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Alpha Celebrates World Autism Day with Books You’ll Love


April 2nd was World Autism Awareness Day. World Autism Day was adopted by the UN in December of 2007, making 2008 the inaugural year. The UN encourages member states to raise awareness about autism to help improve knowledge about people with autism throughout the world. The day brings people and organizations together to deliver aid to research, diagnosis, treatment, and overall awareness. This is part of a larger general effort of UN initiatives to improve human rights.

Since the adoption of World Autism Day, awareness and research around the world has increased.

At Alpha, we observed World Autism Day by using the month to promote books related to Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. We chose a selection of books from Jessica Kingsley Publishers, and created a store display. This display coincides with the USA’s Autism Awareness month, which is April.

Our selection includes books that help adults understand, cope with, and relate to children with autism. It also includes children’s literature.

These beautifully illustrated books reach out and help everyone better understand those on the autism spectrum, often through the eyes of children with Asperger’s and autism.

Here is more on the books:


Thomas Loves – A rhyming book about fun, friendship – and autism.

By Jude Welton, illustrated by Jane Telford


Babies are Noisy – A book for big brothers and sisters including those on the autism spectrum.

By Anne-Marie Harrison, Illustrated by Beth Byrne


The Green Eyed Goblin – What to do about jealousy – for all children including those on the autism spectrum.

By K.I. Al-Ghani, illustrated by Haitham Al-Ghani


The Disappointment Dragon – Learning to cope with disappointment (for all children and dragon tamers, including those with Asperger syndrome)

By K.I. Al-Ghani, illustrated by Haitham Al-Ghani


Autistic Planet – a magical world where all trains run exactly to time, where people working in offices have rocking chairs, and where all kids dream of winning the chess World Cup. Join us on a journey to this alternative reality…

By Jennifer Elder


Flying to See Janet – Traveling by plane can be a stressful experience for anxious children (and their parents!) Prepare children for the unfamiliar sights and sounds of the airport experience in advance with this fun and gently humorous picture book.

By Laura Vickers


Can I tell you about Asperger Syndrome? – A guide for friends and family.

By Jude Welton, illustrated by Jane Telford


The One and Only Sam – A story explaining idioms for children with Asperger Syndrome and other communication difficulties.

By Aileen Stalker, illustrated by Bob Spencer


I am an Aspie Girl – A book for young girls with autism spectrum conditions.

By Danuta Bulhak-Paterson, illustrated by Teresa Ferguson


A Book About What Autism Can Be Like – Chris and Andrew are very good friends, but sometimes Chris does things that Andrew doesn’t understand.

By Sue Adams


The Complete Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome – The Complete Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome is the definitive handbook for anyone affected by Asperger’s syndrome (AS). Now including a new introduction explaining the impact of DSM-5 on the diagnosis and approach to AS, it brings together a wealth of information on all aspects of the syndrome for children through to adults.

By Tony Attwood

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