10 Picture Books to Pair with Your Next Self Portrait Lesson

10 Picture Books to Pair with Your Next Self Portrait Lesson

If you're anything like me, you enjoy a good hook at the start of a lesson. Something that will lure the kiddos in, grab their interest and keep them engaged throughout the upcoming project. For me, 9/10 that hook involves a picture book. 

I teach self portraits with almost every grade, sometimes multiple times a year (I just LOVE to see their growth and how they represent themselves) so it's important to me to have a variety of great picture books up my sleeve to read not only at the start of a lesson, but throughout the project. Below you will find a list of just SOME of my favorite picture books that I like to read throughout a self portrait lesson. 

Here are my top 10 Favorite Picture Books to Pair with 
Self Portrait Lessons


1. What I Like About Me by Allia Nolan

2. You are Enough book self portrait lesson pairing

 You are Enough by Margaret O’Hair

3. I like myself Book

I Like Myself by Karen Beaumont  


4. The Color of Us book for self portraits

The Color of Us by Karen Katz

5. The Skin you live in book

The Skin You Live In by Michael Tyler 

6. It's Ok to be Different Book  

It’s Ok to Be Different by Todd Parr

7. Just Like Me Book

Just Like Me by Vanessa Brantley-Newton


8. Encourage Self-Love with Eyes that Kiss in the Corners

Eyes That Kiss in the Corners by Joanna Ho 


9. Becoming Vanessa Book

Becoming Vanessa by Vanessa Brantley-Newton 

10. That's Not My Name Book

That's Not My Name by Anoosha Syed 


I hope you find this list of books celebrating our identity to be helpful the next time you teach a self portrait lesson! If you are looking for some tips on best practices when teaching self portraits, be sure to check out my blog "8 Tips For Teaching Self Portraits" here . You can also grab my Advanced Self Portrait Guide or Simple Self Portrait Guide here

Happy Teaching (and Reading!) 

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