One of the best activities to do with children with autism during play dates is to read books, as long as it’s done in an engaging, interactive way. At a recent play date I facilitated, I brought a stack of books from my collection – books that I thought would be most likely to be big hits. Then I let the kids choose which ones they were going to read. To my surprise, they chose “The Cat in the Hat” by Dr. Seuss and “Where the Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak, which were my favorite books when I was very young. It turned out great. To see the whole list of books that I brought (those about emotions, social skills, humor, etc.), ones that didn’t make the cut, plus links to other articles about books for children with autism, click here for my article on Examiner.com.