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Children's Fiction Birthdays

You Are Three

by (author) Sara O'Leary

illustrated by Karen Klassen

Owlkids Books Inc.
Initial publish date
Mar 2017
Birthdays, New Baby, New Experience, Parents
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Mar 2017
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 0 to 3
  • Grade: p to 1


Life’s third year is full of milestones: learning ABCs, making friends, playing make-believe, and having real conversations. The final book in this series, You Are Three, looks back on each of these memorable achievements and more, inviting little ones to celebrate how much they have grown and discovered.

Supersaturated ink-and-wash illustrations in a striking palette lend a contemporary, whimsical feel to the book while the diverse children pictured add to the text’s warmth and broad appeal. You Are Three is a timely gift for toddlers and their parents, who will enjoy reflecting on the highlights of the third year and expressing how much their child 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.

Sara O'Leary's profile page

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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Editorial Reviews

"This reassuring tale is an engaging picture of a typical three year old...the text is simple but depicts the characteristics of a three year old poetically and succinctly."

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"Cooperative play, dramatic role-playing, and the need to be one's own person are conveyed in the daily activities of the culturally diverse characters within this story. This book reminds readers how enchanting it is to watch toddlers emerge into independent and curious beings."

School Library Journal

"Charming...likely to appeal to babies, toddlers, and smitten family members. Recommended."

Canadian Review of Materials

"Both adults and children will enjoy sharing the books in this series to celebrate the milestones of early childhood."

Canadian Children’s Book News

"Every bit as thoughtful as its predecessors...children's growing independence is honored rather than mourned, and the direct address of the second-person text displays an abundance of respect and joy in their growing autonomy."

Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW

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