The Reason I Jump is an astonishing work by 9 year old Naoki Higashida, autistic and mostly non verbal. Taught to use an alphabet keyboard to communicate, Naoki has shared his stories and his thoughts on being an autistic person in this wonderful book.
Naoki’s words are incredibly important. Too often are non verbal disabled people written off without agency, spoken down to or worse, spoken about as though they are not in the room. Naoki touches upon all of these, as well as the frustration of trying to navigate a world that was not built for him.
I read most of this on a train from work, flapping with joy at the shared experiences, and finished it in Kensington Gardens while watching birds in the trees. Suitable for children aged 9+, teenagers and adults.
Interested? Buy it here.
Want to know what else I’ve read about autism or features autistic characters? Check out The Essential Autie Book List.
What to read next:
- Thinking in Pictures by Temple Grandin
- Pretending to be Normal by Liane Holliday Wiley
- An Anthropologist on Mars by Dr. Oliver Sacks