New Year, New YOU! This year, our New Years Resolution is to work on being happy with ourselves and current place in life. The new US is going to focus on improved self-image, self-confidence, and self-love. A good way to start this mindset in children is reading books that encourage self-love. Here are our top favorites. Comment below with your New Years Resolutions.
❤️Kelsey & Jessie
Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon is a book by Patty Lovell. This book is about a girl named Molly Lou who is short, clumsy, has buck teeth, and sounds like a bull frog. Her grandma always tells her to stand proud, smile, and sing loud. This is hard at first when Molly Lou Melon starts at a new school and encounters a school bully. She remembers what her grandma taught her and knows what she needs to do! What a sweet message of loving your "flaws."
I Am Enough is a book by Grace Byers. The experiences of being bullied inspired Grace Byers to write this incredible book about empowerment in young girls. It is a poetic book of affirmations that promote self-love and self-acceptance. One of the quotes from the book is, "We are all here for a purpose. We are more than enough. We just need to believe it." What a great message to teach to the young children in our lives!
It's Okay to Be Different is a book by one of my favorite authors, Todd Parr! This is a fun, colorful, and simple book about everyone being different and accepting that! It blends silly and serious differences that makes it engaging for kids, such as being adopted, being a different color, eating mac and cheese in the bathtub, and having a pet worm. I love how Todd Parr adds an inspirational letter at the end of each book to encourage self-love, "It's okay to be different. You are special and important just because of being who you are."
Find Your Happy: A Kids Self Love Book is by Patricia May. It is an interactive and engaging workbook that provides kid-friendly activities to bring awareness to your child's ability to "find happy." It has affirmations that promote self-love, questions that encourage critical thinking, yoga exercises, "mirror play - a love yourself exercise," meditation, and gratitude journal. It is a great book to encourage kids to think about the power they have in forming a positive mindset to find peace, happiness, and self-love.
Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun: Having the Courage to Be Who You Are is written by Maria Dismondy. It is a fun book about a one-of-a-kind girl named Lucy. A boy a school, Ralph, always picks on Lucy for her quirks, like eating spaghetti in a hot dog bun. Lucy has a strong sense of self and knows the right thing to do. She stands up for herself while staying kind, even when dealing with people who are mean to her. This book is a great message and she is proud of herself and her differences. Another thing I love about this book is that in includes questions to ask before, during, and after reading to help tie in the meaning of the book to real life.
Disclosure: We are not sponsored by any of these book authors or publishers. We are simply sharing our favorite books and providing links to Amazon in case you are interested 😊