Thematic Reading List: Self-esteem
One of the most important attributes to foster in young children is self-esteem. These six books, geared towards ages 4 to 7, focus on how being unique is good and how we should accept ourselves for all our qualities and talents.
|Because You Matter
By: Jan Carmen Liles
Illustrated by: Patricia Jerde
When a gang of weasels teases the animals at the zoo, Harriet Hummingbird and her friends find a way to reassure each animal of his or her unique beauty and importance.
By: Julie Broski
Illustrated by: Vincent Vigla
A young girl tells what it is like being her, describing the things she likes to do. Includes suggested learning activities.
|I Like Myself
By: Karen Beaumont
Illustrated by: David Catrow
In rhyming text, a little girl expresses confidence and joy in her uniqueness, no matter her outward appearance.
|It’s Okay to Make Mistakes
Written and illustrated by: Todd Parr
Presents a series of situations in which taking chances and trying new things can lead to good results, even if there were mistakes along the way.
By: Pat Zietlow Miller
Illustrated by: Patrice Barton
Rhyming text encourages young readers to discover what they are good at and use it to make a difference in big ways or in small ones.
|Wow! It Sure is Good to Be Me
By: Cynthia Jabar
A young girl learns that her family and friends think that she is a wonderful person with her own special qualities and that they love her for who she is.