The story line is simple and easily accessible to younger children, who will learn that exploring the personal feelings around social issues is a first step in dealing with them.

Ian's Walk: a Story about Autism. By Laurie Lears, $9.99 (ages 4-8)

Ian's Walk brings to light the world of the autistic child. This is a great book for siblings to explain differences in sensory perception as well as schools interested in autism awareness. (ages 4-6)

In My World. Jillian Ma, illustrated by Mimi Chao, $13.95 (ages 3-10)

A simple, heartfelt story that follows the life of a child with autism through his imaginative journey as he seeks to be accepted, loved and celebrated for his strengths and abilities. Despite the qualities that make children on the autism spectrum exceptional, they all have hopes, dreams and feelings of belonging that all children desire. This book is a powerful reminder that with a little help from each of us, children with autism can fulfill their dreams.

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Is It OK to Ask Questions about Autism? Abi Rawlins, $25.95 (ages 5-11)

Through autism awareness workshops in schools, the authors have compiled the most common questions on the subject. Based on real questions raised by children aged 5-11, this book provides direct answers as well as strategies for continuing the discussion to increase autism awareness in primary school settings.

It's Raining Cats and Dogs: an Autism Spectrum Guide to the Confusing World of Idioms, Metaphors and Everyday Expressions. Michael Barton, $17.95 (ages 9-18)

It's the beginning of a new year at school. Katie is in grade four now and is picked to be a helper in Mr. Appleton's class — helping kids with special needs. As Katie searches for ways to reach Michael, a boy with autism, she comes to a new understanding of what friendship means.

It's Raining and I'm Okay: a Calming Story to Help Children Relax When They Go Out and About. Adele Devine, illustrated by Quentin Devine, $19.95 (ages 3-7)

Children with special needs often feel overwhelmed while out and about, but this simple rhyming story can help them to reduce feelings of anxiety. Ideal for kids aged 3-7, this bright and reassuring picture book offers calming strategies, useful symbols for pre-readers, and downloadable notes to support kids who feel anxious out of the home.

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Jasper and the Magpie: Enjoying Special Interests Together. Dan Mayfield, illustrated by Alex Merry, $17.95 (ages 6-11)

Jasper loves collecting shiny things but his parents worry about his unusual hobby until they find a way to embrace it as a family. This fun and thought-provoking rhyming storybook will delight anyone with a special interest and encourage readers to be more accepting of difference and unusual passions. The story will resonate particularly with children on the autism spectrum and their friends and family. For ages 6 and upwards.

The Kids' Guide to Staying Awesome and In Control: Simple Stuff to Help Children Regulate their Emotions and Senses. Lauren Brukner, Illustrated by Apsley, $22.95 (ages 7-14)

Packed with simple ideas to regulate the emotions and senses, this book will help children tackle difficult feelings head-on and feel awesome and in control! From breathing exercises, pressure holds and finger pulls, to fidgets, noise-reducing headphones and gum, the book is brimming with fun stuff to help kids feel cool, calm and collected. They will learn how to label difficult feelings, choose the perfect strategies and tools to tackle them, and use these correctly whether at home or at school. The strategies and tools are accompanied by cartoon-style illustrations, and the author includes useful tips for parents and teachers as well as handy visual charts and checklists to track learning and progress.

Armed with this book, kids will be well on their way to managing difficult emotions and feeling just right in whatever situation life throws at them! Suitable for children with emotional and sensory processing difficulties aged approximately 7 to 14 years.

Kooper's Tale. Donna Carol Koffman & Lawrence Segel, $14.95 (ages 5-10)

When Kooper graduates from school, he goes to live with a boy named Reese. Reese has autism, and needs a strong, gentle friend who can keep him safe. That's just what Kooper was trained for! Kooper is a service dog, and he and Reese soon become best friends.

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The Littlest Inventor. Mandi Mathis, $16.95 (ages 6-9)

The Littlest Inventor is a brilliantly colored picture book featuring a smart, sensitive boy with sensory issues. These issues make it challenging to experience something most of us have no problem with, like a simple trip to the grocery store. But, by being both self-aware and proactive, the Littlest Inventor can help himself succeed in the very task he finds most difficult. He invents his own resources and tools to make the trip fun!

For those with sensory processing disorder, life can often be overwhelming. But, when equipped with knowledge to help ourselves and confidence to be ourselves, life becomes not just manageable, but enjoyable.

Love for Logan. Lori DeMonia & Monique Turchan, $18.50 (ages 5-9)

Love for Logan is an inspirational story based on actual events. A young girl learns to better understand why day to day life can be challenging for her older sister. While sharing a special night, the story embraces how one girl's love for her sister empowers her to overcome one of life's obstacles.

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Manners Matter! Temple Talks to Kids Series. Veronica Zysk, with Temple Grandin, $17.50 (ages 6-11)

For decades Temple Grandin has been a voice and a positive force in the ASD community. Through her books and speaking engagements she has inspired and enlightened teachers, therapists, professionals, mother, fathers and family members with her perspectives about life with autism. Now, in Manners Matter! Temple steps away from the world of adults and talks directly to kids themselves, sharing her experiences living with and growing up with autism in kid-friendly language and colorfully illustrated stories and characters.

This first book in the Temple Talks to Kids series focuses on manners and social niceties... what Temple considers to be the key that unlocks doors to social interaction, social acceptance, and social opportunities across our lives. Kids will delight in Temple’s familiar cowgirl style, straight-shooting language about the importance of manners and adults will appreciate the hard-won wisdom and advice she provides.

May I Be Excused, My Brain is Full: Olivia’s Asperger’s Story. Krista Preuss-Goudreault & Gary Wren, $24.95 (ages 4-7)

Olivia invites us into life as an “aspie”.  Her story illustrates her coping strategies and shows us that Asperger’s Syndrome does not define a person, but rather explains a very special part of who they are.

