Any lists of books about autism?

I’m back from the American Library Association annual conference — I was there with my Seeing Eye dog Hanni to accept a Henry Bergh children’s book award from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). You can find out more than you’d ever want to know about the award ceremony, what I wore, how my dog behaved (and didn’t behave!) by linking to my personal blog about my book tour adventures with Hanni.

In addition to attending the award ceremony, Hanni and I spent plenty of time in the conference exhibit hall. If you read the post I wrote for the Easter Seals autism blog before leaving town, you know I promised to visit a booth sponsored by Wiley.

Wiley published Understanding Autism for Dummies, written by Stephen Shore, Linda G. Rastelli and Temple Grandin.

Unfortunately, Wiley did not have a copy of the book on hand. A saleswoman at the booth offered me a brochure that listed all the books in their “Dummies” series, but I was afraid to take it. Seems to me a list like that might only reinforce how little I know about things!

Wiley’s offer of a list of books made me wonder. Are there any lists of books about autism? I know Amazon’s list of children’s books about disability is helpful, and the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities offers a list of hundreds of books for children and categorizes them by disability. If you know of any book lists devoted just to autism books, though, please let me know. At the conference, it was inspiring being around all those books and all those people who love to read. Rather than leaving me feeling like a dummy, it motivated me to want to learn more.


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