Five stars for the new autism bookstore!

Check out the new “Bookstore” link on our autism Web site – the list features books reviewed on this blog, and every time you order a book through our bookstore, a portion of that sale will go to Easter Seals.

Ellen Harrington-Kane, assistant vice president for medical rehabilitation and autism services at Easter Seals, plays a leading role on the Easter Seals and Autism panel of reviewers.

She posted a review of Beyond the Wall –- Stephen Shore’s book about his life with autism — after seeing him speak at the annual Easter Seals Training Conference. A month later, she posted a review of Unstrange Minds by Roy Richard Grinker.

If you know of books you’d like our panel of book reviewers to read, please comment to this post and let us know.

A disclaimer: one book that made it on the Easter Seals and Autism Bookstore list without getting reviewed on our blog first is … a book I wrote! I am flattered that our panel of reviewers chose to add Long Time, No See to the list, and delighted to know that buying my book –- and the others from the Easter Seals and Autism Bookstore –- will help Easter Seals.


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  1. Sue Says:

    I asked a group of media specialists to suggest books about autism and got a lot of replies. I’m familiar with some, but can only offer titles for the others. Al Capone Does My Shirts (Choldenko) is about a boy with an autistic sister and takes place back when very little was known about the condition or its treatment. Rules, by Cynthia Lord, is a more modern book with similar themes. I’m not familair with Miss Amy’s Hurray for Rhyme It’s Story Time (Amy Sellers), Sometimes My Brother, The Stolen Child, and You’re Gonna Love This Kid are unfamiliar to me, but were suggested by others. We’re uncertain about the book Summer of the Swans — the actual condition of the brother is never really stated but he may be autistic.

  2. Jacqueline Says:

    My two favorite books dealing specifically with Asperger’s syndrome are:

    Freaks, Geeks and Asperger Syndrome: A User Guide to Adolescence by Luke Jackson, a very eloquent teen (at the time) with Asperger’s sydrome


    Asperger’s: What Does it Mean to Me? by Catharine Faherty. This is a workbook that allows kids to explore their feelings.

    Both books offer wonderful insights and practical suggestions for children with AS and their caregivers/teachers.

  3. Pam Says:

    One of the most informative books I’ve ever read on autism is titled, Little Rainman, by Karen L. Simmons. It is written through the eyes of a young boy with autism and truly helps one to understand what it must be like to be autistic. It is published by Future Horizons, Arlington, TX, a company that specializes in books about autism and related disabilities. It would be a wonderful addition to any collection on autism!

  4. Kim Says:

    Check out this award-winning book. “Rules” by Cynthia Lord (Scholastic, 2006)

    Editorial Reviews
    From School Library Journal
    Grade 4-7-Twelve-year-old Catherine has conflicting feelings about her younger brother, David, who is autistic. While she loves him, she is also embarrassed by his behavior and feels neglected by their parents. In an effort to keep life on an even keel, Catherine creates rules for him (It’s okay to hug Mom but not the clerk at the video store). Each chapter title is also a rule, and lots more are interspersed throughout the book. When Kristi moves in next door, Catherine hopes that the girl will become a friend, but is anxious about her reaction to David. Then Catherine meets and befriends Jason, a nonverbal paraplegic who uses a book of pictures to communicate, she begins to understand that normal is difficult, and perhaps unnecessary, to define. Rules of behavior are less important than acceptance of others. Catherine is an endearing narrator who tells her story with both humor and heartbreak. Her love for her brother is as real as are her frustrations with him. Lord has candidly captured the delicate dynamics in a family that revolves around a child’s disability. Set in coastal Maine, this sensitive story is about being different, feeling different, and finding acceptance. A lovely, warm read, and a great discussion starter.-Connie Tyrrell Burns, Mahoney Middle School, South Portland, ME
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  5. bonnie Says:

    the best book i ever read about autism is the seige by clara claiborne park… it is very powerful and emotional.

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