Me and My PDA: a Guide to Pathological Demand Avoidance for Young People. Glòria Durà-Vilà & Tamar Levi, $29.95 (ages 10+)

This beautifully illustrated guide helps young people with Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) to understand their diagnosis, develop self-awareness and implement their own personalised problem-solving strategies. Written in consultation with young people with PDA and their families, this book recognises the importance of handing control back to the young person, and that there is no one-size-fits-all PDA profile. Readers are encouraged to engage throughout with interactive writing, doodling and checklist exercises to explore their own particular characteristics, strengths and challenges.

Me and My PDA is sensitively tailored to the needs and experiences of young people (aged 10+) with PDA. The guide is designed to grow with the reader, and can be used for many years as the young person develops and changes — making it invaluable to PDA-diagnosed individuals and their families.

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Mockingbird. Kathryn Erskine, $8.50 (ages 10+)

Ten-year-old Caitlin is a girl with Asperger’s Syndrome. Her brother Devon has always been there to help her make sense of the world. Now Devon is gone and so Caitlin turns to what she knows best — textbooks and dictionaries — and discovers she has the power to heal within herself.

My Autism Book: a Child's Guide to their Autism Spectrum Diagnosis. Glňria Durŕ-Vilŕ & Tamar Levi, $17.95 (ages 5-9)

MY AUTISM BOOK is a beautifully illustrated picture book that helps parents to explain an autism diagnosis to their child in a sensitive, positive and accurate way.

When a child is diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), parents often feel overwhelmed and uncertain about how to communicate the diagnosis to their child. This book is designed to be read with the child as a simple introduction to their diagnosis. Written by a doctor and a children's author, the book is tailored precisely to the needs and experiences of the child with ASD aged 5 and up. It explains what an autism diagnosis means and encourages an exploration of the child's likely strengths and differences using clear language that speaks directly to the child. The colourful pictures throughout show how the world looks from the child's perspective and the book ends with a summary checklist to encourage the child to record and discuss how autism affects them.

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My Best Friend Will. Jamie Lowell & Tara Tuchel, $28.95 (ages 8-12)

Enter Willie's world through Jamie's eyes as it unfolds at school, at home, and at play. In the process, you will gain a rich understanding and appreciation of Willie's many unique qualities and come to accept that these are all a part of who he is.

My Book of Feelings. Tracey Ross, illustrated by Rosy Salaman, $19.95 (ages 5-10)

Even though you can't see them, we all have feelings. Some feelings are fluffy and make us feel good. Some are sharp and make us unhappy. Sometimes we have fluffy and sharp feelings at the same time! It's ok to have different types of feelings, but there are some things we can do to let the sharp feelings out when they get too big, or when we have too many.

This picture book is ideal for children ages five and above to help them understand why they might experience different emotions, and what they can do to help them manage their emotions in a positive way. Written in simple language, this book will be an excellent tool for any child who finds it difficult to understand their emotions, particularly those with attachment difficulties, or a learning or developmental disability.

My Brother Is Autistic. Jennifer Moore-Mallinos, illustrations by Marta Fàbrega, $8.99 (ages 4-7)

Having a sibling with autism can be hard, especially at school. Maybe if the other kids knew more about autism they’d stop teasing Billy and just be nice!

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My Brother Charlie. Holly Robinson Peete & Ryan Elizabeth Peete, $21.99 (ages 7-10)

Callie is very proud of her twin brother Charlie. He’s so good at so many things — swimming, playing the piano, running fast. And Charlie has a special way with animals, especially their dog Harriet. Charlie is in many ways just like any other boy — and he has autism.

My Brother Otto. Meg Ruby, illustrated by Elisa Pallmer, $23.99 (ages 3-5)

My Brother Otto is a child-friendly, endearing, and fun picture book for children about the love, acceptance, and understanding Piper has for her little brother Otto, who is on the autism spectrum. The book provides explanations for Otto’s differences and quirkiness in an easy-to-understand language, and highlights Otto’s desires for adventure and love — just like his peers. My Brother Otto is a sweet story about a sister and a brother who engage in common, everyday experiences in their own unique way with the idea that kindness and understanding always win!

My Day is Ruined! A Story for Teaching Flexible Thinking. Bryan Smith, illustrated by Lisa Griffin, $14.95 (ages 5-10)

Braden was so excited for his upcoming Championship baseball game! The night before he dreamt of that moment, THE moment, the oohs and ahhs of the crowd as he scored the game-winning run! But imagine his surprise when he woke up to pouring rain, and NO GAME! This, coupled with some events at school that don't go his way, send Braden on an overreaction tailspin! Will Braden be able to recover from his overreacting tendencies and practice the tips of flexible thinking that his teacher and mom teach him? Find out in another comical story by Bryan Smith.

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My New School: a Workbook to Help Students Transition to a New School. Melissa Trautman, $29.95 (ages 5-10)

Venturing into the unknown can be scary and when it comes to changing schools, it helps to have a plan. This workbook is a practical guide that will ease the transition and help you to make new friends.

My Parent Has an Autism Spectrum Disorder: a Workbook for Children & Teens. Barbara Lester, $24.95 (ages 5-18)

Growing up with a parent on the autism spectrum can be difficult, and children and teens may struggle to understand why their parent is different from others. It can be equally difficult for parents with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to explain their unique set of strengths and challenges to their child in a sensitive and positive manner, and any adult faced with this situation will be in need of a helping hand.

This supportive workbook has been designed with precisely this purpose in mind. In child-friendly language, the author describes the common characteristics of ASD, and encourages children to think about how the world might look from their parent's perspective. This workbook is ideal for any family with a parent on the autism spectrum, and is suitable for children and teens of all ages, whether or not they are on the autism spectrum. It will also be a useful resource for professionals who work with such families. 

