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I Like Myself!
Karen Beaumont
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I Like Myself!

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  8,021 Ratings  ·  625 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 f
Paperback, 32 pages
Published April 1st 2010 by Sandpiper (first published May 1st 2004)
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Lisa Vegan
Apr 02, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jillian Heise
Messages related to identity, self-esteem, confidence, bring proud of what makes you who you are.
Apr 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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:
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 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
***3 I'm glad I'm me STARS***

Este libro es parte de la antología Girl Power 5 Minute Stories.

Esta historia nos enseña un mensaje muy importante, querernos sin importada nuestros defectos.

Y lo hace de manera sencilla, concisa y muy divertida.

Las ilustraciones no me gustaron, el estilo simplemente no me convenció.
Sep 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
"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 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
May 13, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Shelves: childrens, 2009
A good book for instilling a healthy sense of self-esteem in children.
Oct 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-children
A charming early tutorial in rhyme on self esteem.
La Keesha
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is how a picture book should look! The brilliant color, dynamic and exaggerated shapes and the size of the characters make it a great read for children ages 2 to 8. That may seem like a large range but the artwork will appeal greatly to the younger children as will the rhyming style and the slightly older kids will immediately get the humor and the energy of both the art and the prose. The main character in the story is a child of color with curly coily hair which makes this picture book a ...more
This book explains my years in high school. It has a fun and uplifting vibe. It shows children how to accept their flaws and not let it determine who they are. I struggled for awhile because, I honestly didn't like myself. I wish I would have ran into this book growing up. The pictures are so detailed and that goes a long way for me. This book will teach children that it doesn't really matter what anyone has to say about you. As long as you keep your head held high you will ooze out joy and happ ...more
Manihi Delgros
Age 2-4
This story is about a little girl who wouldn't change a thing about herself because she loves herself exactly the way she is. The reader will be attracted to the book because of the silly pictures, flowing rhymes, and uplifting message. The theme of this story is that its not what's on the outside that counts, its what's on the inside. Also, that we should try to make what's inside more beautiful rather than wanting to change our looks and appearance. Children will love this book because
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