Here to Help: Books about Self Esteem

By sharing stories together and having conversations about the books you read, you can help young children understand the world around them. Seeing diverse experiences represented in books helps children to explore their own identities and develop empathy for others.

Check out these titles that promote positive self esteem and self confidence for young children.

Not every book is available at all locations, but any title can be requested. The children’s librarian at your neighborhood library is also here to help, with suggestions for additional titles on topics of interest–or feel free to suggest some titles to us. New books are always being added to the collection. You can find more Here to Help booklists on different topics by clicking here.

Becoming Vanessa

Vanessa is nervous she will not fit in on her first day of school, but she hopes a special outfit will show her new classmates she is someone they should know. You can also check out this title as eAudio on OverDrive/Libby.


Chrysanthemum

Chrysanthemum loves her name, until she starts going to school and the other children make fun of it.


Eyes That Speak to the Stars

A young Asian boy notices that his eyes look different from his peers’ after seeing his friend’s drawing of them. After talking to his father, the boy realizes that his eyes rise to the skies and speak to the stars, shine like sunlit rays, and glimpse trails of light from those who came before–in fact, his eyes are like his father’s, his agong’s, and his little brother’s, and they are visionary. You can also check out this title as eAudio on OverDrive/Libby.



I Like Myself!

In rhyming text, a little girl expresses confidence and joy in her uniqueness, no matter her outward appearance.


I Love My Hair!

A young African American girl describes the different, wonderful ways she can wear her hair.



Leila in Saffron

Shy and unsure of herself, Leila discovers all the things that make her special with the loving help of her Naani.


Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match

Marisol McDonald, a biracial, nonconformist, soccer-playing pirate-princess with brown skin and red hair, celebrates her uniqueness.


Nigel and the Moon

At nightime, Nigel shares his dreams for the future with the moon, imagining himself as an astronaut, a dancer, and a superhero, too! But during Career Week at school, he can’t find the courage to share his dreams with his classmates because he already feels out of place. You can also check out this title as eBook on OverDrive/Libby or as eAudio on OverDrive/Libby.


Remarkably You

Rhyming text encourages young readers to discover what they are good at and use it to make a difference in big ways or in small ones.