cover image Remarkably You

Remarkably You

Pat Zietlow Miller, illus. by Patrice Barton. HarperCollins, $17.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-06-242758-8

A cast of diverse children seize the day by helping others, taking on leadership roles, and expressing their personalities. Miller writes in buoyant rhyming verses: “You have your own spirit, unparalleled flair./ So rock what you’ve got—every day, everywhere.” In muted artwork featuring residual pencil lines, they work together to fix a red wagon, plant flowers, andplay sports and make-believe. Kids need not be just one thing, the book suggests, demonstrating that one might be “a swimmer who knits./ A cellist who cheers./ A mutt-loving cat cuddler who volunteers” (a child with short, spiky hair walks six dogs while a cat rides along in a red hoodie). Together, Miller and Barton offer a genuine message about individuality. Ages 4–8. [em](Feb.) [/em]