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The term neurodiversity describe natural variations in the ways in which brains develop and function. The word encompasses a variety of conditions, including Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), dyslexia, Tourette’s Syndrome, dyspraxia, and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Whether or you or your child identify as neurodiverse, or you have neurodiverse individuals in your life, reading this collection of picture books is a great way to starting learning more about what it means to be neurodiverse.

 

Benny Doesn’t Like to be Hugged by Zetta Elliott
A little girl describes her autistic friend Benny. Benny loves trains and cupcakes without sprinkles, but doesn’t like human contact. Told in verse, this book is an affectionate look at neurodiverse friendship and features a Black protagonist.

 

The Girl Who Thought in Pictures: The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin by Julia Finley Mosca
Dr. Temple Grandin was diagnosed with autism as a young girl. Temple grew up to become one of the most influential agricultural scientists in the world. A nonfiction, rhyming picture book about the power of being different.

 

Talking is Not My Thing by Rose Robbins
Narrated in thought bubbles, this book features an animal protagonist who communicates in a variety of creative ways. The main character does everything from telling jokes to asking for help – proving you don’t need words to have a big personality. A clever, endearing book about neurodiversity.

 

You’re So Clumsy, Charley by Jane Binnion
Charley is always getting into trouble – because he’s always falling over things! Charley can’t understand why he can’t control his body until he meets his Aunty who has a condition called dyspraxia. A wonderful introduction to dyspraxia (also known as developmental coordination disorder).

 

Unstoppable Me by Susan Verde
The story of hyperactive protagonist whose energy makes them – as the title says – unstoppable. A beautifully illustrated book that positively portrays the hyperactivity that often accompanies ADHD.

 

 

Just Ask!: Be Different, Be Brave, Be You by Sonia Sotomayor
Based on Justice Sotomayor’s experiences living with Type I Diabetes, and children in her life who have conditions like ASD and Tourette’s Syndrome, the book covers a huge range of conditions and includes built in discussion questions asking children to reflect on their own lives. A gorgeously illustrated, thoughtfully written.

 

Aaron Slater, Illustrator by Andrea Beaty
Aaron Slater is dyslexic. Aaron loves stories and wants to write stories, but he has a hard time with words. Luckily, he discovers are lots of ways to tell stories – including through pictures. A beautiful, hopeful, rhyming story.