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Affirmation Weaver: a Believe in Yourself Story. Lori Lite, $17.95 (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, $25.95 (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, $11.99 (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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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, $11.95 (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!


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.

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Brave New Girls. Jeanette Gadeberg, $14.95 (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, $22.95

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.


Don’t Be Afraid to Say No! Ilona Lammertink & Lucie Georger, $19.95 (ages 4-9)

Jill loves playing with her friends, but sometimes she doesn’t want to do what they want to do. Jill’s afraid if she says “no” and doesn’t go along with her friends, they won’t like her anymore. So she keeps quiet. How will Jill learn to say “no” and feel good about it?

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Feel Confident! Cheri Meiners, illustrated by Elizabeth Allen, $11.99 (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, $15.95

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.


Happiness Doesn’t Come from Headstands. Tamara Levitt, $15.99 (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.

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Helping Adolescents and Adults to Build Self-Esteem: a Photocopiable Resource Book, 2nd Edition. Deborah Plummer, $43.95

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, $18.99 (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…!

I Like Me

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!


I Want Your Moo: a Story For Children About Self-Esteem. Marcella Bakur Weiner & Jill Neimark, Illustrated by Jairo Barragan, $10.95 (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!


Jasmine Can: Creating Self-Confidence. Bena Hartman, Mary Gregg Byrne, $11.95 (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.

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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.


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


Nurture the Nature: Understanding and Supporting Your Child’s Unique Core Personality. Michael Gurian, $18.95

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.

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Only One You.  Linda Kranz, $12.95 (ages 4-8)

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


Quiet Kids: Help Your Introverted Child Succeed in an Extroverted World. Christine Fonseca, $19.95

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, $44.95

  • 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, $8.95 (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: a Family Affair. Jean Illsley Clarke, $19.99

Self-esteem is a prerequisite for happiness, and its development begins at home, in the nurturing interaction between children and adults. This popular book, now reprinted with a new look, serves as a source of support for parents who want to take an active role in the well-being of the family as a whole.

Jean Illsley Clarke encourages parents to trust their judgement as they make decisions about childcare. Recognizing, too, that kids' needs are best met by adults whose own needs have not been neglected, Clarke offers options that benefit everyone.


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. Glenn Schiraldi, Matthew McKay & Patrick Fanning, $24.95

THE SELF-ESTEEM WORKBOOK is based on new research which has shown that self-esteem can be significantly improved through the use of self-help materials. Psychologist and health educator Glenn Schiraldi has shaped these tested resources into a comprehensive, self-directed program that guides readers through twenty essential skill-building activities, each focused on developing a crucial component of healthy self-esteem. This comprehensive guide offers proven techniques for talking back to your self-critical voice. Learn step-by-step techniques to help you:

  • Handle your mistakes and respond well to criticism
  • Foster compassion for yourself and others
  • Set up and achieve goals that will enrich your life
  • Use visualization for self-acceptance

The Self-Esteem Workbook for Teens: Activities to Help You Build Confidence and Achieve Your Goals. Lisa Schab, $18.95

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.


Social and Emotional Well-Being: Activities for Age 3 to Kindergarten, 3rd Edition. Connie Jo Smith, Charlotte Hendricks & Becky Bennett, $17.95

Children's social and emotional skills form a critical foundation for learning and wellness that guide them into adulthood and influence how they deal with both successes and adversity in life. These activities support children as they learn about self-esteem, emotions and feelings, family and friends, and changes in life. This book includes:

  • An overview of the social and emotional well-being topics covered in the curriculum
  • Suggested interest area materials and supports for creating the learning environment
  • Learning objectives and vocabulary words
  • Suggestions for evaluating children's understanding of each social and emotional well-being topic
  • More than 30 classroom activities
  • Family information and take-home activities

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Stick Up for Yourself! Every Kid's Guide to Personal Power and Positive Self-Esteem. Gershen Kaufman & Lev Raphael, $15.99 (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.


Think Confident, Be Confident for Teens. Marci Fox & Leslie Sokol, $19.95

A cognitive therapy guide to overcoming self-doubt and creating unshakable self-esteem.


200 Ways to Raise a Boy’s Emotional Intelligence.  Will Glennon, $19.95

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 $21.50

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.

