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I'm Gonna Like Me: Letting Off a LIttle Self-Esteem

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Celebrate liking yourself! Through alternating points of view, a girl's and a boy's, Jamie Lee Curtis's triumphant text and Laura Cornell's lively artwork show kids that the key to feeling good is liking yourself because you are you. Like the duo's first New York Times best-seller, Today I Feel Silly and Other Moods That Make My Day, this is an inspired book to rejoice in ...more
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Published November 14th 2006 by HarperCollins (first published 2002)
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Keri
Apr 08, 2011 Keri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Category: Grades K-3, Book #18
This adorable rhyming story is about a children who go through different life experiences and still like themselves even at the hardest moments. The pictures are adorable and the details embedded in the story make it even more fun! This story can be used for social stories in small groups or as a whole class read aloud. Students can also make their own, "I'm Gonna Like Me" book where they articulate times that they know when their self-esteem is low. It will serve a
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Jerrica Morales
Aug 15, 2016 Jerrica Morales rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: peer-instructor
After reading this book with a classmate, we identified the theme of this book as self-confidence. The colorful book is full of vivid pictures; however , the words are hard to follow as you read along. In essence, this book would be great for developing social/ emotional characteristics in children self evaluations. In addition the book should be read to the children and should not be a selection in the library center.
Angela Bailey
Title / Author / Publication Date:
I'm gonna like me: Letting off a little self-esteem. / Jamie Lee Curtis. Laura Cornell (ill.) / 2002.

Genre: Fiction.

Format: Picturebook - print.

Plot summary:
"A young girl learns to like herself every single day, no matter what" (NoveList).

Considerations or precautions for readers advisory:
self-esteem

Review citation:
“Curtis looks to the source of what makes children (of all ages) feel comfortable in their own skin. Cornell pictures the perky rhymes being deli
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Susan
Jan 31, 2016 Susan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: storybook, 2016
I like the idea and message of the book, including liking yourself even when you make mistakes.

However, I found that much of the 'I like me' centred on achievement-based factors, which made me wonder how a young reader would feel if he/she does not know 'all of his/her' letters.

I also appreciated that the protagonists included a little boy and a little girl, especially in a world where little girls are often absent as actors in children's literature. Unfortunately, the fact that the illustrator
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Kallie Crowell
This is one of my favorite pictures books to read with students. The book trades off the point of view from boy and girl. The book focuses on liking yourself even when you look funny, or make a mistake. It teaches readers that no one is perfect, but to always like you for you. This book is great for teaching self esteem and would go great into a social skills theme. The writing traits apparent in this book are ideas, word choice, sentence fluency and presentation. The overall main idea of this b ...more
Lindsey Schiefelbein
This book, "Im gunna like me: let off a little self-esteem" by Jamie Lee Curtis and Laura Cornwell goes through a normal day for a young boy and girl switching between the two as the books goes on. Throughout the book the boy and girl switch off giving examples of why they're going to like themselves in situations most wouldn't see as self esteem boosting activities. They give examples of situations where someone might look down on themselves and turn it around to make it a positive. They say "I ...more
Khloe Belfiore
Feb 01, 2015 Khloe Belfiore rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"I’m Gonna Like Me" is about two children that prove to the audience how much they like themselves through alternating points of view. This boy and girl telling the story have such a positive attitude towards anything that is thrown their way. They express themselves in the story as somewhat of a celebration. This story accounts for times that a child self esteem may be low and tries to encourage kids to like them for who they are no matter what.

One of the biggest standout aspects of this book
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Tammy Emmert
Mar 30, 2014 Tammy Emmert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: authors
The two main characters in this book--a boy and a girl--give lots of reasons why they like themselves, and few of them are the usual "I'm good at piano" or "I'm the best baseball player on team." Instead, they like themselves for all the little things that make them unique (ie: "...when I grin and I see, the space in my mouth where my teeth used to be" or "...wearing flowers and plaid. I have my own style. I don't follow some fad.") They even like themselves despite mistakes that they make ("... ...more
Geneva Roberts
Mar 29, 2014 Geneva Roberts rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: author, self-esteem
This story is told by a boy and a girl about what they like about themselves and different situations they face like being chosen last to play on teams, getting an answer wrong in front of the class, doing the right thing when a ring was found etc.. This book would be great to read to children and teach them that its ok to be yourself, nobody is perfect and you are one of a kind. There are positive and negative experiences the characters face in the book that children could relate to. The illust ...more
Tonya Nelson
I’m Gonna Like Me
I absolutely love Jamie Lee Curtis’s books!

