Books and Resources about Autistic People

Here’s a list of resources in support of autistic people. These autistic resources are compiled by authors and by advocates in the community. This should not be considered a comprehensive list of autistic resources.

To directly support and help empower autistic people and their families, please consider donating to the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network or the Asperger/Autism Network. These two organizations are also referenced in the backpages of the novel The Eagle Tree.

First Person Nonfiction

(for autistic people, by autistic people)

The Reason I Jump — by Naoki Higashida

Pretending to Be Normal — Liane Holliday Willey

Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger’s — John Elder Robison

Nerdy, Shy, and Socially Inappropriate: A User Guide to an Asperger Life — Cynthia Kim

A Field Guide to Earthlings: An Autistic/Asperger View of Neurotypical Behavior —  Ian Ford

No You Don’t: Essays from an Unstrange Mind — Sparrow Rose Jones

Blazing My Trail: Living and Thriving with Autism — Rachel Cohen-Rottenberg

Understanding Autism for Dummies —  Stephen M. Shore




Novels with Autistic Narrators


(not written by autistic people, and only one perspective on the possible experience)

The Eagle Tree — Ned Hayes

A 52-Hertz Whale

A 52-Hertz Whale — Natalie Tilghman

Born on a Blue Day: Inside the Extraordinary Mind of an Autistic Savant

Born on a Blue Day — Daniel Tammet
Counting by 7s

Counting by 7s — Holly Goldberg Sloan

The Half-Life of Planets The Half-Life of Planets Emily Franklin
Marcelo in the Real World

Marcelo in the Real World  Francisco X. Stork

Harmonic Feedback

Harmonic Feedback  Tara Kelly

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
—  Mark Haddon

Freak Magnet

Freak Magnet Andrew Auseon

Sorta Like a Rock Star

Sorta Like a Rock Star Matthew Quick

 Anything But Typical

Anything But Typical  Nora Raleigh Baskin


Resources and Self-Advocacy

(mostly by autistic people, for autistic people and people who love them)

Ask and Tell: Self Advocacy for People on the Autism Spectrum — edited by Stephen Shore, Liane Holliday Willey, Phil Schwarz, Roger Meyer, Kassiane Sibley, and Ruth Elaine Joyner Hane

Loud Hands: Autistic People, Speaking — edited by Julia Bascom

ezrasmall Following Ezra — Tom Fields-Meyer

neurosmall NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity — Steve Silberman

Typed Words, Loud Voices — edited by Amy Sequenzia, Elizabeth Grace, and Melanie Yergeau

The Independent Woman’s Handbook for Super Safe Living on the Autism Spectrum — Robyn Steward

Navigating College: A Handbook on Self Advocacy Written for Autistic Students from Autistic Adults — edited by the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network

Developing Talents: Careers For Individuals With Asperger Syndrome and High-functioning Autism
by Temple Grandin and Kate Duffy

And Straight on Till Morning: Essays on Autism Acceptance — edited by Julia Bascom

Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World — Sy Montgomery

NOTE that many of these autistic resources are also listed on Steve Silberman’s Resources page for NeuroTribes.

THE EAGLE TREE by Ned Hayes, is now available in print, e-book and audiobook.

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