Jon Roberts, Graffeg

Jon Roberts

Jon Roberts published his first book, Through the Eyes of Me, in August 2017. Through the Eyes of Me was written as a dedication to his 4 year old daughter, Kya, who has been diagnosed with severe autism.

In August 2019, Jon’s second picture book Through the Eyes of Us was published, focusing on Kya’s relationship with her school friend Martha, who is also autistic.

“As Kya’s parents we’re blessed – she is a lovely, placid happy child and I wanted to capture her lovely little quirks before we forgot them so I started to record them. I started writing things down and showed my wife Sarah. She liked them and we thought it might make a little book.

We hope Through the Eyes of Me will help siblings, classmates and anyone who knows of someone on the autism spectrum.”


through the eyes of us by jon roberts and hannah rounding, published by graffeg

Through the Eyes of Us

In this second book of the series, Kya is now going to school and has a best friend, Martha, who is also on the autistic spectrum but expresses herself very differently. Whilst Kya is quiet in the class, Martha is talkative and asks lots of questions. Both enjoy the sensation of eating, but Martha doesn’t understand that she can eat too much. Both like a bedtime routine, but whilst Kya can keep going until late at night, Martha knows when she is tired and takes herself to bed.

Written by Jon Roberts and illustrated by Hannah Rounding.

£7.99, published August 2019

Through the eyes of me, jon roberts, hannah rounding, graffeg

Through the Eyes of Me

Through the Eyes of Me is a beautiful, colourful, illustrated book for children that allows a glimpse into the world of a child with autism. Readers will meet 4-year-old Kya who loves to run, read, look at … and rip up … stickers. Discover why Kya does certain things, doesn’t like some things, and really, really loves other things.

This wonderful book is an ideal and engaging tool for teaching children about autism and about life as a child with autism. Through the Eyes of Me was written by Jon Roberts when his 4-year-old daughter, Kya, was diagnosed with severe autism. Together with his wife Sarah they hope that, by recording and sharing Kya’s lovely little quirks, they will help encourage a greater degree of understanding amongst siblings, classmates….in fact anyone who knows someone on the autism spectrum.

Illustrated by Hannah Rounding.

£6.99, published 15 August 2017


‘What a lovely book – it gets the understanding across whilst showing the normality and uniqueness of Kya. I would love to read this to my children one day.’ Amy Willerton, TV presenter and model

‘Delightfully told and beautifully illustrated, Through the Eyes of Me will help siblings, classmates and anyone who knows a child on the autism spectrum.’ Scope

‘A beautiful story about a beautiful girl. We wish you all the best for August and hope others love Kya’s story as much as we do.’ National Autistic Association Cymru

‘Jon has created a beautiful book in praise of his amazing daughter. The illustrations are captivating and I love the way it highlights the world through the eyes of a young person on the autism spectrum.’ Anna Kennedy OBE

‘This beautiful and charming book captures the true delights of being autistic.’ Alan Gardner, The Autistic Gardner

‘Through the eyes of me’ is a great children’s book that looks at what life is like for Kya as a young autistic girl. It’s done in a simple, easy to follow and extremely positive way that I feel could be helpful to other autistic children and many children in general to simply understand autism.’ Alex Lowery, autistic public speaker and trainer on autism

‘A sensitive and illuminating account of life as a child with autism, inspired by the author’s daughter. […] The enchanting and playful pen and wash illustrations, by Hannah Rounding, compliment the eye catching and engaging text. A perfect introduction for children and adults, to help raise awareness and understanding about autism.’ Book of the Week 19 August 2017, South Wales Evening Post 

‘Through The Eyes of Me is an adorable, heart-warming celebration of a child with autism. Written by Jon Roberts and inspired by his daughter, we learn of the everyday pleasures and quirks of four-year-old Kya. Broader than this, it is a celebration of the individual and what makes us who we are. The picture book is brimming with delightfully playful illustrations by Hannah Rounding who expertly conveys Kya’s world with charm and love.’ Family Book Worms

‘[The book] comes from the heart as it is inspired by the author’s experiences of raising his own daughter with the condition. Autism is such a hard condition to understand, so this book will be welcomed as an ideal tool for encouraging an understanding of Autism for both children and their families.’ Parents in Touch

‘It’s written about a little girl with autism and gives examples of how she sees the world on every page. It’s not so much a ‘traditional story’ but every page is a starting point for a discussion. When Leon’s sister is a little older, I am hoping it will help her to understand why Leon does the things he does sometimes. She may even use it to educate her friends. […] We love books in this house and that is why I love this one, the subject matter is close to our hearts and the illustrations are just beautiful! Plus the size and feel of the book is spot on for us as these big paperbacks are the perfect size and texture that both my kids currently love.’ Leon’s Journey

‘Beautifully written and illustrated children’s book, great introduction to understanding . An important book!’ Carrie Grant


Through the Eyes of Me video reaches over 65,000 views on Facebook

Since posting this video of Jon discussing Through the Eyes of Me to Facebook it has been viewed over 65,000 times and has been shared 570+ times.

BBC Radio Wales – The Jamie Owen Show Sunday 16 July 2017

Jon was a guest on The Jamie Owen Show on Sunday 17 July. He talked about his daughter Kya and what lead him to write his book Through the Eyes of Me.

The book will be published on 15 August 2017.