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Looking Like Me

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  513 ratings  ·  148 reviews
When you look in a mirror, who do you see?

A boy? A girl?
A son? A daughter?
A runner? A dancer?

Whoever and whatever you see–
just put out your fist and give yourself an "I am" BAM!

This jumping, jazzy, joyful picture book by the award-winning team of Walter Dean and Christoper Myers celebrates every child, and every thing that child can be.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 27th 2009 by EgmontUSA (first published October 13th 2009)
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Dec 18, 2009 rated it really liked it
Says the parent to the librarian, "I need something for my child to improve their self-esteem." Uh-huh. Fine. Self-esteem. That's the kind of topic that inspires the worst possible books for kids, you know. Cute forest animals who learn about sharing and small classroom dramas about "being yourself." If an author goes out there and says, "I'm going to write a book about self-esteem" they may find it near impossible to do well. Books of that sort have to come from someplace deep inside, or else t ...more
Jun 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
My 2-year-old daughter calls this the "Give it a Bam" book; she and I both really enjoy it. My daughter bams my fist every time we read the repeated phrase "I put out my fist, (s)he gave it a bam". She loves the interactive fist bamming. She also loves the illustrations. They are done in a collage effect with photographs and cut-outs of African-American people in various bright colors. Some of the pictures could be viewed as disturbing, but they do not disturb my daughter; she seems to delight i ...more
Nov 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: elm-572, poetry
I loved the style to this book. This story could be read almost as a rap or song and it very powerful. I think this is would be a great book for second- fifth grade only because it might be hard for younger children to understand the message but with teacher guidance I think it would be great! However, The illustrations are creative and imaginative. This would be a great story to have your students do a project or activity on who they are and what makes them the person that they are. It would be ...more
Mar 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I LOVE this picture book! One of the most exciting things to me is the way in which I found it: I was reading Sharon Creech’s wonderful book written in free verse, LOVE THAT DOG. The main character is a young boy who narrates his journey, led by his classroom teacher, into the world of poetry and the wonderful things it can mean in and add to his life. In the course of their poetry unit he is exposed to the poet Walter Dean Myers who quickly becomes his favorite after he reads Deans’ poem LOVE T ...more
There's nothing like starting out on a strong, affirming foot. Let's just put it out there, son - I am a good looking guy. And things are just going to get better from there. My sister comes along and tells me I am a brother. My teacher calls me a writer. I look in the mirror and call myself a talker. Fist bumps all around.

This big bold boy-centric anthem is illustrated with strong, bright-colored collage images - wild animals, city buildings, and images from non-Western culture underlay graphic
Dione Basseri
No one is ever a simple, single-definition person, and this book make a point to describe some of the many things that can make up who you are. Child, dancer, writer, sibling, runner, dreamer. And so many other things. Such an important message in a day where one terrible event can lead to the media labeling someone as just a "Black man," rather than all the things they are.

Race isn't really brought up in this book, but Walter Dean Myers and Christopher Myers both focus in their other works on t
Robyn Carroll
Oct 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: multi-cultural
Jeremy is more than just a boy, he's a son, a brother, an artist, a runner, and a writer. Jeremy fills so many roles and has several things that make up his identity. This book promotes a positive self image for students who may be struggling with a good self image. I would you use this book as a read aloud to my future students on the beginning of the school year to remind them how special and valuable they really are. While the illustrations don't go with the plot of the story, it is still bea ...more
Dec 23, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kids
Is it sacrilegious to feel this way about a Walter Dean Myers book? The opening lines are charming: "I looked in the mirror and what did I see? A real handsome dude just looking at me". But it's real down-hill from there.

The collage aspects have some interesting and appealing components (especially the photos of real children and NYC locations), but the mixture of paper collage and actual photographs is grating to the eye, and headache inducing to boot. Perhaps if they were integrated different
Jan 26, 2010 rated it it was ok
This book has great rhythm, and moves along at a nice pace. The text is highly descriptive and even beautiful at times. Walter Dean Myers brings his unique writing touch to the story, and Christopher Myers's illustrations are intriguing.

Looking Like Me doesn't have a straightforward plot, but its primary focus is the rhythm and style of the writing, celebrating the diversity within the human community without emphasizing particular characters. I would give this book one and a half stars.
Aidalys Nazario
May 04, 2018 rated it liked it
I liked this book because its message is to be who you are and no one can tell you how many things you can be. I do not like the book because the illustrations are too much, I feel like they are all over the place and I am not sure if it will keep children interested. It might be a good book for older children maybe 2nd to 3rd graders.
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio
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Carrie Foster
Apr 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wow-books
Looking Like Me is a poetry book that's great for 3rd grade students. This book tells the story of how we are seen differently by those around us. Some people may see you as a brother/sister while others may see you as a friend or an athlete. We are more than what one person defines us as. Jeremy, the boy whom this poem is about, is a brother, son, writer, dancer, artist, runner, and much more. He is not defined by just one characteristic or talent, rather he is a combination of many characteris ...more
Megan McDonald
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wow-books
"Looking Like Me" by Walter Dean Myers is a fun picture book in verse that I would use in my third through fifth grade classrooms, especially third. This book celebrates the identities that make each child an individual, helping students develop pride for who they are! It is written from the perspective of a young African American boy named Jeremy, which helps students connect more to the story as they may share some of the same identities (son, brother, etc.) with Jeremy. This is a WOW book for ...more
Grace Brennan
Jun 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The pattern of this story is easy to follow as the character is finding that he is a little piece of each person that he knows. He is a product of his environment. The pictures are bright and colorful. They are cut out and abstract as well as concrete. This message is so important for those that do not know how they fit into the world around them. Each piece of someone important to us plays a big role in who we are!
Jun 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ece-3500
A beautiful book asking us to identify ourselves by what we are, not by how we look.
Be your best son, daughter, poet, writer, whoever! Fist pump!

