You Are Wonderful


As a mother, it is so important to me that I raise my daughter to be proud of who she is. I want her to have confidence to do the things she loves and surround herself with people who see the wonderful person that she is. I make it a mission to tell her how loved she is, and how much I appreciate the things that make her special. Luckily Nancy Tillman’s amazing books give me that opportunity whenever we read them together. I am a huge fan of her beautiful work, so I was thrilled when I was offered the opportunity to check out her newest one about helping kids discover themselves!

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All Kinds of Wonderful

You’re All Kinds of Wonderful is the latest addition to Nancy Tillman’s collection of books which tell kids that they are loved. The beautiful rhyming text tells the reader that we are born with our own unique bells and whistles. These represent our unique talents and passions in life. The vivid illustrations show children of various ages, races and backgrounds as they pursue their passions in art, music, science and sports. They are accompanied by different types of animals who are helping them or inspiring them. As usual, the illustrations are gorgeous and will certainly be loved by both kids and adults. The representation of so many different kinds of kids made me incredibly happy.

The book is not only about helping kids discover themselves, but it also touches on some difficult but important truths about growing up. It isn’t always easy to just be yourself! It takes time for us to learn what it is that we are meant to do. Most of us have many different passions throughout our lives. This book tells kids that it is okay. They will find their way eventually. The message brought tears to my eyes (as her books usually do!). Not only does it encourage kids to learn who they are, but it reminds them how proud we, as parents, will be of each of their talents and choices in life.


An Important Message

To me, the message “You are Wonderful” is an important one for kids to hear and believe. In the current state of the world, I believe it is even more important for kids to recognize that our differences are what makes us wonderful. We need people who love science and want to cure diseases as much as we need people who love to learn and want to teach the next generation. Those that have a passion for creating beautiful artwork or music are just as important as those who want to spend their days studying and caring for animals.

Each of us is unique, and I hope that my daughter and other children can see that their unique talents and passions are needed in the world. If the next generation can see each person as an equally important member of the world, then maybe they will do better than we have.

Learning Who You Are

An important message in the book is that we may try lots of different things in life, and some of them won’t fit. Have a conversation with your kids about the things you were passionate about as a kid. Did you want to be an astronaut or a singer? Did you play baseball, but didn’t end up being very good at it? Sharing your path to finding your passions can help your kids on their own journey.

My parents bought new Christmas ornaments for my sister and I every year, and they usually had to do with our current hobbies or dreams.  My sister has tons of dolphin ornaments from the years that she wanted to be a marine biologist. I have several tennis ornaments as well as teaching ones. It’s so fun for us to look back on the things that we cared about. While some of our hobbies didn’t suit us, they are still a precious part of our memories.

Helping Kids Discover Themselves

This book is a great way to open a conversation with your kids about their strengths, their dreams and their passions. I created this printable based on the book as a guide to help kids discover more about themselves. Print a copy for each child (and one for yourself) and brainstorm together to fill in the spaces. What are you good at? What do you love? Helping each other discover the answers is a great way to bond and let kids know how wonderful you think they are.

This is another fantastic book from Nancy Tillman. Kids may need reminding that they are wonderful, and that they will find their unique bells and whistles at the right time. The melodious rhyming text and vivid illustrations in this book make this a fun way to provide kids with that important message. I highly recommend adding it to your family’s collection and rereading it often! 



  • Janire

    October 4, 2017 at 10:21 am Reply

    My daughter is only 5 months but i’ll be picking this book up soon. I like reading to her and letting her know of her greatness from now

    • Vicki

      October 4, 2017 at 12:10 pm Reply

      Nancy Tillman’s books are fantastic for reading to really little ones. The pleasant rhymes and vivid illustrations make them great to read aloud!

  • Francesca

    October 4, 2017 at 10:42 am Reply

    I love the message that this story sends! Definitely one I would love to read to my kids!

    • Vicki

      October 4, 2017 at 12:11 pm Reply

      It is a fantastic book! I definitely recommend it!

  • Ashley

    October 4, 2017 at 11:55 am Reply

    I love this and the message behind it! My little girl is only 7 months but I tell her daily how loved she is. I will have to buy this book for when she’s older.

    • Vicki

      October 4, 2017 at 12:11 pm Reply

      Nancy Tillman’s books are great for reading aloud to really little ones! The beautiful messages are written in flowing rhymes which make for great read alouds!

  • Danielle @ A Sprinkle of Joy

    October 4, 2017 at 12:48 pm Reply

    This sounds like such a wonderful book!!

    • Vicki

      October 4, 2017 at 8:58 pm Reply

      It is! It’s such a wonderful message.

  • Sophie PIper

    October 4, 2017 at 1:17 pm Reply

    Aw I love these books! We have you are here for a reason. I love the activities you have here. What a helpful resource. I’ll have to come back to it for homeschool. Random an unrelated question but could you recommend any fun books about Davy Crockett? My son is obsessed and he’s listened to Little House on the prairie four times now, so we need to move on! 😉

    • Vicki

      October 4, 2017 at 9:10 pm Reply

      Thank you! I don’t actually have any Davy Crockett books yet! I will have to change that since my daughter likes singing along to the Disney song about him. I do know the Who Was series has a Davy Crockett book. They are great resources for kids!

  • Harmony, Momma To Go

    October 4, 2017 at 1:56 pm Reply

    what a great message. I am not familiar with these books. Sometimes I think I go overboard with telling my little ones how much I love them! I always tell them Im obsessed with them 🙂

    • Vicki

      October 4, 2017 at 9:09 pm Reply

      I sometimes feel like I tell my daughter too often as well! I definitely recommend these books. They are some of my favorites to read to my daughter!

