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What I Tell Myself First: Children's Real-World Affirmations of Self Esteem

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Written by a US military veteran, this children's book, based on Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, will instill in children the answer to bullying, body-shaming, hate, and attacks on the self through daily affirmations. Author Mike Brown has learned many life lessons and hopes to convey some of those lessons acquired from public and private service in the Army, as a police offi ...more
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Published October 21st 2019
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Summer Walters
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What I tell myself first is the perfect read for my son who is 8 years old and is struggling with fitting in with his peers at school and acceptance from others.
When I received it I first read it to him and on the second night I had him read it to me and explain what he retained. It is a great book for a caregiver to read to their child and discuss what they are taking from it as well as a guide to explain what's most important and that is themself.
It can be hard for a child to comprehend thin
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Dipali Gupta
Oct 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What I Tell Myself FIRST is a book of Children's Real-World Affirmations of Self Esteem that gives some important messages  like believe in yourself and helps them to boost their confidence and make them ready for tough times.
This is an amazing  book that talks about self love, self acceptance and   positivity. This book is a wonderful read for children so they can understand how to deal with difficult situations and feelings. These affirmations are  based on Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, will in
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Reader Views
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed by Eve Panzer for The Barefoot Librarian and Reader Views Kids (02/2020)

“What I Tell Myself First” by Michael A. Brown is a much-needed tool for educators and parents trying to promote the development of self-esteem in their students and children. It is in a workbook format rather than a storybook, with blanks for the children to write their answers. The interactive book engages children and provides opportunities for discussion. The diversity in the characters in shape, size, color, an
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Aimee Ann
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What I Tell Myself FIRST: Children’s Real-World Affirmations of Self Esteem is a moving, memorable, and magnificent children’s self-affirmations book that is unique as well as incredibly inspiring! What I Tell Myself FIRST will have no problem inspiring and moving young readers from the start with its literature and captivating illustrations. There is so much I adore about What I Tell Myself FIRST from a mother’s perspective, but what I loved the most was the poignant factors laced throughout th ...more
Bruce
Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What I Tell Myself FIRST, Children's Real-World Affirmations of Self Esteem, by Michael A Brown, is a young reader book that emphasizes what goes on inside a child as he or she develops. It is a strategic tool to help buffer against life itself, which throws its barbs at us in so many ways. Whether from family members, schoolmates, or adults, negative input affects how a person sees himself or herself. The book provides good directions on manners, simple reminders of how to treat others and supp ...more
Kathryn Toohey
Feb 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I was searching for a book that would help build self esteem in my son who is starting to experience teasing. Although the concepts in this book are hard for a four year old to understand, I do like that it’s customizable and that I can start planting the seeds of confidence in him. I adapted the first two pages to be simple thoughts that as he grows older, I’ll be able to expand on.

My breakdown for him is that truths we tell ourselves are good all around and lies we tell ourselves are bad. If
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Ken Murray
Dec 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Author, Michael Brown provides us his outstanding work with his new children’s book, “What I tell Myself First” by providing young readers an easy-reading book packed with ways to help build and foster self-esteem. A father, a veteran of the U.S. Army, and police officer, Brown packages a host of life lessons geared toward building self-esteem in young adolescents. The book easily places the young reader in the shoes of each character through masterful illustration by Zoe Ranucci. Your child wil ...more
LitPick Book Reviews
Jan 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
What I Tell Myself FIRST by Michael A. Brown is a straight up conversation starter with children intended to help them affirm the process of growing up. This book teaches children that they don’t have to be perfect or liked by everyone else to be okay. It encourages them to like themselves and to help others. Teaching children that it is good to “perfect what they are good at, work hard at what they are not good at and either get better or do something else” frees kids from expectations that the ...more
Children's Bookshelf
Jun 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was blown away by this book, I really love the concept!! It’s filled with wisdom and is wonderfully illustrated. It’s not really a story, it’s basically filled with easy to understand affirmations perfectly presented to hopefully reassure readers and build self esteem. Did I mention I love this book 🤣 As a teacher myself the first thought I had was “This book would be the perfect morning opener everyday. When class begins, just greet the kids, say good morning and break out this book and read ...more
Alicia
Dec 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I cant even express how amazing this book is!!! I wanted to cry after reading it to her- i try to instill these values everyday with my daughter, but to be able to read this to her in a way she can try to understand was amazing... This world can be very cruel sometimes and very judgemental but i never want her to feel like she needs to be a certain way or needs to make others feel a certain way about her... Hands down the very best book ever!!! 🙏🙏🙏🙏
Eddie Jones
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great Advice for Kids and Adults!

“I must be selfish before I am selfless.
I am no good to anyone else, if I am not good to myself.
Work equals worth.
Respect is earned when I give respect.”

It’s not too bold a statement to say that we should all practice the wisdom in this book. We’re we all to do so, most of the toxicity in our culture would vanish. Great book! Great job by this author for speaking truth to youth!
Lisa Macdonald
Dec 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What I Tell Myself First: Children's Real-World Affirmations of Self Esteem is a great book for children to read and gain the understanding about what is important to know about themselves. We live in a crazy world where technology can take over one's life and now most children are playing on their devices and not playing with their toys or even interacting with each other. At times this can cause the children to loose the connection with their inner self and the connection to others. Author Mic ...more
Eve
Feb 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
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What I Tell Myself First: Children’s Real-World Affirmations of Self-Esteem
Written by Michael A. Brown

What I Tell Myself First is a much-needed tool for educators and parents trying to promote the development of self-esteem in their students and children. It is in a workbook format rather than a storybook, with blanks for the children to write their answers. The interactive book engages children and provides opportunities for discussion. The diversity in the characters in shape, size, color, an
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Jane
Mar 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was asked by Lovereading to review this inspiring book - I totally get this concept and familiar with Maslow's Hierarchy of needs. I wish this book had been around when I was younger.

