Jerome by Heart

Title

Jerome by Heart

Authors

Thomas Scotto

Illustrator

Olivier Tallec

Publisher

Enchanted Lion Books

Publication Year

2018

ISBN

9781592702503

Pages

32 pages

Genre

realism

Format

picture book

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

This story follows a little boy named Raphael, whose daily rhythm is steeped in his immense affection for his friend Jerome. The two boys share jokes and snacks and plan future adventures to the Himalayas. Even when Raphael’s constant talk of Jerome is driving his parents crazy, he remains steadfast: “Raphael loves Jerome. I can say it. It’s easy.” And the truth is, when he’s with Jerome, Raphael feels happy, liked, and understood― even special.

Grade Level

K-3; 3-5

Diversity Topics

LGBTQ (Gender and Sexuality); Gay/Lesbian; gay; gay child

Main Character

male child

Race/Ethnicities

White

Family Formation

mother and father

LGBTQ+

gay male

Awards

Mildred L. Batchelder Award, 2019, Honor, Children (13-18)

Keywords

friendship; love; snacks; bullies; soccer; mother; father; dismissive; present; easy

Diversity Impact

indirect

Jerome by Heart

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