Children’s Books about Self Esteem

Liking themselves helps children feel happy and succeed in life. You can encourage confidence in your kids by reading children’s books about self esteem!

Children's Books about Self Esteem“I LOVE YOU!” my son bellowed to himself in the mirror.

I had to chuckle to myself—earlier that morning, I had told him how important it is to love yourself, to truly believe that you are an amazing person. And one of the ways to affirm that, I suggested, was to look yourself in the mirror and say, “I love you.”

You see, no one is immune to questioning their worth, kids included. A child could be the only one in his class who can’t snap his fingers or the last one to touch the wall in a game of race.

Maybe he realizes that his twin brother is reading more words, or that he can’t light up the room and delight the crowd as his little sister can.

Positive self-esteem is important to nurture in our kids. This reminds them that they can accomplish so much and that we all have unique skills we can contribute. Feeling good and liking themselves are healthy and necessary for kids.

So, how can we encourage a positive self-image in our kids?

Focus on effort, not so much a supposed innate trait your child may have. Diligent practice and commitment—instead of the pressure to get it right the first time—can help him take pride in his achievements.

Tell him you love him no matter what, whether he’s throwing a tantrum, asleep in bed, or away at school. Watch your disappointment—focus on correcting his behavior, but never react in a way that makes him question whether you still love him as a person.

Accept his personality, even though it can sometimes be so different from your own. And support his interests, never mind that it feels like you’ve had your fill of dinosaurs to last a lifetime.

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The best children’s books about self esteem

And of course, read books.

Talking to our kids about self acceptance is important. But stories and beautiful illustrations can also encourage them to open up in ways conversations can’t.

You’ll meet characters in these books who’ve felt the same emotions your child feels, making it easier to relate to them. They even give steps and ideas on how to feel good when life seems down. And books remind him of the many ways he is awesome, exactly the way he is.

These books make excellent reads, whether he seems full of self esteem or could use a little boost. Take a look at my favorite selections of children’s books about self esteem:

Dare to Be Daring by Chelsea Lin Wallace and Lian Cho

Dare to Be Daring by Chelsea Lin Wallace and Lian Cho

The World Needs Who You Were Made to Be by Joanna Gaines

The World Needs Who You Were Made to Be by Joanna Gaines

Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun by Maria Dismondy and Kimberly Shaw-Peterson

Spaghetti In A Hot Dog Bun by Maria Dismondy and Kim Shaw

Go Get 'Em, Tiger! by Sabrina Moyle

Go Get ‘Em, Tiger! by Sabrina Moyle

Giraffes Can't Dance by Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees

Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae

Dear Girl by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Dear Girl by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

The Proudest Blue by Ibtihaj Muhammad

The Proudest Blue by Ibtihaj Muhammad

Affirmation Weaver by Lori Lite

A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon

A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon

The girl Who Never Made Mistakes

The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes by Mark Pett

Bluebird by Lindsey Yankey

I Promise by LeBron James

I Promise by LeBron James

The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds

You've Got Gifts! by Kristin A. Sherry

You’ve Got Gifts! by Kristin A. Sherry

The Eensy Weensy Spider Freaks Out! by Troy Cummings

Ordinary Love by Morgan Barber

Ordinary Love by Morgan Barber

I Like Myself! by Karen Beaumont

I Like Me! by Nancy Carlson

I’m Gonna Like Me by Jamie Lee Curtis and Laura Cornell

Incredible You by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell

Spoon by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

I Am Enough by Grace Byers

I Am Enough by Grace Byers

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