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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 ...more
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Published October 21st 2019
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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,
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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 ...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 ...more
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
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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 ...more
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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 ...more
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!
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!!! ...more
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 ...more
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!
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.
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 ...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 ...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)!
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!
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.
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
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,
...more
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Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What I Tell Myself First: Children’s Real-World Affirmations of Self Esteem by Michael A. Brown features a complete list of both positive and realistic comments for children related to everyday situations. From beginning to end, Brown gives young readers brief but focused affirmations they can use when faced with most any feeling. Included in Brown’s book are blanks for children to personalize comments.

Michael A. Brown’s children’s book provides readers with an excellent source of support as
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Alesia White
Dec 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What I tell myself is an amazing book. This book is not only for children but I feel it is a great read for adults as well. I love the diversity you will see in the illustrations in the book. Every person child or adult will have a character they can identify with in some way. Not only is it a great read but it makes you think. We need more books like this in our schools so our children could get an understanding of self worth, self love and developing a higher level of self esteem and maybe we ...more
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