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Affirmation Weaver: a Believe in Yourself Story. Lori Lite, $21.95 (ages 6-9)

This encouraging story can be used to bolster self-image, manage stress and anxiety, and accomplish goals.


Banish Your Self-Esteem Thief: a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Workbook on Building Positive Self-Esteem for Young People. Kate Collins-Donnelly, $29.95 (ages 10+)

Build confidence and self-esteem with this fun and effective workbook. Packed with activities and real-life stories, this imaginative workbook will show you what self-esteem is, how it develops, the impact it can have and how all this applies to your own self-esteem. Using cognitive behavioural and mindfulness principles and techniques, this workbook will help you change how you think and act in order to build positive self-esteem. Fun, easy to read and full of tips and strategies, this is an excellent workbook for young people aged 10+ to work through on their own or with the help of a parent or practitioner.


Be Positive! Cheri Meiners, illustrated by Elizabeth Allen, $17.99 (ages 4-8)

This friendly, encouraging book introduces young children to ways of thinking and acting that will help them feel good about themselves and their lives. Children discover that they can enjoy the world around them, appreciate family and friends, try new activities, stay on course when things don’t go their way, and help other people feel happy too.

BE POSITIVE includes an activity guide for parents and teachers to use, with discussion questions, activities, games, and tips that reinforce the lessons from the book.

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Be Who You Are. Todd Parr, $23.49

Be who you are!

Be proud of where you're from.

Be a different color. Speak your language.

Wear everything you need to be you.


Beautiful Girl: Celebrating the Wonders of Your Body. Christiane Northrup, illustrated by Aurélie Blanz, $14.95 (ages 4-9)

BEAUTIFUL GIRL presents this simple but important message: that to be born a girl is a very special thing and carries with it magical gifts and powers that must be recognized and nurtured. Through these empowering words and illustrations, little girls will learn how their bodies are perfect just the way they are, the importance of treating themselves with gentle care, and how changes are just a part of growing up. Dr. Christiane Northrup believes that reading and discussing this book with your girls will help them to value the wonder and uniqueness of their bodies and have positive benefits that will last throughout their lives.


Being Me: a Kid’s Guide to Boosting Confidence and Self-Esteem. Wendy Moss, $13.95 (ages 8-13)

Being Me is loaded with tips and advice for taking on everyday challenges and for building up your confidence and self-esteem. Come on! Take a peek inside and find lots of ways to explore your strengths and feel more confident in school, with your friends…with everything!

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Better Than You. Trudy Ludwig, illustrated by Adam Gustavson, $17.99

Jake's bragging is really starting to get to his neighbor Tyler. Tyler can't show Jake a basketball move, a school assignment, or a new toy without Jake saying he can do better. Tyler starts to wonder:  Is something wrong with him? Is he really such a loser? Is Jake really better than him at everything?  Or is Jake the one with the problem? With the help of his uncle Kevin, Tyler begins to understand that Jake's bragging has nothing to do with Tyler's own abilities and that puffing yourself up leaves little room for friends.


Brave New Girls. Jeanette Gadeberg, $16.95 (ages 10-13)

Creative ideas to help girls be confident, healthy and happy.


Building Self-Esteem in Children Who are Adopted or Fostered. Sue Cornbluth, $25.95

How do you give your adopted or fostered child the best opportunities to grow up to be happy, healthy and successful? In this accessible book, psychologist and trauma expert Dr. Sue offers simple advice to those supporting children aged 7+. She explains why adopted or fostered children can often experience self-esteem issues, the impact it can have on their lives, and offers everyday strategies to help the child to move beyond their trauma and develop healthy self-esteem. Ideal for foster and adoptive parents as well as professionals supporting children and families, this book reveals the powerful role you can play in your child's well-being.

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Doable: the Girls' Guide to Accomplishing Just about Anything. Deborah Reber, $15.99 (ages 12 and up)

Got goals? This empowering guide shows how to tackle your to-dos with confidence and enthusiasm so that you can transform anxiety into accomplishment.

It’s great to dream big, but with day-to-day demands and stresses that seem to dominate our lives, larger goals are easily overlooked or can seem completely out of reach. Procrastination, insecurity, and negative thinking can get in the way as well. But with the eight simple steps in Doable, anything and everything becomes possible. Ambitious teens have an incredible ally in Doable, which outlines strategies for success and includes profiles of young women who have already found it in areas like activism, entrepreneurialism, philanthropy, and more. From getting clear on what your “to-do” is to determining what success looks like and dealing with setbacks, the clear and concise tactics offered here feel like advice from a (very wise) friend, and before you know it you’ll be delivering the goods and achieving your dreams.