  • Kari

    October 4, 2017 at 2:24 pm Reply

    I just LOVE seeing your book picks!!! Do you have any posts on books to start the discussion around potty training?

    • Vicki

      October 4, 2017 at 9:11 pm Reply

      Thank you! I don’t yet, but since we are starting the discussion around here I will be putting one together!

  • Corinne

    October 4, 2017 at 2:50 pm Reply

    This sounds like an amazing book with a message to match!

    • Vicki

      October 4, 2017 at 9:12 pm Reply

      It is a new favorite of mine for sure!

  • Paula @ I'm busy being awesome

    October 4, 2017 at 3:03 pm Reply

    What a wonderful message! This book sounds perfect for young children. My parents also got my sisters and me a different Christmas ornament each year. Now I have them on my tree. Such a special memory.

    • Vicki

      October 4, 2017 at 9:13 pm Reply

      It is! I love looking back over all my hobbies and experiences every Christmas when we decorate!

  • Arushi Garg

    October 4, 2017 at 5:27 pm Reply

    I love this post . Books are such an important part of my son’s life too . I will be adding these to the collection. Thanks for the recommendation.

    • Vicki

      October 4, 2017 at 9:13 pm Reply

      I’m so glad! I hope you love them. They are some of my absolute favorites!

  • Adree | The Keele Deal

    October 4, 2017 at 5:59 pm Reply

    I love this. It’s such an important message to teach kids that everyone is wonderful and the differences make us each better.

    • Vicki

      October 4, 2017 at 9:13 pm Reply

      Definitely! It is more important than ever for kids to learn this message!

  • anupriya

    October 4, 2017 at 7:29 pm Reply

    The author seems to have put in a lot of effort in coming up with such a thoughtful book. Loved your detailed analysis of this beautiful concept of a book.

    • Vicki

      October 4, 2017 at 9:14 pm Reply

      It is a fantastic book! All of her books are so beautiful.

  • Katie @ Book Ink Reviews

    October 4, 2017 at 8:57 pm Reply

    Such a sweet message! You can never start too young praising kiddos and teaching them to love themselves.

    • Vicki

      October 4, 2017 at 9:16 pm Reply

      I agree! It’s so important to start teaching them these messages young!

  • Cath | This Mama Learns

    October 4, 2017 at 9:32 pm Reply

    What a beautiful book and such an important message. I think I’d better add it to my list to look for at the bookshop. 🙂

    Thanks for sharing this book with us, Vicki!

    • Vicki

      October 5, 2017 at 1:09 pm Reply

      I hope you love it as much as we do!

  • Clair

    October 4, 2017 at 9:46 pm Reply

    This sounds like a beautiful book! It is so important for our kids to know that are all individually wonderful in their own way…I need to check this book out for my kids ❤️

    • Vicki

      October 5, 2017 at 1:09 pm Reply

      I definitely recommend it! It is one of my new favorites!

  • Alina Orozco

    October 4, 2017 at 9:49 pm Reply

    I’ll have to remember this title when my little one gets older, what a wonderful message!

    • Vicki

      October 5, 2017 at 1:10 pm Reply

      I definitely recommend her books! They are great for reading to very little ones as well because the rhyming is so melodic and the illustrations are so eye catching!

  • Nita

    October 5, 2017 at 1:20 am Reply

    Thank you for this , i loved reading it … i have also downloaded the printable to share with my sisters.

    • Vicki

      October 5, 2017 at 1:10 pm Reply

      I am so glad! I hope you enjoy it!

  • Marta Rivera

    October 5, 2017 at 8:31 am Reply

    Books have the ability to make children believe, and attempt, they can achieve anything. They great thing is when you pair those books with encouraging parents- they can!

    • Vicki

      October 5, 2017 at 1:13 pm Reply

      I completely agree! Her books are fantastic for reminding kids of these messages.

  • Erica @ Coming up Roses

    October 5, 2017 at 10:13 am Reply

    I love that you’re teaching this important early! This book sounds so great!

    • Vicki

      October 5, 2017 at 1:14 pm Reply

      I definitely recommend it! Her books are fantastic for teaching these important messages.

  • Patricia

    October 5, 2017 at 10:15 am Reply

    I love Nancy Tillman as an author and how she affirms kiddos when they’re young. I will check this one out for sure!!

    • Vicki

      October 5, 2017 at 1:14 pm Reply

      She is one of my favorites! I just love reading her books to my daughter and this one is one of my new favorites for sure!

  • Joanna Clute

    October 5, 2017 at 11:33 am Reply

    I am loving the sounds of these books. This one specifically, allows kids a bit of confidence.

    • Vicki

      October 5, 2017 at 1:15 pm Reply

      Her books are fantastic for sharing these important messages with kids! I definitely recommend this one!

  • Courtney Byers

    October 5, 2017 at 9:23 pm Reply

    What a great message this is! I love books like this.

    • Vicki

      October 5, 2017 at 11:21 pm Reply

      Her books are beautiful!

  • Turtle

    October 6, 2017 at 6:48 am Reply

    What a beautiful book, I definitely need to get this and send it to my neices. I also loved that your parents got you ornaments every year based off what you were interested in durintthat time of your life. Such a sweet gesture that means a lor omce you grow up and look back.

    • Vicki

      October 6, 2017 at 12:58 pm Reply

      I hope they love it! It is a really fantastic book. And I loved getting new ornaments every year as a kid, but I appreciate them even more now that I am an adult!

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