A Book About Asperger’s and Friendship (2014) by Nancy Carlson & her friend Armond Isaac

A boy with Asperger’s overcomes his social challenges to help a friend celebrate her birthday in this great book for anyone to learn about coping with autism or Asperger’s.

Armond doesn’t want to go to Felicia’s birthday party. Parties are noisy, disorganized, and smelly – all things that are hard for a kid with Asperger’s. Worst of all is socializing with other kids. But with the support of Felicia and her mom, good friends who know how to help him, he not only gets through the party, but also has fun. When his mom picks him up, Armond admits the party was not easy, but he feels good that he faced the challenge – and that he’s a good friend.

A little background: Armond Isaac taught himself to read when he was three years old and hasn’t stopped since. Besides books, his loves include Legos, acting, and playing the trumpet, and he is a proud Boy Scout. Now in middle school, Armond has been learning to embrace his uniqueness instead of fight it, and he has a small circle of friends with similar interests. He reached out to beloved children’s book author and illustrator Nancy Carlson to do this book because he wants to help every young boy or girl with Asperger’s realize they are not alone in a world where they often feel lonely and out of place. Armond lives with his mom, dad, sisters, cat, and dog in New Hope, Minnesota.