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
241 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
After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again)
1,442 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)
SaleBestseller No. 3
The Most Magnificent Thing
1,672 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)
Bestseller No. 4
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)
SaleBestseller No. 5
Still I Fly: Designed to help children build confidence, resilience, grit, positive thinking, and perseverance.
51 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. 6
Someday a Bird Will Poop on You: A Life Lesson
217 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)
Bestseller No. 7
Building Resilience in Children and Teens: Giving Kids Roots and Wings
81 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)
Bestseller No. 8
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
4 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. 9
My Strong Mind: A Story About Developing Mental Strength (Positive Mindset series)
674 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)
Bestseller No. 10
Resilience: A book to encourage resilience, persistence and to help children bounce back from challenges and adversity
39 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)

Resilience Books for Teens

Bestseller No. 1
Building Resilience in Children and Teens: Giving Kids Roots and Wings
81 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. 2
The Resilience Workbook for Teens: Activities to Help You Gain Confidence, Manage Stress, and Cultivate a Growth Mindset
37 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. 3
Trauma Treatment Toolbox for Teens: 144 Trauma:Informed Worksheets and Exercises to Promote Resilience, Growth & Healing
68 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)
SaleBestseller No. 4
Superpowered: Transform Anxiety into Courage, Confidence, and Resilience
60 Reviews
Superpowered: Transform Anxiety into Courage, Confidence, and Resilience
  • Hardcover Book
  • Jain, Renee (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 336 Pages - 09/22/2020 (Publication Date) - Random House Books for Young Readers (Publisher)
SaleBestseller No. 5
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)
Bestseller No. 6
Raising Global Teens: A Practical Handbook for Parenting in the 21st Century
  • Abraham, Dr. Anisha (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 424 Pages - 10/01/2020 (Publication Date) - Summertime Publishing (Publisher)
Bestseller No. 7
The Adopted Teen Workbook: Develop Confidence, Strength, and Resilience on the Path to Adulthood
15 Reviews
The Adopted Teen Workbook: Develop Confidence, Strength, and Resilience on the Path to Adulthood
  • Neiman, Barbara (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 184 Pages - 03/01/2019 (Publication Date) - Instant Help (Publisher)
SaleBestseller No. 8
The PTSD Survival Guide for Teens: Strategies to Overcome Trauma, Build Resilience, and Take Back Your Life (The Instant Help Solutions Series)
9 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. 9
Teaching the Whole Teen: Everyday Practices That Promote Success and Resilience in School and Life
  • Corwin Publishers
  • Poliner, Rachel A. (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 288 Pages - 09/02/2016 (Publication Date) - Corwin (Publisher)
Bestseller No. 10
How Parents Can Teach Children To Counter Negative Thoughts: Channelling Your Child's Negativity, Self-Doubt and Anxiety Into Resilience, Willpower and Determination
14 Reviews
How Parents Can Teach Children To Counter Negative Thoughts: Channelling Your Child's Negativity, Self-Doubt and Anxiety Into Resilience, Willpower and Determination
  • Dixon, Frank (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 73 Pages - 04/20/2020 (Publication Date) - Independently published (Publisher)

Resilience Parenting Books

Bestseller No. 1
Building Resilience in Children and Teens: Giving Kids Roots and Wings
81 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. 2
The Optimistic Child: A Proven Program to Safeguard Children Against Depression and Build Lifelong Resilience
201 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. 3
Kid Confidence: Help Your Child Make Friends, Build Resilience, and Develop Real Self-Esteem
49 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. 4
The Yes Brain: How to Cultivate Courage, Curiosity, and Resilience in Your Child
331 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)
SaleBestseller No. 5
Raising a Secure Child: How Circle of Security Parenting Can Help You Nurture Your Child's Attachment, Emotional Resilience, and Freedom to Explore
212 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)
Bestseller No. 6
How Parents Can Teach Children To Counter Negative Thoughts: Channelling Your Child's Negativity, Self-Doubt and Anxiety Into Resilience, Willpower and Determination
14 Reviews
How Parents Can Teach Children To Counter Negative Thoughts: Channelling Your Child's Negativity, Self-Doubt and Anxiety Into Resilience, Willpower and Determination
  • Dixon, Frank (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 73 Pages - 04/20/2020 (Publication Date) - Independently published (Publisher)
SaleBestseller No. 7
Freeing Your Child from Negative Thinking: Powerful, Practical Strategies to Build a Lifetime of Resilience, Flexibility, and Happiness
80 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
Raising Global Teens: A Practical Handbook for Parenting in the 21st Century
  • Abraham, Dr. Anisha (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 424 Pages - 10/01/2020 (Publication Date) - Summertime Publishing (Publisher)
Bestseller No. 9
Home School Hell With Saint Corona Up To Bat: A Widowed Father's 70 Days In E-Learning Captivity
  • Heilmann, Dave (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 194 Pages - 09/17/2020 (Publication Date) - Networlding Publishing (Publisher)
Bestseller No. 10
Resilience Parenting: Raising Resilient Children in an Era of Detachment and Dependence
20 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)

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