Feel Confident! Cheri Meiners, illustrated by Elizabeth Allen, $17.99 (ages 4-8)

Upbeat and true-to-life, FEEL CONFIDENT inspires and guides preschool and primary-age children to accept and believe in themselves, ask for what they need, solve problems, show kindness to others, and make good decisions.

FEEL CONFIDENT includes an activity guide for parents and teachers to use, with discussion questions, activities, games, and tips that reinforce the lessons from the book.


501 Ways to Boost Your Child's Self-Esteem. Robert Ramsey, $17.95

Self-esteem not only plays a major role in a child's success or failure in school and in social situations but also influences how the child views the world. Drawing from his experience as a lifelong educator, Robert D. Ramsey provides valuable advice and information on building self-esteem in children. 501 WAYS TO BOOST YOUR CHILD'S SELF-ESTEEM shows parents how to help their children develop the positive self-images needed to lead successful, productive, happy lives.

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Happiness Doesn’t Come from Headstands. Tamara Levitt, $21.95 (ages 5-10)

Life is full of challenges — some we master and some, well... we don’t! This sweet tale teaches everyone that while we may experience failure, the failure does not define who we are.


Helping Adolescents and Adults to Build Self-Esteem: a Photocopiable Resource Book, 2nd Edition. Deborah Plummer, $44.95

Packed with activities and helpful advice, this resource is designed for professionals working to help adolescents and adults break the destructive cycle of low self-esteem. This fully updated new edition of Deborah Plummer's popular resource is filled with practical ideas for building healthy self-esteem. Easy-to-use photocopiable activity sheets encourage participants to use existing skills and develop new techniques to nurture confidence and feelings of self-worth. These are complemented by relaxation and breath control exercises, and expanded theoretical chapters that explains what healthy self-esteem is, why people may have low self-esteem and the consequences that can result from it.

Suitable for work with individuals and groups in a wide range of educational and therapeutic settings, this resource will prove indispensable to teachers, speech and language therapists, professionals working in adult education centres, counsellors at schools and universities, social workers and other individuals working with young people.


Hot Stuff to Help Kids Cheer Up: the Depression and Self-Esteem Workbook. Jerry Wilde, $20.99 (ages 9-12)

This handy guide is designed to give kids the tools they need to work through their depression and self-esteem issues in a way that’s positive and effective. Author Jerry Wilde has used his experience as a school psychologist to create a workbook that is proven effective in giving kids the tools to break out of the rut of feeling bad. Kids will learn:

  • How to think differently so they can feel differently
  • What causes depression and low self-esteem
  • How to stop worrying about what other people think
  • Ways to cheer themselves up when they are feeling low
  • And much more...!

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How to Like Yourself: a Teen's Guide to Quieting Your Inner Critic and Building Lasting Self-Esteem. Cheryl Bradshaw, $24.95

Don’t let your inner critic get in the way of being confident! How to Like Yourself offers a quirky, inspiring, and practical guide to help you overcome feelings of self-criticism, improve self-esteem, and be the true star in your life.

With all the pressures of school, friends, and dating, you’re especially vulnerable to low self-esteem in your teen years. But often, the biggest threat to your confidence is your own inner critic — whose unrelenting negativity can result in feelings of inadequacy, depression, and anxiety. This must-have guide offers real ways to help you fight back, be kind to yourself, and move forward with confidence.

Inside, you’ll learn the importance of self-forgiveness, accepting your faults, and how to focus on the things that make you awesome! You’ll also learn strategies for defeating the dreaded ICK — the inner critic know-it-all who keeps knocking you down — and how to escape the common thought traps that hold you back from feeling good about yourself.

This book unlocks the mystery of the most important relationship you will ever have—the one with yourself! So, get ready to find your true inner voice. A kinder, gentler one that will support you as you reach for your goals and create the fabulous life you were meant to live.


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I Like Me! Nancy Carlson, $8.50 (ages 4-8)

I Like Me! Is the classic tale of an endearing young pig who feels good about herself and her life. Written by popular children's author and illustrator Nancy Carlson, it is a book that delights children and adults again and again.


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I’m Gonna Like Me. Jamie Lee Curtis & Laura Cornell, $21.00 (ages 4-8)

Celebrate liking yourself! Through alternating points of view, a girl's and a boy's, Jamie Lee Curtis's triumphant text and Laura Cornell's lively artwork show kids that the key to feeling good is liking yourself because you are you. I'M GONNA LIKE ME will have kids letting off some self-esteem in no time!

