Henry and the Something New: Book 2 (Hardcover)

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It’s Field Trip Day for Classroom Ten! Henry is excited to go to the museum and see dinosaurs (his favorites!), but going also means riding the loud, rumbly bus with his chattering, enthusiastic classmates to an unfamiliar place. Maybe he should stay at school and go to the library instead…Jenn Bailey’s heartwarming early chapter series, illustrated by the talented Mika Song, gives readers a gently humorous, empathetic perspective into how neurodivergent Henry sees the world, and many kids will see their own fun (and funny) field trip experiences in these pages.
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“Relatable characters, familiar scenarios, and gentle humor make this a remarkably satisfying read.”Horn Book Magazine, Starred Review 

From the creators of the Schneider Award-winning books A Friend for Henry and Henry, Like Always comes a delightful beginning chapter book about embracing new experiences, starring a sweet and sensitive child on the autism spectrum.

It’s Field Trip Day! Henry's class is excited to visit the museum, but Henry is not so sure. The museum means maybe seeing dinosaurs, Henry's favorite. But it also means a lot of things that are new: a noisy school bus ride, a building full of echoes and hallways, and plenty of chances to get lost! Will he find something that makes all of this new worth the trip? Come along with Henry in this funny, bighearted tale about trying new things, exploring new places, and finding the courage to make yourself heard.

JUST RIGHT FOR BEGINNING READERS: With short chapters and simple text, this book is perfect for newly independent readers who are just moving on to longer books.

FIRST FIELD TRIP: This story will encourage and reassure any child beginning school or preparing to embark on their first field trip as Henry navigates the excitement (and potential anxiety) that comes with doing new things for the first time.

GREAT BACK-TO-SCHOOL READ: Perfect for any reader starting a new school year, the Henry series explores common school experiences in a gentle, funny, and encouraging way. 

DIVERSE STORIES: Centering neurodivergent kids is vital to expanding diverse representation across books for all ages. The Henry series provides a mirror and a window for kids on the autism spectrum and their friends to see themselves in the stories they read.

AN AWARD-WINNING TEAM: Jenn Bailey and Mika Song received a Schneider Family Book Honor Award for their picture book A Friend for Henry. See how the story continues in this classic-feeling early reader series based on the same character!

Perfect for:
  • Newly independent readers
  • An excellent resource for parents of kids on the spectrum
  • Librarians, teachers, and booksellers looking for a children’s book that offers a window into the experience of autism
  • A reassuring read for kids with varying levels of social anxiety
  • Gift givers looking for a sweet and relatable book about trying new things

About the Author

Jenn Bailey is an author, editor, blue-ribbon pie baker, and eager traveler. She received her MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Born and raised in Rhode Island, she now calls Leawood, Kansas, home. Although her kids insisted on growing up, she and her husband, Kevin, still share their space with numerous cats and dogs.
Mika Song grew up in Manila, Philippines, and Honolulu, Hawaii. She moved to New York City to attend Pratt Institute and worked in animation before making children's books. She lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.

Praise For…

“This quiet but perceptive tale follows young Henry as he discovers the world at his own pace and reacts in his own, charming way… A simple but engaging slice-of-life story.” — Kirkus Reviews

“Teachers and fellow students model patience and tolerance in this gentle story of courage for readers.” — The Wall Street Journal 

“Relatable characters, familiar scenarios, and gentle humor make this a remarkably satisfying read.” — Horn Book Magazine, Starred Review
Product Details
ISBN: 9781797213903
ISBN-10: 1797213903
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Publication Date: March 19th, 2024
Pages: 56
Language: English
Series: Henry