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I'm Gonna Like Me: Letting Off a Little Self-Esteem

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Celebrate liking yourself! Through alternating points of view, a girl's and a boy's, Jamie Lee Curtis's triumphant text and Laura Cornell's lively artwork show kids that the key to feeling good is liking yourself because you are you. Like the duo's first New York Times best-seller, Today I Feel Silly and Other Moods That Make My Day, this is an inspired book to rejoice in ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published September 17th 2002 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published 2002)
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Category: Grades K-3, Book #18
This adorable rhyming story is about a children who go through different life experiences and still like themselves even at the hardest moments. The pictures are adorable and the details embedded in the story make it even more fun! This story can be used for social stories in small groups or as a whole class read aloud. Students can also make their own, "I'm Gonna Like Me" book where they articulate times that they know when their self-esteem is low. It will serve a
Angela Bailey
Title / Author / Publication Date:
I'm gonna like me: Letting off a little self-esteem. / Jamie Lee Curtis. Laura Cornell (ill.) / 2002.

Genre: Fiction.

Format: Picturebook - print.

Plot summary:
"A young girl learns to like herself every single day, no matter what" (NoveList).

Considerations or precautions for readers advisory:

Review citation:
“Curtis looks to the source of what makes children (of all ages) feel comfortable in their own skin. Cornell pictures the perky rhymes being deli
Lindsey Schiefelbein
This book, "Im gunna like me: let off a little self-esteem" by Jamie Lee Curtis and Laura Cornwell goes through a normal day for a young boy and girl switching between the two as the books goes on. Throughout the book the boy and girl switch off giving examples of why they're going to like themselves in situations most wouldn't see as self esteem boosting activities. They give examples of situations where someone might look down on themselves and turn it around to make it a positive. They say "I ...more
Khloe Belfiore
"I’m Gonna Like Me" is about two children that prove to the audience how much they like themselves through alternating points of view. This boy and girl telling the story have such a positive attitude towards anything that is thrown their way. They express themselves in the story as somewhat of a celebration. This story accounts for times that a child self esteem may be low and tries to encourage kids to like them for who they are no matter what.

One of the biggest standout aspects of this book
Tammy Emmert
The two main characters in this book--a boy and a girl--give lots of reasons why they like themselves, and few of them are the usual "I'm good at piano" or "I'm the best baseball player on team." Instead, they like themselves for all the little things that make them unique (ie: "...when I grin and I see, the space in my mouth where my teeth used to be" or "...wearing flowers and plaid. I have my own style. I don't follow some fad.") They even like themselves despite mistakes that they make ("... ...more
Geneva Roberts
This story is told by a boy and a girl about what they like about themselves and different situations they face like being chosen last to play on teams, getting an answer wrong in front of the class, doing the right thing when a ring was found etc.. This book would be great to read to children and teach them that its ok to be yourself, nobody is perfect and you are one of a kind. There are positive and negative experiences the characters face in the book that children could relate to. The illust ...more
Tonya Nelson
I’m Gonna Like Me
I absolutely love Jamie Lee Curtis’s books!

Summary: The colorful pictures and fun rhymes in this book illustrate a positive message for children. The young girl in the story learns to like herself every day, no matter what. It teaches children not to be afraid to be wrong, try new things, and be comfortable in their own skins. The rhyming text uses repeated phrases that students can predict and encourages students to remember their self-esteem in good times and bad.

