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Children's Fiction Birthdays

You Are Two

by (author) Sara O'Leary

illustrated by Karen Klassen

Owlkids Books Inc.
Initial publish date
Sep 2016
Birthdays, Parents, New Experience, New Baby
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2016
    List Price
  • Board book

    Publish Date
    Apr 2019
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 0 to 3
  • Grade: p to 2


A baby’s second year is full of memorable milestones. Walking, running, understanding more words, speaking their names, and forming first memories are all exciting achievements. You Are Two picks up where You Are One left off and looks back on each of these moments and more, inviting little ones and their parents to celebrate how much they have grown and discovered.

Narrated in the second person, You Are Two is a charming read-aloud that addresses the baby directly. Supersaturated ink-and-wash illustrations play with pattern and perspective and lend a contemporary, artistic feel to the book. The diverse group of babies pictured comes to life on the page and adds to the text’s warmth and broad appeal. The second in a three-book series, You Are Two is designed as a whimsical gift for toddlers or parents who will enjoy reflecting on all the highlights of the second 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.

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.

Karen Klassen's profile page


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Editorial Reviews

"A classic piece that is read to and treasured as a keepsake."

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"Two is human in this picture book, and the narration's direct address provides affirmation of toddlers' human complexity and dignity."

Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW

"This compelling blend of the familiar and the fresh provides a powerful anchor for young readers... Just like You Are One, this lovely book would make the perfect birthday gift. Highly Recommended."

Canadian Review of Materials

"A lovely, carefully written book... Filled with sensitive, layered and textured portraits of children of different races and sexes, sharing the magical age of two years and all the experiences that includes."

The Midwest Book Review

"Elegant in its simplicity."

School Library Journal

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

Canadian Children’s Book News

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