PlayDrMom’s Favorite books to help Kids Build Self-Esteem

  • Spoon, by Amy Krouse Rosenthal … Is a nice way to talk to children about jealousy and, in turn, being thankful for our own uniqueness and personal gifts.  Check out this great activity from Coffee Cups and Crayons.
  • Chrysanthemum, by Kevin Henkes … Sometimes it can be hard when you stand out in a certain way, but our differences are what make us special.
  • Galimato, by Karen Lynn Williams … Everyone doubted Kondi that he would be able to make his own toy, but he believed in himself and accomplished his goal.
  • The Story of Ferdinand, by Munro Leaf … Ferdinand wasn’t like all the other bulls, and that was just fine.
  • Cloudette, by Tom Lichtenheld … A small cloud on a journey to love herself the way she is.
  • The Littlest Dinosaur, by Michael Foreman … No matter how small or different you may be, you still have so much to offer others.
  • I Like Myself, by Hans Wilhelm … Simple, beginner reader book about being special in our own ways.
  • I Like Me!, by Nancy Carlson … Another easy-to-read book about liking oneself just as it is.
  • I Like Myself, by Karen Beaumont … There are SO many terrific reasons to love yourself.
  • I’m Terrific, by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat … A story about a little bear learning to be himself.
  • Incredible You!, by Dr. Wayne Dyer … Covers 10 wonderful ways to help foster self-esteem.
  • The Carrot Seed, by Ruth Krauss … a classic story about believing in yourself.  (here’s a previous post on this book!)
  • The Lovables: in the Kingdom of Self-Esteem, by Diane Loomans … A journey through the jungle with each animal adding their unique gift to share.
  • I’m Gonna Like Me, by Jamie Lee Curtis & Laura Cornell … A great book about liking yourself no matter what.
  • Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon, by Patty Lovell … A fun book about believing in yourself.

What would you add to the list?

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Laura Hutchison

Laura Hutchison (aka PlayDrMom) is a chubby kid turned competitive figure skater tween turned high school pom pon girl turned MSU Spartan turned grad student turned Mrs. HutcH turned Dr. turned Mom. She adores living in the Mitten, is addicted to Diet Coke, and firmly believes that ice cream is a main food group.

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  1. Susan Case

    Great list. I love Jame Lee Curtis’ books. I might add “How Do I Love You?” by P K Hallinan – author and illustrator of over 100 children’s books. Thanks for the list – pinning it.

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