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Be You!

4.79  ·  Rating details ·  72 ratings  ·  18 reviews
Creative visionary of The Word Collector, Happy Dreamer, and The Dot, #1 New York Times bestseller Peter H. Reynolds creates a joyful celebration of individuality--and staying true to Y-O-U!
Be curious...
Be adventurous...
Be brave...

Discover a joyful reminder of the ways that every child is unique and special, from the beloved creator of The Dot, Happy Dreamer, and
Hardcover, 32 pages
Expected publication: March 3rd 2020 by Orchard Books
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Dec 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ok - I'm not usually a fan of sweet inspirational books but this one has won me over. Somehow it manages to be charming and not gooey. Reynold's text is straightforward and simple. His illustrations are cheerful. brightly colored and slightly goofy - guaranteed to to make you smile.

A really fun book to share with a young reader or hand to a new graduate heading out into the world.
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This joyfully illustrated book is a jubilee of people in all of their many forms, growing and learning and helping and CHANGING into the person they are supposed to become. Absolutely appropriate for children (and full of wonderful affirmations for younger readers), it is also a definitive celebratory book sure to be gifted to anyone hitting a major life milestone - graduations, retirements, etc. along the same lines as "Oh the Places You'll Go." However, the diversity in the artwork and ...more
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Be You! by Peter H. Reynolds. PICTURE BOOK. Orchard Books, March 2020. $18. 9781338572315



Reynolds writes and illustrates an exuberant book all about how to be the best you possible. Filled with bright artwork and just enough text – I can see each being its own motivational poster. I’d love these for a nursery. This is the kind of picture book that others will gift at birthdays or graduations.

Cindy, Library
Melanie Dulaney
Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a beautiful book for a parent to start reading to their child as soon as he/she is sitting in their lap listening. The message of being true to yourself, trying new things and just plain finding joy in life cannot start too soon. Reynolds’ art will make the shared experience a pleasure that will grow and change as the years go by. Writing and Reading teachers can use both the message and the context rich vocabulary in the classroom. And art teachers can use this picture book during lessons ...more
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, children
This sweet, exuberant book hits all the right notes! Peter Reynolds has created a book that inspires all to be their true selves. All different colors! All different hairs! All different sizes! It calls all of us to be loving, courageous, inclusive and, most especially, authentic. It's sure to find its way on the classics shelf among "Where the Wild Things Are" and "Blueberries for Sal".

I know my grandkids will reading this over and over and over!
Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Grades K-5
This is a beautifully illustrated, inspirational book for young people. It features multicultural kids in a variety of setting enjoying life. It almost feels like what a parent would wish/say to his or her child to set them on a path of success. I especially liked the page about be patient because it takes time to become you. Kids will enjoy this one, but I think if parents read it to kids it might mean even more to them. Highly recommended K-5.
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Consider this the 21st century version of Dr. Seuss' "Oh The Places You'll Go." it features people of all races, unlike Seuss, and doesn't rhyme, but it's strikingly parallel in theme.

Reynolds' lovely artistry and gentle, hopeful message will be a great gift to any one but especially good for the graduate or someone celebrating a birthday/baby shower.

Mortisha Cassavetes
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2020
I was sent an ARC of this book from the publisher and I just loved it. This is definitely one book you should read to kids. It is inspirational and supportive in being who you are. Bright and colorful illustrations makes this a book for kids of all ages. I highly recommend it.
Liz Garden
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
You just can't go wrong with reading a Peter Reynolds creation. Such an important message for all of our students to hear...just be you!
Erica Deb
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love everything he writes. This one is just as fantastic as all the rest.
Amanda Kremnitzer
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely wonderful
Ms Threlkeld
Feb 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written and illustrated book that encourages kindness and acceptance.
Lorie Barber
Nov 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Note to all parents: read this. But if your kid is a senior in high school or college and you’re having all the feels about this amazing transition: HAVE KLEENEX NEARBY.
Mary Lee
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a book I'll read aloud to my students over and over again. I'll give it as a gift over and over again.
Nov 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I this book so much! ...more
Feb 26, 2020 rated it liked it
A good message, but it leaves out the most important part: Be His
Liz Lowe
Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful book encouraging the reader to be themselves. It’s ok to be you, as that’s what makes you, you.
Mary Williams-Henderson
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Just beautiful! Lovely text & illustration combine for wonderful book. Great gift for baby to graduation.
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Peter Hamilton Reynolds is an author and illustrator of children's books and is the co-Founder and CEO of educational media company FableVision.
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