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I Want Your Moo: a Story For Children About Self-Esteem. Marcella Bakur Weiner & Jill Neimark, Illustrated by Jairo Barragan, $13.95 (ages 4-8)

This picture book tells the story of a young turkey who doesn't like her "gobble gobble" and has grave self-doubts. Then one day, her "gobble gobble" saves her friend and she sees that she is unique and valuable.


Ink-Blot. Maria Eugenia, $15.95

Some girls think they are badly drawn. They worry about their height, their hair, their size. Some worry about everything. That’s a lot of stress. But Ink-Blot? She doesn’t care how she’s drawn — she’s too busy having fun!


The Inner-Beauty Secret. Keisha Howard, illustrated by Kathy Voerg, $21.50 (GR PreK-5)

Kids are constantly bombarded with messages from the media about the importance of physical beauty. They start comparing themselves to each other and celebrities at a very young age, which causes lower self-esteem. This book explores the concept of beauty being found within a person’s character rather than in their physical attributes. This book can be used in small group counseling sessions, or it can be read as a single story to and entire class to teach Character Education.

The paperback version includes discussion questions, inner-beauty tips for parents and educators and a list of other resources including a link to reproducible worksheets and lesson plans to use with the story.

The Inner-Beauty Secret CD-Rom. Keisha Howard, illustrated by Kathy Voerg, $21.50 (GR PreK-5)

These highly interactive mini-lessons and animated storybook can be used on any digital white board such as Promethean Board™ or SMART Board™ or simply on a computer. Kids will love the interactivity, animation, great sound effects and narration of the story. Also included are reproducible worksheets and lesson plans.

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Jasmine Can: Creating Self-Confidence. Bena Hartman, Mary Gregg Byrne, $14.75 (ages 5-10)

Raising her hand to read in front of the class is something that Jasmine would never do. While other classmates breeze through the pages of books, Jasmine finds it difficult to read. But with the help of a special friend, Jasmine finds the confidence she needs to take a chance.


Jenneli’s Dance. Elizabeth Denny, Illustrated by Chris Auchter, $12.95 (ages 5-10)

Jenneli is a shy young girl who feels that she is nothing special, until she learns about the Métis Red-River Jig from her Grandma Lucee. Jenneli loves having fun with Grandma Lucee, listening to fiddle music and learning the steps to the Jig, until one day, Grandma Lucee enters Jenneli into a jigging contest at the Lakeside Fair. Jenneli is scared and excited, but with Grandma Lucee's encouragement, love and support, Jenneli places her self-doubts and fears aside to dance in the contest.

Jenneli's Dance is a story that instills a sense of pride in the Métis culture, and deals with issues of overcoming low self-esteem.


Julia Morphs and Learns to Accept Herself. Rosalind Block, $21.50 (GR PreK-4)

Julia is not happy with her looks. Her friend Abena the rabbit is thin and does great in ballet. Julia thinks she would be better off if she was thin and small like her friend. She sits in front of her wishing mirror one night and wishes so hard that she could look more like her friend. That night the wishing fairy does his magic and Julia morphs! The next day she looks very different and is excited to show everyone her new look. But she soon learns that her new “look” has some unexpected disadvantages. Abena reminds Julia of all the things she could do so well before her change. Julia then realizes she liked her old self better. The important thing is to be happy with yourself and not compare your looks with others.

Our culture is focused so much on body image. Julia’s story can help all young girls who don’t accept how they look to see their real beauty and appreciate their uniqueness.  Julia speaks to kids who are anxious about being “different,” to recognize the unique, real beauty that is within them. 

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Just Be You, Girl: a Guide to Self-Esteem for All Young Girls Not Living on a Deserted Island. Carolyn McMahon, $29.95 (ages 10-13)

When you look in the mirror, are you unhappy with the girl who is staring back? Do you ever avoid doing things because you are uncomfortable with who you are or how you look? When faced with media images of perfection, do you feel like you don’t quite measure up? Is your world changing and leaving you feeling sad or mad or confused without you quite knowing why? Is it just a little tough right now to see what a beautiful, amazing girl you are?

You live in a crazy time. There are so many things in your world that can affect how you feel about yourself — everything from the friends you have, to the advertising that you see, to the social media that you use. Some things that can influence your self-image might be obvious, but some you might not have thought of before. And that is the point of this book — to get you to open your eyes to the world around you and start thinking about how all of the things you encounter each day actually shape how you feel about yourself. And hopefully, along the way, to help you to discover that despite all of the outside noise, you have a choice. You can choose to look into that mirror with confidence and be proud of the girl staring back.


