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?

resilience books

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
Resilience: A book to encourage resilience, persistence and to help children bounce back from challenges and adversity
164 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)
SaleBestseller No. 2
The Grit Workbook for Kids: CBT Skills to Help Kids Cultivate a Growth Mindset and Build Resilience
120 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. 3
The Hugging Tree: A Story About Resilience
512 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. 4
The Boy with Big, Big Feelings (The Big, Big Series, 1)
2,541 Reviews
The Boy with Big, Big Feelings (The Big, Big Series, 1)
  • Hardcover Book
  • Lee, Britney Winn (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 32 Pages - 08/20/2019 (Publication Date) - Beaming Books (Publisher)
SaleBestseller No. 5
The Resilience Workbook for Kids: Fun CBT Activities to Help You Bounce Back from Stress and Grow from Challenges
30 Reviews
The Resilience Workbook for Kids: Fun CBT Activities to Help You Bounce Back from Stress and Grow from Challenges
  • Baruch-Feldman PhD, Caren (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 208 Pages - 04/01/2022 (Publication Date) - Instant Help (Publisher)
SaleBestseller No. 6
I Got This!: A Dragon Book To Teach Kids That They Can Handle Everything. A Cute Children Story to Give Children Confidence in Handling Difficult Situations. (My Dragon Books)
342 Reviews
I Got This!: A Dragon Book To Teach Kids That They Can Handle Everything. A Cute Children Story to Give Children Confidence in Handling Difficult Situations. (My Dragon Books)
  • Herman, Steve (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 52 Pages - 04/20/2018 (Publication Date) - DG Books Publishing (Publisher)
SaleBestseller No. 7
The Kids' Guide to Staying Awesome and In Control: Simple Stuff to Help Children Regulate their Emotions and Senses
623 Reviews
The Kids' Guide to Staying Awesome and In Control: Simple Stuff to Help Children Regulate their Emotions and Senses
  • Jessica Kingsley Publishers
  • Hardcover Book
  • Brukner, Lauren (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 112 Pages - 07/22/2014 (Publication Date) - Jessica Kingsley Publishers (Publisher)
Bestseller No. 8
This Will Pass
4 Reviews
This Will Pass
  • Hardcover Book
  • Donnini, J. (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 40 Pages - 05/24/2022 (Publication Date) - Bushel & Peck Books (Publisher)
SaleBestseller No. 9
Thriving with ADHD Workbook for Kids: 60 Fun Activities to Help Children Self-Regulate, Focus, and Succeed (Health and Wellness Workbooks for Kids)
5,093 Reviews
Thriving with ADHD Workbook for Kids: 60 Fun Activities to Help Children Self-Regulate, Focus, and Succeed (Health and Wellness Workbooks for Kids)
  • Miller LCSW MSW, Kelli (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 148 Pages - 06/26/2018 (Publication Date) - Althea Press (Publisher)
Bestseller No. 10
My Strong Mind: A children's book about resilience, growth mindset, confidence, mental health and positive affirmations. Ideal for kids age 5, 6 or 7 (Social Skills & Mental Health for Kids 1)
1,354 Reviews
My Strong Mind: A children's book about resilience, growth mindset, confidence, mental health and positive affirmations. Ideal for kids age 5, 6 or 7 (Social Skills & Mental Health for Kids 1)
  • Amazon Kindle Edition
  • van Hove, Niels (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 16 Pages - 05/10/2018 (Publication Date) - Truebridges Media (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
147 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
84 Reviews
Building Resilience in Children and Teens: Giving Kids Roots and Wings
  • Ginsburg MD MSEd FAAP, Kenneth R. (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 358 Pages - 04/01/2011 (Publication Date) - American Academy Of Pediatrics (Publisher)
