10 Inclusive Social Stories Books for Kids - Exploring Autism

Discover 10 heartwarming and inclusive social storybooks for kids exploring autism. Foster empathy and understanding with relatable tales. Learn how these stories promote acceptance and celebrate differences.

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Hey there, Beautiful Souls!

As caring parents, our shared goal is to nurture empathy, kindness, and understanding in our children, fostering a world where differences are celebrated. Autistic Children, in particular, face misconceptions, and it's crucial to bridge the gap by introducing them to their typical peers in a manner that promotes understanding and embraces acceptance. An effective approach to achieving this connection is by including social storybooks in our children's reading repertoire.

These heartfelt tales not only entertain but also pave the way for meaningful conversations about diversity and inclusion.

What are social stories books for autism?

Social stories are an evidence-based intervention for individuals with autism, no matter what their age. Carol Gray developed “social stories” in 1990. Her work as a pioneer in the field of autism is highly respected. To read more, and learn about her resources, click here.

Social stories books are a crucial tool for parents and educators who are looking to provide guidance and understanding about situations that may be confusing or overwhelming for children with autism. These stories aim to highlight the feelings, thoughts, and experiences of children with autism in a relatable and understandable way.

Reading these books to your child can help create a sense of understanding, empathy, and acceptance.

10 Social Stories Books to Promote Understanding and Acceptance:

1. "All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome" by Kathy Hoopmann

The updated All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome offers a charming introduction to autism through playful feline characters. Touching on common traits like sensory sensitivities and social challenges, this book brings out the joys and challenges of the autism spectrum with warmth and humor, leaving readers with a deeper understanding and appreciation for autistic individuals.

2."My Friend with Autism" by Beverly Bishop

This vibrant book, "My Friend with Autism Enhanced Edition," beautifully blends captivating illustrations and an engaging storyline to promote understanding and tolerance among peers. Through its charming narrative, children learn about the uniqueness of their friend with autism, addressing topics like sensory sensitivity, communication differences, and the importance of routine. The printable coloring pages not only entertain but also serve as enlightening activities for young learners. Author Beverly Bishop's dedication to educating her son's classmates shines through in this exceptional edition, accompanied by informative notes for adults to enhance comprehension and foster inclusive discussions.

3. "Everybody is Different: A Book for Young People Who Have Brothers or Sisters With Autism" by Fiona Bleach

Siblings of young individuals with autism often struggle to comprehend the reasons behind their siblings' behaviors. This book provides answers to the questions siblings may have, explaining autism's characteristics in simple terms. It also offers practical suggestions to enhance family life, ensuring it is enjoyable and comfortable for everyone. With numerous illustrations, this book is warmly designed to be accessible and engaging for young readers.

"The Red Beast: Controlling Anger in Children with Asperger's Syndrome" by K.I. Al-Ghani - A story that helps kids with Asperger’s and their families to better understand and manage anger.

"The Autism Acceptance Book" by Ellen Sabin - This book encourages readers to learn more about autism and how they can make a positive difference in the lives of children with the disorder.

4. "The Red Beast: Controlling Anger in Children with Asperger's Syndrome" by Kay Al-Ghani

Geared towards children aged 5-9, this vividly illustrated storybook provides a lighthearted approach to discussing anger, offering practical tips on how to 'tame the red beast.' Additionally, it provides valuable insights for parents on how anger impacts children with Asperger's Syndrome.

5."The Social Skills Picture Book Teaching play, emotion, and communication to children with autism" by Jed Baker

Recipient of an iParenting Media Award, this illustrated book caters to the visual strengths of students on the autism spectrum. Through colorful photos, it showcases various social skills, both the correct and incorrect ways.

Designed for reading, role-playing, correction, and practical application, it guides students in navigating real-life social situations. "Thought bubbles" reveal the unfiltered thoughts during interactions.

With a down-to-earth approach, this tool aids teens in understanding and practicing social conduct rules. Sections cover essential topics like conversation, friendships, expressing feelings, conflict resolution, dating, school/work situations, handling mistakes, collaboration, and job interviewing. Practical, engaging, and invaluable for decoding the complexities of social behavior.

6. "The New Social Story Book" by Carole Gray

The New Social Story Book's 10th Anniversary Edition, authored by Carol Gray, features over 150 highly requested Social Stories. Beyond the ready-made stories, the book empowers readers to create their own, with Carol providing valuable insights and a ten-step learning module, The Social StoryTM 10.1 Tutorials. This resource is a treasure trove, including topics such as navigating mistakes in a supportive manner.

7. "The Autism Acceptance Book: Being a Friend to Someone with Autism" by Ellen Sabin

The Autism Acceptance Book: Being A Friend to Someone with Autism is a dynamic and educational resource designed to cultivate empathy and character in children. Through interactive elements, this book introduces the challenges faced by individuals with autism, guiding children on a personal journey of appreciation and respect for differences.

Packed with information, conversation-starters, and engaging exercises, it encourages children to empathize by 'walking in someone else's shoes,' promoting the golden rule of treating others as they wish to be treated. While centered on autism, the book imparts valuable life lessons on accepting and embracing diversity. It's an invaluable tool for helping family members, peers, and classmates gain a deeper understanding of autism.

8. "100 Stories of Social and Safety Awareness" by Makoto Shibutani

'100 Stories of Social and Safety Awareness' is a purposeful book crafted to impart crucial social and safety skills to children with autism spectrum disorder, Asperger's syndrome, Down syndrome, and related conditions. With a dedicated datasheet for each story, monitor and celebrate your child's progress over time.

9. "Social Story - Saying Excuse me and Please & thank you (Now I Get it! Social Stories)" by Natural Learning Concepts

This book comprises two brief tales. The first story educates children on interrupting politely, while the second imparts basic manners across various everyday scenarios. Accompanied by charming illustrations, each story follows a child navigating a sometimes perplexing or daunting world. As the child acquires new social and coping skills, a clearer grasp of appropriate reactions and behaviors in specific situations emerges.

An excellent feature is the inclusion of comprehension questions at each story's end, reinforcing learning and enhancing reader understanding. Notably, this book has proven successful in aiding children with autism and those facing social delays.

10. Social Stories for Autism & Learning Difficulties - FREE Tools

This website, Social Workers Toolbox, provides a valuable resource by offering free tools such as social stories tailored for autism and learning difficulties.

These resources cover a wide range of categories to support individuals facing various challenges, including:

Behavioral Challenges

  • Body

  • Boundaries

  • Celebrations

  • Communication

  • Emotional Regulation

  • Food

  • Health

  • Hobbies

  • Medical Conditions

  • Outdoors

  • Safety

  • School/Nursery

  • Self-Care

By offering a diverse selection of social stories, the site aims to assist individuals and caregivers in addressing specific needs and promoting understanding and acceptance.


Overall, integrating social stories into our children's lives is a journey toward understanding and well-being.

Beyond comprehension, these stories contribute to improved behavior and bring joy, acting as bridges to a future where our children navigate life with resilience and empathy.

In embracing social stories, we celebrate not just their impact but the connections and confidence they instill in our extraordinary children. Together, we move towards a future defined by understanding, empathy, and a deep sense of connection.

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