Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because it has helped our family and I think it may help others.
Don’t Feed the Monster on Tuesdays! – The Children’s Self-Esteem Book
Illustrated by David Melton
Published by Landmark House Ltd. in 1991
55 pages – ages 5+
Theme/Topic – Self Esteem / non-fiction
Opening and Synopsis – “Many children, and adults too, are picky, picky, picky about the way they look. They don’t like other things about themselves either. “Sometimes I spill things. I’m just too clumsy.” “Sometimes I do things I shouldn’t. Maybe I’m a bad person.” If you ever think such things, you are not alone.”
Did you know that there is a little green monster in your head? He whispers negative things about us to make us think bad things about ourselves. If you listen to your monster, he gets BIGGER and LOUDER, taking bigger bites out of your self-esteem. To make the monster shrink and get quieter, you have to think positively about yourself. If you do so for just one day (like Tuesday), the monster will get smaller. If you do it Tuesday, try another day and another until you don’t hear the monster anymore!
Why I liked this book – I think this book teaches a really important message on how to think about yourself. I like how it tells you to think of yourself as your “best friend” and treat yourself like a friend. I think it is also important that the book tells kids that everyone has negative thoughts about themselves. It is good to remember that when you are feeling bad about yourself. It is neat that the book explains how self-esteem works in a simple and fun way. It is kind of a long picture book but there really aren’t a lot of words per page and the illustrations are helpful too (and they are big and bright and nice to look at). My parents got this for my sister and me to help us learn about self-esteem and I think it teaches that message really well. We still say “Don’t feed the monster” around our house. The reading level is probably 8+ but my parents got it when we were a lot younger and read it to us and we really liked it!
Activities and Resources – At Familyeducation.com I found an activity that we have actually done in our house. It is to make an “All about me poster”. Click HERE to go to it. You get your child to make a collage picture of all the really great things about themselves and hang it up. Then in a little while look over your poster again and see how much you have changed and what you can add to the poster! There’s a list of activities that can build self-esteem in kids at LiveStrong.com. It suggests things like joining a sports team or other group where you work as a team and doing work for a charity.
Mr. Moser has written other books to help children. In fact, he had one for every day of the week! The books talk about stress, self-control, grief, lying, divorce, and violence . You can learn more about the books HERE. You can find “Don’t Feed the Monster on Tuesdays” on Amazon.
To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!