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The New York Times Best Seller  For the first time ever, 75 beloved songs from Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood and The Children's Corner are collected in this charmingly illustrated treasury, sure to be cherished by generations of children as well as the millions of adults who grew up with Mister Rogers.    It’s you I like. It’s not the things you wear, It’s not the way you do you The New York Times Best Seller  For the first time ever, 75 beloved songs from Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood and The Children's Corner are collected in this charmingly illustrated treasury, sure to be cherished by generations of children as well as the millions of adults who grew up with Mister Rogers.    It’s you I like. It’s not the things you wear, It’s not the way you do your hair— But it’s you I like.   From funny to sweet, silly to sincere, the lyrics of Mister Rogers explore such universal topics as feelings, new siblings, everyday life, imagination, and more. Through these songs—as well as endearing puppets and honest conversations—Mister Rogers instilled in his young viewers the values of kindness, self-awareness, and self-esteem. But most of all, he taught children that they are loved, just as they are. Perfect for bedtime, sing-along, or quiet time alone, this beautiful book of meaningful poetry is for every child—including the child inside of every one of us.


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The New York Times Best Seller  For the first time ever, 75 beloved songs from Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood and The Children's Corner are collected in this charmingly illustrated treasury, sure to be cherished by generations of children as well as the millions of adults who grew up with Mister Rogers.    It’s you I like. It’s not the things you wear, It’s not the way you do you The New York Times Best Seller  For the first time ever, 75 beloved songs from Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood and The Children's Corner are collected in this charmingly illustrated treasury, sure to be cherished by generations of children as well as the millions of adults who grew up with Mister Rogers.    It’s you I like. It’s not the things you wear, It’s not the way you do your hair— But it’s you I like.   From funny to sweet, silly to sincere, the lyrics of Mister Rogers explore such universal topics as feelings, new siblings, everyday life, imagination, and more. Through these songs—as well as endearing puppets and honest conversations—Mister Rogers instilled in his young viewers the values of kindness, self-awareness, and self-esteem. But most of all, he taught children that they are loved, just as they are. Perfect for bedtime, sing-along, or quiet time alone, this beautiful book of meaningful poetry is for every child—including the child inside of every one of us.

30 review for A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood: The Poetry of Mister Rogers

  1. 5 out of 5

    Dorie - Traveling Sister :)

    ***NOW AVAILABLE*** This is a wonderful and lyrical book of children's songs and poems from the Mr. Rodgers Show. I raised four daughters who loved this show. It was such a beautifully quiet show but with enough going on that it kept their interest. We all loved when they would show short films of visiting different places, I remember a crayon factory being a favorite. Back to the book, the poems are indeed a Treasury. They would be wonderful to read to your children at any time and then later the ***NOW AVAILABLE*** This is a wonderful and lyrical book of children's songs and poems from the Mr. Rodgers Show. I raised four daughters who loved this show. It was such a beautifully quiet show but with enough going on that it kept their interest. We all loved when they would show short films of visiting different places, I remember a crayon factory being a favorite. Back to the book, the poems are indeed a Treasury. They would be wonderful to read to your children at any time and then later they can read it themselves. I will definitely be purchasing a copy of this for my two sets of grandchildren, the youngest being 2 1/2. I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Calista

    I grew up watching Mr. Rogers Neighborhood. This is literally a book of poetry. Poetry that were all the songs Mr. Rogers sang on his program over the many decades it was on. There are poem after poem collected here. There have to be over 100 poems. I did think this would be a story about him, but it is a collection of his songs. Several of them brought back a memory of actually hearing the song as a child. This didn’t work for the children. We read a few of them and they didn’t want to keep goin I grew up watching Mr. Rogers Neighborhood. This is literally a book of poetry. Poetry that were all the songs Mr. Rogers sang on his program over the many decades it was on. There are poem after poem collected here. There have to be over 100 poems. I did think this would be a story about him, but it is a collection of his songs. Several of them brought back a memory of actually hearing the song as a child. This didn’t work for the children. We read a few of them and they didn’t want to keep going. There are so many and it doesn’t make a story. Plus, the kids did not see much Mr. Rogers. They are Netflix kids. They have seen a few episodes of Daniel Tiger and that’s what they know. Sad to think they don’t know Mr. Rogers. Oh well. I don’t know that this is for kids or, it is something to read a few songs a night or something. I found one song on Youtube for them to watch and they were just a little bored. This might be more for adults than children, or maybe children not mine.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Candace Robinson

