A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
The message that all beings have value is focused, repeated on every page, and told simply.
Regardless of your size, race, level of success, or family situation, you are important. You matter.
Positive Role Models
Narrator continually tells readers that they are important. A Black girl is shown looking into a microscope. A Black female astronaut appears to think of her child back home on Earth. Once character is in a wheelchair. One girl wears a hijab. Kids of many colors are seen in various scenes.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that You Matter, by Caldecott Honor- and Newbery Medal-winning author-illustrator Christian Robinson is an uplifting picture book packed with vibrant illustrations and with a repeated, resounding, beautiful message of self-worth. The story, which moves from narrow to wide perspective, speaks to the feelings young (and old) readers have of being left out, of not being enough, or of not being important in the big world. The illustrations pull readers to the page and reflect the diversity of life in every scene: young and old, Black and Brown and White, small and large, city and nature and space. The simplest of phrases spark emotions and can be a prompt for meaningful conversations in families.
Is It Any Good?
This loving, inclusive message of connectedness is poignant and simple, and its warm, inclusive, and immersive illustrations give it even more of an impact. You Matter connects with young readers, reminding them that they are important even when they feel overlooked or when it seems like people are too busy to help them. The shift in perspective is a nice way to tell the story, moving from looking under the lens of a microscope to looking at Earth from space, and all of the places in between, where we are reminded that we do, in fact, matter. Some young readers will delight in seeing their beaded hair, wheelchair, or hijab represented in vibrant colors, or feel a little less alone when a loved one says goodbye. Or maybe the reader identifies with being the gassy planet. Regardless of the topic, this beautiful book seeks to connect, and succeeds masterfully.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.