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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Candid charmer a positive intro to self-esteem and race.
By Taye Diggs
(2011)
(2011)
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Boy embraces his uniqueness in exuberant identity tale.
By Taye Diggs
(2015)
(2015)
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Joyful, foot-tapping celebration of fresh haircut, culture.
By Derrick Barnes
(2018)
(2017)
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Motivational poem brought to life in full color.
By Useni Eugene Perkins
(2017)
(2017)
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Teased girl learns self-acceptance in fun friendship tale.
By Julianne Moore
(2012)
(2007)
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Jubilant celebration of girls' hairstyles, hair textures.
By Sharee Miller
(2017)
(2017)
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Boy learns to appreciate his heritage in universal story.
By Ying Chang Compestine
(2012)
(2011)
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Boy finds smart ways to overcome challenges in fun story.
By Henry Winkler, Lin Oliver
(2014)
(2014)
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Inspiring story of sixth grader solving her bully problem.
By Andrew Clements
(2012)
(2012)
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Sweet, funny, poignant tale of struggling 10-year-old.
By Lisa Graff
(2014)
(2014)
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Riveting and moving account of girl's struggle for survival.
By Caroline Starr Rose
(2012)
(2012)
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Fun story of tween girl getting her shot on Jeopardy!
By Donna Gephart
(2012)
(2012)
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Milder than Wimpy Kid and a sure hit with boys.
By Lincoln Peirce
(2010)
(2010)
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A troubled boy discovers his self-worth through art.
By Gary D. Schmidt
(2011)
(2013)
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Sweet advice scrapbook is a helpful choice for teens.
By Elizabeth Berkley
(2011)
(2011)
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Literary story of two boys' life-changing friendship.
By Benjamin Alire Sáenz
(2012)
(2012)
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Edgy tale of poor, abused woman's journey to independence.
By Alice Walker
(2011)
(1982)
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Dark, funny coming-of-age with lots of mature content.
By Frank Portman
(2006)
(2006)
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