Waiting for Hugo: writing picture books about children with autism

Amanda Niland

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    Picture books enable children to experience the worlds of others, through engaging with fictional characters and narratives. These vicarious imaginary experiences play a part in forming children's understandings of social values. This article focuses on the portrayal of children with autism in picture books, and the potential of the picture book genre for communicating messages of advocacy in non-didactic ways. I explore the theoretical and philosophical frameworks that have informed my writing of two picture book texts in which the protagonists are young children with autism.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)36-44
    Number of pages9
    Issue numberII
    Publication statusPublished - 2013


    • picture books
    • autism
    • inclusion
    • diversity
    • advocacy
    • writing


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