Bestseller No. 3
Building Resilience in Children and Teens: Giving Kids Roots and Wings
219 Reviews
Building Resilience in Children and Teens: Giving Kids Roots and Wings
  • Amazon Kindle Edition
  • Ginsburg, Kenneth R (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 429 Pages - 05/26/2020 (Publication Date) - American Academy of Pediatrics (Publisher)
Bestseller No. 4
Profiles in Resilience: Books for Children and Teens That Center the Lived Experience of Generational Poverty
  • Dorr, Christina (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 224 Pages - 10/27/2021 (Publication Date) - ALA Editions (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)
29 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)
SaleBestseller No. 6
The Positivity Workbook for Teens: Skills to Help You Increase Optimism, Resilience, and a Growth Mindset
32 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)
Bestseller No. 7
A Parent's Guide to Building Resilience in Children and Teens: Giving Your Child Roots and Wings (American Academy of Pediatrics)
11 Reviews
A Parent's Guide to Building Resilience in Children and Teens: Giving Your Child Roots and Wings (American Academy of Pediatrics)
  • Used Book in Good Condition
  • Kenneth R. Ginsburg (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 300 Pages - 10/01/2006 (Publication Date) - American Academy Of Pediatrics (Publisher)
Bestseller No. 8
American Underdog
16,783 Reviews
American Underdog
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Zachary Levi, Anna Paquin, Dennis Quaid (Actors)
  • Andrew Erwin (Director) - Jon Erwin (Writer) - Kevin Downes (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)
Bestseller No. 9
Be Strong Be Brave Be Badass Poster 8x10- Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Harriet Tubman, Amelia Earhart- Motivational Wall Decor -Uplifting Encouragement Gifts for Women - Inspirational Positive Quotes Wall Art
241 Reviews
Be Strong Be Brave Be Badass Poster 8x10- Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Harriet Tubman, Amelia Earhart- Motivational Wall Decor -Uplifting Encouragement Gifts for Women - Inspirational Positive Quotes Wall Art
  • 8x10 UNFRAMED PRINTS - NOT Canvas or Tin Sign
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Bestseller No. 10
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Earth Science Kit - Over 15 Science Experiments & STEM Activities for Kids, Crystal Growing, Erupting Volcanos, 2 Dig Kits & 10 Genuine Specimens, a Great STEM Science Kit
15,230 Reviews
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Earth Science Kit - Over 15 Science Experiments & STEM Activities for Kids, Crystal Growing, Erupting Volcanos, 2 Dig Kits & 10 Genuine Specimens, a Great STEM Science Kit
  • MASSIVE SCIENCE KIT FOR CURIOUS KIDS - More than 15 experiment activities including dueling water tornadoes, building an erupting volcano, growing a crystal, two geologic dig kits, and more
  • ENOUGH TO GO AROUND - This science lab allows kids to conduct multiple experiments and is great to share with family, friends, or classmates; you will enjoy the magic of discovery together
  • THE SECRET IS THE SCIENCE - A detailed learning guide teaches the science at work in the experiments, allowing your child to develop a deep, lasting appreciation for a variety of Earth sciences
  • HASSLE-FREE EXPERIMENTS - Clear, easy-to-follow instructions build young scientists' confidence as they experiment, allowing them to focus on the joy of exploration and discovery
  • SATISFACTION GUARANTEED – The National Geographic STEM series provides kids high-quality educational toys that are a whole lot of fun! If your experience is anything less than extraordinary, let us know so we can make it right for you.