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When I Feel Good About Myself. Cornelia Maude Spelman, illustrated by Kathy Parkinson, $8.50 (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 Good Kids Act Cruel: the Hidden Truth about the Pre-Teen Years. Carl Pickhardt, $16.95

Why Good Kids Act Cruel gives parents the tools they need to understand why cruelty happens at this age and how to help their child through this difficult stage. This highly informative and useful book explains the psychology of early adolescent change, the short and long term effects of social cruelty, what parents can do, what the school can do, and much more.


You Are Beautiful. Todd Snow, illustrated by Melodee Strong, $8.99 (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, $12.95 (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.

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Books for Parents

Building Self-Esteem in Children Who are Adopted or Fostered. Sue Cornbluth, $22.95

501 Ways to Boost Your Child's Self-Esteem. Robert Ramsey, $15.95

Helping Adolescents and Adults to Build Self-Esteem: a Photocopiable Resource Book, 2nd Edition. Deborah Plummer, $43.95

Quiet Kids: Help Your Introverted Child Succeed in an Extroverted World. Christine Fonseca, $19.95

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

The Quiet Mind: Increasing Self Esteem. Loretta Oleck, $44.95

Raising Confident Boys: 100 Tips for Parents and Teachers. Elizabeth Hartley-Brewer, $15.95

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

Self-Esteem: a Family Affair. Jean Illsley Clarke, $19.99

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

The Self Esteem Workbook. Glenn Schiraldi, Matthew McKay & Patrick Fanning, $24.95

Social and Emotional Well-Being: Activities for Age 3 to Kindergarten, 3rd Edition. Connie Jo Smith, Charlotte Hendricks & Becky Bennett, $17.95

200 Ways to Raise a Boy’s Emotional Intelligence.  Will Glennon, $19.95

200 Ways to Raise a Girl’s Self-Esteem.  Will Glennon $21.50

Why Good Kids Act Cruel: the Hidden Truth about the Pre-Teen Years. Carl Pickhardt, $16.95

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

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Books for Kids and Teens

Affirmation Weaver: a Believe in Yourself Story. Lori Lite, $17.95 (ages 6-9)

Banish Your Self-Esteem Thief: a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Workbook on Building Positive Self-Esteem for Young People. Kate Collins-Donnelly, $25.95 (ages 10+)

Be Positive! Cheri Meiners, illustrated by Elizabeth Allen, $11.99 (ages 4-8)

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, $11.95 (ages 8-13)

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

Brave New Girls. Jeanette Gadeberg, $14.95 (ages 10 – 13)

Don’t Be Afraid to Say No! Ilona Lammertink & Lucie Georger, $19.95 (ages 4 to 9)

Feel Confident! Cheri Meiners, illustrated by Elizabeth Allen, $11.99 (ages 4-8)

Happiness Doesn’t Come from Headstands. Tamara Levitt, $15.99 (ages 5-10)

Hot Stuff to Help Kids Cheer Up: the Depression and Self-Esteem Workbook. Jerry Wilde, $18.99 (ages 9-12)

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, $10.95 (ages 4-8)

Ink-Blot. Maria Eugenia, $15.95

Jasmine Can: Creating Self-Confidence. Bena Hartman, Mary Gregg Byrne, $11.95 (ages 5-10)

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

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Manifest Your Magnificence: 64 Affirmation Cards for Kids 6 - 12 Years Old. Susan Howson, illustrated by Mike Polito, $24.95; Manifest Your Magificence CD. $15.95

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

Only One You. Linda Kranz, $12.95 (ages 4-8)

Regina’s Big Mistake. Marissa Moss, $8.95 (ages 4-8)

The Self-Esteem Workbook for Teens: Activities to Help You Build Confidence and Achieve Your Goals. Lisa Schab, $18.95

Stick Up for Yourself! Every Kid's Guide to Personal Power and Positive Self-Esteem. Gershen Kaufman & Lev Raphael, $15.99 (ages 8-12)

Think Confident, Be Confident for Teens. Marci Fox & Leslie Sokol, $19.95

When I Feel Good About Myself. Cornelia Maude Spelman, illustrated by Kathy Parkinson, $8.50 (ages 3-6)

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

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

You Be You. Linda Kranz, $12.95 (ages 4-8)

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