My Name is Nadia. I have Autism.


What is it?

A picture book.

Who is it by?

Written by Huda Patel, illustrated by EorG, Malay text by Hidayah Amin, and published by Helang Books.

What is it about?

It’s about eight-year-old Nadia. She loves reading and repeating stories. She doesn’t like loud noises and calms herself down by biting and scratching. Previously, she had a problem looking at people in the eye and did not respond when her name was called.

Initially her parents were sad and didn’t know how to help her, but after she was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), they realised that she just did things differently.

She goes to school where she is joined by other children with learning difficulties. Her best friend Iman has Down Syndrome.

What can children learn from it?

This book is a good way to introduce children to ASD and explain what it is all about. It can come in handy for those with siblings, cousins or friends who have ASD.

It is written in English and Malay, so it can be read by more people.

There is also some information at the back of the book on autism, what it’s about and what symptoms parents can look out for.

What did I like about it?

I loved the illustrations. It is nice to see books with local culture and Malaysian-looking characters.

The story explains autism in a simple way that is easy for children to understand. Parents should read this to their children so that they can explain to kids what it’s all about.

This is a good book to start a conversation with your kids on the topic of autism, especially if your child knows or has seen another child with autism.

Where to get it?

Should you get it?

Yes. This is a lovely book.