What Are You?


From Christian Trimmer and award-winning illustrator Mike Curato comes What Are You?, a brilliant, new early-reader picture book brimming with warmth and playfulness that explores questions of race and identity.

When Pugs meets two new poodle friends, there are questions the poodles feel they must ask Pugs before they can play together.

Pugs has trouble answering the many questions and assumptions. The poodles reason Pugs must be good at certain things because he is part pug, and others because he is part beagle. Is that true? Or is he good at doing things because he is who he is?

Like the irresistible Elephant and Piggie, this is a brilliantly constructed early reader picture book, equally funny and thoughtful, with back matter that includes prompts to facilitate important conversation about identity between child and adult.