Picture Book: I Like Myself
Author: Karen Beaumont
Illustrator: David Catrow
Summary: This picture book delightfully invites listeners to celebrate who they are uniquely made to be. The little girl on the cover and throughout the book has confidence in who she is, even with beaver breath, messy hair, or hypothetical horns. She doesn’t care what others think of her or call her. She likes her insides and her outsides. No matter how others view her, she knows there is more to her than what can be seen. The book ends with these words, “I like myself because I’m ME!”
Hanna’s Comments: To counteract what the media tells them and the sometimes stringent expectations of teachers and parents, children need to hear that they are each lovingly made, unique children of God, full of unusual mixtures of gifts, inclinations, and possibilities. With a connection to the scriptural truth of being made in God’s image or likening our bodies to one of God’s temples, this book will offer such a lesson. Your listeners should be encouraged to discover and claim their own unique identities. What better place to affirm them than in a faith community that is invested in the welfare of each child?
Publisher & Date of Publication: Scholastic, 2004
Age & Grade Appropriateness: 4 and up, Pre and up
# of Pages: 32
Available in Spanish? Not at present
Formats other than Book: Audio CD, amateur videos are on Youtube.com
PBT Category: Post 2K
PBT Topics this Book Connects with: abilities, acceptance, authenticity, beauty, confidence, creativity/imagination/ingenuity, differences, emotions/feelings, gifts/talents, gladness/happiness, goodness, image of God, individuality/uniqueness, joy, self-reflection, self-acceptance/self-image/self-esteem
Scripture Connections: Made in God’s image (Genesis 1:27); to get wisdom is to love yourself (Proverbs 19:8a); your body is a temple (1 Corinthians 6:19); I praise you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14)
Idea(s) for Application: Read this story to young children when celebrating how all of us are different and uniquely made in God’s image.