Know Me. Linda Briden, illustrated by Daria Pekh, $8.99

Pick any page and enter the Know Me journey to a place where differences are embraced, curiosity of others is encouraged and understanding is promoted. A place where true and lasting relationships are built. Know Me asks essential questions in the voice of a child. This empowering approach invites sharing between children and their peers, parents and teachers — anyone who cares to ask.  Recommended for children ages 5 to 10 years.  

Whether you are a parent, a teacher or a helping professional, Know Me will get conversations started with its simple, direct prose and thought- provoking illustrations. 


Mama Lion Wins the Race. Jon Muth, $23.99

Start your engines: the race is on! And Mama Lion and Tigey are off — with their cool goggles and snazzy sports car!

Racing teams gather from far and wide for this madcap race. But who will win the trophy cup? Will it be the playful Flying Pandinis? The mischievous Knitted Monkey Crew? Or will Mama Lion and Tigey speed past the finish line in first place? As Tigey says, winning is winning, but sometimes the journey itself — filled with ineffable moments of mystery, beauty, and joy — is even more fun than getting the prize.

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Mindssage Colouring Books by Soula Berdoussis-Neofotistos

Mindssage Colouring Books are a unique collection of uplifting affirmations compiled to induce a journey of relaxation, self-discovery, and mindfulness. By focusing on and colouring stunning visual imagery featuring empowering, feel-good messages, MINDSSAGE helps you to change the way you think and speak about yourself to build confidence, resilience, and elevate yourself to a higher consciousness. This growing series’ vibrant and compelling colouring activities seek to improve your perception of yourself so that you can improve your overall well-being.

Words Matter Colouring Book, Mindssage Colouring Book Volume 1. Soula Berdoussis-Neofotistos, $19.95; travel size $13.50

I Am Matters Colouring Book, Mindssage Colouring Book Volume 2. Soula Berdoussis-Neofotistos, $19.95; travel size $13.50

Confidence Matters Colouring Book, Mindssage Colouring Book Volume 3. Soula Berdoussis-Neofotistos, $19.95; travel size $13.50

Inspiration Matters Colouring Book, Mindssage Colouring Book Volume 4. Soula Berdoussis-Neofotistos, $19.95; travel size $13.50


Minnie and Max are OK! Chris Calland, Nicky Hutchinson & Emmi Smid, $21.95

Minnie has had a bad day at school. Some children made fun of her looks, and she wishes she was more like them. Max, Minnie's dog, wishes he looked different too. And he doesn't understand why Grandma doesn't like his singing! When Grandma sees that Minnie and Max aren't OK, she takes them to the park. There, they see lots of children and dogs — all with different shapes, sizes, colours and special traits. If they all looked the same, would it be better or worse?

Body image is an increasingly important issue for young children. This beautifully illustrated, confidence-boosting book will help encourage children aged 3-7 to celebrate their strengths and embrace diversity. Included are questions that adults can ask to see how children relate to Minnie and Max's thoughts and feelings. Colourful, funny and uplifting, this book will help you make sure your child is OK with their body image!


The Monster Princess. D.J. Machale, $21.99 (ages 4-6)

Deep in a cave, there’s a story it seems
Of a sweet little monster, with very big dreams

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My Feet Aren't Ugly. Debra Beck, $18.95

Do you ever feel bad about yourself or have trouble being yourself while still fitting in? Do you have tough questions you are afraid to ask? In this funny, honest book, teen mentor Debra Beck provides personal stories, quizzes, journaling exercises, and thoughts from teens themselves to help you develop your self-confidence. Learn how to make healthy decisions in the face of peer pressure, have strong relationships with family and friends, and respect and love yourself for who you are. This revised and updated edition also has new chapters on bullying and internet safety.


Never Give Up: a Story about Self-Esteem. Kathryn Cole, illustrated by Qin Leng, $15.95

Shaun is strong enough to know that even things that don't come easily can be mastered through determination and hard work. Learning to ride his two-wheeler with the help of his friend Nadia, he overcomes his fear and the teasing of the other children in the park and manages to impress friends and bullies alike.


Nurture the Nature: Understanding and Supporting Your Child’s Unique Core Personality. Michael Gurian, $19.95

An insightful look at how temperament, development, genetic predisposition combine to create a child’s unique personality — and what parents can do to help their children flourish and thrive.


Only One You.  Linda Kranz, $16.95 (ages 4-8)

There's only one you in the great big world. Make it a better place.

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Pearla and Her Unpredictably Perfect Day: a Story about How a Sprinkling of Mistakes Can Be a Recipe for Success. Rochel Lieberman, illustrated by Lloyd Jones, $18.95

Every Sunday, Pearla makes perfectly round cookies and tall, fluffy cupcakes at her dad's bakery. Pearla loves to bake, and she loves to see her customers enjoying her perfect creations. Until one day she makes a very big mistake! This colourful book will help children aged 4-12 to cope when things don't quite go to plan.


