Friday, August 7, 2009

I Like Me!

It's hard being a young child trying to figure out who you are.  Below you will find a collection of books that reach out to toddlers and preschoolers that celebrate individuality and a sense of "me".  These are stories whose characters are trying to stand out from shining siblings or who march to their own marvelous drummer or who are developing in their own time and at their own pace or who are looking for (and finding) unconditional love from moms and dads.  These are books that celebrate a child being his or her own unique self as every child is.  Don't forget to check and see if you can get them at your library.  

I Like Myself! by Karen Beaumont
Lively illustrations take us through this story about all the things that this little girl likes about herself.  A good book for helping to develop a sense of self and positive self image.  (Ages 2-7)
(Full bibliographic info: Beaumont, Karen. I like Myself! Harcourt, 2004.)

I Like Me! by Nancy Carlson
This spunky little pig takes us through her day as she talks about all the things she can do and what she likes about herself.  Another great story for positive self image.  (Ages 2-6)
(Full bibliographic info: Carlson, Nancy. I Like Me! Viking Kestrel, 1988.)

Ruby in her Own Time by Jonathan Emmett
Ruby is a small duck who likes to make her strides in her own time.  (Ages 2-5)
(Full bibliographic info: Emmett, Jonathan. Ruby in her Own Time. Scholastic Press, 2004.)

Koala Lou by Mem Fox
Koala Lou is feeling a little unsure now that her mom has a lot of little brothers and sisters to look after, so she has decided to train and enter the Bush Olympics to make her mom proud of her.  But what she doesn't realize yet is that her mom always was and always is very proud of Koala Lou.  (Ages 3-7)
(Full bibliographic info: Fox, Mem. Koala Lou. Harcourt Brace Javanovich, 1988.)

Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes
Chrysanthemum loves her beautiful name until the day that she starts school when the other children tease her.  Poor Chrysanthemum is miserable and begins to loath her own name until a music teacher (named Delphinium) starts a popular trend to be named for flowers.  (Ages 3-7)
Full bibliographic info: Henkes, Kevin. Chrysanthemum. Greenwillow, 1991.)

Guess Who, Baby Duck! by Amy Hest
In the sixth book of the Baby Duck series, Baby Duck has a slight cold and Grampa has arrived to help cheer her up.  They spend time exploring a photo album filled with pictures of when Baby Duck was a baby and she loves seeing the pictures of herself and how she's grown. (Ages 2-5)
(Full bibliographic info: Hest, Amy. Guess Who, Baby Duck! Candlewick Press, 2004.

Titch by Pat Hutchins
TItch was little and his sister Mary was a little bit bigger and his brother Pete was a lot bigger.  This 1972 classic, while a little dated in illustrations, still reaches its intended young audience with simple, straightforward text and the message and you are still growing and growing and growing. (Ages 2-5)
(Full bibliographic info: Hutchins, Pat. Titch. Aladdin, 1993.)

Leo the Late Bloomer by Robert Kraus
Leo's father is getting a bit concerned because all of Leo's friends have developed faster than Leo and Leo hasn't "bloomed yet".  But not to worry, Leo blooms - in his own time.  (Ages 2-5)
(Full bibliographic info: Kraus, Robert. Leo the Late Bloomer. Windmill, 1971.)

Velma Gratch and the Way Cool Butterfly by Alan Madison
Velma Gratch is entering first grade as the last Gratch girl and she wants to find away to set herself apart from her achieving sisters.  She finds her own skills in working with butterflies.  (Ages 4-9)
(Full bibliographic info: Madison, Alan. Velma Gratch and the Way Cool Butterfly. Schwartz and Wade Books, 2007.)

Fancy Nancy by Jane O'Connor
Nancy has a special talent of making everything in her life a little bit more fancy.  The only trouble is that her family isn't quite so fancy until Nancy offers some free lessons.  After getting all dressed up, the family heads out for a night on the town that ends in an ice-cream disaster and Nancy in tears.  But after a shower, she learns that her family loves her no matter what.  (Ages 3-8)
(Full bibliographic info: O'Connor, Jane. Fancy Nancy. Harper Collins, 2006.)

1 comment:

  1. There are some beauties here that I know, and others new to me. I love getting recommendations like this. Thanks!