TLE Storytime | Be You!

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Welcome to TLE’s Storytime featuring the story Be You! by Peter H. Reynolds.

Featured Story: Be You!

Discover a reminder of the ways that every child is unique and special.

~ by Peter H. Reynolds

Craft Activity: “Be Me” Self-Portrait

Materials needed:

  • Assorted play dough or clay colours
  • Tools to shape play dough or clay (e.g. popsicle stick)
  • Foam sheet (for frame)
  • Markers (to draw on foam sheet)


  • Small roller to flatten play dough or clay
  • Buttons, gems, yarn, google eyes to decorate the portrait

Directions: Use play dough or clay to create a “Be Me” Self-Portrait.

  1. Use the foam sheet to make your Be Me Self-Portrait.
  2. Flatten and shape some dough to make a face base.
  3. Use different colours of dough and assorted tools to create parts of the face (eyes, ears, nose, mouth, hair, etc.). Add the pieces to the face base.
  4. Have fun and be creative.
  5. A new artist is born!

Easy Paper Craft

Here is an easy paper craft alternative to the Be Me Self-Portrait.

Materials needed:

  • Paper
  • Crayons, coloured pencils or markers


  • Draw a portrait of yourself and colour it in. Draw a frame around your portrait.
  • Draw a picture of yourself as a superhero. Do you have a special costume? Download, print and colour.

More Stories

Reading and storytelling with babies and children promotes brain development and imagination, develops language and emotions, and strengthens relationships.

The Reflection in MeRemember To Dream, EbereA Bad Case of Stripes
Marvelous MeI Like MyselfMore of Me to Love


Cooking can help young kids learn and practice some basic math concepts and build language skills.

All About Me SnackEdible Frosting Play Dough With Only 2 Ingredients!Make a Healthy “Feelings Faces” Snack

Family Fun: Craft and Activity Ideas

Play promotes healthy development and critical thinking skills. It reinforces memory, helps children understand cause and effect.

Easy Homemade Name PuzzleAll About Me Activities & Fun
Ideas for Kids
How To Draw A Boy And A Girl
All About Me BookIdeas to talk about:
Kids Talk About Self
Paper Plate & Button Self Portrait Preschool Craft
Create a Me Tree
A Self-Reflection Activity
Paint Me!Use your Name to Write an Acrostic Poem about Yourself

Songs and Music

Early music exposure helps children learn by promoting language, creativity, coordination, social interaction, self-esteem and memory.

All About Respect! If You’re HappySesame Street: Sings “What I Am”
What’s Your Name? Kids AcademyWhen I Grow UpThe Feelings Song

Information & Fun Facts

Young children learn best when information is presented in a playful, engaging manner. 

Molly Wright: How every child can thrive by five | TEDTeaching Character Traits to KidsToddlers: behaviour
Wellbeing For Children: Confidence And Self-EsteemBuild Your Tree – Learn About your Character Traits9 Printable Feelings Chart
Examples for Kids


Vocabulary helps children to think and learn about the world. Expanding a child’s knowledge of words provides unlimited access to new information.

Me! Song Vocabulary | featuring Noodle & PalsCharacter TraitsBody Parts Song for Kids
This is ME!

Personality Quiz

Take National Geographic’s Kid Personality Quizzes to see what type of personality you have!

Mythical Creature
Find out which mythical
creature you’re most like.
Rainforest Animal
Design a house and find out which rainforest animal you are!
Natural Wonder
Which natural wonder
should you visit?
History Hero
Which history hero best matches your personality?
Ice Cream
What ice cream flavor
matches your personality? 
Are you gentle like a whale shark or funky like a hammerhead?
Are you a cunning carnivore or a
happy-go-lucky herbivore?
Ocean Animal
Which ocean animal matches your personality?
Animal Trickster
Which animal trickster are you?
Wild Cat
Which type of wild cat
are you most like?
Which gemstone best represents your one-of-a-kind personality.
Threatened Animal
Which threatened animal are you most like? 
Find out which animal matches
your personality based on
your daily munchies!
Find out which bird matches
your style based on what
outfit you’d create!
Learn which urban wildlife matches your personality based on your ideal day in the city!
Which type of explorer
are you most like?
Find out where in the universe you should call home.
Baby Animal
Find out which cute baby animal you would be!
Musical Instrument
Which musical instrument are you most similar to?
Find out which superpower
fits you best.
Have you ever wondered which city suits you best?
Find out what kind of pet you would be if you suddenly sprouted four legs, scales, or even pincers! 
Greek God/Goddess
Find out which ancient Greek god or goddess you’re most like!
Time Period
Find out which time period you would’ve ruled in.

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