I am me and you are you.
That’s why we love each other, me and you!Me and You by Geneviève Côté
One of our favorite recent library reads has been Me and You by Geneviève Côté.
What I love about this book is the exchange between Bunny and Pig as they try to imitate each other. As they try to be each other instead of themselves, they fumble and stumble. In the end, they realize that they like each other best when they are themselves.
The language is playful and simple, with two contrasting fonts to show the exchange in dialogue. The illustrations are cute and whimsical as the animals try to become one another. For example, bunny paints himself pink to be like pig, and pig puts floppy socks on his ears to be like bunny. They continue to change themselves throughout the book until they realize they are better when they are themselves.
It’s a quick read, packing an essential lesson into an amusing story for children. Something that took me a long time to learn – we just feel better and are more comfortable when we’re in our own skin! Celebrate your uniqueness as well as the things that make others in your life individuals and special.