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

SaleBestseller No. 1
The Grit Workbook for Kids: CBT Skills to Help Kids Cultivate a Growth Mindset and Build Resilience
85 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)
SaleBestseller No. 2
The Boy with Big, Big Feelings (The Big, Big)
1,857 Reviews
The Boy with Big, Big Feelings (The Big, Big)
  • Hardcover Book
  • Britney Winn Lee (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 32 Pages - 08/20/2019 (Publication Date) - Beaming Books (Publisher)
SaleBestseller No. 3
Kid Confidence: Help Your Child Make Friends, Build Resilience, and Develop Real Self-Esteem
123 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)
SaleBestseller No. 4
The Most Magnificent Thing
3,022 Reviews
The Most Magnificent Thing
  • Kids Can Press
  • Hardcover Book
  • Spires, Ashley (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 32 Pages - 08/01/2013 (Publication Date) - Kids Can Press (Publisher)
SaleBestseller No. 5
The Hugging Tree: A Story About Resilience
455 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)
Bestseller No. 6
Bounce Back Betty (Social Skills for Kids)
32 Reviews
Bounce Back Betty (Social Skills for Kids)
  • Whiteside, Cindy (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 39 Pages - 07/24/2019 (Publication Date) - Three Frogs Press (Publisher)
Bestseller No. 7
Resilience: A book to encourage resilience, persistence and to help children bounce back from challenges and adversity
126 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. 8
Still I Fly: Designed to help children build confidence, resilience, grit, positive thinking, and perseverance.
82 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. 9
My Strong Mind: A Story About Developing Mental Strength (Social Skills & Mental Health for Kids)
1,205 Reviews
My Strong Mind: A Story About Developing Mental Strength (Social Skills & Mental Health for Kids)
  • van Hove, Niels (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 32 Pages - 10/20/2017 (Publication Date) - Truebridges Media (Publisher)
SaleBestseller No. 10
Superpowered: Transform Anxiety into Courage, Confidence, and Resilience
830 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)

