Monday, October 15, 2012

Rae's Book Review: I Like Myself

"I like myself. I'm glad I'm me! There's no one else I'd rather be!"

I don't think I could have phrased it any better than Karen Beaumont has done in this book. With a flare for rhyme that is reminiscent of Dr. Seuss, Beaumont reenforces positive self esteem in children by encouraging them to "like" themselves for who they are and not how the world "sees" them. But it isn't just the rhythmic words that make this book so wonderful. The illustrations by David Catrow, give this book a whimsical feel with bright colors and bold images that seem to make the characters leap off the pages.

Rae LOVES this book! I have read it so often that I can recite it on command (not that she tells me to say it, but it is the one thing that almost always seems to calm her down). Every night, my voice gently lulls her to sleep with phrases like,
"Even when I look a mess, I still don't like me any less, 'cause nothing in this world, you know, can change what's deep inside, and so..."
"...I don't care in any what what someone else may think or say."

These words hit home for me in a big way because Rae is special needs. The world isn't always a kind place and she has the deck stacked against her in a big way. Anything (and anyone) that will offer a positive influence on her life is what I want to surround her, envelop her, and reenforce that she is a beautiful, wonderful, smart, funny, and a very loved little girl (honestly, its what I believe all parents want for their children). At some time in her life, she may have to recall all these positive words to use as salve in the wounds the world is sure to inflict upon her. But until then, I get to read her this story over & over to soothe her when she's distressed, to make her laugh, and to remind myself that I like me too!

*If you'd like to buy a copy of this book (there is no digital version):


  1. This is absolutely the next book I by for my little one. Thanks for sharing!

    1. If you like that one, wait till you see the next book Rae (read as I) review. It is amazing and made me cry in the store. I hope your LO enjoys I Like Myself!

  2. Ive been reading this since I was in first grade now I'm in 11th and I still love it

    1. I have it memorized. I LOVE the message in this book and when I go to Barnes and Noble I buy two or three copies to give as gifts or donate.