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I Like Myself!

4.28 of 5 stars 4.28  ·  rating details  ·  5,599 ratings  ·  507 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 4 of 5 stars
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
Mari Miyagi
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.
Crystal Jackson
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.
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
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:
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. :)
Annette Taylor-james
It is indeed great for teaching children to love and accept themselves the rhyming is like icing on a cake. loved the illustration too.
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.
Amy Rae
I feel bad rating this one low, because it's one that I would definitely recommend a lot. But I don't like the art at all--it's like if John Kricfalusi tried to draw the Whos from Whoville. (Okay, it's a lot less gross than Kricfalusi's work as a whole, but the shininess of the people's faces does not appeal to me at all.)

I also found it interesting that, as far as I could tell, the only character of colour in the book was our narrator. I think that sends a really powerful message about finding
This story is about a little girl who documents all of the things about herself that she likes, and conveys that the reason she likes all of these things is because they are quintessential her. She rattles off how even if she had certain other qualities, she would still like herself because all of these things are what make her her. She is a lively child who is confident and energetic, despite not being perfect. I want to include this book in the text set for embracing the self and being kind to ...more
Julie Doherty
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!
"I like Myself" is a great children's book! The character in the story talks about everything she likes about herself such as her eyes,ears, nose, fingers, and toes. The character goes on to tell that she wouldn't want to be anyone else but herself and she loves everything inside and out about herself.
This book is a great book for children learning how to ready. The illustrations are detailed and colorful. The text is simple for a child learning to read. The text also has a lot of words that rhy
I REALLY loved this story! The author really addresses self-empowerment in a very child friendly way. I also think the illustrations were amazing!
This book is wonderful. A little girl uses rhyme to talk about herself and self esteem. The illustrations in this delightful little story are very simple, but extremely colorful and nice. They draw in the reader without being too busy to distract us from the text. They also enhance and add to the story.
This book represents a poetry genre. Children are exposed to multiple cultures, perspective, and values. This is related to my topic because it discusses how a child can be confident in herself n
April Fusilier
Who doesn’t like an upbeat, self-confident girl who is silly and infectious? Karen Beaumont’s rhyming masterpiece does a fantastic job encouraging self-acceptance. At one point the girl states that she herself “on the inside too for all the things I say and do…and me is all I want to be.” Making the point of loving your insides is important really hit home because treating people well should bring you joy. Loving one-self, flaws and all is a great message. Building self-confidence about the thin ...more
Jul 14, 2009 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Shelves: 2009, childrens
A good book for instilling a healthy sense of self-esteem in children.
A charming early tutorial in rhyme on self esteem.
Theresa Landgren
This is a picture about a young girl who talks about the things she likes about herself. She likes her messy hair and her beaver breath. Throughout the story she just discusses the best parts of her and she wants readers to think about what they like about themselves.

I would use this in my classroom to teach lessons about self-confidence. I want my students to see their strengths instead of their weaknesses. It is a silly story that they will enjoy, but also it gets serious to teach them a lesso
Apr 08, 2014 Gina marked it as to-read
In this phenomenal rhyming text, a little girl named Karen Beaumont expresses confidence and joy in her uniqueness, no matter how her outer appearance looks like. It teaches students about self-esteem and that we all go through it, whether it is high or low. Everyone should embrace their flaws and be happy within. For a literacy lesson, I would have students to create a poem with words that rhyme. Students may write about how they feel on the outside; also they may utilize descriptive words to d ...more
Teri Swain
I couldn't help but love this book. Even the cover made me smile a little bit. The genre of this book is non fiction and it was a rhyming book. I would recommend this book for Pre-k-1 because of language, but I am an adult and enjoyed this book so it might be a good read for all ages. Even though it is a short rhyming book there is a message that all little children should apply to their everyday life--liking yourself no matter what others think. I read this to my 4 year old niece and she really ...more
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