April Allen lives outside Portland, Oregon with her wonderful husband and two young daughters. April loves to learn, travel and to try new adventures! She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Washington. She also holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. April has traveled the world extensively and lived in several countries such as, Guatemala, England, Japan, and Spain. Some of her adventures include, climbing Mt. Fuji in Japan and Acatenango in Guatemala, and trekking the Great Wall of China. April consults and educates institutions on matters of diversity and inclusion.
I Love Being Me
Liberty Belle—Libby for short—is a confident girl who accepts and appreciates her own beauty and uniqueness. In I Love Being Me, Libby describes the things she loves and introduces us to her diverse set of friends, whom she loves even more. Each friend is beautiful and different, but at the end of the day, Libby loves being who she was created to be. She only wants to look and be herself!
Irene Roth | 10/13/2016
This is a wonderful picture book for kids of all ages about accepting yourself and knowing that you are unique and beautiful, just as you are. We all tend to criticize ourselves. And this is especially the case for girls from an earlier and earlier age. Our culture sees beauty from the outside. April Allen’s book encourages girls to love themselves from the inside out and to not judge themselves or others by outside appearances. We are each unique because each one of us is different and beautiful in our own right.
Libby is a confident girl who appreciates everything about herself. She also introduces the reader all the many things she loves about herself because she loves being who she was created to be. Libby also loves her friends and appreciates them for who they are, despite the fact that most of them come from very different and diverse backgrounds. They all look slightly different and have different hairdos and clothes. But they are all accepted by her because they are also who they were created to be.
What a great message for everyone, especially girls. It is in accepting who we truly are that we can be free to be the best that we can be. I loved this book from beginning to end. I will be recommending this book to all the kids that I encounter in my community and church.
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