Just in time for Autism Month, here are five new books about Autism Spectrum disorders especially for parents, children, teachers, friends (and everyone else):

1. Parent and Child (and Grandparent, too): Point To Happy: For Children on the Autism Spectrum, by Miriam Smith and Afton Fraser, is a picture book and uses a pointer to “create a breakthrough in reaching children who communicate best through pictures. It was created by a grandmother, Miriam Smith, and mother, Afton Fraser, for Ms Fraser’s son, a young boy on the autism spectrum.”

“Point to happy. Point to sad. Point to hug. Give me a hug. The parent reads, the child points.”

2. Father and Son: Autism, Seriously Funny, by Zidlow Marx and Elijah Marx, contains humorous stories and shared memories from a father (Zidlow) and his autistic son, Elijah.

For example “According to Zidlow: When Elijah was asked at age 4 in 1999, “How do you know how to read and count in Spanish?”

“He responded by saying, “Because we watched Spanish Sesame Street from the library that day in 1997 on a Tuesday, silly. Everyone knows that.”

3. For Children of Parents on the Autism Spectrum: My Parent Has An Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Workbook for Childrena and Teens, by Barbara R. Lester who is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker whose father is on the spectrum. This book is based on her personal and professional experience.

4. Drama Therapy for Children: Social Skills, Emotional Growth and Drama Therapy: Inspiring Connection on the Autism Spectrum by Lee R. Chasen asks children to “interact and connect with others leading to the development of important social, emotional, and expressive language skills. The author presents a series of vignettes which demonstrate how drama therapy techniques may be used with children with ASD, and the impact they may have on their ability to interact and connect with others.”

5. (Strictly speaking, this isn’t a new book, but rather an updated version of one of our favorites), For Adults (Parents, too) and Teens, on the Spectrum or not: The classic The Way I See It, Revised and Expanded 2nd Edition: A Personal Look at Autism and Asperger’s by Temple Grandin updated and in paperback. She’s brilliant, fascinating, and the most famous Autism Spectrum ambassador to the world. Her descriptions of her upbringing and her recommendations for interventions alone make this worth reading for parents of children with Autism or Asperger’s syndrome. Highly recommended.

And if you haven’t yet read anything by John Elder Robison on living with Asperger’s syndrome, see our interview with him, Part I and Part II.