You see that theme a lot in children’s literature: how to make friends, how to be a good friend, how to resolve conflicts with your friends. The assumption seems to be that having friends or being social is a basic human good, and if you aren’t interested in it, then there must be something wrong with you. It’s a form of neurotypical chauvinism, really.
I’ve noticed this myself in the years I’ve been (re-) reading picturebooks with my daughter.
I would like to point out that our book app The Artifacts does not fit the usual pattern and I’m very proud of that. If you, too, are a bit tired of NT chauvinism in your kidlit
if you’re tired of stories about autistic kids rather than starring autistic kids in stories not about autism itself
I recommend our app!