Inside, outside, upside down,
From head to toe and all around,
I like it all! It all is me!
And me is all I want to be.
“I Like Myself” by Karen Beaumont is a rhyming story about a child who loves herself, no matter what she looks like or what other people think of her. It’s a really nice message and a great opener to discuss how children think of themselves and to help them think about the power of feeling good on the inside.
Clearly, this story exists to help children with self-esteem and I think it’s a great starting point for that. In fact, it makes a great, bouncy, happy read for anyone, and will get all readers thinking about what they like about themselves too. It may also help to encourage thinking around differences generally and understanding that all appearances are okay; not just our own. Our super-confident character does a nice job of challenging race and gender stereotyping too which is great.
Book Biscuit is easily enticed by a handsome cover, so this book drew him in straight away. This is a cheery, energetic and a through-and-through feel good picture book! The awesome illustrations by David Catrow are ace and quite ‘Seussian’ in their style; kind of wild and funky in places and so they may not be to everyone’s tastes. We absolutely love them though, particularly the bendy energy and exuberance of the self-assured little girl. The only criticism I would have is that I’d like to see a bigger format because the size makes group readings a bit tricky. Having said that, Book Biscuit does love a silky-smooth chunky board book and this is so nice for small hands, if it’s just one reader enjoying it, then it’s perfect.
Book Biscuit and I brought the joy of “I Like Myself” to a group of Early Year’s children this week and afterwards we all considered what we like about ourselves. We had some great responses! Book Biscuit loves everything about himself which must be nice and we had some good thoughts from the children too, such as, “My toes, because I can balance with them,” “My yellow hair,” and “I like myself when I kick a ball!”
Next time we read this one it might be nice to have a think about what we like about each other. Book Biscuit is already thinking up the best bits about his friends…
BOOK BISCUIT’S BEST BITS
Getting to think about all the reasons why he is great.
OTHER INTERESTING THINGS
This story is suitable for anyone capable of looking, listening or turning a page.