20 Best Books about Resilience for Kids and Teens

Resilience Books

“It is really wonderful how much resilience there is in human nature. Let any obstructing cause, no matter what, be removed in any way, even by death, and we fly back to first principles of hope and enjoyment.”

Bram Stoker, Dracula

It’s a great quote about resilience, isn’t it? Unfortunately, too many kids are losing their resilience skills. Sure, we could sit here all day and point fingers are parents, schools and society. All three have a role. But, I’m not going to tell anyone how to parent their child. Does your child struggle with resilience? How do you know if they lack resilience skills? And, most importantly, what can you do?

Definition of Resilience

  1. the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness.

That is the definition of resilience. Think of the average toddler, who freaks out when you give them their drink in the green cup instead of the blue cup. This is how kids first learn to deal with disappointment and bounce back. It’s also why, even in the moment it’s easier to just give them the blue cup, it’s probably more valuable for the long run to make it a teachable moment.

When parents fix things instead of teaching them how to deal with disappointment, it can hinder resilience skills.

However, this is not to say that all kids who lack resilience skills have bad parents. Or, that for a real trauma or disappointment, that they should just “buck up and shake it off.” That’s not helpful either. There are a lot of factors that go into resilience, and our kids may struggle a bit more due to learning differences.

My point is, first, parenting is hard. But also that kids do need to learn to deal with life’s disappointments.

Kennett Ginsburg (one of his books in on the list) has written about this, and he defines resilience into 7cs.

7 Cs of Resilience

  • Competence
  • Confidence
  • Connection
  • Character
  • Contribution
  • Coping
  • Control

Resilience at School

If a child lacks resilience skills, this may affect them at school. You may want to consider adding a Social-Emotional IEP goal, or SEL. You can find some ideas in that link.

For more information about these concepts of resilience and more in the resilience books below. The first list is books that a child would read, or that you would read to a child. The second list is resilience books for teens.

The last list is parenting books about resilience. Or, books that a parent would purchase and read. And then implement the ideas at home.

Resilience Books for Kids

Bestseller No. 1
Kid Confidence: Help Your Child Make Friends, Build Resilience, and Develop Real Self-Esteem
111 Reviews
Kid Confidence: Help Your Child Make Friends, Build Resilience, and Develop Real Self-Esteem
  • Kennedy-Moore, Eileen (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 240 Pages - 01/01/2019 (Publication Date) - New Harbinger Publications (Publisher)
Bestseller No. 2
Resilience - Facing challenges: (Children´s Books about Resilience, Emotions Management, Kids Age 6 to 10) (EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE FOR KIDS)
1 Reviews
Resilience - Facing challenges: (Children´s Books about Resilience, Emotions Management, Kids Age 6 to 10) (EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE FOR KIDS)
  • Rodrigues, Fabiano (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 25 Pages - 05/06/2021 (Publication Date) - Independently published (Publisher)
Bestseller No. 3
CBT Doodling for Kids: 50 Illustrated Handouts to Help Build Confidence and Emotional Resilience in Children Aged 6–11
98 Reviews
CBT Doodling for Kids: 50 Illustrated Handouts to Help Build Confidence and Emotional Resilience in Children Aged 6–11
  • Sharpe, Tanja (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 112 Pages - 10/18/2018 (Publication Date) - Jessica Kingsley Publishers (Publisher)
Bestseller No. 4
Healthy Mindsets for Little Kids: A Resilience Programme to Help Children Aged 5–9 with Anger, Anxiety, Attachment, Body Image, Conflict, Discipline, Empathy and Self-Esteem
7 Reviews
Healthy Mindsets for Little Kids: A Resilience Programme to Help Children Aged 5–9 with Anger, Anxiety, Attachment, Body Image, Conflict, Discipline, Empathy and Self-Esteem
  • Azri, Stephanie (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 160 Pages - 09/19/2019 (Publication Date) - Jessica Kingsley Publishers (Publisher)
Bestseller No. 5
The Hugging Tree: A Story About Resilience
440 Reviews
The Hugging Tree: A Story About Resilience
  • Hardcover Book
  • Neimark, Jill (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 32 Pages - 09/07/2015 (Publication Date) - Magination Press (Publisher)
SaleBestseller No. 6
Happy Mindset Little Journal: Kids Interactive Journal Prompts and Daily Activities to Help Children Develop a Growth Mindset. Colorful, Self-Learning and Fun! (Ages 6-12)
113 Reviews
Happy Mindset Little Journal: Kids Interactive Journal Prompts and Daily Activities to Help Children Develop a Growth Mindset. Colorful, Self-Learning and Fun! (Ages 6-12)
  • Liem, Claudia (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 60 Pages - 11/25/2020 (Publication Date) - Thrive Print Co. (Publisher)
SaleBestseller No. 7
I Am, I Can: 365 affirmations for kids
180 Reviews
I Am, I Can: 365 affirmations for kids
  • Wynne Kinder (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 72 Pages - 08/11/2020 (Publication Date) - DK Children (Publisher)
Bestseller No. 8
The Grit Workbook for Kids: CBT Skills to Help Kids Cultivate a Growth Mindset and Build Resilience
64 Reviews
The Grit Workbook for Kids: CBT Skills to Help Kids Cultivate a Growth Mindset and Build Resilience
  • Nebolsine LCSW, Elisa (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 136 Pages - 11/01/2020 (Publication Date) - Instant Help (Publisher)
Bestseller No. 9
Bounce Back Betty (Social Skills for Kids)
30 Reviews
Bounce Back Betty (Social Skills for Kids)
  • Whiteside, Cindy (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 39 Pages - 07/24/2019 (Publication Date) - Three Frogs Press (Publisher)
SaleBestseller No. 10
Step Back from Frustration (Kids Can Cope Series)
3 Reviews
Step Back from Frustration (Kids Can Cope Series)
  • Hardcover Book
  • Hasson, Gill (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 32 Pages - 02/15/2021 (Publication Date) - Free Spirit Publishing (Publisher)

