Books that I would recommend!

I've been asked several times now about what books on ASD, anxiety and mindfulness would I recommend.

And there are so many to chose from - I read because I love reading and it is one of the ways that I wind down in the evenings. I also figure that the more I read up on ASD, ADHD and anxiety, then the more informed I will become to assist my little superheroes.

Some of these books you may be able to find in your local bookstore, however quite a few I ordered online.

I have begun to add books that both O and L enjoy reading.

And just to clarify, I do not receive any commissions or other payments for recommending these books. These are simply the books that I and my children have found useful.


Explaining Anxiety to Children
  • The Angry Octopus by Lori Lite.
  • The Huge Bag of Worries by Virginia Ironside.
  • I have a Worry by Tanya Balcke - this is written by an Australian author and can be ordered direct through her website.
  • The Monsters Inside by Belinda O'Brien.
  • Hey Warrior by Karen Young. We've been able to purchase this book through Booktopia as it is sold out in other parts of the world.
  • Hey Awesome by Karen Young. This is the sequel to Hey Warrior and is also a brilliant book for children.
  • The Problem with Problems by Rachel Rooney and Zehra Hicks
  • The Worrysaurus by Rachel Bright and Chris Chatterton
  • The Worrying Worries by Racehl Rooney and Zebra Hicks

  • Pretending to be Normal by Liane Holliday Willey.
  • The Autistic Brain by Temple Grandin.
  • Been There. Done That. Try This, Edited by Tony Attwood.
  • The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida.
  • Uniquely Human: A Different Way of Being Human by Dr Barry M. Prizant and Thomas Fields-Meyer
  • NeuroTribes by Steve Silberman

Explaining ASD to Children

  • New Understanding ADHD by DR Christopher Green and Dr Kit Chee

Practice of being Mindful
  • Be Mindful and Simplify your Life by Kate James.
  • Mindfulness at Work by Dr Stephen McKenzie.
  • The Mindful Child by Susan Kaiser Greenland.
Books about Disability
  • Demystifying Disability: What to Know, What to Say and How to be an Ally by Emily Landau 

Explaining Mindfulness to Children

Resilience in Children
  • 9 Ways To A Resilient Child by Dr Justin Coulson, PhD


Autism Journeys
  • Sam's Best Shot by Dr James Best
  • A Friend Like Henry by Nuala Gardner - this is Nuala's families journey with her sons Autism Assistance Dog!!

Autism and Emotional Regulation Books for children.

  • The Girl Who Thought in Pictures: the story of Temple Grandin by Julia Finley Mosca
  • The ABC Book of Feelings by Helen Martin, Judith Simpson and Cheryl Orsini
  • All for Me and None for All by Helen Lester
  • Wesley the Werewolf by Lauren Earner
  • my Calm Me Down book by Trace Moroney.
  • The Color Monster by Anna Llenas

Books about Dogs, working dogs to be exact!
  • Henry the Hero by yours truly!!
  • Dogs with Jobs 1 and Dogs with Jobs 2 by Natalie Leski.

Other Medical Conditions.

This is a recent addition as O was provisionally diagnosed in 2022 with hypermobility Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, and as such we have been reading up on the condition so that we can assist O.

  • A Guide to Living With Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (Hypermobility Type by Isobel Knight.

Just for Fun Books for Children

These are books that both little superheroes enjoy reading, or in L's case having read to him.
  • Let's Play by Herve Tullet
  • First To The Top, Sir Edmund Hillary's Amazing Everest Adventure by David Hill
  • Sky High, Jean Batten's Incredible Flying Adventures by David Hill
  • What Would She Do by Kay Woodward
  • Stories for Boys Who Dare to be Different by Ben Brooks
  • The Odd 1s Out by James Rallison
  • Back to Sleep by Zoe Foster Blake
  • The Wrong Book by Nick Bland
  • Are You Scared Darth Vader by Adam Red
  • Can I join Your Club by John Kelly and Steph Laberis
  • Do not lick this book by Iran Ben-barak and Julian Frost
  • Superbat by Matt Carr
  • Goodnight Baby Bat by Dabi Gliori

Novels with an autism/disability theme.

I will add that not all of the covers of these novels stated that they were autism based. However, while reading them, I could relate some of our autism journey to the story being told in the book.
  • A Boy made of Blocks by Keith Stuart
  • Anything But Typical by Nora Raleigh Baskin
  • I Hid My Voice by Parinoush Saniee
  • Talking to Alaska by Anna Woltz (a great novel based on a Diabetes Assistance Dog!)

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for these ideas, looks like a great reading list to start with. I do hope that you are going to add to the list as you read more. Thanks for sharing your wealth of knowledge.


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