Is your child shy? Does s/he have low self-esteem?

Below, we’ve compiled a list of the best children’s books about self-esteem that teach courage, self-love, and acceptance.

Pick out some books to read to your children so they can learn more about cultivating higher self-esteem!

Check Out these Children’s Books About Self Esteem to Read During Storytime!

1. Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon

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Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell follows the story of a girl who just doesn’t fit in. Molly is short, clumsy, has buck teeth, and a weird-sounding voice. Her grandmother has always told her to walk proud, smile big, and sing loud. So when Molly moves to a new school, and a bully starts bothering her, Molly knows just how to handle it!

2. I’m Gonna Like Me: Letting Off a Little Self Esteem

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Jamie Lee Curtis’ I’m Gonna Like Me: Letting Off a Little Self Esteem follows the points of view of a little girl and boy. This creative story and lively illustrations help show children that the key to success is liking yourself just the way you are.

3. I Like Myself!

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I Like Myself by Karen Beaumont encourages children to appreciate everything about themselves, both inside and out. Through fun rhyming and wild illustrations, this children’s book about self-esteem is wild, soulful, and comes straight from the heart.

4. Remarkably You

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Pat Zietlow Miller’s Remarkably You is a heartfelt manifesto about all the things that make you who you are. Through encouraging storytelling and creative illustrations, this book encourages children to be their remarkable selves.

5. Dear Girl

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Dear Girl, written by Amy Krouse and Paris Rosenthal, is a love letter for little girls who have low self-esteem. It gently reminds little girls that they are powerful and have a special place in the world. With charming text and stunning illustrations, any girl reading this will understand the important lesson that she is wonderful just the way she is.

6. The Shiny Bee Who Felt Out of Place

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Natalie Meraki’s The Shiny Bee Who Felt Out of Place helps kids feel comfortable in their skin even when they feel like they don’t belong. One night, a shiny bee is reflecting by a lake when a sassy star comes down from the sky. The two embark on a crazy adventure through the universe. The star shows the bee that she can feel at home no matter where she is in the universe!

7. What I Like About Me!

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What I Like About Me by Allia Zobel Nolan teaches kids that being different makes them special. All the kids in this adorable story are as different as night and day, and they like it! Throughout the book, the kids talk about how they love their glasses and their big feet! At the end of the story is a little mirror so children can pinpoint all the things they like about themselves too!