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Orca SEL (Social-Emotional Learning) RESPECT through July 2023

It’s Me, Henry!
By (author): Stéphanie Deslauriers Illustrated by: Geneviève Després Translated by: Charles Simard
Stéphanie Deslauriers ,

Illustrated by :

Geneviève Després ,

Translated by :

Charles Simard


Orca Book Publishers - Victoria



Product Form:


Form detail:

Picture book, Sewn, Paper over boards
Hardcover , Picture book, Sewn, Paper over boards
English, Translated from: French


Juvenile: Age (years) 3 - 5, Grade (CAN) P - K, Grade (US) P - K, Reading age 3 - 5
Mar 15, 2022
Print Run: 6000
$19.95 CAD


10.75in x 8.75 x 0.38 in | 400 gr

Page Count:

32 pages


21 Colour illustrations
FSC certified – mixed sources C013314
Orca Book Publishers
JUVENILE FICTION / Disabilities & Special Needs
Children’s picture books|Children’s / Teenage fiction: School stories|Children’s / Teenage personal and social topics: Self-awareness and self-esteem|Children’s / Teenage personal and social topics: Diversity, equality and inclusion|Interest age: from c 3 years|Relating to people on the autism spectrum
  • Short Description
This picture book about a young boy on the autism spectrum highlights the way he functions differently from his classmates. His way of being in the world has both its challenges and its strengths.
We all grow differently.

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.

Key Selling Points

  • It's Me, Henry offers a gentle introduction to a neurodivergent character.
  • The French edition, Laurent, c’est moi!, was a finalist for the Governor General’s Award in 2019, the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award in 2020 and the Harry Black Award in 2020.
  • The author has a stepson on the spectrum and is a child psychologist, often speaking to educators about autism spectrum disorder.
  • Geneviève Després has been nominated for and has won numerous awards, including Forest of Reading Le prix Peuplier, the Baker Street Award, the Québec/Wallonie-Bruxelles Award and the Applied Arts Award for illustration. She is the illustrator of Best Friend Trouble (Orca).
  • Autism Awareness month is April.

Stéphanie Deslauriers is a psychoeducator and the author of fifteen books who has written extensively for Format familial on Télé-Québec. Stéphanie is the stepmother to a teenage son who has autism spectrum disorder and she speaks about their experiences and the disorder. Her book, Laurent, c’est moi!, was nominated for the Governor General’s Award, the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award and the Harry Black Youth Award. Stéphanie lives in Ile-Perrot, Quebec.

Geneviève Després completed a degree in industrial design at the Université de Montréal but decided instead to pursue her passion for drawing. After spending a few years in Europe exploring different techniques, Geneviève returned to Quebec. Since then, she has illustrated over 30 picture books, many of which have been translated into other languages. Geneviève uses a variety of techniques in her art and plays with texture and the transparency of different mediums to create unique images. She lives with her family in Saint-Lambert on the south shore of Montreal.

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.

Marketing and Promotional Plans

  • Print and online advertising campaigns
  • Promotion at national and regional school, library and trade conferences
  • Extensive ARC distribution, including NetGalley
  • Blog and social media promotion
  • Outreach in Orca newsletters

“Recommended.” - School Library Connection

“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.” - Kirkus Reviews

“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

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