Picture Books to Boost Self-Esteem & Confidence

Kids who know their strengths, understand their uniqueness, and embrace both, have the confidence to try new things. Self-esteem helps kids deal with mistakes and try again, even if they fail at first. They are more likely to try their best, and feel proud of what they can do. As a result, they do better at school, at home, and with friends.

As a parent, one of my goals is to give my children a safe space to be themselves. Whether it’s encouraging them to follow their own interests, supporting their desire to try things they aren’t good at yet, or teaching them to celebrate the ways they are unique, they will always know I love them unconditionally and exactly as they are.

It’s never too early, or too late, to help kids develop and improve how they see and value themselves. Here are our favorite books to offer opportunities to discuss the importance and power of confidence.

I Am Every Good Thing

Illustrations and easy-to-read text pay homage to the strength, character, and worth of a child.

I Am Enough

A gorgeous lyrical ode to self-confidence and kindness, for girls from every background and every color.

The Dot

An art teacher’s encouragement leads a young girl to change her mind about her abilities.

Hair Love

An ode to self-confidence and the love between fathers and daughters.

Giraffes Can’t Dance

Gerald is a giraffe that can’t dance until one night he finds his own special music.

How Much is a Little Girl Worth

This tenderhearted book teaches girls that they have immeasurable worth to face any challenge life puts in their path.

The Little Engine that Could

A treasured story of the blue locomotive who exemplifies the power of positive thinking.

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