An Amazon Best Book of 2020!
Discover a joyful reminder of the ways that every child is unique and special, from the beloved creator of The Dot, Happy Dreamer, and New York Times bestseller, The Word Collector. Here, Reynolds reminds readers to "be your own work of art." To be patient, persistent, and true. Because there is one, and only one, YOU.
In the tradition of books like Oh, the Places You'll Go! and I Wish You More comes a wholly original, inspirational celebration of individuality as only Peter H. Reynolds can create!
Praise For Be You! …
Praise for Be You!:"An inspirational picture book offers life advice for readers who want to be themselves... this book is a gorgeous guidebook for those seeking encouragement while encountering life's challenges... What is remarkable about the book is that even though the instructions and the brief sentences explaining them are at times vague, the illustrations expand on them in ways readers will find endearing and uplifting... Both beautiful and inspiring as graduation gift or guide to life." -- Kirkus Reviews"Reynolds (Say Something!) is back in full affirmation mode, exhorting readers to be themselves... any reader feeling the pressure to conform to expectations may find great comfort in knowing this book is on a nearby shelf, at the ready to offer up good counsel." --Publishers WeeklyPraise for Say Something!:"A motivational must-have for every collection." -- School Library Journal"In this new effort, Reynolds shows readers a variety of ways a voice can be used, listened to, and heard to make a difference... Reynolds' hand-lettered text, set in white text bubbles against a mix of bright backdrop colors and patterns, deftly works with before-and-after illustrations to show the change that children can effect. This book's encouragement to kids to find their voices can also be used to start a conversation about how they can make a difference in their world." -- Kirkus ReviewsPraise for The Word Collector:"Peter H. Reynolds always manages to walk a delicate line with his books - make that a couple lines: weighty but not weighed down. Universal yet kid-centric. No easy feat." -- Travis Jonker, School Library Journal"Capture[s] the beauty of words and the wonder of sharing them with others... enchanting." - Kirkus Reviews"Packs a powerful punch... capture[s] both the joy of learning and the power of kindness." - School Library JournalPraise for Happy Dreamer:"The message of acceptance and patience comes through clearly, and the exhortation to 'carve your own path' and 'show the world who you are' will be appreciated by anyone who has ever felt misunderstood." - Booklist"Celebrates individuality, self-expression, and the joys of being a dreamer... a liberating validation of dreaming as restorative, comforting, and powerful, while giving kids full license to be themselves." - Publishers Weekly"A sweet gift to praise spirited individuality, this choice encourages readers to dream big. Let those sparkles fly!" - Kirkus ReviewsPraise for Ish:* "Ish... encourages readers to see the world anew." - School Library Journal, starred reviewPraise for The Dot:* "Simplicity itself, like the dot in the title, this small book carries a big message." - Booklist, starred review* "In this engaging, inspiring tale, Reynolds (illustrator of the Judy Moody series) demonstrates the power of a little encouragement... Reynolds pulls off exactly what his young heroine does, creating an impressive work from deceptively simple beginnings." - Publishers Weekly, starred review* "With art that seems perfectly suited to the mood and the message of the text, Reynolds inspires with a gentle and generous mantra: 'Just make a mark.'" -School Library Journal, starred review"It may speak to formerly artistic young readers who are selling their own abilities short." - Kirkus Reviews
Orchard Books, 9781338572315, 32pp.
Publication Date: March 3, 2020
About the Author
Peter H. Reynolds is a New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of many books for children, including The Dot, I Am Human, Happy Dreamer, The Word Collector, Say Something!, Be You!, and Our Table. His books have been translated into over 25 languages around the globe and are celebrated worldwide. In 1996, he founded FableVision with his brother, Paul, as a social change agency to help create "stories that matter, stories that move." He lives in Dedham, Massachusetts, with his family. Visit him online at peterhreynolds.com.