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Self-Esteem: Resource List


Books for Children

Ages 0 to 3

  • I Can by Helen Oxenbury Candlewick, 1995
  • Disney's I Believe In Me by Mary Lea Floden Mouse Works, 1998
  • Little Mo by Martin Waddell Candlewick Press, 1993

Ages 3 to 8

  • 1-2-3, Special Like Me! by Lisa Hauser and Dale Smith Golden Anchor Press 2004
  • ABC I Like Me by Nancy L. Carlson. Viking Childrens books, 1997
  • Arthur's Eyes by Marc Brown Little Brown and Co., 1986
  • Cinder Edna by Ellen Jackson Lothrop, 1994
  • Dealing With Feeling Left Out by Don C. Middleton Hazelden, 1998
  • Everybody Needs a Rock by Byrd Baylor Econo-Clad Books, 1999
  • I Like Me, I Like You by Laurence Anholt Dorling Kindersley, 2001
  • I'm Gonna Like Me: Letting Off a Little Self-Esteem by Jamie Lee Curtis Joanna Cotler Books, 2002
  • I Like Myself! by Karen Beaumont and David Catrow Harcourt, 2004
  • Incredible me! by Kathi Appelt pictures by G. Brian Karas HarperCollins, 2003
  • Leo the Lop by Stephen Cosgrove Price Stern Econo-Clad, 1999
  • The Mixed-Up Chameleon by Eric Carle Econo-Clad Books, 1999
  • My Book About Me by Dr. Seuss Random House, 1969
  • The Skin You Live In by Michael Tayler Chicago Children's Museum 2005
  • When Lizzy Was Afraid of Trying New Things by Inger Maier and Jennifer Candon Magination Press, 2005

Ages 8 to 12

  • Anastasia's Chosen Career by Lois Lowry Dell, 1992
  • Body Talk: The Straight Facts on Fitness, Nutrition, and Feeling Good About Yourself! by Ann Douglas Maple Tree Press, 2002
  • Do Bananas Chew Gum? by Jamie Gilson Econo-Clad Books, 1999
  • Don't Feed the Monster on Tuesdays!: The Children's Self-Esteem Book by Adolph J. Moser Landmark Editions, 1991
  • Fourth Grade Celebrity by Patricia Reilly Giff Econo-Clad Books, 1999
  • Freckle Juice by Judy Blume Econo-Clad Books, 1999
  • It's OK to be Different by Todd Parr Little, Brown, 2001
  • Just Us Girls: Secrets to Feeling Good About Yourself Inside and Out by Melissa Moka Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2004
  • Let's Talk About When You Think Nobody Likes You by Melanie Ann Apel PowerKids Press, 2002
  • Middle School: the Real Deal. From Cafeteria Food to Combination Locks by Julianna Farrell Harper Collins, 2001
  • My Own Worst Enemy by Carol Sonenklar Holiday House, 1999
  • Someday I'll Laugh About This by Linda Crew Dell, 1992
  • Speak Up and Get Along! by Scott Cooper Free Spirit, 2005
  • Toliver's Secret by Esther Wood Brady Knopf Books, 1993
  • Too Old for This, Too Young for That! Your Survival Guide for the Middle-School Years by Harriet Mosatche Free Spirit Publishing, 2000
  • What Makes You So Special? by Eda LeShan Dial, 1992
  • What Are Friends For? by Rachel Vail Scholastic, 1999

Young Adult

  • The Adolescent Self: Strategies for Self-Management, Self-Soothing, and Self-Esteem in Adolescents by David B. Wexler WW Norton & Co, 1991
  • Brave New Girls: Creative Ideas to Help Girls be Confident, Healthy & Happy by Jeanette Gadeberg Fairview Press, 1997
  • Don't Take It Personally!: The Art of Dealing With Rejection by Elayne Savage New Harbinger Publication, 1997
  • How to Say No and Keep Your Friends by Sharon Scott Human Resource Development, 1997
  • Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson Econo-Clad Books, 1999
  • Life Strategies for Teens by Jay McGraw Fireside Books, 2000
  • More Than a Label: Why What You Wear or Who You're With Doesn't Define Who You Are by Aisha Muharrar Free Spirit Publishing, 2002
  • Rainbow Jordan by Alice Childress Econo-Clad Books, 1999
  • Self-Acceptance: Building Confidence by Robert Wandberg and Roberta Kaufman LifeMatters, 2002

Books for Adults

  • Hearing Is Believing: How Words Can Make or Break Our Kids by Elisa Medhus New World Library, 2004
  • Helping Children to Build Self-Esteem: a Photocopiable Activities Book by Deborah Plummer Jessica Kingley Publishing, 2001
  • Parent Talk: How to Talk to Your Children in Language That Builds Self-Esteem and Encourages Responsibility by Chick Moorman Fireside, 2003
  • The Power Of Positive Talk: Words To Help Every Child Succeed: A Guide For Parents, Teachers, And Other Caring Adults by Douglas Block Free Spirit, 2003
  • Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boy Friends, and Other Realities of Adolescence by Rosalind Wiseman Crown Publishing, 2002
  • Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls by Mary Pipher Ballantine, 2002
  • Raising Children Who Think for Themselves by Elisa Medhus Beyond Words Publishing, 2001
  • Self-Esteem for a Lifetime: Raising a Successful Child From the Inside Out by Ingrid Schweiger Authorhouse, 2008

Compiled by Catherine Smith, MLS, medical librarian at the Family Health Library, The Children's Hospital, Denver, CO.
Published by RelayHealth.
Last modified: 2010-06-04
Last reviewed: 2010-06-04

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