Quiet Kids: Help Your Introverted Child Succeed in an Extroverted World. Christine Fonseca, $23.95

Being an introverted child is difficult, especially in an ever-increasingly noisy world. Often viewed as aloof, unmotivated, or conceited, introverted children are deeply misunderstood by parents, educators, and even their peers. Designed to provide parents with a blueprint for understanding the nature of introversion, QUIET KIDS provides specific strategies to teach children how to thrive in a world that may not understand them. Presented in an easy-to-read, conversational style, the book uses real-world examples and stories from introverts and parents to show parents and educators how to help children develop resiliency and enhance the positive qualities of being an introvert. With specific strategies to address academic performance, bullying, and resiliency, QUIET KIDS is a must-read for anyone wishing to enhance the lives of introverted children. 


The Quiet Mind: Increasing Self Esteem. Loretta Oleck, $61.95

  • For Children, Teens and Adults
  • Easy and Ready to Use Activities
  • Includes Book and CD

THE QUIET MIND: INCREASING SELF ESTEEM is based on the premise that low self-esteem can be unlearned. Photographs used as visual cues are linked to activities that enhance self-confidence and promote a more positive self-image. The combination of activities and creative options along with the visual cues of the photographs lay out an easy-to-follow groundwork for healthy and needed change. The Quiet Mind series is suitable for educators, mental health professionals, and parents looking for practical and creative ways to modify or diminish negative behaviors and symptoms.

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Raising Confident Boys: 100 Tips for Parents and Teachers. Elizabeth Hartley-Brewer, $16.50

Boys need to be noticed, admired, understood, and accepted to feel good about themselves. Boys who lack appropriate emotional support from the adults close to them are at risk of believing they don't fit in and are likely to act accordingly, engaging in risky behaviors-including at worst using drugs and acting out violently. RAISING CONFIDENT BOYS teaches readers what makes boys prone to low self-esteem and provides practical, effective tips for managing these situations as they arise.

Raising Confident Girls: 100 Tips for Parents and Teachers. Elizabeth Hartley-Brewer, $16.50

Girls need ample, loving demonstrations from adults close to them that they are appreciated and can be trusted to know what they need for themselves. They also need to be given plenty of opportunity to develop their talents. Girls who lack sufficient emotional support may feel neglected and unworthy of attention, and easily find themselves at greater risk of exploitation and abuse, even as adults. RAISING CONFIDENT GIRLS provides parents and teachers with the best hands-on, practical advice available for nurturing girls in a changing and challenging social environment.


Regina’s Big Mistake. Marissa Moss, $9.95 (ages 4-8)

When asked to draw a rain forest during art class, Regina is afraid of trying and failing, a feeling recognizable to all school-aged children.


Self-Esteem Games: 300 Fun Activities That Make Children Feel Good about Themselves. Barbara Sher, $18.99

Self-esteem games show children how wonderful it can be to be themselves - emotionally, socially, physically, and intellectually. By sharing the upbeat, thoughtful activities in SELF-ESTEEM GAMES, you can reinforce your child's positive feelings and provide a lasting foundation for learning.

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The Self-Esteem Workbook for Teens: Activities to Help You Build Confidence and Achieve Your Goals. Lisa Schab, $22.50

Psychologists believe that low self-esteem is at the root of many emotional problems. When you have healthy self-esteem, you feel good about yourself and see yourself as deserving of the respect of others. When you have low self-esteem, you put little value on your opinions and ideas, and may find yourself fading into the background of life. Without some measure of self-worth, you cannot accomplish your goals.

In THE SELF-ESTEEM WORKBOOK FOR TEENS, you will learn to develop a healthy, realistic view of yourself that includes honest assessments of your weaknesses and strengths, and you will learn to respect yourself, faults and all. You will also learn the difference between self-esteem and being self-centered, self-absorbed, or selfish. Finally, this book will show you how to distinguish the outer appearance of confidence from the quiet, steady, inner acceptance and humility of true self-esteem.

The book also includes practical exercises to help you deal with setbacks and self-doubt, skills for dealing with criticism, and activities that will aid in the development of self-awareness, self-acceptance, and self-worth. With the right amount of self-confidence, you will have the emotional resources you need to reach your goals.


Speak Up! A Guide to Having Your Say and Speaking Your Mind. Halley Bondy, $21.99

Middle school is a tough time for nearly everyone, but it can be especially hard on girls. Between social and cultural pressures, academic challenges, family dynamics, changing hormones, and a growing awareness of the world around them, middle school girls often end up feeling voiceless and powerless. They can struggle with speaking in class, standing up for their beliefs, navigating complicated social situations, and generally letting their voices be heard.

