Non-Verbal Autistic Boy is at the Heart of a Debut Novel

It’s been a whirlwind of excitement for author, Jem Lester, whose novel Shtum has just been released by The Overlook Press. His journey started when he won the City University/PFD Prize for Fiction in 2013 for Shtum which he wrote for an MA in Creative Writing at City University. He was immediately signed with an agent at Peters, Fraser and Dunlop. Jem began his MA at 45, after decades of writing, because “I felt I needed the mentoring. Plus, I wanted to test out my fading belief that I was a good enough writer to be published. Thankfully, … [Read more...]

Find Empathy and Acceptance in ‘No One Needed to Know’

Donna Driver is an author primarily of young adult and middle grade novels and a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She likes to write about diverse characters dealing with social or environmental issues. She’s won two awards for the environmental themes in her novel Cry of the Sea, the first of her YA fantasy series The Juniper Sawfeather Novels. Her novel No One Needed to Know is a story about empathy and acceptance with autism themes; something she has firsthand experience with. Donna is a teacher at a … [Read more...]

What Does Your Autistic Daughter Wish You Knew?

The Autism Women’s Network (AWN) has been around since 2010. They have built a supportive community and set of resources for autistic people who identify as women. What Every Autistic Girl Wishes Her Parents Knew is their first book release (and their first time as editors of an anthology). The women who contributed to the book come from AWN’s online community—some are writers whose work we’ve admired for years and some will be brand new discoveries for readers. The editors at AWN plan on making this the first of many books covering … [Read more...]

#ReadYourWorld – ABC’s of Adventurous Living and Learning!

Natasha Moulton-Levy and her son Julian English sent me their book, No Limits: No Boundaries! My Journey Through the ABC’s to review for Multicultural Children’s Book Day. I wanted to read a book that was both culturally diverse and featured characters on the autism spectrum. Their book was so much more than I expected…it was a beautiful story scrapbook of a family dedicated to giving their son with special needs every opportunity to live a life of learning, growth and experiences beyond imagination. Unconditional love spills out of every … [Read more...]

Children’s Books that Honor and Celebrate Diversity

Author Bo Rush loves sports and the only thing he wanted to read about when he was younger was SPORTS. Today, he’s a language arts teacher who knows about the importance of developing a passion for reading. He’s written a series of books to grow that passion in young readers by appealing to their love of sports. Are you looking for story themes that honor and celebrate diversity? Bo's book, Soccer Bugs, combines fast-paced soccer action with powerful social issues, including bullying, diversity, autism, divorce, memory loss and … [Read more...]

10 Awesome Autistic Authors and Their Stories

Here's a round up of some wonderful autistic authors...the books they've written and the stories they've told! If you didn't catch their interviews the first time around, make sure you take a few minutes to click and read. You'll leave I'm confident you'll find some great books to add to your wish list. Children's Books Colin Eldred-Cohen Colin puts his creative and active mind towards storytelling. The Fire Truck Who Got Lost is his first children's book. It certainly won't be his last! Darius Brown Darius is an … [Read more...]

New Children’s Book that “Finds Its Way Home”

As a member of the Autistic Creatives Collective,* Colin Eldred-Cohen channels his creative and active mind towards writing and storytelling. He’ll tell you that he constantly has story ideas buzzing around his head, fiction and nonfiction. “They can spring up from anywhere, from media I consume to any random thing I see. Some of the story ideas get channeled into writings, some become plots for role playing games I play with my friends. I want to say that it’s a gift of the Asperger’s, but one never knows.” Colin has written his first … [Read more...]

Transforming the Way to Engage with Autistic Children

They believed that they could fill the void of evidenced-based tools for children with autism and their families. They saw the need for more engaging tools that facilitate parent and child interaction. So the co-founders of the nonprofit, See Beneath, turned their their vision into reality by creating Aiko & Egor: Animation 4 Autism, an app to help young children with autism develop to their full potential. Over 50 incredible volunteers contributed to the creation of the animated videos that are now available in an app for both Apple and … [Read more...]

#Impactful Blogs: Learn From Autistics

Learn from Autistics features both practical parenting tips and interviews with people on the autism spectrum. The blog gives parents, caregivers and teachers the experience of reading autistic viewpoints as they try to better serve the autistic children in their lives. Your blog: Learn from Autistics Your City, Country: Granger, Indiana USA What inspired you to write a blog: I first learned about autism when my younger brother was diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome. Growing up with a sibling on the spectrum gave me some insight into the … [Read more...]

They May Be Simple Stories but Their Meaning is Big!

Karen Franco is a children’s book author and Jacob’s Mom. Writing has always been her passion. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism. She always felt she could communicate better in writing. It was also therapeutic for her especially after her son, Jacob, came into her life. "His special needs brought such a different dimension to my life and I had to learn to cope with all the challenges…writing does that for me." She thought that telling simple stories about Jacob as … [Read more...]