    Literally one of the greatest human beings to have ever existed! I grew up with the television show and hearing Mr. Rogers speak, and he was always so genuine. He was also so amazing with adding diversity to his shows and the world! I loved these poems! They were so incredibly encouraging not only for children but adults. It's okay to feel sad sometimes and it's okay to feel happy too because that's what makes us human. Some of the poems showed love about being different, about loving yourself, a Literally one of the greatest human beings to have ever existed! I grew up with the television show and hearing Mr. Rogers speak, and he was always so genuine. He was also so amazing with adding diversity to his shows and the world! I loved these poems! They were so incredibly encouraging not only for children but adults. It's okay to feel sad sometimes and it's okay to feel happy too because that's what makes us human. Some of the poems showed love about being different, about loving yourself, about being yourself—so much encouragement. Not only were the poems great but the illustration matched really well! Overall this is a must read from a man who wasn't a social media giant but spread his word through love and stories!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sophie Crane

    This book is a must for any fan of Fred Rogers! 75 songs presented as poetry with fun, colorful illustrations. The poems, much like Mister Roger's Neighborhood, touch on many things that go through children's minds. It will make you laugh, cry, and inspire you to be more like that incredible man on the TV who always liked us no matter what.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Amber

    This is a book perfect for fans of Mister Rogers neighborhood. It is Poetry and song lyrics from the show. If you liked the show or are new to the show, definitely check this book out at your local library and wherever books are sold.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lori

    Fans of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood will love this collection of song lyrics from the show. Fred Rogers wrote many of them, although Josie Carey contributed lyrics for several. Fred Rogers earned a degree in music composition and lent his skills to the accompanying music, which is not included in this collection focusing on the lyrics. The art work by Luke Flowers seems to fit the lyrics although the illustrations reflect the twenty-first century rather than the era of the show. For example, one Fans of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood will love this collection of song lyrics from the show. Fred Rogers wrote many of them, although Josie Carey contributed lyrics for several. Fred Rogers earned a degree in music composition and lent his skills to the accompanying music, which is not included in this collection focusing on the lyrics. The art work by Luke Flowers seems to fit the lyrics although the illustrations reflect the twenty-first century rather than the era of the show. For example, one illustration shows a modern flat screen computer monitor in a doctor's office. As I read the book and looked at the accompanying illustrations, I often thought, "We need Mister Rogers' influence on today's children." I received an electronic copy from the publisher through NetGalley with expectation of an honest review.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Chung

    I want to thank Quirk books for sending me this collection of poems/lyrics written by Fred Rogers for an honest review. This is definitely not my demographic. Not my type of book, but as a mom and teacher I found it useful. 3 stars. This collection has a total of 75 songs/poems. It says poetry on the front of the book, but songs on the back of the book. I "read" all of these poems out loud to my kids. When I say "read" I mean I sang them out loud to my children and since I don't know what the tun I want to thank Quirk books for sending me this collection of poems/lyrics written by Fred Rogers for an honest review. This is definitely not my demographic. Not my type of book, but as a mom and teacher I found it useful. 3 stars. This collection has a total of 75 songs/poems. It says poetry on the front of the book, but songs on the back of the book. I "read" all of these poems out loud to my kids. When I say "read" I mean I sang them out loud to my children and since I don't know what the tune to any of these songs are, I made them up as I went along. As a teacher that works with mild to moderate students I found that a lot of these songs are validating for young students to feel good about themselves regardless if there feelings are good or bad. I tabbed 5 songs out of the 75 that I enjoyed the most. I'll just give you the titles "What Do You Do With the Mad That You Feel?", "Sometimes Isn't Always", "I'd Like To Be Like Mom and Dad", "It Hurts To Be Lonely", and lastly, "It's Such a Good Feeling". These songs represented my children and I thought they were fun/funny songs/poems. Overall as an adult the poems were rather silly and slightly lame. However, for a child they do help. They allow the child to feel good about expressing their feelings and that all feelings are validated.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Genevieve Trono

    Mister Rogers was such a big part of my childhood and I am so happy to see the acknowledgment today of what a profound impact he and his show have had on children for so many decades. Fred Rogers was ahead of his time with his abilities to speak with children of all ages. He communicated in a respectful way that helped children learn about emotions, and issues in some a compassionate and forward-thinking manner while also helping them always feel acknowledged and heard. This book is such a treas Mister Rogers was such a big part of my childhood and I am so happy to see the acknowledgment today of what a profound impact he and his show have had on children for so many decades. Fred Rogers was ahead of his time with his abilities to speak with children of all ages. He communicated in a respectful way that helped children learn about emotions, and issues in some a compassionate and forward-thinking manner while also helping them always feel acknowledged and heard. This book is such a treasure and I loved being able to share these beautiful words with my own children. Fred Rogers had a unique ability to connect so thoughtfully with children and these messages about feelings and compassion are truly timeless. Thank you to NetGalley and Quirk Books for gifting me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kaytee Cobb

