- Imprint: Abrams Books for Young Readers
- Publication Date: August 6, 2019
- Price: $17.99
- Trim Size: 8 1⁄2 x 10 1⁄2
- ISBN: 978-1-4197-3617-9
- EAN: 9781419736179
- Page Count: 40
- Illustrations: Full-color illustrations throughout
- Format: Hardcover
- Rights: World/All
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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.
**STARRED REVIEW**— Booklist
"Writing with simplicity, emotional clarity, and a sense of purpose, Reid tells Fred Rogers’ story in a meaningful, sometimes moving way. Phelan’s fluid pencil-and-watercolor artwork brings that story to life on the page . . . A beautifully crafted, heartfelt picture-book biography."
"A simply written, thoughtful tribute worthy of the incomparable Mister Rogers."— Kirkus Reviews
"A graceful, quietly moving biography."— Publishers Weekly
"The book has a gentle cadence that it’s easy to imagine Fred Rogers’ famous voice into . . . Phelan’s pencil and watercolor art, casually impressionistic in its details, beams with soft warmth."— Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
About the author
Aimee Reid has written picture books, but You Are My Friend is her first nonfiction venture. She lives in Toronto, Canada, with her family. Matt Phelan is an award-winning author and illustrator. He received the Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction and has been nominated for five Eisner Awards. He lives in Ardmore, Pennsylvania.