Books on Building Self-Confidence in Children and Teens

Building self-confidence in children is an important responsibility for all parents, and one of the best ways to help children and teens gain confidence in themselves is with books written specifically with that goal in mind. Books promote new ideas for children and parents, but not all children’s books are specifically written to build self-esteem.

There are many ways to help children in developing positive self-esteem vs. low self-esteem, by way of “self-esteem activities” and children’s games that are fun for kids to do on their own, or games the entire family can play and enjoy doing together.

Children’s self-esteem books should not be thought of as simple “self-help” books, but they are books that can be used as a parenting tool to promote self-confidence in children, and it’s a proven fact that books and children’s games help build self-confidence in children and teens.

15 Self-Esteem Books for Children and Teens

Infant to 8 yrs

1. Don’t Feed the Monster on Tuesdays!: The Children’s Self-Esteem Book by Adolf Moser

2. Well Done!: A Confidence-Building Book by Richard Morgan

3. The Magic Violin by Mayra Calvani

4. The Lovables in the Kingdom of Self-Esteem by Diane Loomans

5. I’m Gonna Like Me: Letting Off a Little Self-Esteem by Jamie Lee Curtis

6. The Fearful Fairy by Sheri Hood

7. Shapesville by Andy Mills

9 to 12 yrs +

8. Stick Up for Yourself: Every Kid’s Guide to Personal Power & Positive Self-Esteem by Gershen Kaufman

9. Gifted Girls: Activities Guide for 365 Days of the Year: Fun Things to Do for Kids and Grown-Ups That’ll Develop Creativity, Social Skills and Self-Confidence! by Kailin Gow

10. The Girls’ Book of Success: Winning Wisdom, Stars’ Secrets, Tales of Triumph, and More by Catherine Dee

11. How Anansi Learned Self-Esteem: 10 Original Stories for Building Self-Confidence and Self-Respect by James Culver, Jr.

12. Confidence, Assertiveness, Self-Esteem: A Series of 12 Sessions for Secondary School Students by Tina Rae

13. The Feelings Book: The Care & Keeping of Your Emotions by Norm Bendell

14. Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff for Teens by Ph.D. Richard Carlson

15. Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul by Jack Canfield

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  1. Thanks for including my book, The Magic Violin, in your list of books about self esteem. (I learned about this from Google Alerts). Anyway, it was a lovely surprise!

  2. Lin says:

    Hi Mayra! You’re very welcome! Google Alerts is an awesome tool isn’t it? 🙂

  3. Hi Lin,

    lol, if I ever get around to purchasing a Kindle, I’ll have plenty of good stuff to load on it just from 3 or 4 of your blog posts.

    As for self esteem, I haven’t read any of these books, but I think we already put some of this stuff into practice. If you were to ask 6 year old Jasmine, it’s a very good bet she’d know that she’s by far the prettiest and smartest person in the house … well, second maybe to mommy of course. 😉


  4. Lin says:

    Hi Todd,

    It’s funny, I’ve been reading a lot lately about the Kindle since I’ve heard about it so much lately. It seems to be very popular, but I’m not sure a Kindle would ever replace physically buying a book or newspaper or magazine. At least not for me.

    I have a huge collection of books that I’ve read over the years, and it’s interesting to see my kiddos sitting down to read one or more of the books when they come to visit and want to sit and relax with a good book. Since they’re all grown up now, I don’t have any self esteem books in my collection anymore, but they really do help.

  5. TigerTom says:

    For some kids, the problem is convincing them they’re _not_ the centre of the universe.

  6. wilson says:

    WoW, even Mayra herself also came and dropped you a visit here, you should be really happy about it, Lin…

    By the way, I personally bought two story books to my nephew and guess what? These two books were being listed in the infant to 8 years list…(Those two books are The Fearful Fairy and Shapesville).

  7. Lin says:

    Hi Wilson, yes it’s very nice that Mayra dropped by. That’s very nice of you to buy story books for your nephew. I hope he enjoys both of the books you got for him and that it will help develop or further his interest in reading as he gets older.

  8. Lin says:

    Hi Tom, your comment ended up in Askimet somehow. I’ve written quite extensively on that subject as well using terms such as “entitlement” and “helping vs enabling”.


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