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I Like Myself!

4.28  ·  Rating Details ·  7,152 Ratings  ·  594 Reviews
High on energy and imagination, this ode to self-esteem encourages kids to appreciate everything about themselves--inside and out. Messy hair? Beaver breath? So what! Here's a little girl who knows what really matters.

At once silly and serious, Karen Beaumont's joyous rhyming text and David Catrow's wild illustrations unite in a book that is sassy, soulful--and straight fr
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published May 1st 2004 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Lisa Vegan
Apr 10, 2011 Lisa Vegan rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: children who like silly & amusing stories; readers who enjoy Dr. Seuss type rhymes
Recommended to Lisa by: Crystal Marcos

I can’t help but like this book. The rhyme is good: catchy and funny (with its accompanying illustrations) and its sentiments are well intentioned. And, it did remind me of a Dr. Seuss book, which is praise from me. And, the pictures are very colorful, large, vibrant, and would be bordering on garish but for their wonderful whimsical content. They’re a lot of fun.

The humor and sweetness of the rhyme surpassed, by a bit, my wariness of the message. Self esteem does not come from children receivin
Crystal Marcos
Apr 02, 2011 Crystal Marcos rated it it was amazing
I purchased this book because I wanted some books in my home library that taught my daughter to love and be herself. I love I Like Myself! and so does my soon to be 22 month old daughter. We both enjoyed the rhythm of the book written in rhymes. My daughter thought the little girl was "funny". I found her quite delightful, I could feel the happiness she exudes while reading this book. As I was reading, I was reminded of Dr. Suess. The illustrations were brilliant, humorous, and colorful. We both ...more
Apr 26, 2011 Kathryn rated it really liked it
This is a cute story with an obvious message--liking yourself no matter what others think! I enjoyed it, but I think the silliness will appeal to children more than it did to me. I'm also not sure the illustrations were quite my cup of tea, but I appreciated them. I don't think I could say it better than my friend Lisa did when she wrote of this book's message, "Self esteem does not come from children receiving undeserved praise or telling them they like themselves. I’m afraid this picture book ...more
May 21, 2012 A_Cathi rated it liked it
Listened to the audio of this. Very sweet child's voice. Silly rhyming text worked well with the exaggerated illustrations of how funny children can be. This is a book to share with kindergarten or 1st graders to show extreme ways that children different on the outside. Tall, short, curly or straight hair, different facial features that may not be the norm - just does not matter to this little girl. She is happy to be who she is. I am going to use this book as a read aloud for our end of year pr ...more
The sweetest, nicest book ever. I love the message (of course), the adorable illustrations, rhyme scheme, and the zaniness. I bought it immediately.
Lauren Mocny-Branum
Oct 17, 2016 Lauren Mocny-Branum rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-stack-f2016
I Like Myself! (Wanda Gág Read Aloud Book Award winner, 2005) is a children’s book that displays a little girl who likes herself, just as she is, for things that would be considered unconventional (wild hair and beaver teeth). Children will love this book for it’s catchy rhyming and beautiful, colorful illustrations. She is so full of joy and exudes this throughout the entire book. This book highlights that no matter what someone says about you, your self worth and self esteem are something that ...more
Apr 06, 2011 Keri rated it it was amazing
Category: Grades K-3, Book #14

This is a story about a little girl who likes herself no matter what she looks like and no matter what others think of her. It is a poem book that kids will easily love right away. The pictures that go with it are wonderful and make the story come alive. I use this book at the beginning of the year when I talk about differences in others, why it's important to honor them, and to not judge people by the way they look. Students can make portraits of themselves and use
Oct 29, 2012 Davonni rated it it was amazing
This book caught my eye right away from the bright colored cover and the bold statement of the title “I Like Myself!” Throughout the story a little girl tells how she likes everything about herself from her wild hair to her beaver teeth. This energetic fiction book teaches young students all about self-esteem. As a teacher I would this book in a center by pointing out some of the great adjectives this book uses throughout the text. (Ex. Purple polka dot lips) Having the students play around with ...more
Amber Lewis
Oct 29, 2012 Amber Lewis rated it really liked it
The book I Like Myself is a fiction story. It is about a young girl who loves everything about herself. The young girl accepts herself flaws and all. She makes reference to liking her eyes, ears, nose, fingers, and toes, not liking herself any less when she looks a mess, and not being bothered when people stare because she knows there is more to herself than her appearance.
As a literacy teacher, I would use this text in the classroom to show students how some authors use rhyme to help the flow o
Oct 25, 2015 CjLowery rated it really liked it
I Like Myself is about a little girl that expresses her self-esteem in imaginative ways, thus, teaching children how to improve their self-esteem no matter what life throws at them. It is also a fun rhyming story with colorful imagery.

The target audience for this book is somewhere between ages 4-8. At this age is where children are already developing a slight bit of self-conscienceness, especially between ages 6-8. Representation is very important in a children's picture book, and self-esteem in
Angela Bailey
Title / Author / Publication Date:
I like myself! / Karen Beaumont. / 2004.

Genre: Fiction.

Format: Picturebook - print.

Plot summary:
In rhyming text, a little girl expresses confidence and joy in her uniqueness, no matter her outward appearance" (NoveList).

