20 Best Books about Resilience for Kids and Teens

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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
The Hugging Tree: A Story About Resilience
89 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. 2
The Most Magnificent Thing
1,109 Reviews
The Most Magnificent Thing
  • Kids Can Press
  • Hardcover Book
  • Spires, Ashley (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 32 Pages - 04/01/2014 (Publication Date) - Kids Can Press (Publisher)
SaleBestseller No. 3
After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again)
802 Reviews
After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again)
  • Hardcover Book
  • Santat, Dan (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 40 Pages - 10/03/2017 (Publication Date) - Roaring Brook Press (Publisher)
Bestseller No. 4
Resilience: A book to encourage resilience, persistence and to help children bounce back from challenges and adversity
15 Reviews
Resilience: A book to encourage resilience, persistence and to help children bounce back from challenges and adversity
  • Sanders, Jayneen (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 42 Pages - 05/15/2017 (Publication Date) - Educate2Empower Publishing (Publisher)
Bestseller No. 5
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)
SaleBestseller No. 6
Building Resilience in Children and Teens: Giving Kids Roots and Wings
41 Reviews
Building Resilience in Children and Teens: Giving Kids Roots and Wings
  • Building Resilience in Children and Teens Giving Kids Roots and Wings
  • Ginsburg MD FAAP, Kenneth R. (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 330 Pages - 10/28/2014 (Publication Date) - American Academy of Pediatrics (Publisher)
SaleBestseller No. 7
Kid Confidence: Help Your Child Make Friends, Build Resilience, and Develop Real Self-Esteem
29 Reviews
Kid Confidence: Help Your Child Make Friends, Build Resilience, and Develop Real Self-Esteem
  • Kennedy-Moore PhD, Eileen (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 240 Pages - 01/02/2019 (Publication Date) - New Harbinger Publications (Publisher)
SaleBestseller No. 8
My Strong Mind: A Story About Developing Mental Strength (Positive Mindset series)
339 Reviews
My Strong Mind: A Story About Developing Mental Strength (Positive Mindset series)
  • van Hove, Niels (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 32 Pages - 10/20/2017 (Publication Date) - Truebridges Media (Publisher)
SaleBestseller No. 9
Still I Fly: Designed to help children build confidence, resilience, grit, positive thinking, and perseverance.
26 Reviews
Still I Fly: Designed to help children build confidence, resilience, grit, positive thinking, and perseverance.
  • Ace, Nikki (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 41 Pages - 03/11/2019 (Publication Date) - Ace Publishing (Publisher)
Bestseller No. 10
Someday a Bird Will Poop on You: A Life Lesson
104 Reviews
Someday a Bird Will Poop on You: A Life Lesson
  • Hardcover Book
  • Salvi, Sue (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 64 Pages - 10/30/2018 (Publication Date) - Little, Brown and Company (Publisher)

Resilience Books for Teens

Bestseller No. 1
Building Resilience in Children and Teens: Giving Kids Roots and Wings
41 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. 2
Educated: A Memoir
20,331 Reviews
Educated: A Memoir
  • Amazon Kindle Edition
  • Westover, Tara (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 336 Pages - 02/20/2018 (Publication Date) - Random House (Publisher)
SaleBestseller No. 3
The Resilience Workbook for Teens: Activities to Help You Gain Confidence, Manage Stress, and Cultivate a Growth Mindset
13 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. 4
Conquer Negative Thinking for Teens: A Workbook to Break the Nine Thought Habits That Are Holding You Back
184 Reviews
Conquer Negative Thinking for Teens: A Workbook to Break the Nine Thought Habits That Are Holding You Back
  • Alvord PhD, Mary Karapetian (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 168 Pages - 07/01/2017 (Publication Date) - Instant Help (Publisher)
SaleBestseller No. 5
The PTSD Survival Guide for Teens: Strategies to Overcome Trauma, Build Resilience, and Take Back Your Life (The Instant Help Solutions Series)
5 Reviews
The PTSD Survival Guide for Teens: Strategies to Overcome Trauma, Build Resilience, and Take Back Your Life (The Instant Help Solutions Series)
  • Raja PhD, Sheela (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 160 Pages - 02/02/2018 (Publication Date) - Instant Help (Publisher)
Bestseller No. 6
Raising Global Teens: A Practical Handbook for Parenting in the 21st Century
  • Amazon Kindle Edition
  • Abraham, Dr. Anisha (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 329 Pages - 10/01/2020 (Publication Date) - Summertime Publishing (Publisher)
Bestseller No. 7
Reaching Teens: Strength-Based Communication Strategies to Build Resilience and Support Healthy Adolescent Development
6 Reviews
Reaching Teens: Strength-Based Communication Strategies to Build Resilience and Support Healthy Adolescent Development
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 600 Pages - 01/01/2014 (Publication Date) - American Academy of Pediatrics (Publisher)
SaleBestseller No. 8
Diary of a Brilliant Kid: Top Secret Guide to Awesomeness
175 Reviews
Diary of a Brilliant Kid: Top Secret Guide to Awesomeness
  • Cope, Andy (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 224 Pages - 11/05/2018 (Publication Date) - Capstone (Publisher)
Bestseller No. 9
Bridge to Terabithia
1,917 Reviews
Bridge to Terabithia
  • Amazon Kindle Edition
  • Paterson, Katherine (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 190 Pages - 03/03/2009 (Publication Date) - HarperCollins (Publisher)
Bestseller No. 10
Building Happiness, Resilience and Motivation in Adolescents: A Positive Psychology Curriculum for Well-Being
  • MacConville, Ruth (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 256 Pages - 05/15/2012 (Publication Date) - Jessica Kingsley Publishers (Publisher)

