I’m Gonna Like Me: Letting Off a Little Self-Esteem by Jamie Lee Curtis (author) and Laura Cornell (illustrator) was first published in 2002 by HarperCollins. It is one of ten books written by Curtis and Cornell. The duo’s books have themes like self-esteem, love, growing up, help, values, goals, moods, imagine, and family.
I first fell in love with I’m Gonna Like Me this past summer when working as a special needs counselor to a child of short stature. This book was such a great resource and its quirky characters were intriguing to my camper. Laura Cornell illustrates loveable, unique characters and fills the book’s pages with bright, eye-catching colors that captivate the reader. The story’s silly characters pair perfectly with its silly text, and could be enjoyed by readers of any age.
The book follows a boy and girl as they each explain when they are going to like themselves and why. Despite many of the sentences being split between the two characters, the lines still flow very well. This story just keeps lifting you up the more you read. Regardless of whether you have or are working with a child who is “different,” this book is great for young readers with its rhyming characteristic and use of complex, but familiar words throughout the book. I would highly recommend this book for the classroom, camp settings, or in the home! To learn more about Jamie Lee Curtis and Laura Cornell, visit Jamie’s website: http://www.jamieleecurtisbooks.com/
Enjoy! Jennifer P.