Autism Awareness Month

Scholastic
Apr 17, 2013
On April 2, the US marks Autism Awareness Day, but all of April is a time to show support for those affected by autism. Books, of course, are one way to do that. A great book that encourages an understanding of what it is like to be a parent, teacher, sibling, or friend of someone with autism is My Brother Charlie by Holly Robinson Peete and Ryan Elizabeth Peete (it’s also available on Storia). For older readers, The Encyclopedia of Me by Karen Rivers is a witty alphabetic novel about Tink Aaron-Martin’s summer with her best friend, Freddie and how she deals with the challenges of growing up, being grounded, and being a sister to her older brother, Seb, who has autism. Our friends on the Parents side of Scholastic.com also have some suggested readings — check them out here. The Parents team also has a helpful, comprehensive article about what autism is, how it’s diagnosed, and how to find support — including from your child’s teachers. Parents and teachers, are there books you turn to for autism support? We’d love to hear about them.