There's a Book for That: April is National Autism Awareness Month

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Nearly a quarter of a century ago, the Autism Society declared April National Autism Awareness Month as an excellent opportunity to promote autism awareness, autism acceptance and to draw attention to the tens of thousands facing an autism diagnosis each year. Through our publishing, Penguin Random House is part of the effort to educate and broaden perspectives about Autism Spectrum Disorder. Below are nonfiction and fiction titles which expand our understanding:


The Ostrich and Other Lost Things by Beth HautalaTHE OSTRICH AND OTHER LOST THINGS by Beth Hautala

In this beautifully written middle grade novel, the bonds and challenges of caring for a sibling with autism are bravely explored, along with the pain and power that comes from self-discovery.



Fall Down 7 Times Get Up 8 by Naoki HigashidaFALL DOWN 7 TIMES GET UP 8: A YOUNG MAN’S VOICE FROM THE SILENCE OF AUTISM by Naoki Higashida, KA Yoshida, David Mitchell

An extraordinary self-portrait of life as a young adult with autism. Like its bestselling predecessor, The Reason I Jump, Fall Down 7 Times Get up 8 opens a rare window into the mind and world of an autistic, non-verbal person. In short, powerful chapters, the author explores education, identity, family, society and personal growth. Introduced by award-winning author David Mitchell (co-translator with his wife, KA Yoshida), this book is part memoir, part critique of a world that sees disabilities ahead of disabled people.


In a Different Key by John Donvan and Caren ZuckerIN A DIFFERENT KEY: THE STORY OF AUTISM by John Donvan, Caren Zucker

In a Different Key tells the extraordinary story of this often misunderstood condition, and of the civil rights battles waged by the families of those who have it. Unfolding over decades, it is a beautifully rendered history of ordinary people determined to secure a place in the world for those with autism.

By turns intimate and panoramic, In a Different Key takes us on a journey from an era when families were shamed and children were condemned to institutions to one in which a cadre of people with autism push not simply for inclusion, but for a new understanding of autism: as difference rather than disability.



This New York Times-bestselling book upends conventional thinking about autism and suggests a broader model for acceptance, understanding, and full participation in society for people who think differently. Going back to the earliest days of autism research, Silberman offers a gripping narrative of Leo Kanner and Hans Asperger, the research pioneers who defined the scope of autism in profoundly different ways; he then goes on to explore the game-changing concept of neurodiversity. NeuroTribes considers the idea that neurological differences like autism, dyslexia, and ADHD are not errors of nature or products of the toxic modern world, but the result of natural variations in the human genome. This groundbreaking book will reshape our understanding of the history, meaning, function, and implications of neurodiversity in our world.



The proven, drug-free program to treat the cause-not just the symptoms-of autism spectrum disorders and related conditions.



Thinking in Pictures, Expanded Edition by Temple GrandinTHINKING IN PICTURES, EXPANDED EDITION: MY LIFE WITH AUTISM by Temple Grandin

Temple Grandin, Ph.D., is a gifted animal scientist who has designed one-third of all the livestock-handling facilities in the United States. She also lectures widely on autism–because Temple Grandin is autistic, a woman who thinks, feels, and experiences the world in ways that are incomprehensible to the rest of us. In this unprecedented book, Grandin delivers a report from the country of autism. Written from the dual perspectives of a scientist and an autistic person, Thinking in Pictures is the document of an extraordinary human being, one who, in gracefully and lucidly bridging the gulf between her condition and our own, sheds light on the riddle of our common identity.


The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark HaddonTHE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME by Mark Haddon

A national bestseller and basis for the theatrical sensation – The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is an instant classic—both poignant and funny—about an autistic boy who sets out to solve the murder of a neighbor’s dog and discovers unexpected truths about himself and the world. First time in paperback.


For even more on these and related titles: AUTISM MONTH

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Posted: April 11, 2018