    This collection of poems would be a great gift for a kiddo going off to kindergarten. Or a teacher about to start teaching at the K or Pre-K level. Lovely illustrations, words for emotions that are hard for kiddos to express, this is a nice collection.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kristy

    Nice read that makes you feel good

  11. 4 out of 5

    Hazel Grey

    Really no complaints, my only reason for not giving it five stars was because I wanted MORE. It was cute and charming. Definitely gifting to my niece.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Amy Freeman

    I want to read this to every child I know. You are special. You are in control. You are exactly who you are meant to be. I like you.

  13. 4 out of 5

    debbicat ☮~Traveling Sister

    5 stars! If you love Fred Rogers you must own this. It has all of his sweet, loving songs he used in his tv show. Many he wrote and come from his great big heart that was filled with love compassion, and tolerance for all others. Fred loved kids and wanted them to feel that love and acceptance. He treated everyone the same. The words are beautiful. The illustrations are exceptional. I will purchase a copy for my classroom. Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for giving me a digital copy t 5 stars! If you love Fred Rogers you must own this. It has all of his sweet, loving songs he used in his tv show. Many he wrote and come from his great big heart that was filled with love compassion, and tolerance for all others. Fred loved kids and wanted them to feel that love and acceptance. He treated everyone the same. The words are beautiful. The illustrations are exceptional. I will purchase a copy for my classroom. Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for giving me a digital copy to read for review. It is just perfect.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    First sentence: Won't You Be My Neighbor It's a beautiful day in this neighborhood A beautiful day for a neighbor. Would you be mine? Could you be mine? Premise/plot: Quirk is publishing the poetry of Mister Rogers. I'll give you a moment or two to squeal. Most of the pieces are by Fred Rogers. But quite a few are by Josie Carey with the music being by Fred Rogers. These poems--or lyrics if you prefer--are noted as such. The book contains pieces that you'd expect: "Won't You Be My Neighbor," "Ev First sentence: Won't You Be My Neighbor It's a beautiful day in this neighborhood A beautiful day for a neighbor. Would you be mine? Could you be mine? Premise/plot: Quirk is publishing the poetry of Mister Rogers. I'll give you a moment or two to squeal. Most of the pieces are by Fred Rogers. But quite a few are by Josie Carey with the music being by Fred Rogers. These poems--or lyrics if you prefer--are noted as such. The book contains pieces that you'd expect: "Won't You Be My Neighbor," "Everything Grows Together," "Many Ways To Say I Love You," "You Are Special," "I'm Proud of You," "It's You I Like," and "What Do You Do With the Mad That You Feel." But it also contains pieces that you've likely unfamiliar with. The songs that I did not know sometimes offered the most poetic food for thought. I do not believe the book contains every poem--or song--by Mister Rogers. I can think of a handful it doesn't seem to include. (For example, "I'm Taking Care of You," "Look and Listen," "Peace and Quiet," "One and One are Two," "Everybody's Fancy." This site seems to have a thorough listing of all the songs--including the ones from the operas. My thoughts: I LOVED this one. I especially loved the illustrations that were connected with Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. For example, the illustration that goes with "It's You I Like" shows Mr. Rogers singing with a boy in a wheel chair. Adults most likely will make the connection to a very memorable episode. I'm not sure if children will be as familiar with the show. But whether your little one knows the shows or not--the words have a way of speaking for themselves. Some of them are timeless and WONDERFUL. Excerpts from some of my favorites. It's Good To Talk People weren't born to be silent Our tongues make wonderful sounds. Just try a few phrases for practice You'll see there are very few bounds. Things Are Different You never know the story By the cover of the book. You can't tell what a dinner's like By simply looking at the cook. Sometimes Isn't Always Sometimes I DON'T feel like combing my hair. I DON'T feel like washing my face sometimes. Sometimes I DON'T feel like saying okay. But sometimes isn't always. Are You Brave? Are you brave and don't know it? Are you brave and can't tell? Are you brave and just don't show it? While others know it very well? Are you brave and you wonder? Are you brave and you doubt? Then Your Heart Is Full of Love Love is fragile as your tears. Love is stronger than your fears. When your heart can sing another's gladness Then your heart is full of love. When your heart can cry another's sadness Then your heart is full of love.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    There is so much emotional intelligence in these poems but without the delivery and melodies I found them underwhelming. This is one case where I won't say the book was better.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Patty Smith

