Helping your Child build Positive Self-esteem

It’s never too early to think about how you can help support children to be confident and happy in their own skin. Here are some tips for parents and carers to build self-esteem in toddlers and some great books to share.


Books about self-acceptance for pre-schoolers

  • Red- a Crayon’s Story by Michael Hall. This a funny and heart-warming story about a blue crayon that is mistakenly labelled as red with the ultimate message of being yourself Suitable for 2+ yrs
  • Be Yourself- Why it’s great to be you! By Poppy O’Neill. A story with lots of tips for parents along the way, celebrating individuality. Also useful in schools
  • Zero by Kathryn Otoshi. As budding young readers learn about numbers and counting, they are also introduced to accepting different body types, developing social skills and character, and learning what it means to find value in yourself and in others. You may be able to get this in your local library.
  • Small Saul by A. Spires. Great for children who love pirates and who may benefit from a small boost in self-acceptance
  • ‘I am Enough’ by Grace Byers. Buy it or watch it read aloud here: this gorgeous, ode to loving who you are, respecting others, and being kind to one another comes from Grace Byers and artist Keturah A. Bobo. We are all here for a purpose. We are more than enough. We just need to believe it.
  • ‘I Like Myself’ by Karen Beaumont. Buy it or watch it read aloud here: Exuberant rhymes and wild illustrations celebrate self-acceptance and self-love
  • Perfectly Norman by Tim Percival. One of a series of “Bright Feelings Books” Be open. Be honest. Be you!
  • Mistakes are how I learn for pre and primary school-age children written by a teacher. A lovely rhyming story.