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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 (first published 2002)
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Samantha Tolleson
Oct 31, 2016 Samantha Tolleson rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Children with emotional issues, 1st Graders and up
Recommended to Samantha by: Laketa Nunnelley
This was much better than Where do Balloons Go?
Also, it had a really good message to help kids who might be having self-esteem issues.
Keri
Apr 08, 2011 Keri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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:
self-esteem

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
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Jerrica Morales
Aug 15, 2016 Jerrica Morales rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: peer-instructor
After reading this book with a classmate, we identified the theme of this book as self-confidence. The colorful book is full of vivid pictures; however , the words are hard to follow as you read along. In essence, this book would be great for developing social/ emotional characteristics in children self evaluations. In addition the book should be read to the children and should not be a selection in the library center.
Caitlin Mayer
Jun 28, 2017 Caitlin Mayer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: author-study
1. This story talks about all the ways to like yourself when its easy and even when its hard. It can be easy to like yourself when you make a nice card or eat something new, but it can be hard like yourself when you’re picked last, or jump to high and fall down.
2. I enjoy the funny and silly nature of this book while sending a powerful message, encouraging individuals to see themselves in a positive way. The situations put forth in the book are relatable for young audiences, who may be struggli
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Ally Lybbert
Feb 07, 2017 Ally Lybbert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: eled-340
Picture Book.
I NEED THIS BOOK IN MY CLASSROOM
I loved it.
Who knew Jamie Lee Curtis would be such an awesome author of children's books?!
It teaches students who love themselves both when things go well and when they don't.
This message is so important in our competitive, comparative, facebook culture.
I want my students to know that their worth does not fluctuate depending on how the day goes.
The illustrations were happy and fun.
I definitely want to start my mornings off with positive affirmat
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Chelsea
May 31, 2017 Chelsea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ecce-2203
1. I'm Gonna Like Me: Letting off a Little Self-Esteem
2. This book is about self-esteem and it being okay to yourself.
3. This book is a great teaching tool for teach children about being themselves and it being okay to be "different." The book celebrates being an individual. I can use this to teach kids to like themselves. I can have the children hold face mirrors and share about qualities they like about themselves.
Darin Johnston
Jun 26, 2017 Darin Johnston rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
As we read about the boy and girl in this story, and the various things they like, it's a great reminder to see the positive in every day. The author does a great job of tying both obvious things to like, along with the subtle ones that only the characters know.

5 stars because the rhyming words, the flipping from the boy's perspective to the girl's, along with the bright illustrations. Great conversation start about what are those things, obvious or otherwise, we can like about ourselves.
Andria Davis
Jun 13, 2017 Andria Davis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is about a child who likes themselves in everything that happens and everything they do, they think they are perfect just they way they are

I thought this book was very well written and sends a good message to children about liking and accepting themselves for who they are

(Picture Book)
Serpil Dislen
Nov 07, 2016 Serpil Dislen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: peer-instructor
This is a lovely fun book for reinforcing self-esteem and helping us accept our foibles and also, teaches kids a valuable lesson - you are who you are and you're fabulous just as you are! Good activity asks question to child: “What were some things they liked about themselves?”
Taylor Volker
Jun 22, 2017 Taylor Volker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This would be a good book for younger elementary school students to help build the importance of Self-Esteem. The book covers many different examples of when we should like ourselves both good (being honest) or bad (being wrong is school).
McKenzie McIlrath
A good book! Rhyming take a big effect in it which I feel makes it fun to read aloud to kids! The lessons behind it is amazing and something all children should be taught, to love yourself no matter what!
Kiki Langberg
Not bad for storytimes, but also not my favorite. If you have a self esteem theme going, this is good.
Suzanne Kunz Williams
I like the concept of this book, that we can love ourselves whether things are going well of us or not, whether we are the best at things or the worst at them.
Kelly
Jul 03, 2017 Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a neat book about self-esteem and children liking themselves even though they don't always do things right.
Cathy Knight
Dewey: -E-; Int Lvl: K-3
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Erica Gronowski
Jun 07, 2017 Erica Gronowski rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-book
This book is about kids expressing what they like about themselves, even if something goes wrong. A girl and boy point out the things they like about themselves, from their toes to their hair to other things they do well.

I gave this book a 4 out of 5 because it's important for kids to build self esteem and it has a great message.
Valerie
Oct 10, 2009 Valerie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jess, catalog
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
...more
Tammy Emmert
Mar 30, 2014 Tammy Emmert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: authors
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
Jenna Dillon
Oct 08, 2009 Jenna Dillon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Susan
Jan 31, 2016 Susan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: storybook, 2016
I like the idea and message of the book, including liking yourself even when you make mistakes.

However, I found that much of the 'I like me' centred on achievement-based factors, which made me wonder how a young reader would feel if he/she does not know 'all of his/her' letters.

I also appreciated that the protagonists included a little boy and a little girl, especially in a world where little girls are often absent as actors in children's literature. Unfortunately, the fact that the illustrator
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Khloe Belfiore
Feb 01, 2015 Khloe Belfiore rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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
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Stephanie Delvecchio
Apr 14, 2010 Stephanie Delvecchio rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
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
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.

Characteristi
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Geneva Roberts
Mar 29, 2014 Geneva Roberts rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: author, self-esteem
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
Laura Gibbs
Sep 20, 2009 Laura Gibbs rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 28, 2013 Julia Jasztal rated it really liked it
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
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Kallie Crowell
This is one of my favorite pictures books to read with students. The book trades off the point of view from boy and girl. The book focuses on liking yourself even when you look funny, or make a mistake. It teaches readers that no one is perfect, but to always like you for you. This book is great for teaching self esteem and would go great into a social skills theme. The writing traits apparent in this book are ideas, word choice, sentence fluency and presentation. The overall main idea of this b ...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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