Resilience Parenting Books

Bestseller No. 1
Building Resilience in Children and Teens: Giving Kids Roots and Wings
41 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. 2
Must I Go: A Novel
  • Amazon Kindle Edition
  • Li, Yiyun (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 07/28/2020 (Publication Date) - Random House (Publisher)
SaleBestseller No. 3
The Optimistic Child: A Proven Program to Safeguard Children Against Depression and Build Lifelong Resilience
163 Reviews
The Optimistic Child: A Proven Program to Safeguard Children Against Depression and Build Lifelong Resilience
  • Mariner Books
  • Seligman, Martin E. P. (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 352 Pages - 09/17/2007 (Publication Date) - Mariner Books (Publisher)
SaleBestseller No. 4
The Yes Brain: How to Cultivate Courage, Curiosity, and Resilience in Your Child
212 Reviews
The Yes Brain: How to Cultivate Courage, Curiosity, and Resilience in Your Child
  • Siegel, Daniel J. (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 208 Pages - 01/08/2019 (Publication Date) - Bantam (Publisher)
Bestseller No. 5
Raising Global Teens: A Practical Handbook for Parenting in the 21st Century
  • Amazon Kindle Edition
  • Abraham, Dr. Anisha (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 329 Pages - 10/01/2020 (Publication Date) - Summertime Publishing (Publisher)
SaleBestseller No. 6
Kid Confidence: Help Your Child Make Friends, Build Resilience, and Develop Real Self-Esteem
29 Reviews
Kid Confidence: Help Your Child Make Friends, Build Resilience, and Develop Real Self-Esteem
  • Kennedy-Moore PhD, Eileen (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 240 Pages - 01/02/2019 (Publication Date) - New Harbinger Publications (Publisher)
SaleBestseller No. 7
Freeing Your Child from Negative Thinking: Powerful, Practical Strategies to Build a Lifetime of Resilience, Flexibility, and Happiness
62 Reviews
Freeing Your Child from Negative Thinking: Powerful, Practical Strategies to Build a Lifetime of Resilience, Flexibility, and Happiness
  • Chansky, Tamar (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 368 Pages - 01/14/2020 (Publication Date) - Da Capo Lifelong Books (Publisher)
Bestseller No. 8
Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead
2,629 Reviews
Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead
  • Amazon Kindle Edition
  • Brown, Brené (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 290 Pages - 09/11/2012 (Publication Date) - Avery (Publisher)
Bestseller No. 9
Trauma-Proofing Your Kids: A Parents' Guide for Instilling Confidence, Joy and Resilience
67 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)
SaleBestseller No. 10
My Strong Mind: A Story About Developing Mental Strength (Positive Mindset series)
339 Reviews
My Strong Mind: A Story About Developing Mental Strength (Positive Mindset series)
  • van Hove, Niels (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 32 Pages - 10/20/2017 (Publication Date) - Truebridges Media (Publisher)

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