Are You Waiting for Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

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If you are waiting for the popular biographical documentary about Mr. Rogers, or if you have seen it already and really enjoyed it, try these recommended films and books selected by the First Floor staff at Main. Here you will find other readings by and about the beloved Pittsburgh icon himself, interesting biographical documentaries about influential people, selections relevant to our region and childhood nostalgia.

Daniel Tiger’s 5-Minute Stories

A new generation of children love Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, inspired by the classic series Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood!

Fred Rogers: America's Favorite Neighbor

A commemorative program celebrating the life of Fred Rogers, including rare vintage clips and behind-the-scenes footage from his 50 years in television.

 

Good Citizens: Creating Enlightened Society

A delightful collection of strategies that anyone can use to patiently bring about a more peaceful world through compassion, mindful consumption, and ethical action.

The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers

Maxwell King traces Rogers’s personal, professional, and artistic life through decades of work, including a surprising decision to walk away from the show to make television for adults, only to return to the neighborhood with increasingly sophisticated episodes, written in collaboration with experts on childhood development.

Kennywood Memories

A documentary presenting the history of Kennywood Park, one of the oldest amusement parks in the U.S., located in Southwestern Pennsylvania near Pittsburgh. Shows what the park was like when it first opened and how it was in 1988 when the program was filmed.

 

The Mister Rogers Parenting Book: Helping to Understand Your Young Child

Reassuring and wonderfully accessible, full of child development insight and practical ideas from a trusted friend of both children and adults, this innovative book is a valuable resource for all parents of 2- to 6-year-olds who are faced with a variety of new and challenging situations.

The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble

In 2000, cellist Yo-Yo Ma brought together musicians from around the world for what he called the Silk Road Project. Since that time, the Silk Road Ensemble has recorded six albums and performed in 33 countries. Blending performance footage, personal interviews, and archival film, the documentary focuses on the journeys of a small group of Silk Road Ensemble mainstays.

Peaceful Neighbor

Cry happy tears while learning about the lesser-known counterculture ideals behind Fred Rogers’ radical pacifist agenda of wholesomeness.

Roberto Clemente

From PBS, the story of Roberto Clemente, an exceptional baseball player and committed humanitarian who challenged racial discrimination to become baseball’s first Latino superstar.

RBG

This 2018 documentary is on the life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Both this DVD and Won’t You Be My Neighbor are uplifting biographies of strong, kind and courageous Americans.