A New Day: a Story about Losing Someone You Love. Fiona McDonald, $22.50 (ages 8-12)

Brown Mouse is too sad to get out of bed and the other mice can do nothing to make her feel better. Grey Mouse has died which has made all the mice sad. Grey Mouse was kind and sweet and made perfect tea. Brown Mouse needs some time and space to remember her. That night Brown Mouse wakes up and sits with the other mice drinking hot tea and sharing special memories of Grey Mouse. Brown Mouse's memories of Grey Mouse make her smile, and as the sun rises, Brown Mouse feels ready for a new day.

This gentle and comforting illustrated book will help children and young adults with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD) grasp the difficult concept that is the death of a loved one. Featuring appealing black and white artwork and strong characters, Brown Mouse's story will assist parents, family and carers in giving children and those with PMLD a safe way to process loss and bereavement.

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Nobody’s Perfect. Marlee Matlin & Doug Cooney, $10.99 (novel, for ages 9 – 12)

Megan and her school friends have been making big plans for her birthday party. Then a new girl, Alexis, joins their class. Alexis is smart, pretty, and rules the soccer games on the playground, but she resists making new friends and refuses to come to Megan’s party. While the others think the new girl may just be shy, Megan fears that Alexis doesn’t like her because she is deaf — because she’s not perfect. When Megan discovers that Alexis’ little brother Justin has autism, she realizes that Alexis is embarrassed by him and afraid of what others will think.

Nope. Never. Not for Me! A Little Senses Book. Samantha Cotterill, $22.99 (ages 3-7)

This deceptively simple story guides sensitive kids through trying a new food, with support and encouragement aplenty.

Children are often picky eaters, but for kids on the autism spectrum or with sensory issues, trying new foods can be especially challenging. In Nope! Never! Not for Me! a young child refuses to try a bite of broccoli — that is, until her mom guides her through a careful exploration of the new food. First she looks, then she sniffs, then touches, and finally takes one tiny bite. What do you know? Broccoli isn't so overwhelming after all!

With simple, reassuring text and bold illustrations in a limited palette, Nope! Never! Not For Me! espouses a patient approach to picky eating and gently offers practical advice for coping with new experiences to sensitive children on and off the autism spectrum.

The One and Only Sam. Aileen Stalker, $24.95 (ages 5-8)

A story explaining idioms for children with Asperger Syndrome and other communication difficulties.

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Our Brains are Like Computers: Exploring Social Skills and Social Cause and Effect with Children on the Autism Spectrum. Joel Shaul, $27.95 (age 5-13)

This highly visual social skills book uses computer metaphors and visual diagrams to help children on the autism spectrum to understand how their words and actions can affect other people. Easily identifiable computing and social networking metaphors are used to explain how memories are saved in the brain, like files in computer folders, and how, just as files can be shared and downloaded on the internet, people learn about you by sharing their positive and negative impressions with each other. The author explains why certain actions may be 'liked' or 'disliked' by others, and offers guidance on appropriate and inappropriate social behavior.

This book also features photocopiable worksheets to reinforce the guidance and lessons offered in the book.

Penguin Days. Sara Leach, illustrated by Rebecca Bender, $17.95 (ages 7-10)

Lauren and her family drive to a farm in North Dakota to visit relatives and celebrate her Aunt Jossie’s wedding. But Lauren finds to her dismay that she is expected to do more than meet adults who hug her and invade her personal space. Lauren is going to be — horror of all horrors — a flower girl.

Lauren has Autism Spectrum Disorder, and she sees the world a little differently from other kids. What makes her comfortable are her routines and her coping mechanisms for her anxiety, which can get out of control in no time. So it is a challenge to deal with her rambunctious cousins, try on scratchy dresses, and follow impossible directions about going down aisles slowly-but-not-like-a-sloth and tossing pretend flowers around. So is it any surprise that Lauren flips her lid more than once? But while having an extended family seems like a lot of trouble at first, she’s about to learn just how much they can care for one another.

In Penguin Days, two award winners revisit second-grader Lauren from the acclaimed Slug Days with equal humor and empathy. Drawing on her experience teaching children with ASD, Sara Leach creates an energetic character who stomps eloquently off the page. And Rebecca Bender’s delightful black-and-white illustrations show in Lauren’s fraught situations and facial expressions all the love and assertiveness that could possibly dwell together in one unique little person.

Personal Hygiene? What's the Got to Do with Me? Pat Crissey, $22.95 (ages 8-12)

Personal Hygiene? What's that Got to Do with Me? is a curriculum developed for students ages 8 to 14 with autism, Asperger's Syndrome, learning and developmental disabilities. It is designed to help them understand how others perceive their appearance and the social implications of neglecting personal hygiene. Simple factual information is accompanied by humorous cartoons that emphasize how others view someone with poor hygiene. Step-by-step cartoons explain exactly what the student needs to do and quizzes and activity pages provide numerous opportunities for repetition and reinforcement of the key points. There are also hands-on activities to demonstrate why and how to perform various hygiene tasks. Several social stories are also provided, along with a set of worksheets that help students set up a daily schedule to allow time for completing necessary hygiene tasks.

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Point to Happy: a Book for Kids on the Autism Spectrum. Miriam Smith, $29.95 (ages 2-5)

Designed for children on the autism spectrum, POINT TO HAPPY combines a picture book and a pointer for children who communicate best through pictures. Dozens of friendly photographs are compelling to look at and easy to understand. The text is clear and direct. By pointing to the pictures in the book — moods, activities, everyday objects, the rituals of going to bed and getting ready in the morning — children will learn to convey their wants and needs, their experiences and, most importantly, their feelings.

Rules. Cynthia Lord, $9.99 (ages 10-14)

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. She's spent years trying to teach David the rules-from "a peach is not a funny-looking apple" to "keep your pants on in public" in order to stop his embarrassing behaviors. But the summer Catherine meets Jason, a paraplegic boy, 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?

Russell’s World: a Story for Kids about Autism. Charles Amenta, $13.50 (ages 5-10)

Russell is a boy with autism, a great big smile and family who loves him. Step into Russell’s World with photos and stories, and see what Russell and his family do every day.

