Books have the power to speak to us, to resonate with our deepest experiences and emotions, there’s a rich tapestry of stories waiting to be discovered which celebrate difference and challenge our perceptions. 

This is a selection of books that have captivated the team at Practical Wisdom, each offers something different and a unique window into the lives of individuals navigating the world with neurodivergent minds. 

If you are not a book reader, almost all of these are available as audiobooks too! Perfect for a long car drive or to pop on while doing a ‘boring’ chore.

“The Reason I Jump” by Naoki Higashida

This book is a beautiful insight into the world of a thirteen-year-old boy with autism. Naoki’s words are a bridge between his world and ours, helping to break down barriers of misunderstanding and stigma. It’s not just a book; it’s a conversation with a wise, young soul.

“Thinking in Pictures” by Temple Grandin

Temple Grandin’s life is nothing short of extraordinary. As someone with autism, her ability to ‘think in pictures’ has given her a unique perspective in her field of animal science. This book is a testament to the fact that different doesn’t mean less; it often means a chance to see the world in a way others can’t.

“NeuroTribes” by Steve Silberman

Steve Silberman takes us on a historical journey, looking at the legacy of autism and the rise of the neurodiversity movement. This book is more than a history lesson though; it’s a call to embrace neurodiversity as an integral part of human diversity.

“Look Me in the Eye” by John Elder Robison

John’s memoir is a heart-touching narrative of his life with undiagnosed Asperger’s syndrome. His story is a reminder that understanding and acceptance can change lives, and it’s never too late for either

“The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” by Mark Haddon

This novel, though fictional, offers an authentic and powerful depiction of a young boy with autism. It’s a mystery wrapped in a journey of self-discovery, reminding us of the unique ways in which each mind works.

“An Unquiet Mind” by Kay Redfield Jamison

Kay Redfield Jamison brings a dual perspective: as a clinical psychologist and as someone with manic-depressive illness. Her book is raw, honest, and profoundly enlightening, offering an inside view of living with a mood disorder.

“Aspergirls” by Rudy Simone

Rudy Simone’s book is a celebration of women and girls with Asperger’s Syndrome. It’s empowering, eye-opening, and filled with personal anecdotes and practical advice.

“Born on a Blue Day” by Daniel Tammet

Daniel Tammet invites us into his world of extraordinary mental abilities. His story is a reminder of the incredible potential that lies within neurodiverse minds.

“Late Bloomer: My Life with ADHD” by Clem Martini

Clem Martini’s humorous and candid memoir gives us a glimpse into the life of an adult living with ADHD. It’s a story of challenges, yes, but also of triumphs and unending resilience.

“Odd Girl Out” by Laura James

Laura James shares her life before and after being diagnosed with autism in her 40s. Her journey is a powerful narrative about self-discovery and acceptance.

“The Horse Boy” by Rupert Isaacson

Rupert Isaacson opens a window into the world of neurodiversity through the eyes of a parent. This deeply moving book recounts the journey of Isaacson and his wife, Kristin Neff, as they traverse the vast landscapes of Mongolia with their autistic son, Rowan. Their quest? To find healing for Rowan, who forms an extraordinary connection with horses.

Each of these books offers an incredible insight into the diverse workings of the human mind, showing the strength and beauty in our differences, and reminding us that what is  ‘normal’ is a relative concept, and it’s the variety of experiences that truly encompasses our understanding of the world.