Speak Up! confronts these issues head on. In a relatable, frank tone, Speak Up! lets young girls know that what they have to say is important and that their thoughts are worth hearing. By presenting real issues and scenarios that girls will recognize from their own day-to-day lives, as well as exploring the negative thoughts and feelings that can hold them back, Speak Up! will supply girls with the tools they need to understand their feelings and speak up in any situation. Interactive exercises, lists, real-life examples, and attractive graphics will keep the readers engaged from start to finish. More than a book about self-esteem, Speak Up! addresses the cultural factors that hold girls back, and features real strategies to enable them in finding, and using, their voices.


Stick Up for Yourself! Every Kid's Guide to Personal Power and Positive Self-Esteem. Gershen Kaufman & Lev Raphael, $18.99 (ages 8-12)

Newly revised and updated, it’s the ultimate resource for any kid who’s ever been picked on at school, bossed around, blamed for things he or she didn’t do, or treated unfairly — and for any kid who sometimes feels frustrated, angry, powerless, or scared. Simple words and real-life examples show how children can stick up for themselves with other kids (including bullies and teasers), big sisters and brothers, even grown-ups.

Kids learn how to build relationships, become responsible, manage their anger, grow a “feelings vocabulary," make good choices, solve problems, set goals, and "store" happiness and pride. Questions from real kids are paired with answers about how to handle specific situations calmly, confidently, and effectively. A special note to parents and teachers explores the "self-esteem backlash" and explains what self-esteem really is — and why kids today need it more than ever.

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Teen Esteem: a Self-Direction Manual for Young Adults, 3rd Edition. Pat Palmer & Melissa Alberti Froehner, $16.95

Depression, violence, pressures to succeed, eating disorders — being a teenager seems more difficult with every generation. Confronted daily with demands from parents, teachers, and peers, teens have to have refusal skills and positive attitudes to meet the challenges of life in a world which requires them to grow up before their time. Without patronizing or lecturing, Teen Esteem helps teenagers develop the skills needed to handle stress, peer pressure, substance abuse, anger, sexual expression, more. The third edition includes new material on being different, self-acceptance, cyber-bullying, and coping with depression (in oneself and in others).


Think Confident, Be Confident for Teens. Marci Fox & Leslie Sokol, $23.95

Confidence is like a magnet that attracts people to you and helps you get closer to reaching your goals. When you believe in yourself, you send the message that you have the brains, ability, and talent to handle whatever life sends your way. And the truth is, you do! Using powerful skills based in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Think Confident, Be Confident for Teens shows you how to tap into your self-esteem so you can be yourself in every situation, no matter how awkward you feel or scary that may sound. The fun exercises and tips in this confidence-coaching workbook will guide you past feelings of self-doubt and encourage you to believe in yourself, strengthen your friendships, and meet every challenge head-on.

Used alone or in conjunction with therapy, this book offer powerful tools readers can use to jump-start changes in their lives.


The Think Confident, Be Confident Workbook for Teens: Activities to Help You Create Unshakable Self-Confidence and Reach Your Goals. Leslie Sokol, Marci Fox & Aaron Beck, $23.95

Self-confidence shapes the way you see the world. When you have healthy self-esteem, it helps you move through life and boosts your resilience against stress. On the other hand, negative thinking has negative consequences: low self-esteem and self-doubt can hold you and back and lead to self-sabotage, along with an increased risk of anxiety, depression, and self-destructive behaviors.

With The Think Confident, Be Confident Workbook for Teens, two leaders in the field of CBT present the wisdom and guidance of Think Confident, Be Confident for Teens in a fun workbook format. Filled with easy CBT-based activities and tips, this book will help you recognize, rethink, and replace self-doubt, enabling you to transform your negative self-image into a more positive, accurate reflection so you have the confidence to pursue your dreams and find success.

How you think affects how you feel and what you do. Now, with this proven-effective skills-based workbook, you’ll be ready to eliminate self-doubt and build sustainable, unshakeable self-confidence and lasting self-esteem.

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200 Ways to Raise a Boy’s Emotional Intelligence. Will Glennon, $24.95

A nationally recognized parenting expert and spokesperson for fathers, Glennon presents straightforward and well-researched-ways both to nurture young men and, in turn, to teach them how to be nurturing.

200 Ways to Raise a Girl’s Self-Esteem.  Will Glennon $24.95

200 WAYS TO RAISE A GIRL'S SELF-ESTEEM provides straightforward advice and helpful guidelines for parents and teachers who want to help girls build positive self-images and develop full, exuberant lives.


