Perfectly You

A Picture Book About Embracing Who You Are


SKU: A519-Net / A521-Net

There is nobody in the world exactly like you.

You’re one of a kind, and that’s sort of cool.

Perfectly You will teach young readers (and listeners) to accept themselves; treat one another with compassion; and embrace their uniqueness. It provides children with the message that character comes from within while focusing on the importance of self-acceptance, tolerance, and leading an overall healthy lifestyle. Loving ourselves from the inside out takes time, patience, and practice. Start young!

Written by Julia V. Taylor
Illustrated by Phillip W. Rodgers
Paperback ISBN 9781931636308
Hardcover ISBN 9781931636889
Grades 2-5
32 pages
Release Date May 25, 2009

Additional information


Hardcover, Paperback




National Center for Youth Issues

Julia V. Taylor, Ph.D., is a zony, brainy and overall cool person.She is a school counselor, which means she helps kids with the trails and tribulations of growing up. She likes to run, travel, cook, and make people laugh. She is not a size or shape, she’s just Julia.

Prior to academia, Taylor worked as middle and high school counselor for eight years. Afterward, she was appointed to the founding leadership team for Wake County Public School’s first single gender academy, where she served as the Dean of Student Services. During her time as a practitioner, she focused the majority of her research on body image, media literacy, relational aggression, and girls’ leadership development. In turn, she authored The Body Image Workbook for Teens, The Bullying Workbook for Teens, Salvaging Sisterhood, G.I.R.L.S: Group Counseling Activities for Enhancing Social and Emotional Development (G.I.R.L.S. is two separate curricula, one for secondary ages, and another for elementary ages), and a children’s book, Perfectly You.

Taylor frequently presents this line of research to parents, educators, school counselors, and students across the country. She has a passion for helping girls develop a true sense of self, stand up to unrealistic media expectations, take healthy risks, and cultivate meaningful relationships.

When not working, she enjoys yoga, running, reading, and spending time with friends and family in Brooklyn, NY – her home away from home.

As a school counselor, I have read this book already to two 2nd grade classes and they love it! The students are very engaged. It has wonderful illustrations and does an excellent job of getting across the point that we are all wonderful the way we are! It even discusses accepting others for who they are!

School Counselor

A wonderful read for old and young alike. A beautiful message reminding us that we are all “ridiculously cool” just the way we are!!! As both a personal trainer who focuses on woman’s health and wellness and a mother of 3 boys, I have found this book applicable to all demographics. Through use of rhyme and great illustrations, Julia shares her “top ten” rules on how to be healthy, increase your self esteem and feel good about just being Y.O.U. I have given this book as gifts for graduation, birth announcements, birthdays, etc. This is definitely a book worthy of gracing your bookshelf.

Janine McGann
Personal Trainer and Mother


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