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

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


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781683691136
Publisher: Quirk Publishing
Publication date: 03/19/2019
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 26,720
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile: 550L (what's this?)
Age Range: 6 - 8 Years

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.

Read an Excerpt


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
Children Can
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
Doing Song
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
Summer Rain
It’s an Ugly Day
I’m Glad I’m the Way I Am
Walking Giraffe
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
You’re Growing
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
Creation Duet
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
I’m Tame
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
You’re Special
Find a Star
A Smile’s the Style
This Is Just the Day
Perfect Day
I’m Proud of You
It’s Such a Good Feeling

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A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood: The Poetry of Mister Rogers 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
Mr. Rogers was one of the greatest television shows that my kids watched. His gentleness, positive outlook and simple stories captured the attention of my children. When my grandchildren come over, they watch Daniel Tiger, a series developed from one of his skits. I loved these poems, they are so encouraging and positive. Though they are written as poems, they were actually songs from the series, Mr. Rogers Neighborhood. I can hear Mr. Rogers voice as I read them. I have been reading them to my grandson when he comes over and we are not rushing, but reading one or two at a time and talking about them. Things like it is okay to be sad sometimes, it's not what you wear that I like. Dealing with emotions is not the easiest thing to do and this book helps teach children about that. The illustrations were also well done and matched the poems well. This is a book that should be in every family library. I know I am buying one for my grandchildren. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book upon my request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.
lghiggins More than 1 year ago
Mr. Rogers (Fred McFeeley Rogers) influenced several generations of children with his kind and gentle ways in his television neighborhood. He understood that children need routines to feel safe so he started and ended his show the same way each day. Now we have a compilation of his poetry which, as a trained composer, he put to music as well. I enjoyed reading his poems. They have a wide range of topics, but contain reassuring verses to help children understand their feelings, and the world around them. He is not shy about sharing his love and encouraging children to do the same. Other topics he addresses include positivity, doing your best, feeling good about yourself just the way you are, and parents. One poem that I think particularly demonstrates his understanding of childhood fears is “You Can Never Go Down the Drain.” I think this would be a fun book to share with children, choosing poems at random or when a child has a particular need. The illustrations are colorful and reflect the magic of Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood. This book ends with a brief biography for adults of a fascinating man who has influenced so many in a positive way. I would like to extend my thanks to netgalley.com and to Quirk Books for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
SardisYS More than 1 year ago
Heartfelt poetry and lyrics from Mister (Fred) Rogers. This book will provide a basis for many hours of discussion with your children, family, or class. Fred Rogers masterfully leads us through the awareness and development of the social conscience and caring about ourselves and others. This is a must-read and must-have for every family with children ages 2-10. Parents and teachers NEED this.
Ms-Hurst More than 1 year ago
The nostalgia alone makes this a wonderful read. Beyond that, I love finding child friendly poems to use in my classroom. While we sometimes remember Mr. Rogers as quaint, this book reminds me that his show was also about inclusion, acceptance, and growing up. After my first read through, I am drawn to poems like Things Are Different and Fences, but I have a feeling that my favorites will change often after rereading. I will definitely add a hard copy of this one to my classroom library.
PattySmith87 More than 1 year ago
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.
apeape More than 1 year ago
A sweet, fun trip down memory lane. There are a lot of songs in this collection, many of them I don't remember, but they read well as poems for the most part. The illustrations are bright and colorful, reminiscent of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. Parents will enjoy the nostalgia, children will enjoy the message of the poems- that they are loved no matter what, just the way they are.
Lisa_Loves_Literature More than 1 year ago
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!