This engaging picture book shows how two little crow siblings—one of them on the autism spectrum—deal with the different sensory experiences they encounter at a friend’s birthday party.
Piper and her little brother Otto, who is on the autism spectrum, are excited to attend a birthday party for their friend Ruthie. In kid-friendly language, Piper explains the accommodations Otto and Ruthie, who is also autistic, need in order to feel safe and secure in a stimulating new environment, such as wearing headphones to keep distracting noises muffled. The book provides explanations for Otto’s differences in easy-to-understand language and highlights that Otto desires fun, comfort, and love—just like his peers.
Meg Raby lives in Salt Lake City where you can find her playing and working with neurodivergent children as a Speech Language Pathologist and friend, or writing and planning big things in the second booth at her local coffee shop that overlooks the Wasatch Mountains while sipping on her Americano. Meg believes the essence of life is to understand, love, and welcome others and brings this energy into the story of Otto Crow and on her Instagram handle @author.meg.raby.
Elisa Pallmer studied design at Escuela de Diseño del INBA and English Literature at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. Her focus is on illustrations for children, and she lives in Mexico City.