Self-Awareness and Personal Discovery Book Selections

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Book 1:

I am Enough by Grace Byers and Keturah A. Bobo 

I am Enough by Grace Byers and Keturah A. Bobo is a great book on showing young children that they are simply enough for being who they are, they do not have to be anybody else but themselves. The books vocabulary is very simple and the illustrations show children of different races, ethnic backgrounds and also children with disabilities. 

This books shows children with different backgrounds but the message of being "enough" connects to all of them. This book shows that no matter who you are that you are important in the world for who you are. This book also shows that humans should respect each no matter what background they come from. The book addresses that everyone is different but that doesn't mean that someone is not "enough". This book is great for young readers that are starting to learn. It provides very simple sentence structure and vocabulary but provides a very deep meaning about self-respect and self-identity. This book shows everyday examples of what might discourage young children but always reverts back to the message that everyone has value in the world. 

Book 2: 

Everybody Cooks Rice by Norah Dooley and illustrated by Peter J. Thornton 

Everybody Cooks Rice follows the main character, a young girl named Carrie who is searching for her brother, Anthony, to come home for dinner. While looking for Anthony, Carrie stops by houses in the neighbor to see if he is there. Each home is cooking dinner, and everyone in her neighborhood is from a different country, such as Barbados and Puerto Rico. While looking, Carrie tries all of the different foods that her neighbors are cooking from their home countries. When Carrie finally finds her brother and returns home she realized that all of the food she had tried had rice included in the recipe, including the food that her mother was making. 

This book can help support personal growth for young readers by showing that different cultures have different foods, but they also share similar foods, such as rice. It helps younger students learn more about their culture with the foods that they eat and also introduces foods and recipes from other cultures to share. This book shows children to respect other cultures by introducing them to the cultures food and also other small facts about the culture and the people. The book provides recipes for all of the food that was cooked in the book at the end for everyone to try. I would recommend this book for children that are eight and older. This book uses a good vocabulary and longer sentence structure to help the student improve their reading skills. The book also introduces words in other languages, that are the names of the recipes. This helps students improve their vocabulary in other languages as well as English.  

Book 3:

We're Different, We're The Same by Bobbi Jane Kates and illustrated by Joe Mathieu 

We're Different, We're The Same is a book that uses Sesame Street characters to show that although  our physical and emotional features are different, humans have a lot of similarities. The book uses the characters from Sesame Street to show that humans have different features on their bodies, such as noses, but they all do the same job, no matter what shape or size it is. The book focuses on that although we all look different we have more similarities as humans than we do differences. 

 This book is great for personal growth because it uses very popular characters that are known for being colorful and having different, odd shaped facial structures, but are all caring and loveable. It shows that although we are different in appearance we can all still be respectful and caring towards others. This book is great for teaching respect towards others. The book states that although we have different features, the body parts do the same for everyone. Our eyes see and our noses smell, even if they look different. It uses both illustrations of humans and the characters from Sesame Street. This book is great for younger readers, as it provides a great message about respect and differences in humans, but it also uses simple vocabulary words to help promote the reader to improve their reading shills. The book is filled with illustrations tha