Summary: The colorful pictures and fun rhymes in this book illustrate a positive message for children. The young girl in the story learns to like herself every day, no matter what. It teaches children not to be afraid to be wrong, try new things, and be comfortable in their own skins. The rhyming text uses repeated phrases that students can predict and encourages students to remember their self-esteem in good times and bad.

Characteristi
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TA Children's Lit Profile
I loved the concept behind this book! I expected it to be about feeling good about yourself when you do good things, but it's actually about liking yourself all the time. The characters like themselves when they get an answer wrong in school and when they get picked last for a game just the same as when they share their food and make a card for a sick friend. The illustrations are fun and silly and have tons of details which I could imagine children studying for hours. The main characters are a ...more
Amanda
Jun 14, 2014 Amanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature-class
This is one of my favorite books of all time. This book could be used with kindergarten students all the way through 5th grade. This book follows a little girl that promises to have high self-esteem even when she faces the challenges of life. I'm Going to Like Me is another one of Jamie Lee Curtis' masterpieces because it instills confidence in our youngest leaders. I'm Going to Like Me is a great read to teach children about grit and tenacity. I'm Going to Like Me also allows students to embrac ...more
Alyssa Sherry
I'm Gonna Like Me is all about two kids, a boy and a girl, that are really confident and love themselves very much. Right away, you know that this is going to be a story of self exceptance because of the title. All throughout the book, these children mention their faults and say that they are going to like themselves anyway! This is definitely a great lesson to teach young children!

The artwork in this book is bright, vibrant, and a ton of fun! The pictures aid in portraying the text and have lot
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Lynne
This is a fun book that sends a message to children that they are still likable even when they mess up, make mistakes, and fall short. The rhyming text includes a wide variety of children and issues. A couple examples of the kind of times "I'm gonna like me" include when I can stand in front of the class and spell things correctly, when I make a mistake and think a ruler is 10 inches long, when I can run fast and jump high, and when I fall and skin my elbow... I used this book with a story time ...more
Cami Simmons
This book is all about younger kids who are confident in themselves no matter what. When the little boy and girl go through good times and bad times, they are exclaiming how they love who they are. What I loved the most is that they talked about messing up and failing... but they still liked themselves despite of the hard times.

I love this book because it is so encouraging. I would use this book to teach kids to not give up or not like themselves when they mess up. The book will let them know th
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Maggie Burgess
I like the message of liking yourself, no matter what- even if you make a mistake. I think some of these examples though (making mistakes) can be challenging, and the singsong-y fun style of the book doesn't explain that its okay, and how to like yourself even when you've made a mistake. My students would think some of these are funny, and would get really excited about liking themselves too, but when times get hard, I don't know that they would be able to think back to this or relate to it in t ...more
Valerie
Oct 26, 2009 Valerie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jess, catalog
Summary: Actor Jamie Lee Curtis and winsome illustrator Laura Cornell continue their successful collaboration (Today I Feel Silly, When I Was Little, et al.) with this paean to poise and self-assurance, I'm Gonna Like Me. The duo sets out to "let off a little self-esteem" by following a seriously self-actualized (and gratifyingly quirky) boy and girl throughout their day on alternating pages. The kids take turns carrying the lines, often switching off midsentence, to describe exactly how and why ...more
Samantha Brumbaugh
Summary: Actor Jamie Lee Curtis and winsome illustrator Laura Cornell continue their successful collaboration (Today I Feel Silly, When I Was Little, et al.) with this paean to poise and self-assurance, I'm Gonna Like Me.
The duo sets out to "let off a little self-esteem" by following a seriously self-actualized (and gratifyingly quirky) boy and girl throughout their day on alternating pages. The kids take turns carrying the lines, often switching off midsentence, to describe exactly how and why
...more
Jenna Dillon
Oct 23, 2009 Jenna Dillon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Summary:The duo sets out to "let off a little self-esteem" by following a seriously self-actualized (and gratifyingly quirky) boy and girl throughout their day on alternating pages. The kids take turns carrying the lines, often switching off midsentence, to describe exactly how and why "I'm gonna like me." The call and response continues through the action-packed day, as the kids get up, go to school, have lunch, go to a birthday party, etc., until they finally get tucked in--so no opportunity f ...more
Laura Gibbs
Sep 20, 2009 Laura Gibbs rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I picked this book up off the shelf because I thought it would be a good book for toddlers who are beginning to develop self esteem and understand themselves and other’s emotions. This also quickly became one of my favorite books! This book basically has different situations that kids might go through, such as being picked last for the team at school, and helps them to learn that it’s okay and they can and should still like themselves. The pictures in this book are also bright and cheery and rea ...more
Julia Jasztal
Jan 28, 2013 Julia Jasztal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mommy's review from 11/21/11 -


