“I like myself! I’m glad I’m me. There’s no one else I’d rather be.” This is the opening to “I Like Myself!” a wonderful self-esteem boosting book for young children. The little girl in the book shares just what it is that she likes about herself-which is everything!
The witty, rhyming text may seem simple, but it really hits on so many complex life issues.
“Beauty is only skin deep”
- On one page, the little girl wakes up with hair that just about hits the ceiling. The text on this page reads “even when I look a mess, I still don’t like me any less, ‘cause nothing in this world, you know can change what’s deep inside, and so…”
Dealing with people trying to bring you down
- “And I don’t care in any way what someone else may think or say”
Loving yourself, both the positives and negatives
- “I’d still like me with fleas or warts, or with a silly snout that snorts, or knobby knees or hippo hips or purple polka-dotted lips.”
The illustrations in this book are very engaging and fun. David Catrow also illustrated another great self-esteem book, Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon (see my review here).
I highly recommend reading self-esteem boosting books to your kids! They send such a great message and will hopefully have a positive impact on them in the future. If you decide to search for books with this theme, I recommend picking up “I Like Myself!” By Karen Beaumont.