When I Feel Good About Myself. Cornelia Maude Spelman, illustrated by Kathy Parkinson, $9.99 (ages 3-6)

This book offers children positive and upbeat examples about being themselves. The author portrays a very young guinea pig and friends feeling good about themselves through common situations readers will relate to.


Why Am I Blue? A Story about Being Yourself. Kalli Dakos, illustrated by Viviana Garofoli, $21.54 (ages 4-8)

The Blue Frog looked at his reflection in the water and asked, "Why am I blue?" The Green Frog didn't know. Dandelion had no answer. And Fish? No idea either! Could there be an answer to this question? The Blue Frog is on a quest to find out! Eventually, he comes across a simple but profound explanation.

Includes a Note to Parents and Caregivers by Gayle E. Pitman, PhD, that discusses how children experience differences throughout childhood and how adults can guide children toward an understanding and acceptance of their own as well as others' differences and similarities.

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Worries Go Away! Kes Gray, Illustrated by Lee Wildish, $10.99

When a little girl feels worried she goes into a world of her own. At first the world is full of cream cakes and cola but soon the worries begin to take hold. Only her family and friends can help.

A comforting and compelling story about worries and self-esteem. The gentle rhymes and imaginative illustrations give a difficult subject a wonderfully light touch. A must-have for any child.


You Are Beautiful. Todd Snow, illustrated by Melodee Strong, $7.99 (ages 2-5)

You Are Important. Todd Snow, illustrated by Melodee Strong, $8.99 (ages 2-5)

With simple text and vibrant illustrations, these boardbooks let little ones know they matter.

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You Be You. Linda Kranz, $16.95 (ages 4-8)

Life is a grand journey!


Your Successful Preschooler. Ann Densmore & Margaret Bauman, $19.95

Ten skills children need to become confident and socially engaged.


You're Just Right. Victor Lethbridge, illustrated by Ben Crane, $15.00

Written with tenderness and great compassion, You're Just Right affirms the beauty and dignity that comes with unconditional love.

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Affirmation Weaver: a Believe in Yourself Story. Lori Lite, $21.95 (ages 6-9)

Banish Your Self-Esteem Thief: a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Workbook on Building Positive Self-Esteem for Young People. Kate Collins-Donnelly, $29.95 (ages 10+)

Be Positive! Cheri Meiners, illustrated by Elizabeth Allen, $17.99 (ages 4-8)

Be Who You Are. Todd Parr, $23.49

Beautiful Girl: Celebrating the Wonders of Your Body. Christiane Northrup, illustrated by Aurélie Blanz, $14.95 (ages 4-9)

Being Me: a Kid’s Guide to Boosting Confidence and Self-Esteem. Wendy Moss, $13.95 (ages 8-13)

Better Than You. Trudy Ludwig, illustrated by Adam Gustavson, $17.99

Brave New Girls. Jeanette Gadeberg, $16.95 (ages 10-13)

Building Self-Esteem in Children Who are Adopted or Fostered. Sue Cornbluth, $25.95

Doable: the Girls' Guide to Accomplishing Just about Anything. Deborah Reber, $15.99 (ages 12 and up)

Feel Confident! Cheri Meiners, illustrated by Elizabeth Allen, $17.99 (ages 4-8)

501 Ways to Boost Your Child's Self-Esteem. Robert Ramsey, $17.95

Happiness Doesn’t Come from Headstands. Tamara Levitt, $21.95  (ages 5-10)

Helping Adolescents and Adults to Build Self-Esteem: a Photocopiable Resource Book, 2nd Edition. Deborah Plummer, $44.95

Hot Stuff to Help Kids Cheer Up: the Depression and Self-Esteem Workbook. Jerry Wilde, $20.99 (ages 9-12)

How to Like Yourself: a Teen's Guide to Quieting Your Inner Critic and Building Lasting Self-Esteem. Cheryl Bradshaw, $24.95

I Like Me! Nancy Carlson, $8.50 (ages 4-8)

I’m Gonna Like Me. Jamie Lee Curtis & Laura Cornell, $21.00 (ages 4-8)

I Want Your Moo: a Story For Children About Self-Esteem. Marcella Bakur Weiner & Jill Neimark, Illustrated by Jairo Barragan, $13.95 (ages 4-8)

Ink-Blot. Maria Eugenia, $15.95

The Inner-Beauty Secret. Keisha Howard, illustrated by Kathy Voerg, $21.50 (GR PreK-5)

The Inner-Beauty Secret CD-Rom. Keisha Howard, illustrated by Kathy Voerg, $21.50 (GR PreK-5)

