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I Like Myself!

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  10,941 ratings  ·  901 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 Harcourt
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Jan 21, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: yikes, beans-reviews
I could tell right away that this book's illustrator was white, because of his unfortunate portrayal of a Black child. The part that stands out to me as particularly hard to read is the spread that begins, "Even when I look a mess..." and depicts the young girl in bed with her hair caricatured into what looks like an afro (the hairstyle shown in this illustration is a marked difference from the dreadlocks that the main character was wearing before). The implication that Black girls' natural hair ...more
Apr 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s
Although the sentiment isn’t new— and generally a little harder to convince— the illustrations more than make up for it in this life lesson on self-esteem!
4..Well deserved stars...

A fun and empowering read!! I Like Myself will definitely keep any reader, young or old, entertained and excited about who he or she is. The rhymes are abundant. The illustrations are fun and whimsical. Yet, the message is very clear. BE PROUD OF WHO YOU ARE!! EMBRACE YOUR UNIQUENESS!!
Lisa Vegan
Apr 02, 2011 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
Jul 12, 2013 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
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Not Really...
Reading Karen Beaumont's I Like Myself! - a self-esteem picture-book with both textual and visual references to the classic work of Dr. Seuss - this morning on my morning commute, and then comparing my reactions to those of almost every other online reviewer, I once again have that strange feeling that I am out of step with the current zeitgeist. I know that the received wisdom these days when it comes to child development is that the promotion of self esteem is paramount, but the sing-songy sel ...more
Crystal Marcos
Apr 02, 2011 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
Lauren Mocny-Branum
Oct 13, 2016 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 04, 2011 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
Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a children’s book about liking yourself for who you are.
May 21, 2012 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
Regina Jackson
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: week-3
Text- to - Self

This book is just the cutest! Growing up I was always happy with the skin I was in. Just like the main character in the book. She was weird, funny, happy and did not care about what anyone had to say. This book is good for a lesson on loving yourself. Teachers could use this book to show students its okay to be yourself and love every thing about yourself; rather weird, funny, or cool.
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.
The sweetest, nicest book ever. I love the message (of course), the adorable illustrations, rhyme scheme, and the zaniness. I bought it immediately.
Oct 13, 2019 rated it liked it
[As a first-grader] I love reading the book aloud because of the word rhymes. The pictures are funny, and the little girl seems to be full of energy, just like me. I think she is very brave and confident, as she loves herself inside and out. She loves her body, emotions, and behaviors, and doesn’t care about what others think of her. I agree that we are unique and I like myself too. However, that doesn’t mean we can just do whatever we like. For example, the girl jumped onto something that looks ...more
Apr 06, 2011 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 23, 2012 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 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
Shiela Escamilla
Sep 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
It's a story about a little girl who sees herself as someone special by highlighting something special about herself.
Although this is not an award winning book, it has great cultural representation of the character and highlights the special quality of the young girl in the story. Many children can relate to this book as they can see themselves as part of the whole although they may not look like or feel like everyone else. It's a great book for teaching children to feel content about their own
Oct 25, 2015 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
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a very positive message about self-esteem and being who you are, and liking it. And kids will laugh at things like polka-dot lips, pig snouts, and giant warthog tusks. The little girl in the book is creative and active, roller-blading, pretending to be a rocket ship, and riding a bicycle worthy of Dr. Suess. It’s a good book for very casual diversity as well–the little girl is black, though it isn’t directly relevant to the story, but one particular picture has her waking up in bed with ...more
Brittaney Ellis
Mar 14, 2018 added it
Shelves: week-4
Text to world connection

I believe that in the early years of forming the foundation of children, self identity and esteem are extremely important. Encouraging children to embrace themselves is a key factor in development. I love this book because in today's time, bullying is very much live and present. I believe that you cannot control what others do as far as bullying, but we can help build up all children to knowing their love and self-worth. This book shows that you can do what you want, wear
Nov 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I wish gaining self-esteem was easy as chanting "I like myself" over and over, but this book does a fun, colorful job of pointing out that self-acceptance shouldn't be dependent on others' views.

The rhymes and pictures are set in a big size book for a board book which is especially nice. Good gift for just about any age. I definitely need to remind myself that I like me even if I have what is comparable to knobby knees or hippo hips or purple polka-dotted lips, or beaver breath or stinky toes o
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:
Julie Doherty
Sep 05, 2009 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! ...more
Kate Wilburn
Such an important message and written and illustrated in a way I truly believe my four year old understood. Prompted a great conversation about all of the things we love about ourselves and each other.
Oct 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-children
A charming early tutorial in rhyme on self esteem.
Jillian Heise
Jul 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: picbooks, pb-identity
Messages related to identity, self-esteem, confidence, bring proud of what makes you who you are.
Melissa Carroll
Oct 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Preschool storytime?
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Karen Beaumont is the New York Times bestselling author of many award-winning picture books. She lives in Scotts Valley, California.

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