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You Matter

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  1,568 ratings  ·  282 reviews
They All Saw a Cat meets The Important Book in this sensitive and impactful picture book about seeing the world from different points of view by Caldecott and Coretta Scott King Honoree Christian Robinson.

In this full, bright, and beautiful picture book, many different perspectives around the world are deftly and empathetically explored—from a pair of bird-watchers to the
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published June 2nd 2020 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers
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Feb 09, 2020 rated it liked it
This is a book that parents and grandparents will buy because it has a great message for kids, but, alas, it is not one that kids are going to be drawn to on their own. The illustrations are, of course, lovely, but the text gets just a little too message-y.
Jillian Heise
I am always searching for picture books for my school library and to read aloud for #classroombookday that will show students that they matter. The kinds of books that affirm their existence, validate their beings, and support their lived experiences. Books that remind kids that we believe in them and support them, and that even though they are little, the space they take up is theirs to make a difference with. And to know who they are, what they believe, how they want to be - it all matters.

Feb 21, 2021 rated it it was ok
I met Christian Robinson in 2016 when he toured the U.S. with Matt de la Peña for Last Stop on Market Street, their picture book that had recently won the Newbery Medal. As he autographed my copy of the book, I asked Christian Robinson if he had considered writing as well as illustrating. From a young age, artwork was the way he best connected with story, he told me; writing a book was a definite goal, but he felt he needed to refine his style before becoming a published author. Four years later ...more
Rod Brown
Nov 24, 2020 rated it it was ok
When was it decided that most modern picture books will now be inspirational tracts written by Stuart Smalley? Whatever happened to embedding such sentiments in a humorous story about interesting characters?

I did get a chuckle out of the unexpected (view spoiler)
Aug 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Christian Robinson can do no wrong in my book. He writes and illustrates stunning stories that are affirming and validating, smackdab in the center of kid experiences, with no sentimentality. Essential for classroom, community building, and kid joy.
A splendacious book! The message is that we all matter - no matter who we are. Amazing multicultural illustrations only enhance the simple text with the strong message that everything/one from microbes only seen in a microscope to the elderly man in the park all matter.
"Old and young.
The first to go and the last.
The stuff too small to see.
You matter."
Jan 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Christian Robinson continues to amaze with his spirited and bright focus on life and the human connection. We ALL matter! This picture book should be added to everyone's collection -- for young and old alike. ...more
Nov 26, 2020 rated it it was ok
I meant to review this one because it was on my To Read list, but now I cannot remember a thing about it even though I read it just four days ago. Even reading Rod's review didn't really jog my memory. That is not a good sign, but I probably didn't hate it either. ...more
Margaret Boling
5/22/2021 ~ So many interesting details in this affirmation - YOU, the reader, matter. I'd love to see the text printed on a single page see see how the structure really works. The type of book that will work for all ages.

Why I wanted to read this book:
Ms. B
Jan 18, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2021, picture
3.5 stars, it's Christian Robinson; the illustrations are beautiful. What makes this one unique is the inspirational message is for all creatures; human, furry or otherwise. #youmatter ...more
Jun 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
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 ...more
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
"For anyone who isn't sure if they matter.
You do."

You Matter is Christian Robinson's anthem to the world. Small? You matter. Large? You matter. Old? You matter. Young? You matter. Pesky? You matter. Even gassy? You matter.

All of us don't always hear this. Christian Robinson reminds us of this truth.

Here he is, when I met him at the Texas Library Association Conference:

He's just as nice in person as he is on the page.

And here he is, reading the book to you. This is a lovely way to see and hear
Kellee Moye
We watched Christian Robinson read this on PBS Kids, and he shared that he created this book because he wants every kid to know they matter, and he did. With scarce yet lyrical text and his signature illustrations, Christian Robinson shows that no matter what, you matter. 
Jun 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Love this book! I look forward to sharing this book by Christian Robinson.
Edward Sullivan
Jul 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Delightfully simple and empathetic in its heartfelt affirmations.
Aug 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens-books
This provides an important message - the artwork was a little underwhelming, but it was still cute. This is definitely on the simpler side, though.
Featured in a grandma reads session.

