You Matter by Christian Robinson

You Matter by Christian Robinson

You Matter by Christian Robinson (9781534421691)

Master picture book author and illustrator Robinson returns with a book just right for our pandemic situation. The book moves in a complete circle, beginning and ending with the same phrases. It starts with the importance of things that are too small to see with the naked eye. The book expresses that you matter whether you are first or last, go with the flow or go your own way. You matter if you fall down, if others are too busy to help, or even if you have to start all over again. You matter if you are far from home and feel alone. Whatever your age, you matter.

This picture book demands that readers see themselves as vital and important in their world regardless of status, situation or mood. It insists from a deep and powerful place that everyone matters, with no caveats at all. Robinson’s warmth exudes from the page even with such simple language and brief lines. That works to make this book accessible to even the youngest of children.

The art is great, adding humor to the book as one part focuses on mosquitoes and dinosaurs, comets and restarting the entire world. It also embraces diversity, showing people of different races, faiths and abilities.

An anthem for all of us to hold in our hearts. Appropriate for ages 3-5.

Reviewed from copy provided by Atheneum.

News to Wake Your Brain Cells – June 5


10 children’s books about racism and activism to help parents educate their kids – HuffPo

31 children’s books starring black characters your kids will love – Romper

2020 summer reading list – We Are Kid Lit Collective

Antiracist resources and reads: Lists for all ages – Fuse 8

BookExpo 2020: Middle Grade Editors’ Buzz Picks – Publishers Weekly

Children’s books roundup – the best new picture books and novels – The Guardian

How to speak to kids about race relations in America with Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely – Today

Jules Feiffer, a stubborn pooch, and a children’s counting book – Christian Science Monitor

Margaret Mahy Illustration Prize back for 2020 – Booksellers

Police picture books revisited: the lie white adults read to children – SLJ

Say ‘Hello, Neighbor’ to this charming picture book about Mister Rogers – NPR

These books can help you explain racism and protest to your kids – New York Times

This bedtime book helps kids find their place in the ‘Universe’ – NPR


40+ must reads for anti-racist teachers – white fragiles beware! – Culturally Responsive Leadership

My responsibility to fight racism – R. David Lankes


10 great June 2020 YA releases to TBR – Book Riot

17 YA books to diversify your kids’ bookshelves and teach them to become better allies – PopSugar

All the new young adult SFF books arriving in June – Tor

BookExpo 2020: YA Editors’ Buzz – Publishers Weekly

Future 40: author Jason Reynolds is writing our stories – BET

Where are our black boys on young adult science fiction and fantasy novel covers? – Tor