Developing Self-Confidence Through Books
Stories that are great confidence-booster and can teach important lessons about believing in oneself. Here are a few of our favorites!
We Are Water Protectors
Written by Carole Lindstrom and illustrated by Michaela Goade, this book features a young girl who takes a stand to protect the water and other creatures. It focuses on having the courage to stand up for your beliefs and being able to persevere when things become challenging.
The Day You Begin
Written by Jacqueline Woodson and illustrated by Rafael López, this book features children who feel different because of their skin color, home language, or the food they bring for lunch. But they find the courage to connect with others and make new friends.
The Most Magnificent Thing
Written and illustrated by Ashley Spires, this story depicts a little girl and her dog assistant who set out to build “the most magnificent thing.” This story is about frustration, perfectionism, and the value of trying new things and persevering through challenges.
Written by Breanna McDaniel and illustrated by Shane Evans, this story portrays a Black girl growing up through everyday moments of joy, love, and sadness. This story turns the phrase “hands up” on its head to empower Black children and celebrate that confidence is built through simple everyday moments.
The Magical Yet
Written by Angela DiTerlizzi and Lorena Alvarez, this story describes the Yet, a companion that we all have. It shows children that the frustrating and discouraging moments we face when learning something new can be turned into an opportunity for growth.
Written and illustrated by Gaia Cornwall, this story features a young boy who is scared to jump off the diving board. But, with some encouragement from his dad, Jabari finds the confidence to jump!
Written by Angela Johnson and illustrated by Laura Huliska-Beith, this story follows Violet as she tries to find others who enjoy music as much as her. Violet confidently marches to the beat of her own drum until she stumbles across some new music-loving friends just like her!
Don't Touch My Hair
Written and illustrated by Sharee Miller, this book teaches readers about the importance of setting personal boundaries. Aria gains the confidence to say ‘No’ when others ask to touch her beautiful hair.
After the Fall
Written and illustrated by Dan Santat, this is the after-story of the infamous Humpty Dumpty. After his fall, the egg was scared to do the thing he loved most. This inspiring story illustrates how self-confidence can help you fly.
Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match
Written by Monica Brown and Illustrated by Sara Palacios, this story features a creative, unique, multiracial girl who is constantly told she does not match. With support from her teacher, Marisol learns to feel confident and proud in sharing her own ideas and preferences!
Awesomely Emma, written by Amy Webb and Merrilee Liddiard tells a story about Emma, a young girl with limb differences who shows everyone that different doesn’t mean bad. Her message is an important one around empathy, advocacy, and feeling awesome in your own skin!
Super Satya Saves the Day
Written by Raakhee Mirchandani and illustrated by Tim Palin, this is the story of a little girl who learns that her beloved hero cape is not the sole source of her confidence. She learns that her bravery and generosity come from within!
TEACHING THROUGH BOOKS