Tomorrow is the eighth annual World Autism Awareness. Every year, autism organizations around the world celebrate the day with unique fundraising and awareness-raising events. Celebrate with these books and use #LIUB to share your experience across social media.

For the first time, Penguin Random House is participating in Autism Speak’s Light It Up Blue campaign to support World Autism Awareness Day. Find out how you can pledge to go blue this year here.

Love That Boy: What Two Presidents, Eight Road Trips, and My Son Taught Me About a Parent’s Expectations
By Ron Fournier
A uniquely personal story about the causes and costs of outsized parental expectations. What we want for our children—popularity, normalcy, achievement, genius—and what they truly need—grit, empathy, character—are explored by National Journal’s Ron Fournier, who weaves his extraordinary journey to acceptance around the latest research on childhood development and stories of other loving-but-struggling parents.


Watch a touching video of Ron and his son, Tyler.

Switched On:A Memoir of Brain Change and Emotional Awakening
by John Elder Robison
An extraordinary memoir about the cutting-edge brain therapy that dramatically changed the life and mind of John Elder Robison, the New York Times bestselling author of Look Me in the Eye.


In a Different Key: The Story of Autism
by John Donvan and Caren Zucker
By turns intimate and panoramic, In a Different Key takes us on a journey from an era when families were shamed and children were condemned to institutions to one in which a cadre of people with autism push not simply for inclusion, but for a new understanding of autism: as difference rather than disability.


NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity
By Steve Silberman
A groundbreaking book that upends conventional thinking about autism and suggests a broader model for acceptance, understanding, and full participation in society for people who think differently.


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