In 2006, local author Kathy Hoopmann wrote All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome to great acclaim.
Since then it has been translated into nine languages and has sold close to 180,000 copies. Fast forward 15 years and although it was still selling well, the layout was dated and some of the text needing tweaking to represent current views and terminology.
The biggest criticism was that it was written with male pronouns, and as many girls have ASD, they also wanted to see themselves on the page. With these things in mind, Kathy took the opportunity to freshen up the entire book, and revitalized it with all new images as well. The result is All Cats are on the Autism Spectrum which takes a playful look at the world of autism, using fun feline friends that will strike a chord with all those who are familiar with typical autistic traits, bringing to life common characteristics such as sensory sensitivities, social issues and communication difficulties. Touching, humorous and insightful, this book evokes all the joys and challenges of being on the autism spectrum, leaving the reader with a sense of the dignity, individuality and the potential of autistic people.
This new version regularly tops Amazon Australia bestseller lists in various categories such as disabilities, cat books and autism, and the Independent listed it as one the nine top books on autism for Autism Awareness day. Book Authority also named it as one of the best new autism books to read in 2021.
And to top all that, it has been shortlisted for a Caleb award for Children’s picture book with the winners to be revealed later this year.
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