Dear Journal Girl,
At this special time of growth and change when you're
FINALLY being allowed, and EXPECTED to think more for yourself, everyone
is TELLING you HOW to think, HOW to feel, and HOW to see yourself and the
world around you. How I Look won't do that! But, information is power, and
How I Look will give you the information and lots of room to journal so you will
have the power to decide how YOU look - at yourself, at your world, and at your
future, and you'll have some fun playing with how cute you look, too! Happy
For teachers, counselors, and parents:
The How I Look Journal
is a self-esteem
and wellness guide that young adolescent girls can use independently or in the classroom. Topics included in the How I Look Journal
were identified based on an extensive review of evidence-based programs that improve self-esteem, reduce body dissatisfaction, and encourage healthy behaviors.
The How I Look Journal empowers girls to:
- Celebrate inner strengths and attributes
- Manage stress
- Make healthy decisions about nutrition and exercise
- Develop realistic expectations for growth and appearance
- Think critically about media messages and the beauty ideal
- Modify negative perceptions and attitudes
- Improve body acceptance and self-confidence
- Discover inspirational and empowering role models
Unique and timely, the How I Look Journal incorporates these concepts in
journal format, as opposed to a traditional and often less appealing workbook.
In a youthful tone that mirrors girls’ voices, the thought provoking journal
prompts integrate the informational readings with a clear focus.
Inspirational quotes, illustrations that reflect real world diversity, and messages
from a caring mentor (co-author, Molly Dellheim) add to its appeal.
throughout allow for independent journal writing or teacher directed journal
prompts (view preview).
With topics common to many social and emotional learning, self-esteem, and
youth development programs, the How I Look Journal can be used to reinforce your
lessons and enhance students' comprehension.
How I Look Journal Lesson Materials are also
available (see Educators and Counselors for more details).
Early drafts were reviewed by diverse groups of girls and focus groups were
The How I Look Journal has been revised and updated four times based on actual
classroom experience and feedback from teachers, counselors, and students.
by Molly and Nan Dellheim
160 pages, 8.5" x 8.5", B&W
For ages 10-14