I will leave it to others to tackle such a list (I believe The Indiana Resource Center for Autism maintains such a list as does the Autism Research Unit of the University of Sunderland, England).
I would not mind assembling a list of the 20 or 50 most valuable articles if I knew how to choose them.
This will always be a work in progress in that I am constantly adding to it and correcting it.
I welcome any additions or corrections you can contribute and thank everyone who has already sent me contributions, in particular one correspondent who has made numerous contributions but wishes to remain anonymous.
Opinions are generally included like this: "Reader: great book on educational issues." I maintain this list in Unix bib format, then convert it to HTML and the format used in the AUTISM FAQ Memo.Also: the fiction books listed because they have an autistic or autistic-like character are also labelled autism. ISBN: 0415055660 (paperback, 144 pages, Routledge, 1991); ISBN: 0415055652 (hardcover, 140 pages, Tavistock, 1992). : Creative Ideas During the School Years (Adams Publications, 1995). Contains practical suggestions for teaching children with autism contributed by teachers and parents. Live company: psychoanalytic psychotherapy with autistic, borderline, deprived, and abused children (London: Tavistock/Routledge, 1992). Subjects include: Autism, psychoanalysis, schizophrenia in children and abused children. I've also seen the title as Autistic Child As a Person.Autism: A Social Skills Approach for Children and Adolescents (Winslow, 1998). [autism,parent,intro] The handbook of autism: a guide for parents and professionals, revised and updated 2nd edition (Routledge, 1999). ISBN: 041514602X (paperback, 256 pages); ISBN: 0415146011 (hardcover). [autism,music] Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders DSM-IV-TR, 4th edition (American Psychiatric Association, 2000). ISBN: 0890420246 (hardcover, 943 pages); ISBN: 0890420254 (paperback, 943 pages, American Psychiatric Association, 2000).This is a memoir of some of her own soul searching. From the Conference at University fo Durham, April 1-3 1996.Included are some experiences helping take care of an autistic young man. Some Suggestions Regarding the Cause and Management of the Unusual Behavior of Children and Adults with Autism and Asperger Syndrome, Revised 2003 (Autism Asperger Publishing Company, 2003). [autism,intro] Psychological Perspectives in Autism (1995). Proceedings from the 1995 conference of the Autism Research Unit of the University of Sunderland. [autism,proceedings] Autism; cure tomorrow, care today, proceedings of a conference on the autistic child held at Adelaide, South Australia, 16-18 August 1967 (Warradale, S.ISBN: 0375413189 (hardcover, 336 pages); ISBN: 0007122284 (hardcover, Harper Collins, 2004); ISBN: 0385721277 (paperback, 336 pages, Anchor, 2005); ISBN: 1594150672 (large print paperback, 530 pages, Walker Large Print, 2005); ISBN: 0060594381 (abridged audio CD, Harper Audio, 2004); ISBN: 0060587040 (abridged audio cassette, Harper Audio, 2004). A.: Autistic Children's Association of South Australia, 1969). [autism,proceedings] Dibs in Search of Self (Ballantine, 1964).