Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 3 to 5
- Grade: p to k
- Reading age: 3 to 5
Henry marches to the beat of his own green thumb in this gentle picture book about a boy on the autism spectrum.
Henry doesn't remember to raise his hand and he prefers to call plants by their proper Latin names, much to the frustration of his classmates. Most days, Henry doesn't notice how different he is from the other kids in his grade, but some days, he does. On those days, he finds refuge under the shade of the Salix babylonica (willow tree) or in the school counselor's office or at his very favorite place in the world: the local botanical gardens. When his class goes on a field trip to these botanical gardens, Henry’s knowledge of the flora and fauna show the other kids that his unique interests are really something special.
About the authors
Stéphanie Deslauriers is an author and psychoeducator. Since 2012 she has published fifteen books and written extensively for Format familial on Télé-Québec. Stéphanie is the stepmother to a teenage son who is on the spectrum, and she speaks extensively about autism spectrum disorder. The French edition of this title, Laurent, c’est moi!, was nominated for the Governor General’s Award, the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award and the Harry BlackYouth Award. Stéphanie lives in Quebec.
GENEVIÈVE DESPRÉS illustre des albums jeunesse. Elle a gagné le prix Applied Arts Illustration Award à quatre reprises. Ses illustrations sont tendres et cocasses. Geneviève habite à Saint-Lambert sur la Rive-Sud de Montréal.
GENEVIÈVE DESPRÉS completed a degree in Industrial Design at the Université de Montréal in 1992, but, around 1997, she decided to pursue her first passion, drawing. She turned to illustration, completing a number of contracts in the fields of educational publishing, advertising, editorial, and children's literature. She lives in Saint Lambert, Quebec.
Charles Simard is a Québécois editor and translator from Tiohtià?ke / Montréal. He works as poetry, fiction, and nonfiction editor for Talonbooks in Vancouver on Coast Salish Territory. His published work includes the essay Littérature, analyse et forme: Herbert, Tolkien, Borges, Eco (EUE, 2010) and a number of translations for Orca Book Publishers, including Elise Gravel’s The Wrench and Myriam Daguzan Bernier’s dictionary of sexuality, Naked!. As a lexicographer, he has collaborated on the making of the popular linguistic suite Antidote in its bilingual editions. He holds a PhD in literature from Université de Montréal and was a postdoctoral fellow at the City University of New York’s Graduate Center.
“What makes you different can also make you wonderful…This honest look at the challenges for children on the spectrum [is] cheerfully illustrated.”
School Library Journal
“A tender introduction to the life of a child on the autism spectrum, and it perfectly shines the spotlight on the endearing main character – a boy with a passion for the natural world, a sunny personality, and a desire to be a part of his class. There is so much to love about It’s Me, Henry!.”
CM: Canadian Review of Materials
“Sensitive and revealing...invites readers into the mind and emotions of a child on the autism spectrum…A skillful and sympathetic portrayal of neurodivergent children.”
School Library Connection