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Scholastic Dictionary of Idioms: More than 700 Sayings and Expressions. Marvin Terban, $12.99 (ages 8-12)

Cat got your tongue? Penny for your thoughts?

Every day, idioms bring color to our speech. But for some people, idioms are difficult to comprehend. This essential resource offers explanations for everyday idioms that will make understanding them as easy as pie!

Self-Control to the Rescue: Super Powers to Help Kids Through the Tough Stuff in Everyday Life. Lauren Brukner, illustrated by Apsley, $22.95 (ages 7-12)

The self-control super hero is back! This time, they've come prepared with simple strategies to tackle the difficult emotions and challenges of everyday life. From the morning routine to making friends at recess, paying attention in class and getting a good night's sleep, this guide will help children stay on track and save the day!

Focusing on specific times of the day that present particular challenges, the book uses illustrations and simple language to describe breathing exercises, stretching, and visualization techniques to help children aged 4-7 keep calm and in control. Suitable for all children, but especially those with sensory and emotional regulation difficulties, this is an accessible guide with extra tips and resources for parents, educators or therapists.

The Sensory Team Handbook: a Hands-On Tool to Help Young People Make Sense of Their Senses. Nancy Mucklow, $29.95 (ages 10-14)

The Sensory Team Handbook is the first book on sensory processing written for pre-teens and young teens. Upbeat, humorous, and hands-on, each chapter is stuffed with comics, cartoons, diagrams, quizzes, trivia and question-answer sections. The handbook compares the senses to a sports team in need of a coach and then shows the reader how to become that coach. This unique sensory team approach turns therapy into something kids can do by and for themselves. Entirely jargon-free, and written in simple, everyday language, The Sensory Team Handbook will inspire kids and teens to take charge of their own sensory issues.

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Sexuality and Safety with Tom and Ellie Series. (ages 10-17)

Ground-breaking and honest, these books will be invaluable additions to the shelves of parents of children with ASD and other developmental challenges, as well as mental health and legal professionals, teachers, carers and other professionals working with individuals with special needs. Each book teaches and reinforces ideas about safety, privacy, and boundaries, while teaching about normal physical and emotional changes during puberty and adolescence.

Ellie Needs To Go: a Book about How to Use Public Toilets Safely for Girls and Young Women with Autism and Related Conditions. Kate Reynolds, illustrated by Jonathon Powell, $15.95 (ages 10-17)

When Ellie is in the park with her father, she needs to go to the toilet. Ellie knows that public toilets are different to her toilet at home. This visual resource helps parents and carers teach girls and young women with autism and related conditions about how to use public toilets safely. It covers the subtleties of social etiquette including where to stand and look, as well as practicalities such as remembering to lock the cubicle door. With simple and effective illustrations throughout, the book is the perfect starting point for teaching independence when using public toilets.

Tom Needs to Go: a Book about How to Use Public Toilets Safely for Boys and Young Men with Autism and Related Conditions. Kate Reynolds, Illustrated by Jonathon Powell, $15.95 (ages 10-17)

When Tom is out shopping, he needs to go to the toilet. Tom knows that public toilets are different to his toilet at home. There are urinals and cubicles and he has to decide which to use. This visual resource helps parents and carers teach boys and young men with autism or other special needs about how to use public toilets safely. It covers the subtleties of social etiquette including where to stand and look, as well as practicalities such as remembering to lock the cubicle door. With simple and effective illustrations throughout, the book is the perfect starting point for teaching independence when using public toilets.

Things Ellie Likes: a Book about Sexuality and Masturbation for Girls and Young Women with Autism and Related Conditions. Kate Reynolds, illustrated by Jonathon Powell, $15.95 (ages 10-17)

Ellie likes lots of different things. She likes listening to music and making pizza. There are also things that Ellie enjoys doing in private, like touching her vagina. This accessible and positive resource helps parents and carers teach girls and young women with autism or related conditions about masturbation. It covers when and where it is appropriate and helps to establish boundaries surrounding privacy more generally. With simple but explicit illustrations, this book provides the perfect platform to discuss sexuality with girls and young women with autism or related conditions.

Things Tom Likes: a Book about Sexuality and Masturbation for Boys and Young Men with Autism and Related Conditions. Kate Reynolds, Illustrated by Jonathon Powell, $15.95 (ages 10-17)

Tom likes lots of different things. He likes singing and watching TV in the family room. There are also things that Tom enjoys doing in private, like touching his penis. This accessible and positive resource helps parents and carers teach boys with autism or other special needs about masturbation. It covers when and where it is appropriate and helps to establish boundaries surrounding privacy more generally. With simple but explicit illustrations, this book provides the perfect platform to talk about sexuality with boys and young men with autism or special needs.

What's Happening to Ellie? A Book about Puberty for Girls and Young Women with Autism and Related Conditions. Kate Reynolds, illustrated by Jonathon Powell, $15.95 (ages 10-17)

Ellie notices that her body is changing. Hair is growing in new places and there are other changes happening too. Ellie's mum helps her understand that she has started growing into a woman. Following Ellie as she begins to notice changes to her body, this simple resource helps parents and carers teach girls with autism and related conditions about puberty. It covers all the changes that they will experience, both emotional such as new feelings and physical such as periods. This fully illustrated positive and entertaining book provides the perfect opportunity to talk about puberty with girls and young women with autism or related conditions.

What's Happening to Tom? A Book about Puberty for Boys and Young Men with Autism and Related Conditions. Kate Reynolds, Illustrated by Jonathon Powell, $15.95 (ages 10-17)

Tom notices that his body is changing. Tom's voice is different and hair is growing in new places. There are other changes happening too. Tom learns that he has started growing into a man. Following Tom as he begins to notice changes to his body, this simple resource helps parents and carers teach boys with autism or other special needs about puberty. It covers all the changes that they will experience, both emotional such as new feelings and physical such as wet dreams. This fully illustrated positive and entertaining book provides the perfect opportunity to talk about puberty with boys and young men with autism or special needs.

