7 confidence building books for children

Not sure how to help build your little one’s confidence up? Some of these books may help.

I’ve built up quite a collection of self-confidence books to enjoy with my daughter and to assist my relaxation and mindfulness work. I wanted to share some of my favourite (and most helpful) books that I’ve used along the way, with the hope they may help you too.

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1. What I like About Me

I bought this book for my daughter when she was a couple of years old. I used to read it to her and it would make her smile. It’s an amazing book that helps children recognise the differences we all have. There is a surprise on the last page and children can share what they like about themselves. This fun-loving book proves to kids that, in a world where fitting in is the norm, being different is what makes us special. 

2. I Like Myself

This book is one of my all time favourites, we’ve read it so much it’s starting to fade, it looks very well read. It’s a story about a little girl who likes herself no matter what she looks like and no matter what others think of her. Children will love this book for it’s catchy rhyming and beautiful, colourful illustrations. High on energy and imagination, this ode to self-esteem encourages kids to appreciate everything about themselves–inside and out. Messy hair? Beaver breath? So what! Here’s a little girl who knows what really matters.

3. Willow’s Whispers

I bought this book for my daughter before she started school, it really helped her find her voice. It showed my daughter that you don’t have to be loud and outgoing to be heard. Willow’s words came out in whispers. They were just too tiny to hear. Willow’s voice, soft and shy as a secret, goes unheard at school and causes her no end of troubles. Will Willow find another way to make herself heard?

4. Unstoppable You

Every time I write a book title I want to say it’s my favourite. This is the most gorgeous book. In Unstoppable Me! Dr. Dyer teaches children how to hold on to the no-limit thinking he believes they were born with, rather than just trying to “fit in.” The 10 important lessons in this book include the value of taking risks, dealing with stress and anxiety, and learning to enjoy each moment. Each point includes an example showing how a child might apply the concept in his or her everyday life.

5. Incredible You

Another special book from Dr. Wayne Dyer, just as beautiful as Unstoppable You. My daughter loves this one and there’s some questions to prompt discussion at the end. Wayne believes that it’s never too early for children to know that they’re unique and powerful beings, and they have everything they need within themselves to create happy, successful lives.With this book, parents can introduce these important ideas to their children.

6. The Lion Inside

This book carries a heartfelt message (if you like Giraffes Can’t Dance, you’ll enjoy this one too). An inspiring book which most certainly inspires so many children to face their fears and ‘find their roar’. A rhyming story about one little mouse trying to make himself heard and discovering along the way that even the smallest of us has the heart of a lion.

7. You are Awe Some: Find Your Confidence and Dare to be Brilliant at (Almost) Anything

One for our older children – perfect for teenagers, I think it’s perfect for children age 7+. I’m no good at sport … I can’t do maths … I really struggle with exams … Sound familiar? If you believe you can’t do something, the chances are you won’t try. But what if you really could get better at maths, or sport or exams? In fact, what if you could excel at anything you put your mind to? Practical, insightful and positive, this is the book to help children build resilience, embrace their mistakes and grow into successful, happy adults.

This book also comes with a journal. I haven’t used it, but it looks good. Here’s the link if you’d like to take a look.

There we go, that’s my top seven books. Let me know if you give them a try, and if you know any other books that would suit this list, please add them in the comments.

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