- Curtis, Jamie Lee. (2002). I’m gonna like me: letting off a little self-esteem. Ill. Laura Cornell. NY: Joanna Cotler Books.*
- Fox, Mem. (2000). Harriet, you’ll drive me wild! Ill. Marla Frazee. NY: Voyager Books, Harcourt, Inc.
- Gerth, Melanie. (2000). Ten little ladybugs. Ill. Laura Huliska-Beith. Los Angeles, CA: Piggy Toes Press. [Concept book; counting]
- Jenkins, Steve & Robin Page. (2009). What do you do with a tail like this? Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.*
- Merberg, Julie & Suzanne Bober. (2003). A picnic with Monet. San Francisco, CA: Chronicle Books LLC. [Board book]
- Murphy, Chuck. (2001). Slide ‘n’ seek shapes. NY: Little Simon, Simon & Schuster. [Board book]
- Parr, Todd. (2001). It’s okay to be different. NY: Little, Brown and Company.
- Recorvits, Helen. (2003). My name is Yoon. Ill. Gabi Swiatkowska. NY: Frances Foster Books.
- Thomas, Pat. (2003). The skin I’m in: a first look at racism. Ill. Lesley Harker. Happauge, NY: Barron’s Educational Series, Inc.
- Ziefert, Harriet. (2002). You can’t taste a pickle with your ear: a book about your 5 senses. Ill. Amanda Haley. Maplewood, NJ: Blue Apple Books. [Concept book; 5 senses]
Of the picture books listed above, my two favorite books are What Do You Do with a Tail Like This? by Steve Jenkins & Robin Page and I’m Gonna Like Me: Letting Off a Little Self-Esteem by Jamie Lee Curtis.
What Do You Do with a Tail Like This? is good for ages ranging from 3-11; this wide range is due to the difficulty of guessing the obscure animals, as well as the index in the back that is text-heavy. Nevertheless, this picture book adheres to the high standard of excellent children’s books: it functions “as a shared experience between a fluent reader [adult] and a prereader [young child],” (Horning, 2010, p.87). This book helps adults interact with their child while reading this book by guessing together what animal belongs to a nose, ear, tail, etc. Along with the repetitive questions meant to keep a child engaged, the illustrations are made from colorful layered paper, according to Steve Jenkins’ website, which creates richly textured pictures that are the focal point of the pages. A good follow-up activity after reading this book is to have the child/ren imitate their favorite animal’s actions, like pretending to catch termites with their tongue like an anteater.
I’m Gonna Like Me: Letting Off a Little Self-Esteem, good for ages 4-8, is a message-heavy story about having good self-esteem, as told in the alternating perspectives of both a boy and girl. This book is a fun reading experience due to its repetition of the phrase “I’m gonna like me” that is always followed by an unfamiliar new experience, as well as the rhyming scheme in each segment that is pleasing to listen to. The watercolor illustrations, however, are the most exciting part of the book, with bright colors and many tiny details that “take the story beyond its words” (Horning, 2010, p. 101). A fun follow-up activity after reading this book would be writing/drawing what kids like about themselves.
Horning, K. (2010). From cover to cover : Evaluating and reviewing children’s books (Rev. ed.). New York: Collins.