Friday Five

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Friday Five

Using Picture Books to Promote Self-Esteem

Welcome to new Northeast Library blog series, Your Friday Five! Each week, the children's and teen staff will round up five of their favorite resources and reads around a certain topic. This Friday, we are highlighting books on self-esteem. Self-esteem comes from the inside and it can't be directly taught, but it can be encouraged and fostered with positive words and picture books. Picture books on self-esteem topics can be a powerful tool in building self-esteem in young children. It's never to early to start building your child's self-esteem. Kids of all ages can use an added dose of self-confidence and a gentle reminder that our uniqueness is what makes us so special. Here are 5 of my favorite children's books that help promote self-esteem.

Molly louStand Tall, Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell
Molly Lou is different. She's tiny with big buck teeth and a voice that sounds like "a bullfrog being squeezed by a boa constrictor." But thanks to her grandmother, she also has a strong self-esteem--strong enough to survive a new school and a mean bully. Molly loves herself so much, she soon wins everyone over!
I Like MyselfI Like Myself! by Karen Beaumont
This is a high energy book about an adorable little African-American girl who exudes a joy of self-acceptance. Why? Her answer is simple and perfect: because "I'm ME!" Catrow's illustrations are fabulous, although it does get a little crazy at the end, with the little girl professing to like herself even if she had horns sprouting from her nose! 
I like MeI Like Me! by Nancy Carlson
Little ones in need of positive reinforcement will find it here. An exuberant pig proclaims "I like me!" as she looks in the mirror and says “hi ya good looking”.  She likes the way she looks, and all her activities. When she makes a mistake she picks herself up and tries again.
Amazing GraceAmazing Grace by Mary Hoffman
Grace adores acting in school plays and dressing up as her favorite fictional characters. So when her teacher announces that she is going to do the play of Peter Pan, Grace immediately volunteers herself as Peter. Some of her classmates protest, telling her she can't be Peter Pan because he's a boy, and he's not black. This upsets Grace. But when her Ma and Nana hear about what the children have said, they explain to Grace that she can be anything she wants to be if she has determination.

A Bad Case of Stripes
A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon
Conforming can lead to disaster, like in this book about a girl who comes down with a “case of colors” one day at school, turning from stars and stripes into a rainbow! Her colorful stripes keep changing at everyone’s command, and she’s only cured when she breaks from the pack. Being yourself is best. Can I get an amen?!