The following books can be requested from Grantham Library or on-line. They charge 25p per book to notify you by email or text that your book is ready to collect or 50p to notify you by post. (At time of writing)
Please note: There are many more books in Lincolnshire libraries on autism and Asperger’s.
To browse see: autism asperger Lincolnshire Libraries . Once you have logged in you can reserve books on-line to pick up at your local library.
Grantham library, has some books about the autistic spectrum on display in in the Mind & Body section, bottom shelf. The books below may be at another library at present, though.
– Claire Sainsbury, Martian in the Playground. ‘Enlightening and encouraging’ J K, GAIN
The autor draws on her own experience and that of others to show what life is like for school children with Asperger’s Syndrome. Find out more at Good Reads and Amazon . There are two copies of this book in Lincolnshire libraries: Library record
– Luke Jackson, Freaks, Geeks and Asperger Syndrome: A User Guide to Adolescence.
‘The best book on Autism I have read so far’, J K, GAIN
The author has Asperger’s Syndrome. He draws on his own experiences and observations with a witty style of writing. He wrote this book when he was 13. Find out more at Good Reads Amazon Library record
– Oliver Sacks, An Anthropologist on Mars – seven paradoxical tales. Case histories of neurological disorders of many kinds. The final case history is of a lady with autism whose name is Temple Grandin. Find out more at Good Reads Wikipedia Library record
Quotes from the book
– Mark Williams & Danny Penman, Mindfulness. A programme of cognitive therapy developed by Oxford University psychologist
Professor Mark Williams with colleagues around the world. There should be an accompanying CD. It aims to help you to reduce
anxiety and stress and to give you greater control over the way your mind works. Find out more at: Good Reads Amazon
Library record . Click for More books on Mindfulness with accompanying CDs.
– Mary Lynch Barbera, The Verbal Behavior Approach: How to Teach Children With Autism and Related Disorders
This is another technical textbook aimed at teachers. If offers a step-by-step guide to help children to speak.
Find out more at Good Reads . Library record . For an on-line introduction to Verbal Behaviour Therapy see Autism Speaks
– Tony Attwood, Complete Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome See Library record
– Simon Baron-Cohen, Autism & Asperger syndrome: the facts See Library record
– Clara Claiborne Park, The Siege. A mother’s story about bringing up her autistic daughter, Jessy, in 1960s America See Library record
– Lorna Wing, The Autistic Spectrum. A handbook for parents and professionals See Library record
There are many books in Lincolnshire Libraries on the 17th century physicist and mathematician Isaac Newton, several of which can be found in the Grantham branch. Some historians believe he had Asperger’s Syndrome. See: Library search and also Famous People.
Not in Lincolnshire libraries
– Charlotte Moore, George and Sam. The author writes about her experience of bringing up her sons and the challenges she faces. George and Sam are quite low functioning and they have contrasting personalities. Her third son Jake is not autistic at all. The book contains a lot of experience and insight. The 2012 edition has been updated to cover George and Sam’s teenage years.
See Good Reads Amazon.
– Donna Williams, Nobody Nowhere. Autobiographical account See Amazon.
– Michelle Garcia Winner, Socially Curious and Curiously Social, A Social Thinking Guidebook for Bright Teens & Young Adults
This book contains some cartoon-style illustrations.
Social Thinking is the web page that promotes the book. The is a peek inside section at the bottom could be helpful.
See also: Good Reads Amazon.
– Mark Haddon, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. ‘A good read’, J K, GAIN.
A murder mystery written from the viewpoint of Christopher Boone, a boy with Aspergers. Find out more at The Guardian . There are several copies of this book in Lincolnshire libraries: Library Record
– Jodi Picoult, House Rules. ‘A gritty thriller about the difficulties an 18 year old boy with Asperger’s gets into and how he gets through them.
His mother’s experience features prominently too.’ J K, GAIN. See: Good Reads Amazon Library – select Title tab and search for House Rules. Paperback option should do it.
A Good Read
The following are not about autism but might offer a good read. As they say, all work and no play …
– John Grisham. If you like legal dramas you might enjoy many a happy hour with this author’s books. His stories are set in the USA. For a handy guide to his work see Books . Click Library list for the library catalogue list. To find out about the author, see Biography .
Among his books is a series about a 13 year old boy, called Theodore Boone, who fancies himself as a lawyer – like his parents. It illustrates life skills, describing the thinking processes of an adolescent in an adult world. For a handy guide to this series, click on Reviews . See also Library list.
– Oliver Sacks, Awakenings This is an account of a group of patients who were woken from
sleeping sickness in 1969 by Dr Sacks using a drug that was new at the time. For more information, click Awakenings . See Amazon.
– P D James, Death comes to Pemberley Have you seen the 3 part TV dramatisation of this book? The book lays out the plot in more
detail. It makes it much clearer what really happened, and why. If you watch the TV series after having read the book, you will see passing references to all the key elements of the background story that might have passed you by on first viewing. See Library record.
– Joanna Trollope, The Best of Friends. This book is about two families that are linked by a longstanding friendship between two of the members. It charts relationships within and between the families.
Interestingly, the thoughts of the characters are described, providing insight into the psychological and social dynamics involved. For example, conversations between two of them are said to have had several unwritten rules, “… neither of them ever said anything really savagely unpleasant about husband or children and … it was a requirement to be as hilariously funny about the day’s disasters as possible”.
See: Good Reads Library record.
Look up online
Lincolnshire libraries on-line catalog is at Discover Libraries .