Title: Different Like Me: My Book of Autism Heroes
Author: Jennifer Elder
Publisher (Date): Jessica Kingsley Publishers (2005)
Recommended for: children ages 8 and over.
A (fictional) young boy with autism introduces the book and gives a very brief history of autism. The remainder of the book consists of short biographies of notable people who display various characteristics of autism. Examples include Albert Einstein, Dian Fossey, Issac Newton, and Hans Christian Anderson. Twenty biographies are included in total.
"Different Like Me" is a wonderful book that shows not only the diversity of the autism spectrum, but highlights many positive characteristics as well. The persons portrayed in the book are recognized for their accomplishments due to their different ways of thinking. For example, "the same things that made Glenn [Gould] different also made him great." This book is highly recommended for any child or young adult struggling with feeling "different."
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