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.

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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 Resilience Workbook for Kids: Fun CBT Activities to Help You Bounce Back from Stress and Grow from Challenges
65 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)
Bestseller No. 2
A Kids Book About Resilience
5 Reviews
A Kids Book About Resilience
  • Hardcover Book
  • Mustard, Jamie (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 66 Pages - 11/06/2023 (Publication Date) - Kids Book about (Publisher)
Bestseller No. 3
The Hugging Tree: A Story About Resilience
548 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
Resilience: A book to encourage resilience, persistence and to help children bounce back from challenges and adversity
184 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
This Will Pass: A Story of Mindful Resilience
10 Reviews
This Will Pass: A Story of Mindful Resilience
  • Hardcover Book
  • Donnini, J. (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 40 Pages - 05/24/2022 (Publication Date) - Bushel & Peck Books (Publisher)
Bestseller No. 6
The Resilient Sloth: A Children’s Book About Building Mental Toughness, Resilience, and Learning to Deal with Obstacles
103 Reviews
The Resilient Sloth: A Children’s Book About Building Mental Toughness, Resilience, and Learning to Deal with Obstacles
  • Dane, Charlotte (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 37 Pages - 10/12/2020 (Publication Date) - Independently published (Publisher)
Bestseller No. 7
Bounce Back: How to Be a Resilient Kid
24 Reviews
Bounce Back: How to Be a Resilient Kid
  • Moss, Wendy L., Ph.D. (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 112 Pages - 08/01/2015 (Publication Date) - Magination Pr (Publisher)
Bestseller No. 8
The Boys' Guide to Growth Mindset: A Can-Do Approach to Building Confidence, Resilience, and Courage
83 Reviews
The Boys' Guide to Growth Mindset: A Can-Do Approach to Building Confidence, Resilience, and Courage
  • Akindele LMSW, Oluwatosin (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 164 Pages - 07/12/2022 (Publication Date) - Rockridge Press (Publisher)
SaleBestseller No. 9
Raising Mentally Strong Kids: How to Combine the Power of Neuroscience with Love and Logic to Grow Confident, Kind, Responsible, and Resilient Children and Young Adults
  • Hardcover Book
  • Amen, MD, Daniel G. (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 368 Pages - 03/26/2024 (Publication Date) - Tyndale Refresh (Publisher)
Bestseller No. 10
Be Resilient! (Mindful Kids)
6 Reviews
Be Resilient! (Mindful Kids)
  • Coombes, Dr Sharie (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 96 Pages - 03/01/2023 (Publication Date) - Kane/Miller Book Publishers (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
159 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
239 Reviews
Building Resilience in Children and Teens: Giving Kids Roots and Wings
  • Ginsburg MD MS Ed FAAP, Kenneth R (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 368 Pages - 05/26/2020 (Publication Date) - American Academy of Pediatrics (Publisher)
SaleBestseller No. 3
Emotionally Resilient Tweens and Teens: Empowering Your Kids to Navigate Bullying, Teasing, and Social Exclusion
28 Reviews
Emotionally Resilient Tweens and Teens: Empowering Your Kids to Navigate Bullying, Teasing, and Social Exclusion
  • Payne, Kim John (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 296 Pages - 08/09/2022 (Publication Date) - Shambhala (Publisher)
Bestseller No. 4
UNSHAKABLE THE DBT WORKBOOK FOR RESILIENT TEENS: Stronger Every Day: An Engaging 6-Month Path to Emotional Balance, Self-Confidence, & Anxiety Relief.
61 Reviews
UNSHAKABLE THE DBT WORKBOOK FOR RESILIENT TEENS: Stronger Every Day: An Engaging 6-Month Path to Emotional Balance, Self-Confidence, & Anxiety Relief.
  • Cross Border Books (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 96 Pages - 12/13/2023 (Publication Date) - Independently published (Publisher)
SaleBestseller No. 5
The Resilient Teen: 10 Key Skills to Bounce Back from Setbacks and Turn Stress into Success (The Instant Help Solutions Series)
17 Reviews
The Resilient Teen: 10 Key Skills to Bounce Back from Setbacks and Turn Stress into Success (The Instant Help Solutions Series)
  • Raja PhD, Sheela (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 192 Pages - 06/01/2021 (Publication Date) - Instant Help (Publisher)
SaleBestseller No. 6
Resilient Black Girl: 52 Weeks of Anti-Racist Activities for Black Joy and Resilience (Social Justice and Antiracist Book for Teens, Gift for Teenage Girl) (Badass Black Girl)
5 Reviews
Bestseller No. 7
Emotional Intelligence & Resilience for Teens: Life skills for teens, the way to success, understanding yourself and others, taking control of your ... adversities (Teens - for a magnificent life)
32 Reviews
Bestseller No. 8
Finding Resilience: A Teen's Journey Through Lyme Disease
31 Reviews
Finding Resilience: A Teen's Journey Through Lyme Disease
  • Leland, Rachel (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 286 Pages - 10/19/2023 (Publication Date) - River Grove Books (Publisher)
SaleBestseller No. 9
A Growth Mindset For Teens: Practical Lessons & Activities To Build Confidence, Problem Solve, Grow Skills, And Become Resilient in 31 Days (You Are Your Mindset)
226 Reviews
A Growth Mindset For Teens: Practical Lessons & Activities To Build Confidence, Problem Solve, Grow Skills, And Become Resilient in 31 Days (You Are Your Mindset)
  • Sheppard, Sydney (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 179 Pages - 11/24/2022 (Publication Date) - Independently published (Publisher)
Bestseller No. 10
The Growth Mindset Workbook for Teens: CBT & DBT Skills to Grow in Self-Confidence, Build Resilience and Overcome Life's Challenges (Teen-Essentials!)
9 Reviews
The Growth Mindset Workbook for Teens: CBT & DBT Skills to Grow in Self-Confidence, Build Resilience and Overcome Life's Challenges (Teen-Essentials!)
  • Teens, Empower (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 112 Pages - 10/03/2023 (Publication Date) - Independently published (Publisher)

