Thematic Reading List: Celebrating Mister Rogers


Mister Rogers continues to be a household name as his franchise is being shown to a new generation of viewers. As Mister Rogers teaches about the importance of friendship and inclusion, so too do the books on this list. The books included here are either about Mister Rogers, written by Mister Rogers, or enhance subjects taught by Mister Rogers. These books are intended for children between the ages of zero and five to read with their parents or caregivers.
Contributed by: Mary Lanni

9781683691143 A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood: the Poetry of Fred Rogers
By: Fred Rogers
Illustrations by: Luke Flowers

Lyrics to seventy-five songs from the children’s television programs Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood and The Children’s Corner, collected and presented as an illustrated treasury of poems. Lyrics explore topics such as feelings, new siblings, everyday life, and imagination.
0670060208 The Dancing Tiger
By: Malachy Doyle
Illustrated by: Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher

A tiger secretly dances alone in the woods at night, but when a little girl finds him out, he invites her to dance with him when the moon is full.
9780698118614 Extraordinary Friends
By: Fred Rogers
Illustrated by: Jim Judkis

Focuses on people who are different, who might use equipment such as wheelchairs or special computers, who are more like you than you might think, and suggests ways to interact with them.
9780763660536 Journey
By: Aaron Becker

Using a red marker, a young girl draws a door on her bedroom wall and through it enters another world where she experiences many adventures, including being captured by an evil emperor.
9780399257742 Last Stop on Market Street
By: Matt de la Peña
Illustrated by: Christian Robinson

A young boy rides the bus across town with his grandmother and learns to appreciate the beauty in everyday things.
pctrbk002 No One Can Ever Take Your Place
By: Fred Rogers
Illustrated by: Pat Sustendal

Lady Elaine fears that all her friends will forget about her in their intense enthusiasm for Harriett Elizabeth Cow, a newcomer to the neighborhood, until Lady Elaine realizes that she is special in her own right.
9781442498396 A Ride Through the Neighborhood
By: Maggie Testa

On board pages shaped like a trolley with movable wheels on the bottom, a story based on the characters from Mister Roger’s Neighborhood, in which the trolley is taking everyone home from school.
1433822644 Stickley Makes a Mistake!: a frog’s guide to trying again
By: Brenda Miles
Illustrated by: Steve Mack

With help from his grandpa, Stickley the frog, who hates making mistakes, learns to say “oh well,” hop up, and try again when mistakes happen.
9781481469340 What Time is it, Daniel Tiger?
By: Maggie Testa
Illustrated by: Jason Fruchter

Fans of Daniel Tiger will love spending a whole day with Daniel, learning about his routines, and moving the sturdy clock hands in this novelty board book that’s a very early introduction to telling time! It’s a memorable day in the neighborhood as Daniel shares his favorite times of day from breakfast time to bedtime and everything in between! First, follow Daniel through his morning routine! Then go to the Clock Factory for Chime Time! What time is it now? Dinnertime, then bath time, and finally, bedtime. This novelty board book has sturdy, moveable plastic clock hands that make a ticking sound like a real clock! Move the hands as you make Daniel part of another great time of day: story time!
9781681198491 You Make Me Happy
By: Smriti Prasadam-Halls
Illustrated by: Alison Brown

Fox and Porcupine explore the ways they make each other happy.


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