10 Books to Help Build Children’s Self-Confidence

By Simon McDonald, Editorial Manager |

Books are extremely useful tools in helping your child to develop positive self-esteem, and these 10 will help teach children just how special they are. What are your recommendations?

Wonderwant_to_read_buttonAuggie’s just an ordinary kid with an extraordinary face, but can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, despite appearances?


The Little Engine that Couldwant_to_read_buttonThe Little Engine That Could is the story of a train filled with toys and gifts for little boys and girls that breaks down before reaching the children. After asking several passing trains for help over the hill, a little blue train agrees to help the stranded toys. Even though she is small, the blue train tries her best to bring the toys to the children on the other side of the hill.


Only One Youwant_to_read_buttonAdri’s mama and papa share some of the wisdom they have gained through the years with their eager son. Their words, simple and powerful, are meant to comfort and guide him as he goes about exploring the world.


Life of Zarfwant_to_read_buttonShrek meets Wimpy Kid in this epically funny tale of a troll trying to figure out how to be more popular.


Zerowant_to_read_buttonZero is a big round number. When she looks at herself, she just sees a hole right in her center. Every day she watches the other numbers line up to count: “1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 . . . ”
‘Those numbers have value. That’s why they count,’ she thinks. But how could a number worth nothing become something?


Unlovablewant_to_read_buttonA charming story about a little pug who learns the true meaning of friendship.


giraffewant_to_read_buttonWith light-footed rhymes and high-stepping illustrations, this tale is gentle inspiration for every child with dreams of greatness.


Dream Big Little Pigwant_to_read_buttonPoppy is a waddling, toddling pig with big dreams. She wants to be a star! But she soon discovers that’s not as easy as it sounds.


You are Specialwant_to_read_buttonEvery day the small wooden people called Wemmicks do the same thing: stick either gold stars or gray dots on one another. The pretty ones, those with smooth wood and fine paint, always get stars. The talented ones do, too. Others, though, who can do little or who have chipped paint, get ugly gray dots, like Punchinello.


Incredible Youwant_to_read_buttonBeautifully illustrated, Incredible You uses simple, uplifting rhymes to give kids their own tools for creating happiness.

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