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You Are Special: Words of Wisdom From America's Most Beloved Neighbor

Date: 2019
Author: Fred Rogers
Publisher: Penguin Books
ISBN: 9780140235142
Purchase: Amazon (Paperback) | Amazon Kindle


Copyright © Family Communications, Inc. 1994
[Revised edition slightly retitled and updated]

Date: 1994
Author: Fred Rogers
Publisher: Viking Penguin
ISBN: 0670854123
Purchase: Amazon (Hardcover)


Copyright © Family Communications, Inc. 1994
Jacket photograph by Walt Seng


The ideas in this collection have come from things that I have learned and thought for a long time. They come, too, from many people whom I have met along the way. I've been fortunate to have had some extraordinary teachers who have given me some powerful words that helped me learn about life and about children.

I have always given a great deal of thought to how I present ideas during our television visits, and I'm always fascinated to hear how people have used what we have said. Often they've used these ideas in creative, productive ways I had never dreamed they could be used.

So may it be with the words in this book. Once you've read them and made them your own, may they find their place in the innermost part of you -- in that essential part of you that inspires you to be who you really are.

- Fred Rogers


Republished in 2019, leading up to the release of A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. The republished version, including the article written by Tom Junod which provided the basis for the film, was retitled A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood: Neighborly Words of Wisdom From Mister Rogers.

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