SOLD! Here's What I Want You to Know (by Jeremiah Josey and Simone Greggs)
At just 22, Jeremiah Josey is quickly become the face of autistic young adulthood. He is already a baker, model, author, and motivational speaker. He has cooked alongside Christina Tosi on Steve Harvey’s show, walked the runway at New York Fashion Week, appeared in
print campaigns for Tommy Hilfiger and Kohl’s adaptive lines, and been named one of
the top 14 autism influencers on social media by The Mighty community, a 2020 Flutie
Fellow sponsored by the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism, and an In The Know
Black Changemakers honoree. Jeremiah is finishing up his first year at the Culinary Institute of America. He has big dreams, and he’s inspiring others with autism to feel ambitious, talented, and confident along the way.
Here’s What I Want You to Know, written with Jeremiah's mom, Simone Greggs, brings the autistic perspective to the BLM movement. In simple and powerful language that early readers will understand, a young black man with autism who aspires to open a bakery relates his fears about interacting with police, his own racial awakening, and the importance of fighting for what you believe in.
Here's What I Want You to Know will be published in 2022 by AAPC Publishing, which specializes in autism-related books, everything from inspiring stories that promote empathy and understanding of autism, to tips and advice for parents on common issues and struggles, to tools and curricula for use in the classroom or other educational settings. Here is the Publishers Marketplace deal memo:
Congratulations to Jeremiah, Simone, and their editor at AAPC, Erin Yilmaz!