Day Without Words

Looking for a good picture book? A Day With No Words by Tiffany Hammond, an autistic mother of two autistic sons, and illustrated by Kate Cosgrove, “normalizes communication methods outside of verbal speech and provides representation of neurodiversity and autism in a way that affirms and celebrates,” according to Simon & Shuster, the book’s publisher.

A #1 New York Times bestseller, it’s written from the first-person perspective of a boy with autism who is not verbal. We learn about his day, including the assistive device he uses to communicate. The American Library Association Booklist starred review notes that using first-person is “a clever choice in that it gives readers a direct look into his mind and reinforces the book’s crucial statement that nonverbal people have as many words and as much intelligence as anyone else.”

There’s a short profile of Hammond in The New York Times, and a terrific Q&A in Ebony.

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