How to Be Human: Diary of an Autistic Girl by Florida Frenz
Goodreads Summary: With powerful words and pictures Florida Frenz chronicles her journey figuring out how to read facial expressions, how to make friends, how to juggle all the social cues that make school feel like a complicated maze. Diagnosed with autism as a two-year-old, Florida is now an articulate 15-year-old whose explorations into how kids make friends, what popularity means, how to handle peer pressure will resonate with any pre-teen. For those wondering what it's like inside an autistic child's head, Florida's book provides amazing insight and understanding. Reading how she learns how to be human makes us all feel a little less alien. A teacher guide is available on the Creston website for compassion/empathy curriculum and for modeling journal writing and print copies for major conferences.
My Take: I am always searching for books about autism, which address the social thinking aspect, more so than a lack of communication aspect, of autism. This book perfectly fits what I have been searching for endlessly. Florida Frenz does a fantastic job describing and illustrating how she has become an empowered autistic. Social thinking is something she has worked hard at mastering, and she beautifully explains that daily process through words and illustrations. I believe every teacher, parent, therapist, peer, sibling, and person with autism should read this diary, and the images of social thinking that Florida shares with the world. Essentially, we are all aliens, on this planet, just trying to fit in and be human.
Release Date: September 10, 2013