The preschool years are some of the most exciting for kids and their parents. Kids are becoming more self-aware. They want to know more about themselves and what makes them unique.
It’s also around this time that kids learn that not everyone celebrates differences. We have to help them see that our differences are what make us special. These all about me books for preschoolers can help you start a conversation with your child about their unique qualities.
by Kevin Henkes
Chrysanthemum is a little mouse who loves her big name. She’s excited about the first day of school but changes her mind when the other kids make fun of her name. She longs for a different name until the class learns the new music teacher has a similarly long name.
Chrysanthemum is a funny, charming book that teaches a valuable lesson without laying it on too thick. Chrysanthemum learns to love her name and all of her other differences.
2. Marvelous Me: Inside and Out
by Lisa Marie Bullard
Alex is a fun, adventurous kid with a big imagination. In Marvelous Me, he explores how he’s like other kids and what makes him different. Alex embraces the things that make him special.
This book looks at what makes kids unique, both inside and out. It also contains fun activities at the end to help kids learn even more about themselves.
3. It’s Okay to Be Different
by Todd Parr
Acclaimed children’s author Todd Parr’s It’s Okay to Be Different will engage kids with its bright colors and silly illustrations. It also teaches them an important message about accepting themselves for how they are.
The book helps kids understand that everyone has odd things about themselves and that it’s completely okay. Kids will feel confident in who they are.
4. My Book About Me
by Dr. Seuss
No one embraces the unique quite like Dr. Seuss. The classic My Book About Me still resonates with kids today. Readers are invited to write and draw their way through the book as they learn more about themselves.
Kids will enjoy the fun questions. There’s also a space to write out a story about themselves, which can be dictated if your kids aren’t writing much yet.
5. Our Class Is a Family
by Shannon Olsen
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When preschool kids start to notice their differences, they sometimes treat others unfairly because they aren’t similar. This often happens in a preschool classroom. Our Class Is a Family is a great read-aloud for the beginning of the year.
The book encourages kids to embrace one another’s differences and come together as a class. Kids will learn to support one another and make the classroom a welcoming place.
6. I Like Myself!
by Karen Beaumont
This cute rhyming book features a spunky little girl listing out the many things she likes about herself. The quirky illustrations bring the book to life and the little girl feels like a real kid.
This book is a great read-aloud for teachers and parents. It gets kids thinking about their idiosyncrasies. It would be a good lead-in to an activity where kids list what makes them unique.
7. Who Has What?: All About Girls’ Bodies and Boys’ Bodies
by Robie H. Harris
Around the preschool years, kids start to take note of their body parts and the differences between genders. As parents, this can be a challenging discussion to have. A thoughtful book like Who Has What? can help you start the conversation.
The book helps kids find the similarities and differences between boys and girls in an honest, straightforward way. It presents things scientifically but in language that kids can easily understand.
8. I Like Me!
by Nancy Carlson
In I Like Me! a fun little pig lists everything she likes about herself. She talks about the things inside and out that make her unique.
This book also handles what to do about mistakes. The little pig says she just gets back up and tries again. This story could be helpful for a kid needing a self-esteem boost.
9. What I Like About Me!
by Allia Zobel-Nolan
What I Like About Me! features a diverse group of kids who all embrace their differences. Each of them loves the things that make them unique. They all love one another, along with their differences and similarities.
This book is great for a Pre-K class as it encourages kids to welcome differences instead of treating others differently. It shows how differences can make for even stronger friendships.
10. We’re Different, We’re the Same
by Bobbi Kates
Sesame Street has been teaching kids about diversity and embracing their differences for over four decades. This book builds on those ideas by showing kids that while we all have differences, we are also similar.
It demonstrates how we’re all the same on the inside and have many of the same feelings. It also praises kids for their differences and teaches that our differences make the world a wonderful place.
11. All People Are Beautiful
by Vincent Kelly
It’s never too early to start talking to your kids about race. Just because they’re young doesn’t mean they won’t understand. All People Are Beautiful is an excellent lead-in to a challenging conversation.
The book depicts a diverse group of children and points out all of their wonderful differences. It also teaches children about appreciating different cultures and the value every individual adds to the world.
12. The Hair Book
by LaTonya Yvette
Kids are often fascinated by the many different types of hair. The Hair Book has simple, bright illustrations. In addition to celebrating the types of hair, it also depicts different hairstyles and coverings.
This book is great for all kids to teach about accepting and appreciating differences. It’s especially good for kids who are struggling with their feelings about their hair.
13. My Family, Your Family
by Lisa Bullard
When kids go to preschool, they often start to notice that their friends’ families may not look exactly like theirs. It’s important to teach kids that while families look different, all families are built on love. There’s no such thing as a “perfect family.”
In My Family, Your Family Makayla notices the different families in her neighborhood. She learns that whether families have no kids or many, one parent or two, that all families are special.
14. Children Just Like Me
by DK Publishing
Preschool kids are just developing awareness of the many different cultures around the world. Children Just Like Me lets them see what kids from many different countries are like. They can see what they have in common and what makes these kids unique.
The book shows 44 different children and their interests. Kids will enjoy seeing that even kids on the other side of the world like many of the same things as they do, such as playing sports or spending time with friends.
These all about me books for preschoolers are sure to make great additions to your home or classroom library. When reading these books, kids will build self-confidence while also learning to accept others who are different.
All about me books may inspire your kids to share more about themselves. Check out these free all about me worksheets for inspiration.