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Since We're Friends: an Autism Picture Book. Celeste Shally, illustrated by David Harrington, $17.95 (ages 4-8)

Matt’s autism doesn’t stop him from having fun! Even when Matt struggles to navigate social situations, his friend is there to help him out. The two boys enjoy playing sports, watching movies, reading books, and talking about animals. Working together, a best friend’s compassion and understanding turn Matt’s frustration into excitement. Whether on the basketball court, the playground swings, or at the neighborhood pool, the two friends enjoy each other’s company.

Slug Days. Sara Leach & Rebecca Bender, $17.95 (ages 7-10)

Lauren has Autism Spectrum Disorder/Asperger Syndrome, and she sees the world differently from many people. Sometimes this can be frustrating and makes Lauren want to flip her lid, especially at school where she learns differently from her classmates. But with support and stubbornness and a flair that’s all her own, Lauren masters tricks to stay calm, to understand others’ feelings, and to let her personality shine. She even manages to find common ground with her sticky, slobbery baby sister. Best of all, it is being different that gives Lauren insight into the insecurities of the new student, Irma.

Some Kids Have Autism. Lola Schaefer, $7.95 (ages 4-8)

Text and photographs describe children who have autism.

Something Different about Dad: How to Live with Your Asperger’s Parent, Revised Edition. Kristi Evans, illustrated by John Swogger, $22.95 (graphic novel, ages 7-15)

There's something different about Dad. He gets upset when we're even a minute late for dinner, he is angry at noisy family gatherings, and he really likes talking about buses. He is also always on time to pick us up from school, helps with our homework for hours on end, and has a detailed knowledge of car engines that has saved day trips from breakdown disaster. It's ok that there's something different about Dad!

Following the story of Sophie and Daniel whose Dad, Mark, is on the autism spectrum, this heart-warming comic reveals the family's journey from initial diagnosis to gradual appreciation of Dad's differences. The family learn the reasons behind Dad's difficulties with communication, the senses, flexibility, and relationships, and find ways to make family life easier for everyone. It is an informative, light-hearted and reassuring look at growing up with a parent on the autism spectrum.

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Sometimes My Brother: Helping Kids Understand Autism Through a Sibling’s Eyes. Angie Healy, $21.50 (ages 3-8)

Three-year-old Foster talks about his older brother, Gavin, who has autism. Sometimes My Brother shows readers the challenges the boys face and the obstacles they overcome. Vibrant photographs bring the reader right into their living room, school and playground. Foster's innocent approach is perfect for teaching others what autism is all about, and for letting other siblings of children with autism know that they are not alone. There is a how-to section at the end so families can create their own personalized books for sharing their story with others.

Sometimes Noise Is Big: Life with Autism. Angela Coelho & Camille Robertson, $21.95 (ages 5+)

What would life be like if the world was too noisy for your eyes, or your clothes always felt too itchy? This picture book describes the world from the point of view of a child with autism and the sensory issues and big feelings they often encounter. This simple explanation is ideal for children aged 5+ to help understanding of sensory issues.

Spaghetti is NOT a Finger Food (and Other Life Lessons). Jodi Carmichael, illustrated by Sarah Ackerley, $9.95 (ages 7-10)

In this humorous book about an eight-year-old boy with Asperger's Syndrome, written by Jodi Carmichael and illustrated by Sarah Ackerley, Connor struggles to make his way through a typical school day. In his attempt to be as cool as everyone else, he leaves a hilarious trail of destruction. But, by the end of the day, and despite many miscommunications and misunderstandings, Connor realizes that he is exactly as cool as he is supposed to be.

A Special Book about Me. Josie Santomauro, $11.95 (ages 8-13)

A book for children diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome. The book  includes information on Asperger’s, poems, stories, illustrations and activities to help them come to terms with and move forward from their diagnosis of AS.

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Superflex® BINGO: Teaching through the Bingo Board. Tara Estes and the Superflex Team, $43.95* (ages 7-10+) *a 10% discount applies to all professional-use purchases of Social Thinking publications.

Note: This is not a stand-alone teaching tool, do not introduce this game until your students have completed You Are a Social Detective! and the Superflex curriculum.

Unlike traditional Bingo games where players match pictures or numbers, Superflex Bingo engages players in “thinking through the Bingo Board.” Students listen to a situation read aloud and figure out a Social Thinking concept or Superflex character that fits the situation, placing a game piece on the square that matches their thinking. The game is designed so that all players “win” by getting bingos during the session, alleviating the behavior dysregulation that can often occur in competitive games. Superflex Bingo is 12 games in one, providing 12 different themed card packs to keep students engaged and learning through the year (examples include Classroom, School Field Trip, Community, Winter Holidays, Summer Vacation, etc.). Make it 13 games by downloading the free themed card pack for St. Patrick’s day!

Since all players participate in each turn, Superflex Bingo provides a framework for kids to learn a variety of social concepts while actively thinking about the powers of Superflex characters. Kids practice perspective taking as they imagine themselves and their own thoughts and feelings — and those of others — in different situations. They also continually explore Social Thinking Vocabulary concepts such as thinking with your eyes, body and brain in the group, expected and unexpected behavior, identifying the size of the problem, etc. As students become familiar with these social concepts and more, they build skills that ultimately lead to social problem solving and self-regulation.

Superflex® and Focus Tron to the Rescue! Empower Your Thinkable® to Defeat Your Unthinkable®. Michelle Garcia Winner, $28.95* (ages 7-10+) *a 10% discount applies to all professional-use purchases of Social Thinking publications.

Superflex and Focus Tron to the Rescue! introduces readers to the Thinkable Focus Tron. Wherever they are — at school, or home, in the community — Focus Tron helps Social Town citizens remember to use their focusing powers to stay connected to what they’re doing or what others are talking about. In the story, Sarah periodically get visits from the Unthinkable Brain Eater who distracts her thoughts away from her classwork, homework, and listening to the teacher. Thanks to a lesson from the Superflex Academy and assistance from Focus Tron and other Superflex pals, she learns strategies to keep her thoughts on track.