Resilience Parenting Books

SaleBestseller No. 1
Building Resilience in Children and Teens: Giving Kids Roots and Wings
239 Reviews
Building Resilience in Children and Teens: Giving Kids Roots and Wings
  • Ginsburg MD MS Ed FAAP, Kenneth R (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 368 Pages - 05/26/2020 (Publication Date) - American Academy of Pediatrics (Publisher)
Bestseller No. 2
Resilience Parenting: Raising Resilient Children in an Era of Detachment and Dependence
33 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
Raising Resilient Children with a Borderline or Narcissistic Parent
222 Reviews
Raising Resilient Children with a Borderline or Narcissistic Parent
  • Fjelstad, Margalis (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 234 Pages - 11/03/2020 (Publication Date) - Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (Publisher)
SaleBestseller No. 4
The Co-Parenting Handbook: Raising Well-Adjusted and Resilient Kids from Little Ones to Young Adults through Divorce or Separation
464 Reviews
The Co-Parenting Handbook: Raising Well-Adjusted and Resilient Kids from Little Ones to Young Adults through Divorce or Separation
  • Bonnell, Karen (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 288 Pages - 08/22/2017 (Publication Date) - Sasquatch Books (Publisher)
SaleBestseller No. 5
Raising Resilient Children : Fostering Strength, Hope, and Optimism in Your Child
97 Reviews
Raising Resilient Children : Fostering Strength, Hope, and Optimism in Your Child
  • Robert Brooks (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 336 Pages - 08/28/2002 (Publication Date) - McGraw Hill (Publisher)
Bestseller No. 6
How Parents Can Raise Resilient Children: Preparing Your Child for the Real Tough World of Adulthood by Instilling Them With Principles of Love, ... Parenting Books For Becoming Good Parents)
191 Reviews
SaleBestseller No. 7
Emotionally Resilient Tweens and Teens: Empowering Your Kids to Navigate Bullying, Teasing, and Social Exclusion
28 Reviews
Emotionally Resilient Tweens and Teens: Empowering Your Kids to Navigate Bullying, Teasing, and Social Exclusion
  • Payne, Kim John (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 296 Pages - 08/09/2022 (Publication Date) - Shambhala (Publisher)
SaleBestseller No. 8
Raising Resilient Kids: 8 Principles for Bringing Up Healthy, Happy, Successful Children Who Can Overcome Obstacles and Thrive despite Adversity
29 Reviews
Raising Resilient Kids: 8 Principles for Bringing Up Healthy, Happy, Successful Children Who Can Overcome Obstacles and Thrive despite Adversity
  • Hardcover Book
  • Spencer-Hwang DrPH MPH, Rhonda (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 304 Pages - 08/03/2021 (Publication Date) - Tyndale Refresh (Publisher)
Bestseller No. 9
Raising Mentally Strong Kids: How to Combine the Power of Neuroscience with Love and Logic to Grow Confident, Kind, Responsible, and Resilient Children and Young Adults
  • Amazon Kindle Edition
  • Amen, MD, Daniel G. (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 03/26/2024 (Publication Date) - Tyndale Refresh (Publisher)
SaleBestseller No. 10
The Resilience Recipe: A Parent's Guide to Raising Fearless Kids in the Age of Anxiety
31 Reviews
The Resilience Recipe: A Parent's Guide to Raising Fearless Kids in the Age of Anxiety
  • Khanna PhD, Muniya S. (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 224 Pages - 11/01/2021 (Publication Date) - New Harbinger Publications (Publisher)

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