Books on Self-Esteem
I Talk Like a River, Jordan Scott (text), Sydney Smith (illustrations), Neal Porter Books, 2020, ages 4-8*
On self-reliance, stuttering and adversity, self-image and self-esteem—this is from a favourite BC poet and comes highly recommended.
Spork, Kyo Maclear (text), Isabelle Arsenault (illustrations), Kids Can Press, reprint 2017 or 2020 (October 6), ages 3-7*
On self-esteem, identity and self-acceptance—an arty, seasoned Canadian children’s book author of British and Japanese descent. This is a fun, clever and unconventional take on both difference and self-esteem.
Joseph Fipps, Nadine Robert (text), Geneviève Godbout (illustrations), Enchanted Lion Books, 2014, Ages 3-7*
On family, conflict, and self-esteem—illustrated by a now well-established children’s author and Montrealer, who may be an interesting person to connect with (if not already done) around children’s programming.
Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress, Christine Baldacchino (text), Isabelle Malenfant (illustrations), Groundwood Books, Ages 4-7*
On self-image, self-esteem and difference—a subtle, imaginative tackling of self-image themes centering around clothing and gender expression. Would otherwise be a great pick for the difference-themed Daycare Day theme next year.
Tomorrow I’ll Be Kind, Jessica Hische, Penguin Workshop, 2020, Ages 3-7*
On tenderness, self-reliance, and choosing how you want to me—the anticipated follow-up to Tomorrow I’ll be Brave. Really pretty book about choosing beneficial behaviors and self-actualization.
My Heart, Corinna Luyken, Dial Books, 2019, Ages 4-8*
An ode to love and self-acceptance—on emotions, accepting your feelings, and loving your own heart, regardless of its beat. A gorgeous, atmospheric book, with an easy-to-follow rhyme.
Childhood isn’t always this idyllic stage of life. The sky can cloud over. A best friend moves away, a grandparent passes, a beloved family dog is put to sleep, classmates reject another… Children’s books offer a means of grappling with such realities, gently and with sensitivity. Tailored to age groups, picture books and novels for young readers can help parents open up a dialogue with their kids, and provide them with an ideal opportunity to express their fears, anxieties, and sadness. These works give parents a chance to find the right words, thanks to those of children’s authors, to reassure them. This Blue Metropolis platform provides reading and activity recommendations to bolster the emotional and mental well-being of children.