A new collection of titles will be available in North Yorkshire libraries to celebrate World Autism Awareness Week, which runs from 26 March to 2 April.
The collection, called Fresh Perspectives, intends to raise awareness of autism to general readers. The 27-title collection is made up of novels and memoirs all focusing on characters with the condition.
Popular titles like the The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman and The Rosie Project by Graham Simison feature in the collection alongside less well known titles. The collection is available in 12 libraries across the county from March, including Harrogate, Skipton, Malton, Richmond, Sherburn, Northallerton and Scarborough, and books can be reserved through any North Yorkshire library.
World Autism Awareness Week is also the start North Yorkshire’s Libraries campaign to make all 42 libraries in the county Autism Friendly by 2020.
County Councillor Greg White, Executive Member for Libraries, said: “A lack of understanding can leave autistic people and their families isolated. Research carried out by the National Autistic Society shows that fifty per cent of autistic people and their families stay at home rather than go out because they worry about how people will react to their autism.
“All are welcome in North Yorkshire libraries, but we want to make sure that people with autism and their families feel especially welcome, and that’s why we’re going for Autism Friendly status.”
The campaign will be launched at on Wednesday, 28 March, at libraries in Skipton and Ripon. Ripon library will run two free one-hour sessions in partnership with BrickTime in which people can find out how Lego can develop social skills for autistic children and young people. These sessions are aimed at adults working with or supporting people with autism. Places on the sessions at 11am and 1pm are free and can be booked by search for “Ripon library” at www.eventbrite.co.uk.
Also on 28 March, at 11am, Skipton library will hold its first Autism Friendly story time session as it celebrates becoming the first library in North Yorkshire to become Autism Friendly.
Full list of books
A Boy made of Blocks by Keith Stuart
Different Like Me by Jennifer Elder
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
Fall down 7 times, get up 8 by Naoki Higashida
Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig
House Rules by Jodie Picoult
How To Look For A Lost Dog by Ann M. Martin
Love Anthony by Lisa Genova
M Is for Autism by Students of Limpsfield Grange School
Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork
Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine
Neurotribes by Steve Silberman
Odd Girl Out by Laura James
On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis
Pretending To Be Normal by Liane Holliday Willey
Speed of Dark by Elizabeth Moon
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon
The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida
The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simison
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simison
The State of Grace by Rachel Lucas
Where We Belong by Catherine Hyde Ryan