Reading/Interest Level: Toddler
Author: Sherri Duskey Rinker
Illustrator: A. N. Kang
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
While Celebrate You! may be meant as an indirect celebration of the reader’s accomplishments, the sweet illustrations that accompany the congratulatory message tell the story of a young penguin finally leaving the nest. His parents and friends lovingly recount how he hatched, and later learned to walk, talk, and even ice fish! Mama and Papa penguin, and the young penguin’s polar bear, fox, and owl friends proudly reflect on his many achievements, and encourage him to keep learning, growing, and becoming the best penguin he can be.
Celebrate You! may be a children’s book, but its message is perfect for readers of all ages. The book’s text is written as a message from a loving parent or friend congratulating the reader on their many accomplishments and positive, humble attitude as they have found success. As well as depicting cute animals that will appeal to young readers, the illustrations in Celebrate You! show that every success, no matter how large or small, is worth celebrating. For example, the book depicts the young penguin both as he learns to crawl and as he leaves his childhood home in a tiny boat, ready to take on the world.