This engaging book is part of our Superflex series, which is designed to help children learn about their own and others’ thoughts and behaviors, and practice strategies for self-regulation across a variety of situations. As kids learn strategies to defeat the Unthinkables and unexpected behavior, they strengthen their flexible thinking and are better able to self-regulate in challenging times.

Superflex® and Kool Q. Cumber to the Rescue! Empower Your Thinkable® to Defeat Your Unthinkable®. Michelle Garcia Winner, $28.95* (ages 7-10+) *a 10% discount applies to all professional-use purchases of Social Thinking publications.

Superflex and Kool Q. Cumber to the Rescue! introduces readers to the Thinkable Kool Q. Cumber (we call him Kool, for short!). Kool helps Social Town citizens stay calm when problems happen, and use strategies they learn to figure out the size of a problem and the expected reaction size. In the story, Aiden and his classmates present science projects, but Aiden’s friend Sam becomes frustrated with problems throughout the day. As Sam feels his brain being invaded by Glassman, he uses the strategies he learned from Kool and the five Power Pals to calm down and have a reaction that matches the size of the problem.

This engaging book is part of our Superflex series, which is designed to help children learn about their own and others’ thoughts and behaviors, and practice strategies for self-regulation across a variety of situations. As kids learn strategies to defeat the Unthinkables and unexpected behavior, they strengthen their flexible thinking and are better able to self-regulate in challenging times.

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Superflex: My Hero Inside (Music CD). Think Social Publishing, $21.95* (ages 7-10+) *a 10% discount applies to all professional-use purchases of Social Thinking publications.

Sing your Unthinkables to rest with these 13 fun, catchy, and educational songs that support children's social emotional learning as taught through the Superflex curriculum! Each song is an upbeat combination of music and lyrics that can help kids learn more about Social Town, the sneaky Unthinkables, and training at the Superflex Academy to help them seek their "Hero Inside". Music and lyrics are based on the concepts and characters in the original Superflex curriculum created by Stephanie Madrigal and Michelle Garcia Winner.

Superflex® Superdecks. Think Social Publishing, $58.95* (ages 8-11) *a 10% discount applies to all professional-use purchases of Social Thinking publications.

Kids love Superflex and are eager to explore new ways to learn about the supportive Thinkables, the sneaky Unthinkables and discover new strategies to defeat them, using Superflex’s very cool Five-Step Power Plan. The Superflex Superdecks contains four standard playing card size decks, 52 cards each, that can be used in all sorts of superflexible ways to help you teach the who, what, when, where, and why of Superflex. Each deck comes with a game, instructions, and answer sheet. Additional games and activities are available in a free PDF download, along with blank templates to create your own cards to expand and individualize each deck to your students’ needs

Superflex® Takes on Brain Eater and the Team of Unthinkables. Stephanie Madrigal & Michele Garcia Winner, $37.50* (includes CD-ROM with handouts) (ages 7-10+) *a 10% discount applies to all professional-use purchases of Social Thinking publications.

SUPERFLEX TAKES ON BRAIN EATER focuses on one of the social cognitive challenges we see most often in our students - distractibility! The engaging comic book (and CD with lessons) is the third in our Superflex series designed to help children learn more about their own social behavior and strategies to regulate it!

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Superflex® Takes on One-Sided Sid, Un-Wonderer and the Team of Unthinkables. Stephanie Madrigal & Kelly Kopp, $35.95* (includes CD-ROM with handouts) (ages 7-10+) *a 10% discount applies to all professional-use purchases of Social Thinking publications.

In this newest comic, children become familiar with several ways to squash the powers of two, related Unthinkable characters: One-Sided Sid, who gets people to talk only about themselves, and his sidekick sister Un-Wonderer, who likes to keep people from thinking about others. This clever duo tries to get students to do or say things that show they're only thinking about themselves and not others.

Superflex® Takes on Glassman and the Team of Unthinkables. Stephanie Madrigal & Michele Garcia Winner, $34.95* (ages 7-10+) *a 10% discount applies to all professional-use purchases of Social Thinking publications.

SUPERFLEX TAKES ON GLASSMAN shows elementary school students how they can use strategies to conquer their own “Team of Unthinkables”. In the process, students learn to calm themselves and to use strategies to assess the size of problems and other issues. As students face Glassman and other Unthinkables, they build up and learn to flex nimble, new thinking skills that help them manage and work on the thoughts and behaviors that may be causing them problems.

Superflexible Me! Superflex Cape. $28.95* *a 10% discount applies to all professional-use purchases of Social Thinking publications.

Defeat those clever Unthinkables in style, and discover your hero inside! The Superflexible Me! Superflex Cape provides a fun way to help kids remember to use their superflexible thinking anytime, anywhere and call upon the strategies they’re learning about in Superflex…A Superhero Social Thinking Curriculum.

Superflex is the superflexible thinking superhero that lives inside each of us and helps us work through our social challenges. The “Superflexible Me!” message reinforces the idea that while we know and love Aiden, the Superflex in our product series, each and every one of us has a Superflexible hero inside!

  • One-size-fits most kids
  • Measures 22" long
  • Velcro easy-off collar closure
  • 100% satin polyester

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The Survival Guide for Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders (and Their Parents). Elizabeth Verdick & Elizabeth Reeve, $24.99 (ages 8+)

This positive, straightforward book offers kids with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) their own comprehensive resource for both understanding their condition and finding tools to cope with the challenges they face every day. THE SURVIVAL GUIDE FOR KIDS WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS places an emphasis on helping children gain new self-understanding and self-acceptance.

