Books to build resilience and self-esteem

Build resilience and self-esteem in 2021

25/01/2021
2 minutes to read
Help kids start 2021 with the right mindset

Help your child to understand their emotions and deal with the effects of Lockdown with these inspiring books. With feel-good messages and positive practical steps to follow these books can help children of various ages to become confident, resilient and calm in the face of challenges and changes. 

by Giles Andreae

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A feel-good rhyming story with a positive message about confidence and self-esteem, from the creators of international bestseller, Giraffes Can't Dance.

Little Penguin Pip-Pip would love to join in with all his friends swimming in the sea, but there's just one problem . . . he's scared of water. Can Pip-Pip overcome his fears and finally take the plunge? This irresistible story shows that sometimes all it takes is a little bit of encouragement - and a whole lot of heart - to finally make that leap!

This touching tale will soon become a new family favourite.

Praise for Giraffes Can't Dance:

'All toddlers should grow up reading this or hearing their parents read it aloud to them' - Daily Telegraph

'A rhyming story with superb illustrations' - Independent

'This delightful picture book is written in lively rhyming text with vivacious illustrations' - Junior

by Matthew Syed

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Find your way to awesome with this brilliant toolkit of goals, plans and challenges!

Boys and girls everywhere have been discovering that they can be awesome thanks to bestselling author Matthew Syed. Now he's created an interactive journal full of life hacks, challenges and activities to give kids the confidence to come up with their own plan of action to be the best they can be. Because, with the right mindset, you really CAN do (almost) anything, whether you want to supercharge your maths, try out for the team or be the first person to walk on Mars.

Whether setting out their goals, planning the best practice ever, keeping calm with breathing exercises or making paper aeroplanes to understand marginal gains, readers will love the brilliant activities in The You Are Awesome Journal. This is the perfect toolkit for anyone who dreams big - and who wants to make those dreams come true.

Praise for YOU ARE AWESOME:


'Great book for young children about determination, resilience, self-confidence.' - Phil Neville, former England footballer and head coach of England Women

'I have lost track of the number of people recommending YOU ARE AWESOME by Matthew Syed. An accessible, practical approach to helping kids develop a growth mindset.' - The Bookseller

'An awesome book about becoming awesome. How inspiring it is to know that there's a path to awesomeness and that anyone - absolutely anyone - can go down that path. This book shows you how.' - Professor Carol Dweck, Professor of Psychology, Stanford University

'Grab yourselves a copy folks, this is wonderful and insightful.' - Author Giles Paley-Phillips

'I read YOU ARE AWESOME in one go, and then read it again! It answered so many questions I had about how to get better at some of the things I struggle with. It has stories of how others have been successful and makes you feel that you can do it too. After reading YOU ARE AWESOME I've changed how I approach difficult things. I've told all my friends to read it!' - Freddie, age 10

'I loved this book. YOU ARE AWESOME really builds your confidence and shows you how the right mindset can help you achieve your dreams. It shows that you have to be brave, prepare for failure and have self-belief. I will definitely be using some of the principles in this book to tackle some everyday challenges and other bigger ones too. A definite must read for anyone who wants to achieve more with their lives and build their confidence.' - Ella, age 13

by David Melling

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A new edition of this bestselling story with a striking new cover.

Where do you go with a BIG worry? Hugless Douglas knows he can count on Dad. Douglas' dad gives him a wonderful new woolly hat. He races outside to show it off and doesn't realise that it's unravelling! Douglas' friends have lots of ideas about how to put things right but it is left to the little bear to work out for himself the best thing to do...

This is the second adventure in the hugely popular series, which has sold over 1.4 million copies in 26 languages to date. David Melling is one of the UK's best-loved author-illustrators and his stories combine brilliantly imaginative illustrations with an endearing sense of what it is like to be a small child learning about the world.

Hello, Hugless Douglas! was a World Book Day picture book in 2014 and a number one bestseller, selling over 450,000 copies.

'A new Hugless Douglas book is always a cause for celebration.' Daily Mail

by Giles Andreae

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The empowering story of little elephant Num-Num, who discovers the importance of simply being YOU! From the creators of international bestseller and much-loved classic Giraffes Can't Dance.

It's time for the Elephant Games! One by one, the young elephants compete to impress King Elephant Mighty and earn their Elephant Name.

Nina is the strongest, so she becomes Elephant Strong.
Norcus is the loudest, so he becomes Elephant Noisy.

Little Elephant Num-Num thinks he will never discover his own special talent - until he learns that the very best thing you can be is YOU!

Giraffes Can't Dance has been a much-loved family favourite for over 20 years, and has sold over 7 million copies worldwide.

by Rachel Bright

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A bestselling story about confidence, self-esteem, and a shy little mouse who sets out on a journey to find his roar.

In a dry dusty place where the sand sparkled gold, stood a mighty flat rock, all craggy and old. And under that rock in a tinyful house, lived the littlest, quietest, meekest brown mouse.

Fed up of being ignored by the other animals, Mouse wishes he could roar like Lion. But, as he discovers, even the biggest, bossiest people are scared sometimes ... and even the smallest creatures can have the heart of a lion!

A modern classic, The Lion Inside has sold over 200,000 copies in the UK alone and been translated into over 30 languages worldwide.

"A heartfelt message, delightfully conveyed." Parents in Touch

"Captivating." Books for Keeps

"A delight to read over and over again." WRD

by Matthew Syed

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From the bestselling, award-winning author of You Are Awesome comes the much-anticipated follow-up, Dare to Be You.

