Author: Karen Beaumont
Illustrator: David Catrow
Grade Level: K-3
This book is a small picture book appropriate for young children about a little girl who accepts herself for all that she is. She knows that she may not be perfect to everyone else, but she realizes that she is confident in who she is. This little girl illustrates her love for herself in very silly ways making it comical to the reader but the underlying message demonstrates positive self-esteem.
Element 1: Self-Love and Knowledge
I Like Myself demonstrates the first Element of Social Justice because it teaches young children to love and accept themselves for who they are. The character tells the readers that she loves herself all of the time, even though she may be different than others. This book allows students to
think about how they may be different from the others around them but sheds light on the importance and positiveness of individuality.
Because I Like Myself has some very silly elements to it so I would like to incorporate a fun activity into the lesson. I would have a couple handheld mirrors being passed around the classroom. I would ask the students to take a good look at themselves and to draw a self portrait of how they see themselves. I think that this would be interesting because some of the student’s portraits may not resemble their physical features at all. I would encourage the students to bring some of their non-physical attributes to their self-portrait either by drawings or short sentences depending on the grade level.