Thematic Reading List: Absolutely Me: A celebration of the unique in all of us


This book list for ages 4 to 8 celebrates qualities that we share and those that make us different.
Contributor: Elizabeth Bridges







0399234160 Stand Tall Molly Lou Mellon
By: Patty Lovell
Illustrated by: David Catrow

First-grader Molly Lou Melon, short, buck-toothed, and clumsy, is nevertheless in possession of unshakable self-confidence that allows her to wow her classmates and even win over the class bully at her new school.
9780062667120 I Am Enough
By: Grace Byers
Illustrated by: Keturah A. Bobo

A lyrical ode to loving who you are, respecting others, and being kind to one another.
9780975958001 The Skin You Live In
By: Michael Tyler
Illustrated by: David Lee Csicsko

Rhyming text and illustrations celebrate being content with the skin in which one lives, whatever that skin might be.
0545436796 Exclamation Mark
By: Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Illustrated by: Tom Lichtenheld

A punctuation mark feels bad that he does not fit in with the others until a friend reveals the possibilities that exist when differences are accepted.
9780375961151 I’m Not
By: Pam Smallcomb
Illustrated by: Robert Weinsock

A young girl discovers that best friends can enjoy and do well at different things as long as they are good at being friends.
9780061152559 The OK Book
By: Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Illustrated by: Tom Lichtenheld

A character enumerates a great many things that it enjoys doing, although not great at any of them, knowing that someday it will excel at something.
9781423106852 Spoon
By: Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Illustrated by: Scott Magoon

Spoon begins to wonder if Fork, Knife, and The Chopsticks have it much better than him, unaware that his friends are wondering the same thing about him.
9780805075328 Unlovable
By: Dan Yaccarino

Alfred, a pug, is made to feel inferior by a cat, a parrot, and the other neighborhood dogs until a new dog moves in next door and helps Alfred to realize he is fine just the way he is.
0763619612 The Dot
By: Peter Reynolds

Vashti believes that she cannot draw, but her art teacher’s encouragement leads her to change her mind.
0316265233 Be Who You Are
By: Todd Parr

This picture book encourages kids to be proud of what makes them unique, where they come from, and how they express themselves and see the world.
9780062252074 Red: A Crayon’s Story
By: Michael Hall

Red’s factory-applied label clearly says that he is red, but despite the best efforts of his teacher, fellow crayons and art supplies, and family members, he cannot seem to do anything right until a new friend offers a fresh perspective.
9780375806131 The Name Jar
By: Yangsook Choi

After Unhei moves from Korea to the United States, her new classmates help her decide what her name should be.
1933916303 Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun
By: Maria Dismondy
Illustrated by: Kim Shaw-Peterson

Even though a boy teases her at school for being different, Lucy dares to be herself and comes to the boy’s aid when he needs help.
9780375987250 Good Little Wolf
By: Nadia Shireen

Rolf is proud when his friend, Mrs. Boggins, calls him a good little wolf, but when the Big Bad Wolf teases him, Rolf tries to prove himself by howling at the moon and blowing down Little Pig’s house.


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