April is Autism Acceptance Month! 

Formerly known as Autism Awareness Month, the name change represents a shift beyond just awareness to an active focus on respect, understanding, inclusion and empowerment. 

Autism is a developmental disability that can affect the way individuals think, perceive the world, move, and socialize with others. It is always important to remember that each autistic person is different and that autism is a spectrum condition.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in 36 children across all racial, social and ethnic backgrounds have been diagnosed with autism. Chances are that we all have someone in our lives that we know and love who is autistic.

In celebration of neurodiverse perspectives, here is a list featuring titles for all ages by autistic authors available at our library:

Picture Books

Bitsy Bat, School Star by Kaz Windness

Flap Your Hands: A Celebration of Stimming by Steve Asbell

Nope! Never! Not for Me! by Samantha Cotterill

Juvenile Fiction

Moonwalking by Zetta Elliott and Lyn Miller-Lachmann

A Kind of Spark by Elle McNicholl

Me and Sam-Sam Handle the Apocalypse by Susan Vaught

Ellen Outside the Lines by A. J. Sass

Planet Earth is Blue by Nicole Panteleakos

Get a Grip, Vivy Cohen! by Sarah Kapit

Young Adult

At the End of Everything by Marieke Nijkamp

Daniel, Deconstructed by James Ramos

Tilly in Technicolor by Mazey Eddings

Adult

The Heart Principle by Helen Hoang

Fall Down 7 Times Get up 8 by Naoki Higashida

We’re Not Broken: Changing the Autism Conversation by Eric Garcia

Visual Thinking by Temple Grandin

Sincerely, Your Autistic Child edited by Emily Paige Ballou, Sharon daVanport and Morénike Giwa Onaiwu

Additional Resources

All branches of the North Bergen Library will be closed on Sunday, March 26th and Monday, March 27th. The Guttenberg Resource Center will close at 2 pm on Friday, May 24th.