Say Something! by Peter H. Reynolds

Say Something!

Peter H. Reynolds, Author & Illustrator

Orchard Books/Imprint of Scholastic Inc. , Fiction, Feb. 26, 2019

Suitable for Ages: 4-8

Themes: Using your voice, Making a difference, Diversity

Opening: The world needs your voice. 

Book Synopsis: The world needs your voice. Say something, with your words, with your music, with your poetry, with your courage and with your presence. It doesn’t need to be perfect as long as it’s from your heart. If you see someone lonely or being hurt, say something. If you have a great idea, share it with others.

Why I love this book:

Peter H. Reynolds’ newest gem, Say Something, is an inspiring, powerful and thought-provoking story that encourages children to use their voices to make a difference in their communities and world. Say Something pairs beautifully with Reynolds’ books Happy Dreamer and The Word Collector. Written for young readers, children have the power to make a difference through their thoughts, voices and actions. Reynolds’ text is lyrical and spare. His expressive illustrations feature diverse characters and will help kids see themselves. They will enjoy pouring over the detail and a fun word bubbles. Check out the endpapers.

This is my favorite kind of picture book because it introduces children to activism. Children naturally want to be involved and do things that help others or a greater cause. Say Something encourages children to be kind, creative, imaginative, bold, brave and step outside of their comfort zone to make their world a better place. This is an excellent classroom read-aloud and discussion book.

Resources: After reading the book, explore with children the many ways the characters say something. There is a detailed Teacher’s Guide that is packed with ideas about using all three books in the classroom. It will easily support school curriculums and encourage kids to find and use their voices in many unique ways. Visit

Peter Hamilton Reynolds is a New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of many books for children, including The Dot, Ish, Playing from the Heart, Happy Dreamer and The Word Collector. His books have been translated into over twenty-five languages around the globe and are celebrated worldwide. In 1996, he founded FableVision with his brother, Paul, as a social change agency to help create “stories that matter, stories that move.” He lives in Dedham, Massachusetts, with his family. Visit Reynolds at his website.

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31 thoughts on “Say Something! by Peter H. Reynolds

  1. I met Peter Reynolds at a sweet local bookstore in New England this past fall, where he gave an adorable talk to about 30 children and their parents. He’s a fabulous speaker, grabbing the kids’ attention immediately as he used a large poster to show how he started his writing/illustrating career with just “one dot.” I have The Word Collector at home and enjoy reading it to my grandkids. This next book looks like a winner also.

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    • Peter IS fantastic, I agree! Kids get so much out of his books and presentations. Lucky to have his bookstore,THE BLUE BUNNY, so close to me!

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    • You can’t go wrong with Peter’s books. I love that he has created another trilogy. Involve your grand kids in International Dot Day, Sep 15. I’ve written yearly posts about the event. Yes, he is a wonderful presenter. I studied with him one summer at the Southampton Stonybrook Children’s Literature Conference. He’s a lot of fun and genuinely interested in connecting with people.

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  2. Peter Reynolds never disappoints, does he? I love how children are being encouraged to take control of the future and a book like this can make a difference.

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    • No he doesn’t. I love all of his work! Own most of his books, but give many to grandchildren and nieces and nephews. I love how Peter is encouraging kids to make a difference — my favorite theme.

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  3. What a great cast of characters on the cover. Thanks for such a great review, I can’t wait to get a hold of this one. As everyone’s already noted, I’ve also loved his previous books.

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