Books with Characters on the Autism Spectrum

Whether you have someone in your family or school who's on the spectrum or are just looking for a compelling read, these books deliver. Some focus on kids who are dealing with the challenges of having an autistic sibling. In others, a young person on the spectrum drives the action, fighting desperados in the Wild West, solving a mystery in London, or trying to win a basketball game in fifth grade. These novels not only tell riveting stories but also can help build empathy and understanding. And for similar books, try our list of Books That Teach Empathy. 

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How to Build a Hug: Temple Grandin and Her Amazing Squeeze Machine Book Poster Image
Moving tale of Temple Grandin's girlhood pursuit of a hug.
By Amy Guglielmo, Jacqueline Tourville
(2019)
(2019)
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The Girl Who Thought in Pictures: The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin Book Poster Image
Upbeat rhymes tell amazing tale of scientist with autism.
By Julia Finley Mosca
(2019)
(2017)
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A Boy Called Bat Book Poster Image
Gentle tale of animal-loving boy on the autism spectrum.
By Elana K. Arnold
(2018)
(2018)
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Just My Luck Book Poster Image
Touching fourth-grade story of empathy and kindness.
By Cammie McGovern
(2016)
(2016)
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A Whole New Ballgame: Rip and Red, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Fun, gentle story about kids gaining confidence and empathy.
By Phil Bildner
(2015)
(2015)
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The London Eye Mystery Book Poster Image
Gripping mystery told by kid with Asperger's.
By Siobhan Dowd
(2008)
(2008)
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Rain Reign Book Poster Image
Poignant tale of autistic girl and her dog.
By Ann M. Martin
(2014)
(2014)
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Rules Book Poster Image
Girl connects with brother who has autism in moving tale.
By Cynthia Lord
(2007)
(2006)
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Anything But Typical Book Poster Image
Realistic look inside the world of a tween with autism.
By Nora Raleigh Baskin
(2009)
(2009)
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The Someday Birds Book Poster Image
Unlikely hero of family adventure delivers hopeful message.
By Sally J. Pla
(2017)
(2017)
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Al Capone Does My Shirts: A Tale from Alcatraz, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Boy stands up for sister with autism in compassionate tale.
By Gennifer Choldenko
(2005)
(2005)
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P.K. Pinkerton and the Deadly Desperados: P.K. Pinkerton, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Funny, violent Wild West saga of autistic kid vs. killers.
By Caroline Lawrence
(2012)
(2012)
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What to Say Next Book Poster Image
Irresistible story of teens finding unexpected connection.
By Julie Buxbaum
(2017)
(2017)
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Kids Like Us Book Poster Image
Stirring, romantic first-love tale of boy with autism.
By Hilary Reyl
(2017)
(2017)
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The Sound of Letting Go Book Poster Image
Relatable tale in verse about life with brother with autism.
By Stasia Ward Kehoe
(2014)
(2014)
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Marcelo in the Real World Book Poster Image
Gorgeously moving story about teen with autism.
By Francisco X. Stork
(2009)
(2009)
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