Meant to be read with a parent, the book addresses questions and provides strategies for communicating, making and keeping friends, and succeeding in school. Body and brain basics highlight symptom management, exercise, diet, hygiene, relaxation, sleep, and toileting. Emphasis is placed on helping kids handle intense emotions and behaviors and get support from family and their team of helpers when needed. The book includes stories from real kids, fact boxes, helpful checklists, and resources. Sections for parents offer additional information.

Taking Autism to School. Andreanna Edwards, $16.50 (ages 6-12)

This book educates children about autism, a complex and often misunderstood condition. Told by Angel, whose friend Sam is autistic, the story describes the common characteristics of autism.

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Temple Did It, And I Can, Too!: Seven Simple Life Rules. Jennifer Gilpin Yacio, illustrated by Lynda Farrington Wilson, $20.50 (ages 5-12)

Here is a children’s book that will help guide and inspire all kids to reach their full potential. Temple Did It, and I Can Too! explains the obstacles Dr. Temple Grandin faced while growing up, then gives the rules she followed to overcome them and become a leading animal scientist. This colorful book was written with the input and guidance of Dr. Grandin, and even includes an introduction by her. Includes worksheets for kids to identify and reach their goals.

Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World. Sy Montgomery, $26.99 (ages 10+)

When Temple Grandin was born, her parents knew that she was different. Years later she was diagnosed with autism. While Temple's doctor recommended a hospital, her mother believed in her. Temple went to school instead. Today, Dr. Temple Grandin is a scientist and professor of animal science at Colorado State University. Her world-changing career revolutionized the livestock industry. As an advocate for autism, Temple uses her experience as an example of the unique contributions that autistic people can make. 

This compelling biography complete with Temple's personal photos takes us inside her extraordinary mind and opens the door to a broader understanding of autism. 

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Thinkables & Unthinkables Double Deck. Think Social Publishing, $28.95 (ages 8-11)

The Thinkables & Unthinkables Double Deck is the superflexible teaching tool you asked for to use with individuals who are learning about or have already been introduced to Superflex, the 14 original Unthinkables, and the newer characters, the Thinkables (first mentioned in the book, Social Town Citizens Discover 82 New Unthinkables for Superflex to Outsmart.

  • You take the lead in using the cards — they’re a blank canvas of possibilities!
  • Create games such as “Go Fish” with the cards
  • Use the Thinkables cards to say “good job” when a child or student has mostly put an Unthinkable to rest
  • Use an Unthinkable card as a visual tool to remind a student to use his/her strategies when one of those clever, sneaky characters is invading the student’s brain
  • Pick an Unthinkable or Thinkable and play “I Spy…” where students use their Social Detective skills to look for that character showing up in themselves or others in the group, the classroom, or the school
  • The possibilities are endless, limited only by your imagination and your own superflexible thinking!

This Beach Is Loud! A Little Senses Book. Samantha Cotterill, $22.99 (ages 3-7)

Going to the beach is exciting. But it can also be busy. And loud. Sand can feel hot or itchy or sticky... and it gets everywhere! In This Beach Is Loud!, a sensitive boy gets overwhelmed by all the sights, sounds, and sensations at the beach. Luckily, this kiddo's dad has a trick up his sleeve to help his son face these unexpected obstacles. Patience, understanding, and a soothing exercise saves the beach day when excitement turns to sensory overload.

Combining accessible storytelling and playful design, This Beach Is Loud! gently offers practical advice for coping with new experiences to sensitive children on and off the autism spectrum.

Tomas Loves: a Rhyming Book about Fun, Friendship, and Autism. Jude Welton & Jane Telford, $17.95 (ages 2-6)

This charmingly illustrated, rhyming book is a perfect introduction to autism for young readers aged two and over including siblings, friends and children on the autism spectrum themselves. It captures the world of Tomas — a little boy who loves trains, rhyming words and his dog Flynn and hates sudden noise and surprises.

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The Waiting Song. Natasha Barber, illustrated by Rayah Jaymes, $13.50 (ages 3-7)

Nigel is a hedgehog. He's four years old, and he has autism. He likes trains and cookies and is a lot like other kids in his class. Nigel creates a fun song that helps him be better at sharing and waiting for his turn to come.

Waylen Wants to Jam: a True Story Promoting Inclusion and Self-Determination. Jo Meserve Mach, Vera Lynne Stroup-Rentier & Mary Birdsell, $12.95 (ages 3-8)

Waylen has autism. One thing he loves is playing the drum because it is so much fun. Waylen could do that all day long. But learning to be in a drumline is different. How will Waylen learn to drum with his line? What happens when Waylen is jamming?

A Week of Switching, Shifting, and Stretching: How to Make My Thinking More Flexible. Lauren Kerstein, $24.95 (ages 7-10)

This picture book assists children on the autism spectrum, and any child for that matter, in examining their black-and-white thinking in order to begin to think more flexibly — rainbow thinking. Using repeated rhymes and illustrations, the child begins to recognize that the more flexible his thinking is, the better he is able to cope with the challenges that life inevitably brings, ultimately, leading to fewer tantrums and meltdowns.

We're Amazing 1,2,3! A Story about Friendship and Autism. Leslie Kimmelman, illustrated by Marybeth Nelson, $14.99 (ages 3-7)

We’re Amazing 1,2,3! is the first Sesame Street storybook to focus on autism. It’s part of Sesame Street’s autism initiative that has expanded to include a new character with autism. Elmo introduces his long-time friend Julia to Abby, who’s a little confused at first because Julia isn’t saying hello. Elmo explains that Julia has autism, so she does things a little differently. Julia sometimes avoids direct eye contact, flaps her arms when she’s excited, and is sensitive to some noises. But Abby soon learns that she also has a lot of things in common with Julia.

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What Is It Like to Be Me? A Book about a Boy with Asperger's Syndrome. Alenka Klemenc, Illustrated by Urša Rožic, $25.95 (ages 8-13)

Join Greg, a young boy with Asperger's syndrome (AS), as he tells us all about the world as he sees and experiences it. We learn about all the things he loves, including his routine and numbers, as well as his special interest in batteries. Greg also tells us about the things that he finds challenging, from a change in his beloved routine to reading facial expressions, and how these things can sometimes leave him upset and overwhelmed. By explaining the way he feels and how best to calm him down when it all gets too much, Greg helps us to understand AS and how it affects the way he views the people and objects around him.

