Picture books on self-esteem topics can be a powerful tool in building self-esteem in young children. Self-esteem comes from the inside and it can't be directly taught, but it can be encouraged and fostered. Below are great kids books on self esteem -- books that are full of positive words, handling negative self-talk, and examples of other people who make the choice to feel good about themselves.
Children often need convincing that
self-esteem is a choice, not something that you 'get' once you are
perfect. When children see characters in children's
picture books on self-esteem choosing to love themselves for who
they are, they are more likely to believe it and try it out
themselves. :) This makes picture books a
great tool for gently
building self esteem in children. Given the importance of this subject,
we'd love to hear any suggestions for books on self-esteem that we may
have missed. Click here to let us know.
The OK Book
by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
I Like Me!
by Nancy Carlson
The Crown on Your Head
by Nancy Tillman
Giraffes Can't Dance
by Giles Andreae
I Want Your Moo
A Story for Children About
by Marcella Baker Weiner
Most teachers would love
have the time for teaching self esteem lessons. Kids could certainly
use it. In truth, however, you don't need dedicated time for self
esteem lessons. Using picture books on self esteem topics (like the
ones listed below) make reading time do double duty as covert self
lessons too! Simply have a short discussion afterward to help drive
home the message.
Hopefully the kids books on self-esteem that we have listed below will help you as you try to foster these feelings in your students. And if you know of some good self-esteem kids books, let us know.