I've liked Jamie Lee Curtis for a long time now. She's a fantastic actress and from what I've seen, heard and learned she seems like a fantastic person as well. Most importantly, she's a fantastic Mom.
Ever since I happened to find When I Was Little marked down in a supermarket book bin I've also loved her writing. (She also works with outstanding illustrators!)
This is, as one can guess from the title, all about liking yourself. It's all about kids celebrating thems
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Stephanie Delvecchio
May 02, 2010 Stephanie Delvecchio rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Summary: The dynamic duo behind Today I Feel Silly returns for another lively, emotionally reassuring picture book. This time out, Curtis looks to the source of what makes children (of all ages) feel comfortable in their own skin. Cornell pictures the perky rhymes being delivered by a pair of young protagonists confident enough to shake off embarrassment and to feel proud (though not overly so) of personal achievements. "I'm gonna like me when I'm called on to stand. I know all my letters like t ...more
Shannon Brasher
This book is a fabulous book to read to children to discuss the topic of self esteem. Jamie Lee Curtis covers a wide array of issues relevant to a small child such as physical imperfections like missing two front teeth, having confidence when you give an incorrect answer in class, being picked last for a team, as well as just being yourself and going against the trend. This is a must read for the beginning of the school year for children and a great addition to any child's library at home.
Kelli Torgersen
I'm Gonna Like Me: Letting Off a Little Self-Esteem by Jamie Lee Curtis address the critical issue that many children face of having low self esteem. This cute, little, story tells the experiences of two children, a boy and a girl. The book consists of "I'm gonna like me...." phrases with different scenarios, some are good like helping take out the trash and some are sad like being chosen last. This book is a great way to help children feel important, no matter what they do.
Sarah Owen
Sep 12, 2016 Sarah Owen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rdng-350
This book is a book about kids liking themselves, just the way they are. It tells many different scenarios where you may not like yourself, but they do anyways.

I liked this book becasue it rhymed and becasue the message was fantastic. I also loved the illustrations because they were very colorful and fun.

I would use this book in my classroom to teach the kids that even if you mess up, or don't fit in, you should still love yourself, because you are amazing.
Devone Smith
Sep 17, 2014 Devone Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: concept-books
I loved this book. It was a fun and quirky read with a great message to kids on how to enjoy life by liking yourself flaws and all. The concept of keeping good self-esteem was really shown without repetition of the same cliche advice on loving yourself. The illustrations were really fun, too. I would recommend this book and would put it in my future classroom. We all need to be reminded to like ourselves no matter what!
J-Lynn
Jul 19, 2010 J-Lynn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
An adorable book by Jamie Lee Curtis that shows a young boy and girl who keep repeating the line “I’m gonna like me,” no matter what trouble they get into. The book shows them in all sorts of different childhood scenarios from knowing all the answers when asked to getting picked last on the team. But, throughout it all, the children like themselves.

The illustrations are another collaboration with Laura Cornell and are FULL of details not necessarily related to the story. Through the pictures we
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Ang
Oct 18, 2015 Ang rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: storytime-books
Preschool Storytime: Self-Esteem theme

This is a great book for Preschool Storytime. It's not too long and there are plenty of whimsical illustrations that depict the text. The text also becomes part of the illustrations which is really neat. There are plenty of rhyming phrases in the book that will keep the children entertained. This book is also great for being interactive with the children.
Bree Bosse
Jan 16, 2010 Bree Bosse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book because it really shows how being different is what makes you special and is just a fun book to read. This is a fiction book about self-esteem in children. It shows both a boy and a girl who learn to love themselves every day and love each part of who they are, no matter what. It celebrates the differences in children and the idea that they should love themselves even if they make mistakes. This book is a great book to include in an “All About Me” theme in the beginning of the y ...more
Raevin Jones
I thought that this book was very cute and unique. It shows children that everyone is different and we should always like ourselves no matter what. Very cute illustrations. Great book to show children about appreciating themselves for who they are and not wanting to be something else.
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Jamie Lee Curtis is a two-time Golden Globe-winning, BAFTA-winning, and Emmy-nominated American film actress and an author of children's books. Although she was initially known as a "scream queen" because of her starring roles in many horror films early in her career such as Halloween (1978 film), The Fog, Prom Night (1980 film) and Terror Train, Curtis has since compiled a body of work that cover ...more
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