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My Self, Your Self
By (author): Esmé Shapiro
Esmé Shapiro


Tundra Books



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Children: Age (years) 3 - 7, Grade (US) P - 2
Sep 27, 2022
$24.99 CAD


10.81in x 8.63 x 0.44 in | 0.96 lb

Page Count:

48 pages


Tundra Books
JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
Follow along with lovable forest creatures as they discover what a self is and what makes each of us unique.

Your self is the only self you have, and my self is not your self…but what is a self? Whatever it is, it’s what makes you you!

From the way you button your coat to the way you tap your toes, from the top of your head to your adorable tummy, there are so many reasons to love your self, and so many reasons to be loved. Join a group of endearing forest creatures as they bake and eat cranberry-butter-pie muffins, sing silly songs at bathtime and stop to smell the chestnut-nettle roses, all the while exploring their individuality. This joyously affirming picture book from the inimitable Esmé Shapiro encourages the youngest readers to get to know and love and be kind to their wonderful selves and the equally wonderful selves around them.

    SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE AND SELF-ESTEEM: My Self, Your Self will inspire young and old readers alike to explore and recognize the things that make them unique, from how they like their toast to their fears and dreams.

    PROMOTES DIVERSITY AND INCLUSIVENESS: This is a picture book that also celebrates our differences. 

    PLAYFUL WHIMSY: Adorable, quirky characters in a charming forest landscape combined with sweet and silly fun will beguile readers.

    STUNNING ART, COTTAGECORE VIBE: Esmé’s unique style, rich detail and limited color palette are incredibly inviting. The art has a distinct RETRO vibe and yet feels incredibly FRESH at the same time.

    ONE-OF-A-KIND CREATOR WITH STRONG FOLLOWING: Esmé is a beloved Tundra creator whose star continues to rise. She’s charming and charismatic, with 22k Instagram followers, and is an enthusiastic and memorable presenter (and a fixture of New York and Brooklyn-area indie bookstores).

    PERFECT READ-ALOUD: With its playfulness, warmth and conversational voice, this is a perfect read-aloud to share during family, daycare and classroom storytime.

    GIFT APPEAL: This gorgeous book is a great gift for any occasion but is especially perfect for baby showers, birthdays and graduations.

ESMÉ SHAPIRO grew up in Laurel Canyon, California and Ontario, Canada, and is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design. Her previous picture books include Ooko, which was nominated for a Governor General’s Literary Award in 2016, Alma and the Beast, the recipient of two starred reviews, among other honors, and Carol and the Pickle-Toad, which has been widely praised. Esmé also illustrated Yak and Dove by Kyo Maclear, Eliza: The Story of Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton by Margaret McNamara and, most recently, A Garden of Creatures by Sheila Heti. She has exhibited at the Society of Illustrators, and her work has been featured in Taproot and Plansponsor magazines. Esmé lives in the Hudson Valley with her partner and their two dogs.

Author Residence: Hudson Valley, New York

Publicity: Paid influencer campaign

Digital campaign

Selfie campaign (Instagram filter)

Author Website: www.esmeshapiroillustration.com

Author Social Media: @esmeshapiro

“[E]ach question and simple sentence is there to encourage dialogue and self-discovery from young readers…. A sublime joy.” —STARRED REVIEW, Kirkus Reviews

“Shapiro envelops big ideas within this whimsically affirming exploration of individuality and selfhood…. A welcome, wandering contemplation of a book about being ’OURSELVES together.’” —STARRED REVIEW, Publishers Weekly

“Celebrate and ponder the joy and power of knowing one’s self in this contemplative and encouraging tale…. [C]aregivers and readers will find ample discussion opportunities on subjects such as self-discovery and thoughtfulness. The conclusion celebrates the differences found among friends, and serves as an invitation to know and honor one’s self. Shapiro’s rich, mixed-media illustrations feature a muted palette and abound with details that will enthrall readers from start to finish.” —School Library Journal

“[A] warm fuzzy book perfect for sharing with someone small who needs a bit of affirmation…. Choose My Self, Your Self for a cozy one-on-one reading session at home or in a kindergarten classroom.” —CM Reviews

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