You might not have grown up watching Mr. Rogers, but he has impacted a generation of children. Both a new biography, The Good Neighbor by Maxwell King, and a new DVD, Won’t You Be My Neighbor, are worth looking into as they tell a complementary story. The Good Neighbor gives a wealth of details of Fred Roger’s life, from a shy child to a public television innovator who was forever a voice for children’s feelings.
The DVD, Won’t You Be My Neighbor, is enriched by clips of those who knew Fred Rogers well, as well as footage from his shows not only speaking to children’s hearts but as a surprisingly generous dose of inclusivity. You will be moved both by reading and viewing.