Talia Apkon
I loved the concept behind this book! I expected it to be about feeling good about yourself when you do good things, but it's actually about liking yourself all the time. The characters like themselves when they get an answer wrong in school and when they get picked last for a game just the same as when they share their food and make a card for a sick friend. The illustrations are fun and silly and have tons of details which I could imagine children studying for hours. The main characters are a ...more
This is one of my favorite books of all time. This book could be used with kindergarten students all the way through 5th grade. This book follows a little girl that promises to have high self-esteem even when she faces the challenges of life. I'm Going to Like Me is another one of Jamie Lee Curtis' masterpieces because it instills confidence in our youngest leaders. I'm Going to Like Me is a great read to teach children about grit and tenacity. I'm Going to Like Me also allows students to embrac ...more
Alyssa Sherry
I'm Gonna Like Me is all about two kids, a boy and a girl, that are really confident and love themselves very much. Right away, you know that this is going to be a story of self exceptance because of the title. All throughout the book, these children mention their faults and say that they are going to like themselves anyway! This is definitely a great lesson to teach young children!

The artwork in this book is bright, vibrant, and a ton of fun! The pictures aid in portraying the text and have lot
This is a fun book that sends a message to children that they are still likable even when they mess up, make mistakes, and fall short. The rhyming text includes a wide variety of children and issues. A couple examples of the kind of times "I'm gonna like me" include when I can stand in front of the class and spell things correctly, when I make a mistake and think a ruler is 10 inches long, when I can run fast and jump high, and when I fall and skin my elbow... I used this book with a story time ...more
Summary: Actor Jamie Lee Curtis and winsome illustrator Laura Cornell continue their successful collaboration (Today I Feel Silly, When I Was Little, et al.) with this paean to poise and self-assurance, I'm Gonna Like Me. The duo sets out to "let off a little self-esteem" by following a seriously self-actualized (and gratifyingly quirky) boy and girl throughout their day on alternating pages. The kids take turns carrying the lines, often switching off midsentence, to describe exactly how and why ...more
Samantha Brumbaugh
Summary: Actor Jamie Lee Curtis and winsome illustrator Laura Cornell continue their successful collaboration (Today I Feel Silly, When I Was Little, et al.) with this paean to poise and self-assurance, I'm Gonna Like Me.
The duo sets out to "let off a little self-esteem" by following a seriously self-actualized (and gratifyingly quirky) boy and girl throughout their day on alternating pages. The kids take turns carrying the lines, often switching off midsentence, to describe exactly how and why
Jenna Dillon
Summary:The duo sets out to "let off a little self-esteem" by following a seriously self-actualized (and gratifyingly quirky) boy and girl throughout their day on alternating pages. The kids take turns carrying the lines, often switching off midsentence, to describe exactly how and why "I'm gonna like me." The call and response continues through the action-packed day, as the kids get up, go to school, have lunch, go to a birthday party, etc., until they finally get tucked in--so no opportunity f ...more
Laura Gibbs
I picked this book up off the shelf because I thought it would be a good book for toddlers who are beginning to develop self esteem and understand themselves and other’s emotions. This also quickly became one of my favorite books! This book basically has different situations that kids might go through, such as being picked last for the team at school, and helps them to learn that it’s okay and they can and should still like themselves. The pictures in this book are also bright and cheery and rea ...more
Julia Jasztal
Mommy's review from 11/21/11 -

I've liked Jamie Lee Curtis for a long time now. She's a fantastic actress and from what I've seen, heard and learned she seems like a fantastic person as well. Most importantly, she's a fantastic Mom.
Ever since I happened to find When I Was Little marked down in a supermarket book bin I've also loved her writing. (She also works with outstanding illustrators!)
This is, as one can guess from the title, all about liking yourself. It's all about kids celebrating thems
Stephanie Delvecchio
Summary: The dynamic duo behind Today I Feel Silly returns for another lively, emotionally reassuring picture book. This time out, Curtis looks to the source of what makes children (of all ages) feel comfortable in their own skin. Cornell pictures the perky rhymes being delivered by a pair of young protagonists confident enough to shake off embarrassment and to feel proud (though not overly so) of personal achievements. "I'm gonna like me when I'm called on to stand. I know all my letters like t ...more
Devone Smith
I loved this book. It was a fun and quirky read with a great message to kids on how to enjoy life by liking yourself flaws and all. The concept of keeping good self-esteem was really shown without repetition of the same cliche advice on loving yourself. The illustrations were really fun, too. I would recommend this book and would put it in my future classroom. We all need to be reminded to like ourselves no matter what!
An adorable book by Jamie Lee Curtis that shows a young boy and girl who keep repeating the line “I’m gonna like me,” no matter what trouble they get into. The book shows them in all sorts of different childhood scenarios from knowing all the answers when asked to getting picked last on the team. But, throughout it all, the children like themselves.