The author analysis the child developing brain and to help with life. My mother would say things like "I don't want to know you" and walk away from me - how's that for self esteem!! this book tells the reader they don't have to be perfect - teaches the child to actually like themselves and then to help others

this
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LaRoyia Lynn
Dec 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is such an amazing book! Both children and adults can relate to this book. It will leave you feeling empowered! Great job author! I encourage everyone to read this book whether you're going through trials and tribulations or just looking for a good read! ...more
Angel Chaney
Dec 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best children's self esteem books that I've come across in a while. The characters are easily identifiable to my children and how they relate to their daily issues, even to the point where my oldest took it to school to show her classmates!!
Definitely my new go to read with the kids!!

Really Awesome book!!

Angel C.
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James Cunha
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As a single father of a 5 year old I am always about worried about setting an example for my daughter about who the man is she should one day marry. She deserves a man who shows her the same respect love care honesty and trust that I show her. I also do my best to show her how to be confident self reliant and an overall good human being. This book helps me to set the tone in a way thats fun & easy to understand; it speaks her language. Children always hear to respect themselves and respect other ...more
Treissa Griggs
Dec 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I truly loved the book. It shows u wht kids really go thru. It illustrates hw kids think n the responses is so real. I can relate because sm of it spoke about me. Learning hw to b polite. That's gets u far. I was taught this as a kid. I had to b taught I'm pretty. I was skinny as a kid n the kids talked about me. Did it hurt my feelings yes. Til I learned that I was pretty. I'm different frm most. Hw can a kid know that their loved if nobody tells them. Sometimes u hv to go thru sm things to lea ...more
Daiquiri Reese
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
To be honest you think you’re going to just get a children’s book. In actuality, you end up getting a book that helps you as an adult also. It’s really great for children to help them develop their self love and remind them its okay to just be yourself. This needs to be in all the school’s, libraries, everywhere honestly! I highly recommend this for children of all ages (even adults lol)!
Debbie Decker
Jun 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This looks good, I will read it with my grandchildren. It should spark a lot of ideas about self-talk.
Trinette Lindsey
Dec 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What I Tell Myself first is a children's book like no other! Children AND adults can receive great value from this book. It promotes self love and encourages children to be autonomous whilst facing adversity; for parents will not always be around to protect them. This book is a winner and needs to be in every household.
The author is genius!
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elvira
Jun 16, 2020 marked it as to-read
This is a good book for discussion and sharing and would work well for reading to multiple children to spark discussion. I particularly liked the ideas about listening to others and feeling good about yourself and your body no matter what shape or size you are currently.
Nedra Williams
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow! What an awesome read! I recommend parents get this book for their children. It will give them the tools they need to combat bullying, peer pressure,etc. This book should be required reading in all elementary schools.
Liz
Sep 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I recently had an unintentional 'run in' with someone who became upset with me. In the midst of her ranting, I began to realize that she seemed most angry about how she though I was perceiving her. In retrospect, I think the issue was she was really undervaluing herself by placing too much emphasis on my (a stranger's) opinion of her. I think this issue of self-esteem cannot be over emphasized and I think this book is a great way to teach our young children. The illustrations and text are lively ...more
Mia C.
Apr 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“What I tell myself first: Children’s real-world affirmations of self esteem” is a book written by Michael Brown, illustrated by Zoe Ranucci and edited by Kendra Middleton Williams.
This is a children’s book based on the Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs that will establish firmly some answers on kids; bullying, body shaming, and hate. I believe this book is very useful and its read is certainly insightful. All this teachings are provided by the author from his own experiences in life.
This is a book t
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Sol Tyty
Apr 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Written by Michael A. Brown and illustrated by Zoe Ranucci this book is inspirational and a self-esteem booster which teaches lessons to both children and their parents.
Based on Marlow’s Hierarchy of needs, What I Tell Myself FIRST can be read by parents to their kids or by kids themselves if they know how to read. It giveS insights into kids self-esteem, bullying, body shaming, love and hate and helps them find answers to these insecurities. All those insights are provided by the author, a fath
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Jessica
Apr 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A children’s book based on Maslow’s hierarchy of needs might not sound like a good children’s book. But if you take a deeper look inside, you will find that the author took a lot of time detailing the story and outlining a consistent message of hope, self-love and self-worth as well as a great message against bullying. I really loved the page on self-love. Without being able to love yourself, you will not be able to love others truly, nor will they be able to love you, that is such an important ...more
Rebecca
Amazing children’s book

This book needs to be staple in every school/child’s life. It explains things easily and in a way that a child can remember. It’s so important to read this book to children because it covers many areas of the values we as people need to have. We want our kids to be caring and loving to others but most importantly we want our kids to feel as if they can do anything and be caring and loving to themselves. This book is a perfect way for them to remember in difficult situation
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Michele Bell
Jul 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a wonderful book to start reading frequently, to your little ones. It’s important that every child be taught to build their self esteem early on in life. The author did a nice job pointing out little things that can build up ones self confidence. I’m excited to share this book with my grandchildren.

The only part that I did not care for was the mention of sex in the pyramid toward the back of the book. With an adult reading this, they could avoid it but if an older child reads it, it may
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Alveniece Vaughn
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Awesome book

I think children and adults can learn something from this book... I alike like the fact that the pictures are multicultural so that children from all backgrounds can see them selves on the pages I love it
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