Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 0 to 3
A baby’s first year is full of memorable milestones. Learning to crawl, taking first steps, tasting new foods, and forming first words are all exciting achievements. You Are One looks back on each of these universal moments and more, inviting little ones and their parents to celebrate how much they have grown and discovered in just one year, from playing peekaboo to first teeth.
Narrated in the second person, You Are One is a charming read-aloud that addresses the baby directly. Supersaturated ink-and-wash illustrations play with pattern and perspective and lend a hip, artistic feel to the book. The diverse babies pictured come to life on the page through the realism of the art, and add to the text’s warmth, sweetness and broad appeal. The first in a three-book series, You Are One is designed as a whimsical gift for new parents who will enjoy reflecting on their baby's first year and expressing how much their little one is loved.
About the authors
Sara O'Leary est auteure de livres pour adultes et pour enfants. Parmi ses oeuvres les plus connues, la série à succès Henry et les albums This is Sadie, illustré par Julie Morstad et You Are One, illustré par Karen Klassen. Diplômée du programme de création littéraire de l'Université de la Colombie-Britannique, elle a enseigné la scénarisation et l'écriture pour enfants à l'Université Concordia.
Sara O'Leary is a writer of fiction for both adults and children. She is the author of the award-winning series of Henry books and This Is Sadie, illustrated by Julie Morstad, and You Are One, illustrated by Karen Klassen. A graduate of the UBC Creative Writing Program, she has taught screenwriting and writing for children at Concordia University in Montreal.
KAREN KLASSEN is an award-winning freelance illustrator and painter, specializing in fashion, lifestyle, and portrait illustration. Her international clients have included Rolling Stone, LA Weekly, The National Post, Maisonneuve, and The Sunday Times Magazine. Karen lives in Calgary, Alberta.
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"A warm and fuzzy read."
School Library Journal
"Further strengthening this book's charm is Calgary-based Karen Klassen's artwork... Patterned paintings intermingle portraits of diverse babies with more abstract representations of objects, like toys and food. Babies respond well to faces and expressions, and she has filled this book with them."
The National Reading Campaign
"Here's a rarity in children's literature... endearing... delightfully textured... features babies of varying skin colors and ethnicities; it's truly inclusive."
"Both adults and children will enjoy sharing the books in this series to celebrate the milestones of early childhood."
Canadian Children’s Book News
"A joyful picture book... Babies and young toddlers will enjoy both the simple, respectful observations of their activities and the captivating illustrations of babies' faces throughout. Recommended."
Canadian Review of Materials