The illustrations are another collaboration with Laura Cornell and are FULL of details not necessarily related to the story. Through the pictures we
Bree Bosse
I love this book because it really shows how being different is what makes you special and is just a fun book to read. This is a fiction book about self-esteem in children. It shows both a boy and a girl who learn to love themselves every day and love each part of who they are, no matter what. It celebrates the differences in children and the idea that they should love themselves even if they make mistakes. This book is a great book to include in an “All About Me” theme in the beginning of the y ...more
Kasey O'brien
What a cute book! Jamie Lee Curtis is a killer children's book author, and this book is no exception. The illustrations are so bright and colorful, and they never get boring. Every time you re-read this book, you'll notice something new hidden in the illustrations, from designs on lunchboxes to moms dramatically choking back tears off to the side of an illustration as they send their precious babies off on the school bus. In rhyme, the main character tells readers about all the things that happe ...more
Kaylee Warzecha
Such a great book for teaching children about self esteem. Jami lee Curtis teaches kids to see the positive things about themselves even when things go wrong. The illustrations in this book are adorable and fun. (picture)
This is a cute book, with a good message. The only negative comment I have, is that the font is a mixture of print and cursive. Since it targets younger children, they might struggle with reading the cursive writing.
Megan Mccormick
I have loved this book for a long time. It was read to me when I was a child. It's a book that teaches kids to be confident and love themselves. I can't wait to read this book to my kids.
I know this is a children's book but I had to put it down. This is because I think it is one of the BEST children's books written in a long time!
Tony Petry
One of the best children's books I have ever read. Jamie Lee Curtis has a talent for writing. I highly recommend this book for everyone of all ages.
Chelsea Hall
I'm Gonna Like Me: Letting off a Little Self-Esteem by Jamie Lee Curtis is an excellent picture book that really celebrates loving oneself for all the good and bad. This book really helps children to realize that they need to like who they are and that in order to feel great, you need to like yourself. Jamie Lee Curtis shows that it is okay to like yourself even when you get answers wrong or make mistakes. Curtis' story makes readers think about what they like about themselves and show children ...more
Ms Threlkeld
Wonderful book about loving both our strengths and weaknesses that's full of colorful and detailed illustrations.
Megan B
Simple, good message, interesting illustrations. It gave us a chance to talk about the things we like about ourselves when we finished the book. Kinley loves her new little shark tooth coming in and her beautiful blue eyes. I like that it talked about liking yourself when you succeed as well as when things don't go that well. It wasn't one sided in either direction, which I appreciated; it covered a variety of scenarios, including being picked last for a team. "I'm gonna like me when I get picke ...more
Laura Mincey
This book is SO great, especially when letting young children discover there many feelings. I'm Gonna Like Me is a poem throughout the book that describes certain moods that all children go through--happy, sad, mad, angry, jealous, etc. WIth each feeling, the narrator, who is unknown, gives a reason to like himself during each of his mood changes. This would be an excellent book to share with a student who needs a self-esteem boost, or just a discovery about feelings changes. I would recommend a ...more
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Jamie Lee Curtis is a two-time Golden Globe-winning, BAFTA-winning, and Emmy-nominated American film actress and an author of children's books. Although she was initially known as a "scream queen" because of her starring roles in many horror films early in her career such as Halloween (1978 film), The Fog, Prom Night (1980 film) and Terror Train, Curtis has since compiled a body of work that cover ...more
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