2020 Schneider Family Honor Book
In Classroom Six, second left down the hall, Henry has been on the lookout for a friend. A friend who shares. A friend who listens. Maybe even a friend who likes things to stay the same and all in order, as Henry does. But on a day full of too close and too loud, when nothing seems to go right, will Henry ever find a friend—or will a friend find him? With insight and warmth, this heartfelt story from the perspective of a boy on the autism spectrum celebrates the everyday magic of friendship.
About the Author
Jenn Bailey is an author, editor, documentarian, blue-ribbon pie baker, and eager traveler. She lives in Kansas City, Missouri. This is her first picture book.
Mika Song is a children's writer and illustrator. She grew up in Manila, Philippines, and Honolulu, Hawaii, before moving to New York, where she worked as an animator prior to making children's books. She lives in New York City.
"This is a picture book that gently and deftly captures what it's like for an autistic child to make friends in a new classroom. It's a book that listens to them." - Kirkus Reviews
"Whether on the spectrum or not, friends don't have to share everything, just enough, and this book sweetly provides." —Kirkus Reviews
"With sensitivity and thoughtfulness, Bailey explores Henry's literal-minded, analytical personality. her portrayal of what autism might feel like from the inside rings true." —Publishers Weekly
"A simple, upbeat story that might inspire readers to seek out friendship." —School Library Journal
"As diagnosed children on the autistic spectrum increase, so does the need for informative and positive presentations such as this." —Booklist