Resilience Books for Teens

SaleBestseller No. 1
The Resilience Workbook for Teens: Activities to Help You Gain Confidence, Manage Stress, and Cultivate a Growth Mindset
114 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
168 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. 3
The PTSD Survival Guide for Teens: Strategies to Overcome Trauma, Build Resilience, and Take Back Your Life (The Instant Help Solutions Series)
23 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. 4
The Parents’ Practical Guide to Resilience for Preteens and Teenagers on the Autism Spectrum
10 Reviews
The Parents’ Practical Guide to Resilience for Preteens and Teenagers on the Autism Spectrum
  • Jeannette Purkis (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 200 Pages - 05/21/2018 (Publication Date) - Jessica Kingsley Publishers (Publisher)
Bestseller No. 5
Resilience (Vengeance and Vampires Book 2)
41 Reviews
Resilience (Vengeance and Vampires Book 2)
  • Amazon Kindle Edition
  • Rades, Alicia (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 212 Pages - 11/27/2018 (Publication Date) - Crystallite Publishing (Publisher)
Bestseller No. 6
52 Essential Coping Skills: for Stress Management, Anxiety Relief - Exercises to Build Emotional Resilience, Confidence, Positivity and Well-Being - Created by Harvard Educator for Therapy & Self Care
277 Reviews
52 Essential Coping Skills: for Stress Management, Anxiety Relief - Exercises to Build Emotional Resilience, Confidence, Positivity and Well-Being - Created by Harvard Educator for Therapy & Self Care
  • DEVELOPED BY HARVARD RESEARCHER TO REDUCE STRESS. Build emotional resilience and life well-being. Powerful strategies to help you become happier, calmer, wiser, and stronger in life.
  • EVIDENCE-BASED SELF CARE THERAPY & MENTAL HEALTH TOOL: 50+ research-backed exercises to address negative emotions such as anger, disappointment, jealousy, shame, and low self-esteem. Help to identify personal triggers and learn how to respond.
  • OVERCOME ANXIETIES. Adaptive coping strategies for dealing with daily and major challenges in life. Clear, relatable, and actionable exercises organized by emotion-focused, appraisal-focused, and problem-focused strategies.
  • INCLUDES ONLINE COPING ASSESSMENT AND EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE QUIZ! Take the online assessments to understand where you are and how you can get better.
  • FOR TEENS, COLLEGE STUDENTS, ADULTS. Build the essential skills and habits that last a lifetime! This is the Level 3 Deck in the series of AWARD-WINNING 52 Essential Cards Collection.
Bestseller No. 7
Superhero Strengths: Building Resilience, Coping Skills, and Emotion Awareness Card Game
325 Reviews
Superhero Strengths: Building Resilience, Coping Skills, and Emotion Awareness Card Game
  • FUN THERAPEUTIC GAME - Kids and teens play the role of superhero collectors while learning to identify their strengths, deal with feelings, build coping skills, and improve resilience
  • 78 QUESTION CARDS make Superhero Strengths a great value and a fun therapeutic tool. Great for play therapists, school counselors, teachers, youth leaders, and parents
  • KIDS LOVE THE SUPERHERO THEME - Great for individual sessions or groups of 2-4 players. For kids and teens ages 6-14
  • TEACHES SKILL SETS - strengths, coping, feelings, breaking the ice, resilience, and relationships
  • BONUS CONTENT - includes a link to free downloadable worksheets to use in conjunction with Superhero Strengths
SaleBestseller No. 8
Mindfulness Therapy Games: Social Skills Game That Teaches Mindfulness for Kids, Teens and Adults Effective for Self Care, Communication Skills 40 Cards for Play Therapy
1,380 Reviews
Mindfulness Therapy Games: Social Skills Game That Teaches Mindfulness for Kids, Teens and Adults Effective for Self Care, Communication Skills 40 Cards for Play Therapy
  • 💌 DESIGNED BY TEACHERS | Hello! We’re InnerIcons. Nice to meet you! We’re a socially conscious and eco-friendly company based in the USA that teaches mindfulness-education. We believe in value and quality, your purchase donates to charity! We stand behind this educational game. If you’re not happy with your purchase for any reason, simply email us at InnerIcons and we will be glad to help.
  • 🎲 ENGAGING, FUN TO PLAY CARD GAME | Unlike other therapy tools, our mindful game engages the inquisitive minds of kids & adults during group counseling sessions. This game not simply a deck of affirmation cards, it is a variety of fun activities developed to help you feel grounded, find calm, improve focus and relax. The fun never stops when learning that mindfulness matters!
  • 🏆 TOP-RATED GROUP THERAPY GAME | With a focus on visualization and the building of social skills, these inspirational cards are recommended for group play therapy. Teach adults and kids how to live in the moment with mindfulness.
  • 🎁 BONUS BOOKLET WITH ACTIVITIES | Our card game for teens and children comes with a 12 page booklet featuring directions + extension activities that promote inner calm, peace and self care for a healthy mind.
  • ❤️ LARGE, STURDY CARDS | You will love the premium quality of this game, designed to be Bigger and Sturdier than other games. Its' clean design is created for counseling and therapy, but it is perfect home and family fun! It's the recovery & therapy game therapists trust!
Bestseller No. 9
Coogam Wooden Blocks Puzzle Brain Teasers Toy Tangram Jigsaw Intelligence Colorful 3D Russian Blocks Game STEM Montessori Educational Gift for Kids (40 Pcs)
8,520 Reviews
Coogam Wooden Blocks Puzzle Brain Teasers Toy Tangram Jigsaw Intelligence Colorful 3D Russian Blocks Game STEM Montessori Educational Gift for Kids (40 Pcs)
  • Wooden Blocks Puzzle are made of natural and healthy basswood with high quality and smooth surface. Non-toxic paint ensure safe play. It contained 40 pcs with a reasonable sized board ( Length: 10.6" Width: 7 " Height: 0.39")
  • Wooden Toys Tangram Brain Teaser Puzzle Game have several examples for shapes and things to make with it, each time you mixed up the pieces the puzzle would come out differently. such as pistol, human, robot, tree, umbrella, flower, pyramid, airplane and etc.
  • The simple design and bright colors are perfect for sparking any imagination, and it feels great to challenge kids with this tangram jigsaw puzzle but also to just take on an easy challenge that you can complete differently every time. Perfect for times when you or your child just need to calm down or relax.
  • Geometric Assembling Russian Blocks use common geometric patterns and colors to keep children busy for different options to play. Solving it themselves helps to keep kids’ brain focused and adds creativity to eye-hand coordination and color & shape recognition. It's better than on screen!
  • Awesome wooden Intelligence puzzle for kids, and great fidget toy for adults. This traditional teaching mathematics puzzle always being attracted in both young kids and elderly people. Perfect ultimate gift idea as Christmas Gift / Birthday Gift/ Festival Gift.
Bestseller No. 10
School of Mindful- Mindfulness Game for Kids: Mindful Talk Cards for Children and Parents- for Authentic and Meaningful Conversations
3 Reviews
School of Mindful- Mindfulness Game for Kids: Mindful Talk Cards for Children and Parents- for Authentic and Meaningful Conversations
  • 🎴 50 QUESTION CARDS- