about Iris the Dragon
Iris the Dragon is a registered charity that is a known producer of children’s books to educate young audiences on mental health and wellness.
With over a decade of experience, Iris the Dragon’s mission has been to provide educational material for adults and young readers that can facilitate a conversation among parents, teachers and children about issues relating to mental health and wellness in a non-threatening manner.
Iris the Dragon’s books address a variety of emotional, behavioural and neurodevelopmental conditions and recognize the importance of family, school, and community in promoting the potential of every child.
All the books have been vetted and endorsed by professionals in the fields of psychiatry and neurology. Learn more about our titles...
Iris the Dragon's key messages
Iris the dragon provides a means for gatekeepers of our youth to:
Realize that mental health challenges do exist in children, and present
a very grave and very real concern in today’s high-stress society.
Recognize that through early detection, risk management and education
about mental health, symptoms can be alleviated—if not prevented—and that
recovery is possible.
Reduce the stigma and discrimination that surrounds children's mental
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187,500 books and counting...
There are now 187,500 Iris the Dragon books in circulation. We are proud of the messages from people around the world that say the books are an excellent way to open a dialogue on topics that had been very difficult to discuss with children.
"Dear Iris the Dragon - I read your book about Skippy and it was great. I think Skippy was great name for that character. I could compare some many things she has problems with to me. Sometimes I have a hard time listening to my parents and then I start to argue but that makes every worse then it is already. I understood what it feels to have that kind of problem because I have problems too."
— excerpt from a letter sent to us from an 11-year old girl
(re: Catch a Falling Star) "...I applaud your efforts to increase awareness and understanding of mental illnesses. I look forward to reading it. And it's beautiful!
— Mrs. Rosalynn Carter, First Lady of the United States of America (Ret.)
The book series and units of study are an effective and trusted resource for children and caregivers because all of our content has been vetted and endorsed by professionals in the fields of psychiatry, education, and neurology. Please visit each book page to read the endorsements.
Gayle Grass, Author/President
Gayle is a York University graduate with Honours in Kinesiology. She majored in economics, worked in the finance sector, raised a family and pursued her passion for antique children’s books and illustration.
This passion led to a master’s degree in Victorian Art and Architecture from the University in London, England. Her thesis on bookmaking resulted in an affirmation that the fairy tale model of storytelling is a powerful way to educate and deliver messages.
Gayle has focused her life as both an author of and advocate for mental health wellness ever since.
Jessica Grass, Marketing
Jessica is Iris the Dragon's Director of Education. She has worked in the education field as an elementary and secondary school teacher and guidance counsellor. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Queen’s University and a Master of Science in Teaching from Potsdam College, State University of New York.
Jessica is intimately familiar with how an unhealthy mind can affect a young person's ability to engage in society, be it education, peer relations, or family life. These experiences led Jessica to become a Canadian Certified Counsellor and launch JGG Counselling where she now helps youth navigate their challenges and reduce distractions in their life so that they can focus on positive and attainable goals.
Graham Ross, Illustrator
Graham brings Iris the Dragon to life visually through his unique gift as our illustrator. He is a well-known artist in Canada who has illustrated for Orca Book Publishers, Carus Publishing, McClelland & Stewart, the Government of Canada, Domtar and many more. See Graham's portfolio at kidwithacrayon.com
Guy Paquette, Technology Advisor
Guy is Iris the Dragon's go-to-guy for anything related to technology. His vast knowledge of new media, social media, and communications has helped our organization to progress and reach objectives.
See Guy at Cliff Hanger Communications Ltd.
Fast Fact: On October 25, 2012, Iris the Dragon donated 700 eBooks to the OPSBA for their Summit on Children and Youth Mental Health in Toronto.
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