You Are My Friend (Hardcover)

The Story of Mister Rogers and His Neighborhood

By Aimee Reid, Matt Phelan (Illustrator)

Harry N. Abrams, 9781419736179, 40pp.

Publication Date: August 6, 2019

Other Editions of This Title:
Compact Disc (8/27/2019)

List Price: 17.99*
* Individual store prices may vary.

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. Visit her website at and follow her on Twitter @aimeereidbooks. 

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. Visit his website at and follow his social media @MattPhelanDraws. 

Praise For You Are My Friend: The Story of Mister Rogers and His Neighborhood

"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."

— Booklist

"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

"A quietly moving picture book biography about the origin story of Mister Rogers . . . it is an ideal time to introduce the next generation to the pure magic of Mister Rogers and his legacy. His enduring message to children of all ages—that you are enough, just as you are—can never be overstated."

— School Library Journal

"The easy-to-read text is just right for those who may no longer watch Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood but who would nevertheless appreciate a reassuring encounter with an old friend."

— Horn Book Magazine