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Jasmine Can: Creating Self-Confidence. Bena Hartman, Mary Gregg Byrne, $14.75 (ages 5-10)

Jenneli’s Dance. Elizabeth Denny, Illustrated by Chris Auchter, $12.95  (ages 5-10)

Julia Morphs and Learns to Accept Herself. Rosalind Block, $21.50 (GR PreK-4)

Just Be You, Girl: a Guide to Self-Esteem for All Young Girls Not Living on a Deserted Island. Carolyn McMahon, $29.95 (ages 10-13)

Know Me. Linda Briden, illustrated by Daria Pekh, $8.99

Mama Lion Wins the Race. Jon Muth, $23.99

Mindssage Colouring Books by Soula Berdoussis-Neofotistos:
Words Matter Colouring Book, Mindssage Colouring Book Volume 1. Soula Berdoussis-Neofotistos, $19.95; travel size $13.50
I Am Matters Colouring Book, Mindssage Colouring Book Volume 2. Soula Berdoussis-Neofotistos, $19.95; travel size $13.50
Confidence Matters Colouring Book, Mindssage Colouring Book Volume 3. Soula Berdoussis-Neofotistos, $19.95; travel size $13.50
Inspiration Matters Colouring Book, Mindssage Colouring Book Volume 4. Soula Berdoussis-Neofotistos, $19.95; travel size $13.50

Minnie and Max are OK! Chris Calland, Nicky Hutchinson & Emmi Smid, $21.95

The Monster Princess. D.J. Machale, $21.99 (ages 4-6)

My Feet Aren't Ugly. Debra Beck, $18.95

Never Give Up: a Story about Self-Esteem. Kathryn Cole, illustrated by Qin Leng, $15.95

Nurture the Nature: Understanding and Supporting Your Child’s Unique Core Personality. Michael Gurian, $19.95

Only One You.  Linda Kranz, $16.95 (ages 4-8)

Pearla and Her Unpredictably Perfect Day: a Story about How a Sprinkling of Mistakes Can Be a Recipe for Success. Rochel Lieberman, illustrated by Lloyd Jones, $18.95

Quiet Kids: Help Your Introverted Child Succeed in an Extroverted World. Christine Fonseca, $23.95

The Quiet Mind: Increasing Self Esteem. Loretta Oleck, $61.95

Raising Confident Boys: 100 Tips for Parents and Teachers. Elizabeth Hartley-Brewer, $16.50

Raising Confident Girls: 100 Tips for Parents and Teachers. Elizabeth Hartley-Brewer, $16.50

Regina’s Big Mistake. Marissa Moss, $9.95 (ages 4-8)

Self-Esteem Games: 300 Fun Activities That Make Children Feel Good about Themselves. Barbara Sher, $18.99

The Self-Esteem Workbook for Teens: Activities to Help You Build Confidence and Achieve Your Goals. Lisa Schab, $22.50

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Speak Up! A Guide to Having Your Say and Speaking Your Mind. Halley Bondy, $21.99

Stick Up for Yourself! Every Kid's Guide to Personal Power and Positive Self-Esteem. Gershen Kaufman & Lev Raphael, $18.99 (ages 8-12)

Teen Esteem: a Self-Direction Manual for Young Adults, 3rd Edition. Pat Palmer & Melissa Alberti Froehner, $16.95

Think Confident, Be Confident for Teens. Marci Fox & Leslie Sokol, $23.95

The Think Confident, Be Confident Workbook for Teens: Activities to Help You Create Unshakable Self-Confidence and Reach Your Goals. Leslie Sokol, Marci Fox & Aaron Beck, $23.95

200 Ways to Raise a Boy’s Emotional Intelligence. Will Glennon, $24.95

200 Ways to Raise a Girl’s Self-Esteem.  Will Glennon $24.95

When I Feel Good About Myself. Cornelia Maude Spelman, illustrated by Kathy Parkinson, $9.99 (ages 3-6)

Why Am I Blue? A Story about Being Yourself. Kalli Dakos, illustrated by Viviana Garofoli, $21.54 (ages 4-8)

Worries Go Away! Kes Gray, Illustrated by Lee Wildish, $10.99

You Are Beautiful. Todd Snow, illustrated by Melodee Strong, $7.99 (ages 2-5)

You Are Important. Todd Snow, illustrated by Melodee Strong, $8.99 (ages 2-5)

You Be You. Linda Kranz, $16.95 (ages 4-8)

Your Successful Preschooler. Ann Densmore & Margaret Bauman, $19.95

You're Just Right. Victor Lethbridge, illustrated by Ben Crane, $15.00

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