KidLit: Liking Myself by Pat Palmer, Ed.D., Illustrated by Sue Ramá
It is saddening to see a child down on him/herself. The kid may have done poorly on a test or created a project that didn’t work out just right, and then turns disappointment into self-doubts, self-hatred, or self-loathing. Know any adults who do that? (Somebody give me a nickel each time an adult says—or thinks—“I hate myself”; I want to be as rich as Bill Gates.) Liking Myself is just the remedy for kids who allow themselves to think they aren’t good enough because they make mistakes.
Palmer reassures her readers that it is not only okay to like yourself, but it is okay to be you. With social and media pressure to conform, this is an important lesson. Palmer provides worksheets and activities to help children get a better understanding of the most important person in their lives—themselves.
Liking Myself introduces kids to themselves, since one can’t really like one’s self if one doesn’t know one’s self. By filling out personal inventories, kids will get a better appreciation of the things they can do and the areas in which they shine.
Maybe everyone doesn’t have days when they feel they can’t do anything right or just don’t measure up. Liking Myself is a guide to dealing with those feelings and not being so hard on yourself.
I very seldom “highly recommend” titles I review, but I’m going out on that limb. I not only recommend Liking Myself for all children who need to work on their self-image (which, at one time or another, is “all children”), but also as a book that adults and children can share, doing the exercises together and learning about themselves and each other. Liking Myself is a must-have for every home library (make that “every library”).