Picture Books About Being True to Yourself
We’re All Wonders by R.J. Palacio
Simple and heartfelt, Aggie shares that he’s just like everyone else even if he doesn’t look like other people. It hurts his feelings when people point and laugh so his strategy is to put on his helmet, blast off into space, and get a bigger perspective. He sees that the Earth is full of lots of different people, all of them wonders. He is a wonder, too. We all are.”Look with kindness and you will always find wonder.“
BunnyBear by Andrea J. Loney, illustrated by Carmen Saldana
BunnyBear feels more like a bunny than a bear. He loves to bounce and wiggle his nose. But the other bears don’t get him, and neither do the other bunnies. Until he meets Grizzlybun. An encouraging story about being true to yourself.
Samson The Piranha Who Went to Dinner by Tadgh Bentley
Samson is a foodie piranha. Unfortunately, he scares everyone at the fancy restaurants even after he smiles his friendliest smile and tries disguises. (The fishy exclamations of the terrified waiters are my favorite such as “for the love of smoky sea bass!”) Samson realizes he isn’t the only so-called fearsome fish who wants fancy food so he and his new friends open their own restaurant, no disguises for fearsome fishes needed. Sure to be a kid-favorite story.
Made by Raffi by Craig Pomranz, illustrated by Margaret Chamberlain
The Catawampus Cat by Jason Carter Eaton, illustrated by Gus Gordon
A small gray cat walks into town slightly tilted to one side. At first they townspeople tried to straighten him out but that didn’t work. What did work was for the people to tilt and notice life differently? Which created all sorts of wonderful, happy results for everyone. You’ll walk (and see life) a little differently after reading this super special slanty picture story!
Ice Boy by David Ezra Stein
Ice Boy is born an ice cube but he wants to explore the world, not just wait to be picked for someone’s drink. And so he does in a charming journey of exploration and the water cycle (ice becomes, water becomes vapor)!
Antoinette by Kelly DiPucchio, illustrated by Christian Robinson
Antoinette hasn’t found what she’s good at, not like her brothers. “Chin up,” her mom tells her. When her friend, Ooh-La-La, chases after a butterfly and disappears, no one else can find her. Except for Antoinette. Brave Antoinette follows her heart and her nose! What an encouraging message to kids who are still searching for their unique gifts.
Bow-Wow-Meow by Blanca Lacasa, illustrated by Gomez