FORT HUACHUCA, Ariz. – Children gathered around listening to the garrison chaplain read “I Like Myself!” authored by Karen Beaumont and featured in the Family Advocacy Program (FAP) Budding Bookworms event June 29 at the Soldier & Family Readiness Center.
“I like myself!” read Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Shay Worthy. “I am glad I am me.
“There is no one else I’d rather be!”
Worthy’s high-energy narration matched the book’s dedicated ode to self-esteem. Written in imaginative rhyme, the book encourages kids to appreciate everything, inside and out, about themselves.
Worthy sat on the carpet, as he read, showing the illustrations page by page.
“I like it all. It all is me,” Worthy read. “And, me is all I want to be!”
“Chaplain Worthy is engaging, he lets the kids comment on the book, and he asks them questions,” said Stefanie Isla. “He gets the kids’ attention and was on their level.”
Isla brought her three-year-old son.
She said he enjoys the event, participates, and gets to socialize.
“Everyone attending gets a free copy of the featured book and creates a craft influenced by the theme,” explained Gabriella Taylor, FAP manager.
Today, all the kids grabbed colorful markers and drawing paper labeled “This is me,” and sprawled out on the floor together to draw their self-portraits.
“And, I don’t care in any way what someone else might think or say,” said the character in Beaumont’s prose.
Another boy attending the reading drew himself with strong lines, wide, direct eyes and vibrant hair.
“Even when I am a mess,” Worthy read. “I still don’t like me any less!”
FAP holds Budding Bookworms events once a month at SFRC. The next one is set for 10 a.m. July 27. Call 520.533.2330 to sign up.
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