Resilience Parenting Books

SaleBestseller No. 1
Building Resilience in Children and Teens: Giving Kids Roots and Wings
84 Reviews
Building Resilience in Children and Teens: Giving Kids Roots and Wings
  • Ginsburg MD MSEd FAAP, Kenneth R. (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 358 Pages - 04/01/2011 (Publication Date) - American Academy Of Pediatrics (Publisher)
Bestseller No. 2
Resilience Parenting: Raising Resilient Children in an Era of Detachment and Dependence
29 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)
Bestseller No. 3
A Parent's Guide to Building Resilience in Children and Teens: Giving Your Child Roots and Wings (American Academy of Pediatrics)
11 Reviews
A Parent's Guide to Building Resilience in Children and Teens: Giving Your Child Roots and Wings (American Academy of Pediatrics)
  • Used Book in Good Condition
  • Kenneth R. Ginsburg (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 300 Pages - 10/01/2006 (Publication Date) - American Academy Of Pediatrics (Publisher)
SaleBestseller No. 4
Raising Resilience: The Wisdom and Science of Happy Families and Thriving Children
17 Reviews
Raising Resilience: The Wisdom and Science of Happy Families and Thriving Children
  • Willard PsyD, Christopher (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 224 Pages - 10/01/2017 (Publication Date) - Sounds True (Publisher)
Bestseller No. 5
The Yes Brain: How to Cultivate Courage, Curiosity, and Resilience in Your Child
795 Reviews
The Yes Brain: How to Cultivate Courage, Curiosity, and Resilience in Your Child
  • Amazon Kindle Edition
  • Siegel, Daniel J. (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 189 Pages - 01/09/2018 (Publication Date) - Bantam (Publisher)
SaleBestseller No. 6
Building Resilience in Children and Teens, 4th Edition: Giving Kids Roots and Wings
219 Reviews
Building Resilience in Children and Teens, 4th Edition: Giving Kids Roots and Wings
  • Audible Audiobook
  • Kenneth R. Ginsburg (Author) - Miles Meili (Narrator)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 09/01/2020 (Publication Date) - American Academy of Pediatrics (Publisher)
SaleBestseller No. 7
Kid Confidence: Help Your Child Make Friends, Build Resilience, and Develop Real Self-Esteem
184 Reviews
Kid Confidence: Help Your Child Make Friends, Build Resilience, and Develop Real Self-Esteem
  • Audible Audiobook
  • Eileen Kennedy-Moore PhD (Author) - Caroline Turner Cole (Narrator)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 09/11/2019 (Publication Date) - New Harbinger Publications (Publisher)
Bestseller No. 8
MAJESTIC PURE Himalayan Salt Body Scrub with Lychee Oil, Exfoliating Salt Scrub to Exfoliate & Moisturize Skin, Deep Cleansing - 10 oz
20,041 Reviews
MAJESTIC PURE Himalayan Salt Body Scrub with Lychee Oil, Exfoliating Salt Scrub to Exfoliate & Moisturize Skin, Deep Cleansing - 10 oz
  • 100% Pure and Natural: Majestic Pure products are 100% pure and natural. This means they are free from toxins, additives, or any nasty chemicals. Completely unfiltered and undiluted for the best result
  • Go-to Scrub for Skincare: Majestic Pure Himalayan Salt Body Scrub infused with Lychee Oil complex and Sweet Almond Oil is a self-care solution for the body and soul. It will help give your skin the ultimate detox and will promote its hydration levels
  • Easy Exfoliation: This easy-on-the-skin exfoliation expert assists in removing build-ups like dead cells, toxins, dirt, and all other harmful particles from the pores which help in giving a toned and smooth appearance
  • Easy to Scoop for Desired Amount: This scrub comes inside a big tub from which you can easily scoop out the amount you require and use it whenever you need
  • High Quality for Ultimate Care: Using the best of ingredients with the best of practices not only ensures that our products are of the highest quality, but Majestic Pure also ensures that they are perfect for your various self-care, aromatherapy and gifting requirements
Bestseller No. 9
Be Strong Be Brave Be Badass Poster 8x10- Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Harriet Tubman, Amelia Earhart- Motivational Wall Decor -Uplifting Encouragement Gifts for Women - Inspirational Positive Quotes Wall Art
241 Reviews
Be Strong Be Brave Be Badass Poster 8x10- Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Harriet Tubman, Amelia Earhart- Motivational Wall Decor -Uplifting Encouragement Gifts for Women - Inspirational Positive Quotes Wall Art
  • 8x10 UNFRAMED PRINTS - NOT Canvas or Tin Sign
  • UNIQUE WALL ART DECOR - Cool original home decorations for office, living room, bedroom, bathroom, family room, man cave, dorm, dining room, kitchen, classroom, apartment, bar, baby nursery
  • PERFECT PRESENT FOR EVERY OCCASION - Cute gift ideas for women, wife, girlfriend, her, girls, daughter, men, guys, boys, son, husband, boyfriend, him, kids, teens, best friend, cat lover, Christmas, Xmas, holiday, Halloween, housewarming, cheap inexpensive gag gifts, presents, bridal shower, wedding, birthday, anniversary
  • SO MANY STYLES! Boho, bohemian, abstract, aesthetic, mid century modern, minimalist, contemporary, black art, African American, goth, gothic, pagan, country, rustic, vintage, shabby chic, farmhouse, typography, positive quotes, inspirational, motivational, Zen, religious, Christian, funny sayings, nautical, tropical artwork, beach, arte decoracion, retro, encouragement, glam
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Bestseller No. 10
10 Rules for Resilience: Mental Toughness for Families
150 Reviews
10 Rules for Resilience: Mental Toughness for Families
  • Amazon Kindle Edition
  • De Sena, Joe (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 267 Pages - 10/19/2021 (Publication Date) - HarperOne (Publisher)

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