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Mental Health in Children's and Young Adult Literature

This guide provides book lists of youth titles addressing anxiety, autism, depression, eating disorders, grief, learning differences, obsessive-compulsive disorder, PTSD, substance abuse & addiction, and general feelings awareness.

About Autism Spectrum Disorders

Autism, or autism spectrum disorder, refers to a range of conditions characterized by challenges with social, emotional, or communicaiton skills. Many people with ASD also have different ways of learning, paying attention, or reacting to things. There is not just one type of Autism, but a wide range of abilities and characteristics that fall somewhere on the continuum.

- CDC: Autism Spectrum Disorder 

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Picture Books

Books for Tweens (Ages 8-12ish)

Books for Teens

Biographies