What would you dare to try if you stopped worrying about fitting in?

If you're the kind of person who thinks: I don't like standing out from the crowd ... I wish I could be more like the cool kids ... There's no point trying to change things ... then this book is for you.

Because guess what? There's no such thing as normal.

Drawing examples from sport, science and even business, Dare to Be You empowers young readers to follow their own path, love what makes them different and question the world around them. With You Are Awesome's trademark mix of hilarious text, stylish illustration, personal insights and inspiring real-life examples, including Greta Thunberg and Malala Yousafzai, Matthew Syed introduces children to the power of diverse thinking.

When you stop doubting yourself, embrace change and let your kindness loose, you become your own action hero. This groundbreaking, practical and positive book will help kids develop the inner confidence to grow into happy adults who know - and, more importantly, LIKE - themselves.

Praise for You Are Awesome, children's book of the year 2019 and Sunday Times no. 1 bestseller:

"A very funny and inspiring read! Brilliantly practical with a wide variety of examples that make it relevant for both boys and girls (and adults)!" - Online customer review

"Genuinely funny and engaging ... It's a must read." - Online customer review

by Matthew Syed

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Boys and girls everywhere have been finding their awesome and daring to be themselves thanks to bestselling author Matthew Syed. Now he's created an interactive journal full of life hacks, challenges and activities to give kids the confidence to come up with their own plan of action to be themselves, live happy and think differently.

Whether thinking about what's truly important to you, seeing your differences as ultimately your greatest strengths, working out how to speak up for yourself or keeping anxiety at bay with breathing exercises, readers will love the brilliant activities in the Dare to Be You Journal. This is the perfect toolkit for anyone who wants to discover their own unique qualities and fearlessly step into the world.

by Matthew Syed

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CHILDREN'S BOOK OF THE YEAR 2019
SUNDAY TIMES NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER

"A very funny and inspiring read! Brilliantly practical with a wide variety of examples that make it relevant for both boys and girls (and adults)!" - online customer review

"A truly inspiring book for the younger generation!" - online customer review

"Genuinely funny and engaging. There are messages in this book for both adults and children. It's a must read." - online customer review

"An awesome book about becoming awesome. How inspiring it is to know that there's a path to awesomeness and that anyone - absolutely anyone - can go down that path. This book shows you how." - Carol Dweck, Professor of Psychology, Stanford University

This positive and empowering guide, by bestselling mindset author Matthew Syed, will help boys and girls build resilience, fulfil their potential and become successful, happy, awesome adults.


I'm no good at sport ... I can't do maths ... I really struggle with exams ... Sound familiar?

If you believe you can't do something, the chances are you won't try. But what if you really could get better at maths, or sport or exams? In fact, what if you could excel at anything you put your mind to?

You Are Awesome can help you do just that, inspiring and empowering young readers to find the confidence to realise their potential. The first children's book from Times journalist, two-time Olympian and best-selling mindset author Matthew Syed, it uses examples of successful people from Mozart to Serena Williams to demonstrate that success really is earned rather than given, and that talent can be acquired. With hard work and determination, practice and self-belief, and, most importantly, a Growth Mindset, there's no reason why anyone can't achieve anything.

Practical, insightful and positive, this is the book to help children build resilience, embrace their mistakes and grow into successful, happy adults.

Also available: The You Are Awesome Journal. Whether setting out your goals, planning the best practice ever, keeping calm with breathing exercises or making paper aeroplanes to understand marginal gains, you'll love the brilliant activities in The You Are Awesome Journal - it's the perfect companion to You Are Awesome!

by Honor Head

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Discover 12 simple steps to build happiness and better mental health.

This short but essential book will quickly and clearly advise children on 12 steps to happiness. From learning new things to getting outside more, to talking to others, giving and learning to appreciate the simple things in life, children can find out that happiness is easier to find than they might have realised.

The 12 Hacks series helps readers to improve their mental health not just now, but for the rest of their lives. These simple steps might seem obvious to some, but it is important to raise awareness of these relatively simple steps that people can take to improve their overall mental and physical well-being.

Children need only dip into just one page of this book to pick up useful life skills - read the whole book and children will have the knowhow needed to look after themselves better and build awareness and resilience for the challenges that are yet to come.

by Honor Head

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This short but essential book will quickly and clearly advise children on how to worry less. Find out about practical ways to learn how to control worries. Find out how to handle worries such as starting a new school, handling peer pressure, fighting social media anxiety and the fear of missing out, as well as deal with bullying or panic attacks. There are so many thing to worry about when you're young, but this book will help you to tackle your fears and build your confidence and resilience so you can face any challenges in your life ahead.

The 12 Hacks series helps readers to improve their mental health not just now, but for the rest of their lives. These simple steps might seem obvious to some, but it is important to raise awareness of these relatively simple steps that people can take to improve their overall mental and physical well-being.

by Honor Head

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Discover 12 simple steps to boost self-esteem and improve your emotional well-being

This short but essential book will quickly and clearly advise children on how to improve their self-esteem. From changing the way you think about yourself to building up life skills, not being afraid of failure and improving body image, everyone can learn to believe in themselves and know that they are special.

The 12 Hacks series helps readers to improve their mental health not just now, but for the rest of their lives. These simple steps might seem obvious to some, but it is important to raise awareness of these relatively simple steps that people can take to improve their overall mental and physical well-being.

Children need only dip into just one page of this book to pick up useful life skills - read the whole book and children will have the knowhow needed to look after themselves better and build awareness and resilience for the challenges that are yet to come.