Resilience Books for Teens

Bestseller No. 1
The Resilience Workbook for Teens: Activities to Help You Gain Confidence, Manage Stress, and Cultivate a Growth Mindset
107 Reviews
The Resilience Workbook for Teens: Activities to Help You Gain Confidence, Manage Stress, and Cultivate a Growth Mindset
  • Bradshaw MA, Cheryl M. (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 160 Pages - 05/01/2019 (Publication Date) - Instant Help (Publisher)
SaleBestseller No. 2
Building Resilience in Children and Teens: Giving Kids Roots and Wings
157 Reviews
Building Resilience in Children and Teens: Giving Kids Roots and Wings
  • Ginsburg, Kenneth R (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 368 Pages - 05/26/2020 (Publication Date) - American Academy of Pediatrics (Publisher)
SaleBestseller No. 3
Empowered Black Girl: Joyful Affirmations and Words of Resilience (Teen and YA Maturing, Self-Esteem, Cultural Heritage, For Fans of Badass Black Girl)
61 Reviews
Empowered Black Girl: Joyful Affirmations and Words of Resilience (Teen and YA Maturing, Self-Esteem, Cultural Heritage, For Fans of Badass Black Girl)
  • Fievre, M.J. (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 224 Pages - 01/19/2021 (Publication Date) - Mango (Publisher)
SaleBestseller No. 4
The Positivity Workbook for Teens: Skills to Help You Increase Optimism, Resilience, and a Growth Mindset
23 Reviews
The Positivity Workbook for Teens: Skills to Help You Increase Optimism, Resilience, and a Growth Mindset
  • Saedi Bocci PhD, Goali (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 176 Pages - 12/01/2020 (Publication Date) - Instant Help (Publisher)
SaleBestseller No. 5
Your Life, Your Way: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Skills to Help Teens Manage Emotions and Build Resilience
57 Reviews
Your Life, Your Way: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Skills to Help Teens Manage Emotions and Build Resilience
  • Ciarrochi PhD, Joseph V. (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 168 Pages - 09/01/2020 (Publication Date) - Instant Help (Publisher)
SaleBestseller No. 6
Conquer Negative Thinking for Teens: A Workbook to Break the Nine Thought Habits That Are Holding You Back
620 Reviews
Conquer Negative Thinking for Teens: A Workbook to Break the Nine Thought Habits That Are Holding You Back
  • Alvord, Mary Karapetian (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 168 Pages - 06/01/2017 (Publication Date) - Instant Help (Publisher)
SaleBestseller No. 7
Trauma Treatment Toolbox for Teens: 144 Trauma:Informed Worksheets and Exercises to Promote Resilience, Growth & Healing
205 Reviews
Trauma Treatment Toolbox for Teens: 144 Trauma:Informed Worksheets and Exercises to Promote Resilience, Growth & Healing
  • Hallett, Kristina (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 249 Pages - 07/09/2019 (Publication Date) - PESI Publishing & Media (Publisher)
Bestseller No. 8
The Breakaway: A Parent's Guide to Transitioning the Autistic and Twice Exceptional Adolescent Into Young Adulthood
28 Reviews
The Breakaway: A Parent's Guide to Transitioning the Autistic and Twice Exceptional Adolescent Into Young Adulthood
  • Welch Psy.D., Thomas W. (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 170 Pages - 04/02/2021 (Publication Date) - Independently published (Publisher)
Bestseller No. 9
Reaching Teens (Strength-Based, Trauma-Sensitive, Resilience-Building Communication Strategies Rooted in Positive Youth Development)
14 Reviews
Reaching Teens (Strength-Based, Trauma-Sensitive, Resilience-Building Communication Strategies Rooted in Positive Youth Development)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 668 Pages - 06/29/2020 (Publication Date) - American Academy of Pediatrics (Publisher)
Bestseller No. 10
The Queer and Transgender Resilience Workbook (Skills for Navigating Sexual Orientation and Gender Expression)
202 Reviews
The Queer and Transgender Resilience Workbook (Skills for Navigating Sexual Orientation and Gender Expression)
  • Singh, Anneliese (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 224 Pages - 03/01/2018 (Publication Date) - New Harbinger Publications (Publisher)

