I Like Me Book Literacy
Showing Children Someone Cares
Book Reading Event: April 26, 2017
I Like Me!” was written by Topeka Rotarian Vern Wheeler in an effort to develop self-concept and a joy of reading in kindergartners. He had been reading to young students who were disinterested in the reading materials because they couldn't relate to the people in the stories. So he wrote a book that had the student as the main character. The text of each hard-cover, full color "I Like Me!” book contains multiple mentions of the name of the kindergartner plus two best friends, teacher, principal, school, and city.
In studies conducted over a three year period by Dr. Don DeMoulin, University of Tennessee-Martin, the use of "I Like Me!” improved comprehension and recall in kindergartners by an average of 46.8% over children using non-personalized readers. The books also have a positive impact on students’ self-concept. As Susan Goren, Executive Director of the National Association of School Psychologists, says, the book is read over and over by students because they themselves are the subject of the material.
The "I Like Me!" program is a research-based, personalized program for children preschool through grade two and was developed to:
Often referred to as a "good citizenship program," "I Like Me!" communicates anti-drug and anti-gang messages and illustrates gender sensitivity, cultural diversity and the inclusion of people with disabilities. Studies show the 12-week "I Like Me!" program contributes significantly to the overall growth in positive self-concept in children, in addition to improving reading comprehension and recall through the use of the personalized
book. Since 1993, over a half million children around the world have participated in "I Like Me!".
As co-chair Linus Wright says, "Education for the young is so much less expensive than paying for the lack of it in adults."