Books on Diversity, Books on Self-Concept, Books on Values

Powerful Words!

Title: Martin’s Big Words

Author: Doreen Rappaport

Illustrated By: Bryan Collier 

Published By: Jump at the Sun


On this Me Monday we celebrate and honor the works and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.!  We have accomplished and learned so much from Dr. King’s legacy, but we have so much further to go!  As long as there is still hate and injustice in this world, our work is never done!  Dr. King read and studied the teachings of Mahatma Ghandi, the wise Indian activist.  Ghandi stated that, “If we are to reach peace in this world…we shall have to begin with children…”  These words are so true.  Children learn by our example.  What we say, what we do, how we interact with one another, how we respond and react to situations, how we treat ourselves and others.  If a child sees hate, that child will learn to hate.  But if a child sees love, kindness, respect, and generosity, then we can change this world into a better place, one child at a time!

Dr. King’s father was a minister so Dr. King was receiving inspiring words and teachings about love and righteousness from a very young age.  This influenced his thoughts about the world and motivated him to share these teachings with others in hopes of irradicating hate and the mistreatment of mankind.

What can we do today to continue Dr. King’s movement? Simply love another!  Regardless of the color of our skin, where we come from, where we live, what religion we practice, what language we speak, etc… We are all different and that is the beauty of the world!  But our differences should not set us apart, they should be celebrated and respected!  We should all love one another for who we are!

Books on Self-Concept

Face It!

Title: Freckleface Strawberry (2007)

Author: Julianne Moore

Illustrated By: LeUyen Pham

Published By: Bloomsbury U.S.A. Children’s Books


Celebrate Me Monday by celebrating yourself!  This is exactly what Freckleface Strawberry did!  Freckleface Strawberry had freckles, (if you had not guessed that by now!), and red hair!  At first Freckleface Strawberry did not embrace her freckles.  She wondered where they came from.  Her father did not have freckles, her mother did not have freckles, her sister did not even have freckles!  Only her baby brother, but he did not count!  Freckleface Strawberry was subjected to the daily teasing and taunting that children do when someone is different than them.  She was told she looked dirty, dotted, and like a giraffe!  Freckleface Strawberry did not want freckles!  She tried everything to get rid of them!  But the freckles remained!  So, she decided just to hide her freckles by wearing a ski mask to cover her face.  She soon finds out that one should not hide from one’s true self!  (Plus, wearing a ski mask all day is hot and itchy!)

Freckleface Strawberry is a wonderful book to teach children to be proud and true to who they are!  Our differences are what sets us apart from one another, making each of us special and unique!  No one should be ashamed of who they are.  Children should embrace their skin, hair, body, abilities, etc…  We cannot expect others to accept who we are unless we first accept and love ourselves! Teach children self-love, self-acceptance, and self-determination.  Children who have a strong sense of self-worth can rise above those who have not yet learned the power of acceptance.  Love thyself and eveything else will fall into place! 🔷

Favorite line in this book: “In fact, she lived happily ever after.” 🔷

3 other books by Julianne Moore:

▪Freckleface Strawberry and the Dodgeball Bully (2009)

▪Freckleface Strawberry Best Friend’s Forever (2011)

▪My Mom Is a Foreigner, But Not to Me (2013)


LeUyen Pham also illustrated:

▪Grace for President (2008)

Books on Self-Concept

Keep them Spinning!

Title: Spin (2017)

Author: Rebecca Janni

Illustrator: George Ermos

Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap (Penguin)


Our first Self-Concept book featured this month is Spin!  Spin is a truly motivating and encouraging book for children. (Adults too!)  Spin is an analogy to life’s ups and downs which we all experience.  This book reinforces the message to never give up and to always keep going no matter what obstacles may come your way.  Children will learn that when the going gets hard and tough, as it will, to press on to accomplish whatever goal they may be striving for!  I love how the language in the story uses references to nature such as, “The world has higher mountains.” and, “The ocean has lower depths.”  Spin is an ideal read for children who may be trying or experiencing something new and need that extra little push to keep going until they have reached their own personal level of satisfaction.

We must be children’s champions, coaches, cheer leaders, and their biggest fans!   When they fall down we must be the ones to encourage and help them to get back up and try again.  Children are naturally strong, determined, and resiliant from birth.  We see this as babies are learning to crawl and walk, they keep trying until they are running (running us in circles!) Toddlers, as they are learning to speak new words and form sentences until they chatter nonstop!  Preschoolers, as they master running, hopping, jumping, riding a tricycle, boucing a ball, balancing, (flipping off the back of your couch), etc… Sheer determination we must continue to nurture and not let wane as they grow older.

Favorite line in this book: “Keep my pace.  Not a race.  Do my best.”


3 Other Books by Rebecca Janni:

▪Every Cowgirl Needs a Horse  (2010)

▪Jammy Dance (2012)

▪Nellie Sue, Happy Camper (2013)



George Ermos also illustrated:

▪Dough Knights and Dragons (2017)