You Matter is a gem of a book. Each page affirms and reaffirms that all beings, of every type and stripe matters. That is, to be of equal importance as all other beings; to signify, be worthy of consideration, is lovable and respectable. We belong together, accepted wholeheartedly by each other.

I love this little gem. Our group did, too.
Christian Robinson's illustrations are really so special. He did a series of videos during the pandemic called Making Space and they are so incredibly good!!! I want to watch him make art all day!

This book is a beautiful and thoughtful picture book to help kids realize that they matter—to you, to the world—no matter how big or small, fast or slow they are. It's sweet but also a little silly! I laughed when I got to the page about the sun being a little gassy, but that's truly my favorite kind o
Aug 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Affirmation requests
Recommended to June by: Edward Sullivan
More of a 3.5, but I might like the real book better than the ebook. The affirmative message is simple, but universally portrayed.
Beth Honeycutt
Aug 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Another possible choice for the first week or so of school. I love the message of “you matter” - even for middle school students.
Aug 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sparse text, perfect illustrations. A great one for any home library
Aug 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love Christian Robinson's books (and his videos). This is a beautiful book in theme, art and execution. The dedication page says "For anyone who isn't sure if they matter. You do."It is a serious topic but it is treated lightly and even with a bit of humor. The line "when everyone thinks you're a pest" is illustrated with a large picture of a mosquito! "If you fall down" is illustrated with a comet. By the end of the book the illustrations focus on children.It would make a beautiful gift book ...more
Tonja Drecker
May 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Word of encouragement hit at just the right time in this celebration of self-worth.

The title already says it all—you matter. Hitting examples out of life, which illustrate how small or slow or first or old things can be in everyday life, the message then rings clear that none of that is important because you matter. The scenes are mostly taken from nature and outdoor activities and range from dinosaurs to space travel to a quite day in the park.

There's no way to ignore the message when reading t
Jul 22, 2020 rated it liked it
This is a picture book with a message that will appeal to adults as it addresses the question of who matters - such a hot topic right now. I think some kids might get the message but it's a bit abstract and deep for young ones. The illustrations are great. ...more
Jun 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
This is lovely. I always love Robinson's illustrations, and the text of this book is just as wonderful. I like that he didn't go the typical "you matter" route, instead taking the reader through evolution "from the smallest things too small to see" to a mosquito biting a T-Rex's tail to a meteor hurtling towards earth and eventually to modern kids.

I have to admit my first read was too quick to really pick up on what he's doing, but subsequent reads with my kiddos have allowed me to really appre
Katie Reilley
Jun 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Lovely case covering. Beautiful end pages. Using acrylic paint and collage, Robinson’s illustrations draw the reader in, and his words share the most important message our young people need to hear right now: YOU MATTER.

This book made my heart happy, and I also enjoyed a giggle on the pages with the dinosaur scenes (and the word “gassy.”) Highly recommend!
Erin Buhr
Jun 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-books
This is the newest book by Christian Robinson an author/illustrator who has yet to create a book I don't absolutely adore. Whimsical, subtle, and so full of heart, YOU MATTER is a message to all children that they matter. Absolutely one of the best books of 2020 so far. ...more
Juli Anna
Jul 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
The text is both abstract and concrete in just the right ways, and Robinson truly is a masterful illustrator. What a sweet little book.
Stacy Renee  (LazyDayLit)
You Matter is a lovely picture book with a great message and fun illustrations!

We originally heard this story from the author himself (on PBSkids!) and loved how impactful and important it is! We borrowed it from the library as well for extra reading in our own time!
Sandy Brehl
This is a lovely picture book with simple but lyrical text. The illustrations are the winning element, conveying a diverse and accepting range of young lives with the recurring refrain "You matter".
Colorful and appealing.
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Christian Robinson is an American illustrator of children's books and an animator. He is based in Sacramento, California and has worked with The Sesame Street Workshop and Pixar Animation Studios. He graduated from the California Institute of the Arts. ...more

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