I Like Myself isn’t just a book it’s an anthem! Its funny examples and wacky drawings are sure to result in giggles but its message will stay with you long after the giggles have subsided.
I’ve been reading this book since my oldest was a little girl (she’s a freshman in high school now) and read it regularly to my littlest. Each time we read it we can’t help but read with excitement declaring the love that we have for ourselves — uniquely and wonderfully made. Its message is one that I hope becomes a part of who she is and that she believes the words as she reads them.
There is more to us than what people see and whether they realize it or not, all the parts of us, from the outside in, are marvelous (yes, marvelous darling!) and special. They each come together to make us who we areWhat I think I love most about this book is that it gives us permission to celebrate ourselves. I don’t necessarily think that we need it but, how many of us struggle to toot our own horns from time to time? We don’t have to wait for someone to say we are smart or funny, a great writer or (insert super awesome quality you possess here) — all of the things we look to the world to tell us (you’ve got it goin on by the way!). We can speak loving positive affirmations into our own lives and teach our children to do the same. The greatest perception of who we are is the one WE have! The most important part of who we are is who we are on the inside. All together now: I like myself!
We recently purchased several copies of this book for our Little Free Library and it’s a book I’ll reach for again and again. My hope is that every child who looks in the mirror loves the person that stares back at them. Every grownup too. As someone who struggled with self esteem through adulthood I am especially grateful for books that promote self love and pride. I think when we truly love ourselves we can do a better job of going out into the world and loving others well.
I Like Myself by Karen Beaumont + Illustrated by David Catrow