Healthy self-esteem doesn’t come easy. Magazines, pop-culture, social media, materialism... The pressures of the modern world have made it more difficult than ever to maintain confidence.
In today’s society, kids need assurance that their character matters more than their looks. As they make their way into the world, they need a solid understanding that true confidence and beauty shine from within.
Thanks to writer Stefanie Fields, this message is now being shared across the US.
For several months, Fields collected donations to distribute 750 copies of her popular children’s book, You’re Beautiful When, to Children’s Advocacy Centers nationwide. These centers provide resources, support, and trauma-informed care to victims of abuse.
While door-to-door campaigning, Fields met an elderly woman so moved by her story, she immediately pulled out her checkbook and donated $500. “I’d been to so many houses,” recalls Fields, “and there, behind the 124th door, was my fairy godmother.”
Through neighborhood donations, fundraising tables at local farmers markets, and a GoFundMe campaign, Fields was able to reach her goal. Deserving children across the US are now learning to nourish their self-esteem with this colorful book of affirmations, which promotes positive body image and self-esteem.
“We LOVE the book!” wrote Joy Barrett, Director of the Granite State Children’s Alliance - New Hampshire’s Network of Child Advocacy Centers. “Great inspiring and uplifting messages and the illustrations are beautiful!”
You’re Beautiful When teaches that beauty is something far deeper than meets the eye; it blossoms through kindness, creativity, effort, and authenticity. The book is illustrated by award-winning artist, Phyllis Howard, who adorned each page with hand-drawn illustrations of baby animals, appealing to all ages, races, and genders.
Growing up and as an adult, Fields experienced the recurring collapse of her own body
image and self worth.
“As someone who struggled severely with negative body image, I don’t want anyone else,
girls especially, to feel the immense insecurity that comes with low self-esteem,” she says.
“It’s detrimental to the careers we pursue, the decisions we make, and the relationships
we attract. Confident are the ones who will go places and make the world better for