Books That Build Self-Esteem

Growing up is hard work, but liking who you are makes it easier. That's why we've put together this list of books that encourage kids of every age to value themselves -- even the things that make them stand out from the crowd.

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Chocolate Me! Book Poster Image
Candid charmer a positive intro to self-esteem and race.
By Taye Diggs
(2011)
(2011)
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Mixed Me! Book Poster Image
Boy embraces his uniqueness in exuberant identity tale.
By Taye Diggs
(2015)
(2015)
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Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut Book Poster Image
Joyful, foot-tapping celebration of fresh haircut, culture.
By Derrick Barnes
(2018)
(2017)
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Hey Black Child Book Poster Image
Motivational poem brought to life in full color.
By Useni Eugene Perkins
(2017)
(2017)
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Freckleface Strawberry Book Poster Image
Teased girl learns self-acceptance in fun friendship tale.
By Julianne Moore
(2012)
(2007)
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Princess Hair Book Poster Image
Jubilant celebration of girls' hairstyles, hair textures.
By Sharee Miller
(2017)
(2017)
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Crouching Tiger Book Poster Image
Boy learns to appreciate his heritage in universal story.
By Ying Chang Compestine
(2012)
(2011)
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Bookmarks Are People Too!: Here's Hank, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Boy finds smart ways to overcome challenges in fun story.
By Henry Winkler, Lin Oliver
(2014)
(2014)
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About Average Book Poster Image
Inspiring story of sixth grader solving her bully problem.
By Andrew Clements
(2012)
(2012)
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Absolutely Almost Book Poster Image
Sweet, funny, poignant tale of struggling 10-year-old.
By Lisa Graff
(2014)
(2014)
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May B. Book Poster Image
Riveting and moving account of girl's struggle for survival.
By Caroline Starr Rose
(2012)
(2012)
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Olivia Bean Trivia Queen Book Poster Image
Fun story of tween girl getting her shot on Jeopardy!
By Donna Gephart
(2012)
(2012)
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Big Nate: In a Class by Himself: Big Nate, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Milder than Wimpy Kid and a sure hit with boys.
By Lincoln Peirce
(2010)
(2010)
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Okay for Now Book Poster Image
A troubled boy discovers his self-worth through art.
By Gary D. Schmidt
(2011)
(2013)
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Ask Elizabeth Book Poster Image
Sweet advice scrapbook is a helpful choice for teens.
By Elizabeth Berkley
(2011)
(2011)
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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe Book Poster Image
Literary story of two boys' life-changing friendship.
By Benjamin Alire Sáenz
(2012)
(2012)
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The Color Purple Book Poster Image
Edgy tale of poor, abused woman's journey to independence.
By Alice Walker
(2011)
(1982)
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King Dork Book Poster Image
Dark, funny coming-of-age with lots of mature content.
By Frank Portman
(2006)
(2006)
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