Considerations or precautions for readers advisory:
self-esteem, self-acceptance, self-confidence, respect

Review citation:
“The brightly colored art and rhymes are reminiscent of Dr. Seuss's work with their quirky absurdity, especially the full
This book has a great message, one of accepting yourself and loving you for who you are. I especially liked the illustrations, they were my favorite part. There were a couple pictures where I just thought the particular expression on the little girl was absolutely precious. If you want a picture book that will boost you child's self esteem and have zany pictures to boot, you'd better check this book out.

*Taken from my book reviews blog:
Jul 12, 2013 Alysia added it
Shelves: i-feel-you
While this book was a obvious advocate for being in love with self, I would use this book with the teaching of opposites in my classroom. There are a lot of descriptions of things that are opposite of each other, so once I got to the pages that presented those opposites I would stop and ask questions that bring recognition to the things that were opposite on that page. Things like being wild versus being tamed or fast versus slow. I would also have the children act out some of the actions to let ...more
This book allows students to see that people may come in all shapes and sizes and that it is important to accept your differences and just be yourself, teachers can teach children to look at things from a god place inside and never let anything that anyone says about you get to you. The class can have a discussion about why it is important to love yourself and how they can practice being themselves and doing silly things without a care as to what others may think and accept their looks because t ...more
Julie Doherty
Sep 05, 2009 Julie Doherty rated it it was amazing
I want to buy this book! Yes, it's a children's book, but the whole family will enjoy. The story is written in rhyming prose and is illustrated by the David Catrow of the popular "David" books. We typed up the poem and stuck it on our fridge in an attempt to memorize this as a family. I want my kids to learn that no matter what anyone else says or thinks, if they like themselves, they will be just fine!
Instantly, this book resonates with me in terms of its inspirational message to like yourself regardless of pressures to think otherwise. I feel as though personal appearance and low sense of confidence inspired my appeal to this book. Nonetheless, I would recommend this book to younger children who are always in need of a self confidence boost. This is also a great book to read aloud to young children as a way to cajole to be nicer to themselves and who they are as a person. :)
Mari Miyagi
Oct 05, 2015 Mari Miyagi rated it liked it
This is a cute one. I think I would use this book for kindergarten or 1st grade that just start to learn writing. I would have them write what they like about themselves with a sentence starter like "I like myself because ________." It is important for children to develop their positive self-image early.
Sep 11, 2014 Camie rated it really liked it
I love that there are books like this about empowering girls, improving self-esteem, and happily celebrating our differences. This book is great for my granddaughter who is biracial and can identify with the main character. The Dr Seuss-esque rhyming cadence is catchy and quickly repeated, which seems to add to the fun. 4 stars
Crystal Jackson
Jul 12, 2014 Crystal Jackson rated it it was amazing
Great book! One of my favorites. I really enjoyed this book. It reminded me of when I was a kid and didn't have a care in the world, I loved me. I would definitely share this with children and influence them to remain positive and love themselves. Great book to help encourage those with a low self esteem.
Monique Williams
I would use this book as a social studies book. I would use it as a method for getting the children to look at the positive attributes they each have and we could use it as an all about me kick-off book.
Sep 24, 2016 Andrew added it
"I like myself because I am me"

This is a beautiful, short, children's story that should be read by everyone and to every child.
Annette Taylor-james
Jul 01, 2014 Annette Taylor-james rated it it was amazing
Shelves: selfesteem
It is indeed great for teaching children to love and accept themselves the rhyming is like icing on a cake. loved the illustration too.
I REALLY loved this story! The author really addresses self-empowerment in a very child friendly way. I also think the illustrations were amazing!
Jan 12, 2009 Roy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-children
A charming early tutorial in rhyme on self esteem.
Jul 14, 2009 Dolly rated it liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Shelves: childrens, 2009
A good book for instilling a healthy sense of self-esteem in children.
I actually enjoyed reading I Like Myself by Karen Beaumont. Although the author does not represent the ethnicity of the main character, I think Beaumont did a awesome job creating a book that would be intresting fir children to read and things to think about. This book didn't really have a rich plot, but I love how it encourages children to love their self. This book doesn't contain a problem and solution, but the concept is quite wonderful.The illustrations are not really realistic because this ...more
Dec 13, 2016 Columbus rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful little book with a wonderful message about liking yourself through anything or any obstacle. Wonderfully quirky pics, colorful and vibrant. I love the rhymes, too!

Inside, outside, upside down,
From head to toe and all around,
I like it all! It all is me!
And me is all I want to be.

I read this to a soon to be 4 year old boy and he laughed and pointed out to the crazy pics. This is a library copy but think I'll be purchasing this one. While reading this I thought of that India. Arie
Nov 09, 2016 Anna rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. It is so wonderful in just teaching you to love yourself no matter how you look, what imperfections you think you might have, no matter what anyone says or thinks about you, you love yourself no matter what. It is such a powerful and positive message that I smiled to myself throughout the book. I recommend reading this to children or the child read the book themselves, and even read this book to yourself whenever you're down about how you look. Go love yourself! You ...more
Danielle Mccoy
Dec 27, 2016 Danielle Mccoy rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
I really like the message in this book. There are a lot of self esteem book out there but this one is one of the funnier ones, it made my "kids" belly laugh at all the ways she could look and still like herself. The illustrations my them want to dance around.
Kerry Ann
Jan 03, 2017 Kerry Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens-books
Recommend for your little reader. [Children's book. Great for ages 1yr+.]

Board book. Moral of the story is a little beyond the youngest of readers but the illustrations reminiscent of the Dr Seuss books reach out and holds their attention.
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