You and Me

by Rebecca Kai Dotlich and Susan Reagan

“His skin’s so soft. / His hair’s so fine. / I know my numbers... read more

“His skin’s so soft. / His hair’s so fine. / I know my numbers / up to nine.” A board book brimming with warmth offers a fresh, lively, relatable look at family change. Rhyming couplets pair third-person statements in the voice of an adult (who appears to be the mom) making observations about the new baby in the family to an older sibling, with first-person statements in the voice of the older child, who is eager to tout their own accomplishments. The big sibling is also, of course, assuring they still have a place at the grown-up’s center of attention, something that there is no doubt about even before the big kid finally gets a lap and storytime—when the baby falls asleep. “ Hurray! / It’s time for you and me! ” The baby is a boy; the older child could be any gender in story that celebrates both children in this Black family. The illustrations, like the narrative, provide a vivid, comforting sense of realism. (Ages Birth–6)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2019

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