Review: You Are My Friend by Aimee Reid

You Are My Friend by Aimee Reid

You Are My Friend: The Story of Mister Rogers and His Neighborhood by Aimee Reid, illustrated by Matt Phelan (9781419736179)

Celebrate the life of the person who became Mister Rogers, a beloved children’s television creator. As a child, Freddie was often sick and filled his days with puppets. He found it hard to make friends and was bullied sometimes. Freddie found that piano was a way he could express his feelings. His mother also told him to look for people around who were helpers, which made him feel safe and supported. His grandfather allowed Freddie to take risks as a child and know that he was adored. When Fred Rogers created his television show, he incorporated all of these childhood inspirations. His show had lots of helpers who shared their talents, talked about difficult subjects, and always told children that they were valued.

Reid draws clear parallels between Fred Rogers’ childhood experiences and the television show he eventually created. The use of his own childhood as inspiration resonates with the readers, allowing them to better understand the impetus behind the iconic show. Even his own talents with puppetry and piano which were highlighted on the show are shown as ways that he expressed himself in the darker times of growing up.

Phelan’s art is done in watercolor and pencil. Special small moments are created in the images such as Freddie Rogers wearing a cardigan or the simple images of Rogers on the television in a variety of situations.

A book that vibrantly captures one of the pioneers of children’s television. Appropriate for ages 5-8.

Reviewed from library copy.

2019 Teen Top Ten


YALSA has announced the winners of the 2019 Teen’s Top Ten List. Here they are:

#Murdertrending (MurderTrending, #1) American Panda

#MurderTrending by Gretchen McNeil

American Panda by Gloria Chao

Batman: Nightwalker (DC Icons, #2) Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orïsha, #1)

Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air, #1) The Poet X

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

The Prince and the Dressmaker Speak: The Graphic Novel

The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang

Speak: The Graphic Novel by Laurie Halse Anderson and Emily Carroll

Thunderhead (Arc of a Scythe, #2) Wildcard (Warcross, #2)

Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman

Wildcard by Marie Lu