There’s Only One You

Sterling. May 2019. 32p. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9781454922926.
PreS-Gr 1–In this ode to individuality, this feel-good picture book celebrates children with different abilities, learning styles, physical features, skin color, personal interests and strengths, and family configurations. A familiar refrain reassures young readers—whoever you are, you are “being unique.” Butcher’s digitally rendered pastel and watercolor illustrations are vivid and exciting; each page turn is packed with lively detail and wonder. The artwork pairs beautifully with the reassuring, necessary message of this narrative.
VERDICT This is a welcome title for school and library collections on self-acceptance, individualism, and tolerance that is sure to spark conversation. Pair with Todd Parr’s Be Who You Are for units and storytime sessions on these topics.

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