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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
The Hugging Tree: A Story About Resilience
364 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 Grit Workbook for Kids: CBT Skills to Help Kids Cultivate a Growth Mindset and Build Resilience
22 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
Resilience: A book to encourage resilience, persistence and to help children bounce back from challenges and adversity
79 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. 4
Kid Confidence (Help Your Child Make Friends, Build Resilience, and Develop Real Self-Esteem)
74 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
I Am, I Can: 365 affirmations for kids
  • Wynne Kinder (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 72 Pages - 08/11/2020 (Publication Date) - DK Children (Publisher)
SaleBestseller No. 6
The Most Magnificent Thing
2,437 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. 7
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
5 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)
SaleBestseller No. 8
Building Resilience in Children and Teens: Giving Kids Roots and Wings
114 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. 9
Someday a Bird Will Poop on You: A Life Lesson
331 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. 10
Trauma-Proofing Your Kids: A Parents' Guide for Instilling Confidence, Joy and Resilience
170 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)

Resilience Books for Teens

SaleBestseller No. 1
Building Resilience in Children and Teens: Giving Kids Roots and Wings
114 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
74 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
Superpowered: Transform Anxiety into Courage, Confidence, and Resilience
529 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)
Bestseller No. 4
The Positivity Workbook for Teens: Skills to Help You Increase Optimism, Resilience, and a Growth Mindset
5 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. 5
You Can Change the World!: Everyday Teen Heroes Making a Difference Everywhere
10 Reviews
You Can Change the World!: Everyday Teen Heroes Making a Difference Everywhere
  • Rooke, Margaret (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 320 Pages - 06/21/2019 (Publication Date) - Jessica Kingsley Publishers (Publisher)
SaleBestseller No. 6
Trauma Treatment Toolbox for Teens: 144 Trauma:Informed Worksheets and Exercises to Promote Resilience, Growth & Healing
121 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. 7
Your Life, Your Way: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Skills to Help Teens Manage Emotions and Build Resilience
29 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)
Bestseller No. 8
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. 9
Conquer Negative Thinking for Teens (A Workbook to Break the Nine Thought Habits That Are Holding You Back)
468 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. 10
The PTSD Survival Guide for Teens: Strategies to Overcome Trauma, Build Resilience, and Take Back Your Life (The Instant Help Solutions Series)
14 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)

Resilience Parenting Books

SaleBestseller No. 1
Building Resilience in Children and Teens: Giving Kids Roots and Wings
114 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
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
  • Amazon Kindle Edition
  • Santillo, Chris (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 158 Pages - 04/23/2019 (Publication Date) - Lioncrest Publishing (Publisher)
SaleBestseller No. 3
Kid Confidence (Help Your Child Make Friends, Build Resilience, and Develop Real Self-Esteem)
74 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. 4
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. 5
The Yes Brain: How to Cultivate Courage, Curiosity, and Resilience in Your Child
473 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. 6
Sanctuary: A Memoir
  • Amazon Kindle Edition
  • Rapp Black, Emily (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 226 Pages - 01/19/2021 (Publication Date) - Random House (Publisher)
SaleBestseller No. 7
The Optimistic Child: A Proven Program to Safeguard Children Against Depression and Build Lifelong Resilience
260 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)
Bestseller No. 8
Socially Strong, Emotionally Secure: 50 Activities to Promote Resilience in Young Children
10 Reviews
Socially Strong, Emotionally Secure: 50 Activities to Promote Resilience in Young Children
  • Bruce, Nefertiti (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 144 Pages - 04/01/2011 (Publication Date) - Gryphon House (Publisher)
Bestseller No. 9
Untamed
37,246 Reviews
Untamed
  • Amazon Kindle Edition
  • Doyle, Glennon (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 302 Pages - 03/10/2020 (Publication Date) - The Dial Press (Publisher)
Bestseller No. 10
The Yes Brain Workbook: Exercises, Activities and Worksheets to Cultivate Courage, Curiosity & Resilience In Your Child
46 Reviews
The Yes Brain Workbook: Exercises, Activities and Worksheets to Cultivate Courage, Curiosity & Resilience In Your Child
  • Siegel, Daniel J (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 156 Pages - 05/20/2020 (Publication Date) - PESI Publishing & Media (Publisher)

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