A heartwarming picture book that celebrates the work of Mister Rogers and carries on his legacy of kindness
Mister Rogers is one of the most beloved television personalities, but before he was the man who brought us Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, he was just little Freddie Rogers. Though he was often sick and had trouble making friends as a child, his mom and grandfather encouraged him to ask for help and explore the world. With their support, he learned how to better say what he was feeling and see the beauty around him. As he grew up, he realized he could spread the message of compassion, equality, and kindness through television. You Are My Friend is a gentle homage to Fred Rogers and shows how his simple message still resonates with us today: “There’s no person in the world like you and I like you just the way you are.” The book includes a short biography of Fred’s life and a bibliography.
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Aimee Reid has written picture books, but You Are My Friend is her first nonfiction venture. She lives in Toronto, Canada, with her family. Visit her website at aimeereidbooks.com/blog and follow her on Twitter @aimeereidbooks.
Matt Phelan has illustrated many books for young readers, including Xander’s Panda Party by Linda Sue Park and Marilyn’sMonster by Michelle Knudson. He has also written and illustrated a number of graphic novels, such as Snow White, a New YorkTimes bestseller, and The Storm in the Barn, winner of the ScottO’Dell award.
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