When My Worries Get Too Big! A Relaxation Book for Children Who Live with Anxiety, 2nd Edition. Kari Dunn Buron, $25.95 (ages 4-10)

Worry and anxiety are on an upswing. In fact, anxiety is the most frequent of all mental disorders in children. High levels of stress and big emotions related to social situations, sensory issues, or general frustration are common in children who live with anxiety. Such stress can lead to a loss of control, resulting in aggressive behavior, such as screaming, throwing things or even hurting someone. Prolonged anxiety can also seriously impact success in academic achievement and cause children to avoid social and extracurricular activities. Now with a special section on evidence-based teaching activities for parents and teachers alike, this bestselling children’s classic just became even better and more relevant. Engaging and easy to read, this illustrated children’s book is filled with opportunities for children to participate in developing their own self-calming strategies. Children who use the simple strategies in this charming book will be able to relax and focus on work — or play!

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Who Took My Shoe? Discovering Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How. Karen Emigh, Illustrated by Steve Dana, $13.50 (ages 6-11)

Brett and his dog Herman embark on a search for Brett’s mysteriously missing shoe. They playfully and methodically ask questions, such as Who took it? What happened to it? How can I find my shoe? The answers are pretty hilarious, until Brett finally asks the right one, and discovers his shoe in a most unlikely place! Although written to teach the concepts of who, what, where, why, when and how questions for children on the autism spectrum, Who Took My Shoe? will teach, entertain, and delight all youngsters.

Whole Body Listening Larry at Home, 2nd Edition. Kristen Wilson & Elizabeth Sautter, $28.95* (ages 4-10)

Whole Body Listening Larry at School, 2nd Edition. Kristen Wilson & Elizabeth Sautter, $32.50* (ages 4-10) *a 10% discount applies to all professional-use purchases of Social Thinking publications.

These colorfully illustrated storybooks provide fun ways to teach children an abstract but essential idea — that their eyes, hands, brains — their whole bodies! — communicate and affect the people around them. Being a good listener means much more than just hearing what is said with the ears. It is important to break down ALL of the components of listening for your child. Parents, teachers and therapists can use these books to teach this challenging concept at home, at school, in the car, with friends, with grandparents — and a number of other very recognizable situations.

Why Do I Have To? A Book for Children Who Find Themselves Frustrated by Everyday Rules. Laurie Leventhal-Belfer, Illustrated by Luisa Montaini-Klovdahl, $12.95 (ages 5-12)

Why do I have to? looks at a set of everyday situations that provide challenges for children at home, with their friends, and at school. Laurie Leventhal-Belfer empathizes with children's wish to do things their way, explains clearly why their way does not work, and provides a list of practical suggestions for how to cope with these challenges and avoid feelings of frustration.

Why Johnny Doesn't Flap: NT is OK! Clay Morton & Gail Morton, illustrated by Alex Merry, $17.95 (ages 4-8)

Johnny is different. He is never exactly on time, he can't seem to stick to a routine and he often speaks in cryptic idioms. Johnny is neurotypical, but that's OK.

A picture book with a difference, Why Johnny Doesn't Flap turns the tables on common depictions of neurological difference by drolly revealing how people who are not on the autistic spectrum are perceived by those who are. The autistic narrator's bafflement at his neurotypical friend's quirks shows that 'normal' is simply a matter of perspective.

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Winston Wallaby Can't Stop Bouncing: What To Do about Hyperactivity in Children, Including Those with ADHD, SPD and ASD. K.I Al-Ghani & Joy Beaney, illustrated by Haitham Al;Ghani, $24.95 (ages 5-10)

Winston Wallaby, like most Wallabies, loves to bounce. However, Winston can't seem to ever sit still and when he starts school he needs help to concentrate. Luckily his teacher Mrs Calm shows Winston how to settle down and focus his mind in class, and he learns new ways to help him with touch, feel, attention and awareness.

This fun, illustrated storybook will help children aged 5-10 with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) recognise their sensory needs and develop tools to support them. A helpful introduction for parents and carers explains hyperactivity and how it can affect a child's perception of the world, and the appendices at the back provide useful strategies to be adopted at school and at home.

You Are a Social Detective: Explaining Social Thinking to Kids. Michelle Garcia Winner & Pamela Crooke, Illustrated by Kelly Knopp, $35.95* (ages 5-10+) *a 10% discount applies to all professional-use purchases of Social Thinking publications.

Every one of us is a Social Detective. We are good Social Detectives when we use our eyes, ears, and brains to figure out what others are planning to do next or are presently doing and what they mean by their words and deeds. This entertaining comic book offers different ways that can be reviewed repeatedly with students to teach them how to develop their own social detective skills. Enjoy watching your students and kids blossom day-by-day into successful Social Detectives!

You Are a Social Detective: Bridging the Gap Between Social Struggles & Social Success! USB Flash Drive. Social Skill Builder & Social Thinking Publishing, $124.95* (ages 5-10+) *a 10% discount applies to all professional-use purchases of Social Thinking publications.

Developed in collaboration with Michelle Garcia Winner and Pamela Crooke, and based on their book You Are a Social Detective, this interactive USB Flash Drive teaches school-aged children to become better social thinkers. By putting on their detective hats and deciphering expected and unexpected social behavior, learning to make smart social guesses, and investigating social clues, children can learn to see how others people’s emotions and responses are connected to their own behavior. This exciting and fun learning tool motivates students to learn while having fun! Includes:

  • 6 interactive levels
  • Over 200 videos targeting a range of abilities
  • A fun and motivating reinforcement game
  • Automatic scoring to track student responses
  • Printout of Social Maps

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