Reading/Interest Level: Preschool, Primary
Author: Pat Zeitlow Miller
Illustrator: Patrice Barton
Another wonderful book that tells children how great it is to be an individual and how many ways there are to stand out. This picture book doesn't tell a story, it tells you lots of things that you, or the people around you, might be—and suggests that it's all okay! Because it is okay, in fact, it's great. Whatever you are the world needs you!
The illustrations are the heart of this book, especially the final image of a little boy exhuberantly beating the drums in his crown. Everyone should look just like he looks at least once a day—and should feel about oneself the way that you can tell that he feels. It's charming, beautiful, and inspiring! The illustration of children on swings that covers a double truck is equally amazing, all kinds of kids—and one upside down. Lovable and freeing. Every illustration is enchanting and invites a reader to remember the invincible emotions and imagination of childhood.