    Many thanks to NetGalley and Quirk Books for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are 100% my own and independent of receiving an advance copy. No matter what neighbourhood you live in, you are bound to have heard of Mr. Rogers. Fred Rogers was an incredible man, musician, puppeteer, writer, composer and children’s educator that was most famous for his television show Mister Rogers’ Neighbourhood. He revolutionized the way children’s shows reached children. He didn’t believe in t Many thanks to NetGalley and Quirk Books for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are 100% my own and independent of receiving an advance copy. No matter what neighbourhood you live in, you are bound to have heard of Mr. Rogers. Fred Rogers was an incredible man, musician, puppeteer, writer, composer and children’s educator that was most famous for his television show Mister Rogers’ Neighbourhood. He revolutionized the way children’s shows reached children. He didn’t believe in turning into a different character but being realistic and speaking to children as your authentic self. He tackled many difficult subjects like racism, divorce and children with disabilities. He wrote hundreds of songs and created a whole land of make believe. This book takes the lyrics to many of his most recognizable songs and turns them into poems, with illustrations by Luke Flowers, reminding us of Mr. Rogers’ ability to find the beauty in the most simple things. At the back there is an index of subjects that the songs/poems deal with like manners, friendship, and positivity. Some of them are so familiar I could hear the tune as I read them. Others just take you back to feeling you had when you watched him. He was a friend, a confidant, someone who knew all sides of you, the silly side, the angry, sad, and happy side. This book will introduce him to a whole new audience. It’s a timeless keepsake that you could read to your children and your grandchildren.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Laura (Book Scrounger)

    I'm so glad I grew up watching Mister Rogers' Neighborhood on TV. I have good memories of the characters and the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, especially the Bubble Land and Josephine the Short-Necked Giraffe operas. But the show wouldn't have been the same without Fred Rogers himself, something I was reminded of again while watching the excellent documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor?. So I was glad to have a chance to read A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood: The Poetry of Mister Rogers. There w I'm so glad I grew up watching Mister Rogers' Neighborhood on TV. I have good memories of the characters and the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, especially the Bubble Land and Josephine the Short-Necked Giraffe operas. But the show wouldn't have been the same without Fred Rogers himself, something I was reminded of again while watching the excellent documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor?. So I was glad to have a chance to read A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood: The Poetry of Mister Rogers. There were a few poems in this collection that I remembered as songs from the TV show, enough to sing them instead of read ("You've Got to Do It"), but I'm sure there are others that I simply don't remember the tune for, so most of these poems were new to me. Many of them are affirmations of the dignity, curiosity, and value of all human beings, especially children, as well as the things that make each of us unique. They also manage to use words and ideas that are on the level of young children without sounding babyish or pandering. In spite of the general attitude of positivity, Mister Rogers was also not afraid to explore fears and anxieties that children might have, most notably "Sometimes I Wonder if I'm a Mistake." The ability to validate negative feelings sets this apart from a lot of sappy, feel-good songs and poetry written for children. (Thanks to NetGalley for the review copy.)

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Mandina

    As the synopsis points out, this book really made me so nostalgic. So many of the songs/poems that were in the book I could hear being recited or sung in Mister Rogers' voice. I recently saw the documentary about Mister Rogers, and this book is coming out at the perfect time to tie in with those who were now thinking about their childhood, or else wanting to share those memories with children of their own. Obviously the poetry and songs are very simple, just the way they worked on his show, and As the synopsis points out, this book really made me so nostalgic. So many of the songs/poems that were in the book I could hear being recited or sung in Mister Rogers' voice. I recently saw the documentary about Mister Rogers, and this book is coming out at the perfect time to tie in with those who were now thinking about their childhood, or else wanting to share those memories with children of their own. Obviously the poetry and songs are very simple, just the way they worked on his show, and for singing to kids. I really enjoyed this as I said, and I can't wait to share it with my 7 year old niece and one year old nephew. A great add to any children's library, full of fun poems and songs you can sing with them! Review first appeared on Lisa Loves Literature.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Truly an emotional read - a book that was literally able to bring a smile to my face and tears to my eyes, at the exact same time, this book of poetry is a collection of 75 songs from Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood. I don't remember all of these being sung - some I just remember Rogers' saying, but for songs such as, It's You I Like and Won't You Be My Neighbor, I sang right along as I read the words. Illustrator, Luke Flowers did an excellent job in bringing Rogers' words to life, especially if you w Truly an emotional read - a book that was literally able to bring a smile to my face and tears to my eyes, at the exact same time, this book of poetry is a collection of 75 songs from Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood. I don't remember all of these being sung - some I just remember Rogers' saying, but for songs such as, It's You I Like and Won't You Be My Neighbor, I sang right along as I read the words. Illustrator, Luke Flowers did an excellent job in bringing Rogers' words to life, especially if you weren't lucky enough to here them spoken by the man, himself. A beautiful book.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    The world always needs more Mr. Rogers.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sue

    Anything that reminds me of Mr. Rogers and his kind spirit is worth reading...

