A Parents’ Choice Gold Award winner
A 2019 Goodreads Choice Awards Winner
A Red Tricycle Best Kids Book of 2019
“This treasure trove of gentle wisdom and playful fun, complemented by the sunny charm of Luke Flowers’ illustrations…speak[s] directly to children about communicating, recognizing and dealing with emotions, and self-acceptance.”—Parents’ Choice Foundation
“Earnest messages, lighthearted flights of fancy, and familiar phrases [are] found in the poems gathered here…[and] Flowers’ illustrations are energetic.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Perfect for bedtime, sing-along, or quiet time alone, this beautifully presented volume of meaningful, inspiring, entertaining poetry is nicely illustrated by Luke Flowers, making it unreservedly recommended for family, elementary school, and community library poetry collections for children ages 6-8.”—Children’s Bookwatch
“The collection is the perfect read for young kids as well as the millions of adults who grew up watching Mister Rogers on TV.”—Paste Magazine
“The poems in this fun collection range from silly to sensitive, uplifting to energizing, always keeping kids’ feelings center stage.”—Common Sense Media
“A heartfelt and indeed beautiful collection for both older fans and a new generation to share.”—Booklist
“Now we can remember the charm and love presented by this cherished personality with a collection of 75 of his songs presented as poetry in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood: The Poetry of Mister Rogers.”—Florida Times Union Jacksonville
“Illustrator Luke Flowers’ vivid, cheerful pictures enhance this collection of songs presented as poetry. It is sure to convey to children that they are loved and treasured.”—The Banner
“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood will make everybody happy.”—The Bookworm Sez
“This gorgeous book is like mainlining nostalgia for a more carefree time.”—The Roar Bots
“This lovely book shares 75 of his delightful songs, all illustrated with familiar characters and settings that will bring joy to those who remember the happy times they spent in his neighborhood.”—Story Monsters Ink
“Mister Rogers will remind you what it means to be an educator, and what it means to be a person in this world.”—EdSurge
About the Author
Fred Rogers was many things—a minister, a musician, a puppeteer, and a friend to generations of children. He was everyone’s very good neighbor. For over 30 years he created and hosted the groundbreaking educational television series Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom and was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame, among other distinguished honors.
Luke Flowers has illustrated over 42 children’s books, including his author/illustrator debut series Moby Shinobi, a Scholastic Easy Reader that has sold 800,000+ copies across three books since 2016. Luke’s artwork explores a wide range of styles and techniques and has been featured in over 36 gallery shows in Los Angeles, New York, and Colorado. He also enjoys puppeteering, playing banjo, and going on adventures with his wife and three kids in Colorado Springs, Colorado. You can see more of his work at lukeflowerscreative.com.
Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.
Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
Mister Rogers’ Invitation
Be the Best of Whatever You Are
I Like You as You Are
I Think I’m Going to Like Today
I Give a Hoot for You
It’s Good to Talk
Things Are Different
A Place of My Own
Smile in Your Pocket
You Are You
What Do You Do with the Mad That You Feel?
I Love to Shine
Les Jours de la Semaine (The Days of the Week)
Take My Time
What Can You Hear?
I’m Busy Being Busy
I Did, Too
Sometimes Isn’t Always
Everybody’s Shy Sometimes
I’d Like to Be Like Mom and Dad
You Can Never Go Down the Drain
The Clown in Me
We Are Elephants
It’s an Ugly Day
I’m Glad I’m the Way I Am
I’m Still Myself Inside
Everything Grows Together
It Hurts to Be Lonely
Are You Brave?
Parents Were Little Once, Too
Did You Know?
It’s You I Like
What Do You Think Is Important?
Many Ways to Say I Love You
Please Don’t Think It’s Funny
Let’s Be Together Today
Some Things I Don’t Understand
When a Baby Comes
The King and the Ocean
Sometimes I Wonder If I’m a Mistake
A Bird-Watching Song
You Are Special
Who Shall I Be Today?
Good People Sometimes Do Bad Things
You’re Much More
I Need You
I’m Interested in Things
I Like to Be Told
I Hope It Will Rain
A Lonely Kind of Thing
Sometimes People Are Good
Then Your Heart Is Full of Love
The Truth Will Make Me Free
Wishes Don’t Make Things Come True
You’ve Got to Do It
You’re the Only One
It’s the People You Like the Most
Love Is People
Find a Star
A Smile’s the Style
This Is Just the Day
I’m Proud of You
It’s Such a Good Feeling