Resilience Parenting Books

Bestseller No. 1
Nurturing Resilience in Our Children : Answers to the Most Important Parenting Questions
5 Reviews
Nurturing Resilience in Our Children : Answers to the Most Important Parenting Questions
  • Used Book in Good Condition
  • Brooks, Robert (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 320 Pages - 08/28/2002 (Publication Date) - McGraw-Hill Education (Publisher)
Bestseller No. 2
Oh William!: A Novel
  • Amazon Kindle Edition
  • Strout, Elizabeth (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 10/19/2021 (Publication Date) - Random House (Publisher)
SaleBestseller No. 3
Building Resilience in Children and Teens: Giving Kids Roots and Wings
157 Reviews
Building Resilience in Children and Teens: Giving Kids Roots and Wings
  • Ginsburg, Kenneth R (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 368 Pages - 05/26/2020 (Publication Date) - American Academy of Pediatrics (Publisher)
Bestseller No. 4
Kid Confidence: Help Your Child Make Friends, Build Resilience, and Develop Real Self-Esteem
111 Reviews
Kid Confidence: Help Your Child Make Friends, Build Resilience, and Develop Real Self-Esteem
  • Kennedy-Moore, Eileen (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 240 Pages - 01/01/2019 (Publication Date) - New Harbinger Publications (Publisher)
Bestseller No. 5
Raising Resilient Children with a Borderline or Narcissistic Parent
75 Reviews
Raising Resilient Children with a Borderline or Narcissistic Parent
  • Amazon Kindle Edition
  • Fjelstad, Margalis (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 227 Pages - 11/03/2020 (Publication Date) - Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (Publisher)
SaleBestseller No. 6
Raising a Secure Child: How Circle of Security Parenting Can Help You Nurture Your Child's Attachment, Emotional Resilience, and Freedom to Explore
413 Reviews
Raising a Secure Child: How Circle of Security Parenting Can Help You Nurture Your Child's Attachment, Emotional Resilience, and Freedom to Explore
  • Guilford Publications
  • Hoffman, Kent (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 280 Pages - 02/06/2017 (Publication Date) - The Guilford Press (Publisher)
SaleBestseller No. 8
Trauma-Proofing Your Kids: A Parents' Guide for Instilling Confidence, Joy and Resilience
217 Reviews
Trauma-Proofing Your Kids: A Parents' Guide for Instilling Confidence, Joy and Resilience
  • North Atlantic Books
  • Levine Ph.D., Peter A. (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 248 Pages - 03/04/2008 (Publication Date) - North Atlantic Books (Publisher)
Bestseller No. 9
Resilience Parenting: Raising Resilient Children in an Era of Detachment and Dependence
24 Reviews
Resilience Parenting: Raising Resilient Children in an Era of Detachment and Dependence
  • Santillo, Chris (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 156 Pages - 03/22/2019 (Publication Date) - Lioncrest Publishing (Publisher)
SaleBestseller No. 10
The Yes Brain: How to Cultivate Courage, Curiosity, and Resilience in Your Child
605 Reviews
The Yes Brain: How to Cultivate Courage, Curiosity, and Resilience in Your Child
  • Audible Audiobook
  • Daniel J. Siegel (Author) - Daniel J. Siegel, Tina Payne Bryson (Narrators)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 01/09/2018 (Publication Date) - Random House Audio (Publisher)

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