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly

    I had a smile on my face the whole time I read this charming collection. I highly recommend it for children and adults!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Deon

    I nice jog down memory lane. If you watched Mr. Roger's as a child you will enjoy this collection.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sara (A Gingerly Review)

    How could I give anything less than 5 stars to something about Mr. Rogers?? So much love. **Huge thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy!! **

  25. 5 out of 5

    Anita

    143, that is all.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Elaine

    Beautiful reminder. Will absolutely want my own copy of this when I have children.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kris

    I will read anything Mister Rogers. This is a collection of his poetry/song lyrics, and it is just as comforting and beautiful as he was. I did miss his gentle voice delivering them to me. The art style is very like the Daniel Tiger series, and it fit the book well.

  28. 5 out of 5

    JoAnne

    Love love LOVED reading this book of poems by Mr. Rogers. Read this with my 3 and 7 year old, and made sure to sing the songs that I remembered, which surprisingly was a lot. We also pulled up YouTube videos of other poems, and they sat enraptured listening to Mr. Rogers himself read the words in their book. The world needs more people like Mr. Rogers, and I loved sharing his legacy with my daughters.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Shaye Miller

    My family adored the documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor? just last month and I grew up loving Mr. Rogers throughout my childhood. Therefore, I was thrilled when I was given an opportunity to review this ARC, due to be published on March 19th. Mr. Rogers was the author of many children’s books as well as the composer and lyricist for over 200 songs. This delightful picture book shares the lyrics to 75 of his songs/poems from over 30 years of the Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood show and The Children’s My family adored the documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor? just last month and I grew up loving Mr. Rogers throughout my childhood. Therefore, I was thrilled when I was given an opportunity to review this ARC, due to be published on March 19th. Mr. Rogers was the author of many children’s books as well as the composer and lyricist for over 200 songs. This delightful picture book shares the lyrics to 75 of his songs/poems from over 30 years of the Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood show and The Children’s Corner. The songs cover a wide variety of topics, such as: how special you are, what you want to be one day, growing and changing, feelings (anger, jealousy, happiness, fear, bravery, etc.) and realizing that your parents were once young. The book also contains songs/poetry pertaining to more difficult topics, like realizing that good people sometimes do bad things and the difficulty of adjusting to the birth of a new baby sibling. Included with each song/poem page spread are matching colorful illustrations created by Luke Flowers. Some of the artwork shows scenes from the original TV show while others are of childhood themes pertaining to the song lyrics. In the back of the book there’s a detailed topical index followed by more information about Fred McFeely Rogers. For example, many don’t know that the Canadian show Misterogers was a precursor to what eventually became Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood on NET (which later became PBS). Between the beautiful lyrics, the sweet illustrations, and the additional information provided in the back matter, this book will be well loved by modern families of young children as well as by those of us who grew up watching Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, daily. My thanks to NetGalley and Quirk Books for gifting me an early copy of A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood so that I could provide an honest review. It releases on March 19th and will be an excellent addition to any children’s library. However, it will be even more special when you sit down and discuss these topics with children while you read each page!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Theresa

    I read an ARC from Quirk Books via NetGalley. A beautifully illustrated, kid-friendly collection of Mr. Rogers songs/poems. This collection really brought back memories of my time as a kid sitting and watching Mr. Roger's on PBS. There are a couple hundred songs here, but I could see myself reading a couple to my 4-year-old son each night before bed. This man really understood early childhood development and the well-being of children and it should be shared with future generations. I was watchi I read an ARC from Quirk Books via NetGalley. A beautifully illustrated, kid-friendly collection of Mr. Rogers songs/poems. This collection really brought back memories of my time as a kid sitting and watching Mr. Roger's on PBS. There are a couple hundred songs here, but I could see myself reading a couple to my 4-year-old son each night before bed. This man really understood early childhood development and the well-being of children and it should be shared with future generations. I was watching an old episode of his show with my son and realized how far ahead of his time Fred Rogers really was. He easily infused inclusion, kindness, and compassion for all into his show. Highly recommended for families and those looking to share love and acceptance with kids.

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