Waiting for Benjamin

A Story about Autism

Alexander’s little brother, Benjamin, doesn’t do things the way Alexander thinks he should. He would rather stare at the wall than play with Alexander. And instead of talking, he just wiggles his fingers and rocks. Alexander knows it’s wrong, but he can’t help but feel embarrassed when one of his friends calls Benjamin a “wacko.”

When Benjamin’s family learns that he has autism, they hire special teachers to teach him how to listen and talk and play. Alexander is glad—he just wants Benjamin to grow up faster. While Benjamin works with his teachers, Alexander works through his feelings of disappointment and jealousy. As time passes and each boy grows, Alexander discovers that Benjamin isn’t just his brother—he is also his friend.

  • 9780807593394
  • March 2008

Other Places to Buy


  • This book is a serviceable introduction to having a younger sibling with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, especially given that there are few books for young children on this topic.

    - Booklist

  • Written by a person who works professionally with children who have autism, this would be a good icebreaker to help siblings and other youngsters understand autism and express their own feelings more openly.

    - Children's Literature

  • Beautiful full-color paintings illustrate the text and imitate the simple, yet powerful storyline. Recommended.

    - Library Media Connection

Awards & Accolades

  • Best Children's Books of the Year 2009, Bank Street College
  • International Board on Books for Young People – Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities 2009


Susan Keeter

Common Core

RL.1.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,9 RL.2.1,2,3,5,6,7,10 RL.3.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,10


  • Accelerated Reader Points: 0.50
  • ATOS Level: 3.30