Fun poetry, decoupage artwork and self-image positivity!
Jillian Heise
Love the message of the book in building self-esteem and can see it being used in classrooms with "I Am" poems, but some of the flow skipped a bit and the illustration style was visually jarring to me. ...more
Nov 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is fabolous.
Nov 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another wonderful book to read in the K-3 classroom, perhaps in the beginning of the year before students create their student portraits or I am statements. Bravo!
Hailey Dellinger
The main idea of Looking Like Me By: Walter Dean Myers, is about a kid with all kinds of identities. The book shows that he is a brother, son, poet and a runner. For example, "I'm a city child. I love the dizzy heights, the concrete, the steel, the bright neon lights." The book does a great job at describing the different identities with rhyming words! The main character is named Jeremy and other characters include his sister, father, teacher, and mom. Throughout the story these characters help ...more
Nov 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I read this book for my free choice picture book recommended off of the Goodreads list.

Looking Like Me by Walter Dean Myers is written in poetry. It is about a boy named Jeremy who spends time finding out who he is. With the help of family and friends he realizes he has many layers to him. He is a son, a brother, a dancer, a runner, a writer, a city boy, and artist, etc. The use of poetry was great for young readers because it brings about a beat that almost sounds lyrical. For example: "I looke
The main idea of "Looking Like Me" is to show a child, that as an individual, they can be many different things; a brother, a son, an artist, a runner. The main character, Jeremy, looks in the mirror to see just himself, yet after passing his sister, grandmother, teacher, and many others he realized he was much more than just 'Jeremy.' The genre of this text, by Walter Dean Myers, is fiction... more importantly named domestic fiction in the 1800's.
As a literacy teacher I would use this story to
Cara Byrne
Dec 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
As Jeremy adds to his long list of words that describe him (whether a little brother, a son, a writer, runner, dreamer or dancer") and fist bumps his family, teachers, and friends with a "BAM," it's hard not to smile at this empowering manifesto of a young boy who is celebrating all that he is and all that he does. From the title, I thought that race would be brought in explicitly, as "looking" suggests defining oneself by his or her appearance, but Jeremy's (nor the author or illustrator's) rac ...more
Jun 23, 2010 rated it liked it
Jeremy is a Black Harlem lad, who fist-bumps various family members and neighbors as he looks in the mirror and spins a poem about himself as “a real handsome dude looking just like me.” His father, sister, teacher, mailman, grandmother, friends, and mother fist-bump him back or accord him respect as they validate him as son, brother, writer, “city child,” artist, dancer, talker, runner, and dreamer before he then suggest to the reader that he or she too “make a long list if you want to—have you ...more
Sarah Sammis
I'm took a materials for children ages 5 to 8. The class required a lot of reading and analysis of children's books. One of the books I chose to use for homework was Looking Like Me by Walter Dean Myers and illustrated by Christopher Myers. I chose the book because I appreciate Walter Dean Myer's poetry and Christopher Myer's collages caught my eye when the book was on display at the library.

The book opens with a boy looking at himself in the mirror and admitting that he sees a handsome dude loo
Ryan Rainey
Jan 25, 2012 rated it liked it
This book takes place around Jeremy community.Jeremy is the main character of the story. The characters in this book are Jeremy, his siblings, his mother, and father. The plot of this story is Jeremy goes around his community learning about himself from other people that he knows. The conflict is that Jeremy is confused about who he is until he talks to the people that he knows and that knows him. He resolves the conflict by talking to these people that know him the best and explain to him who t ...more
Oct 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
Father and son team Christopher and Walter Dean Myers have created a swift, lyrical, uplifting book that invites children to explore their own identities. Jeremy, the book's narrator, travels through the story and encounters a variety of people, through whose eyes he sees himself as a brother, son, writer, dreamer, and dancer, among other things.

Walter Dean Myers' text is a free-flowing poem described as "jumping, jazzy, and joyful" on the book jacket. Christopher Myers' collage illustrations ar
Apr 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: text-set
Looking Like Me is about boy named Jeremy who celebrates all the things that make him who he is to the many different people he comes into contact with throughout the day. The text is poetic and contains patterns. After everything he lists, he gives it “a bam” with his fist, indicating he is proud of the things he is. In the end he tells the reader to make a list of things they are and give themselves a "bam" too. This text would relate to my theme unit on being unique as the main character desc ...more
A true multicultural gem aimed at middle school students. This book challenges the "singles story" in full. In this book we learn that the main character is not just "one thing or person." The entire book talks about who he is. It is written as a poem or a rhythmic prose, perhaps... It challenges the reader to do the same for themselves. This book inspired me to come up with an activity, which would require students to make a list of who they are: a boy, a dancer, a writer, etc and have their cl ...more
Stephanie Croaning
Mar 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books, 2018
In rhyming verse with a hip-hop rhythm, the reader encounters a young boy looking in the mirror and asking himself, "What did I see?" He saw a reflection of his face, but as he encounters other people in his life, they see him differently -- son, brother, writer, artist, dreamer. At the end of the book, the boy invites the reader to go on an exploration of self and "think of all the things you do and all the things they say/Make a long list if you want to--have yourself an "I am" jam.

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Walter Dean Myers was born on August 12, 1937 in Martinsburg, West Virginia but moved to Harlem with his foster parents at age three. He was brought up and went to public school there. He attended Stuyvesant High School until the age of seventeen when he joined the army.

After serving four years in the army, he worked at various jobs and earned a BA from Empi

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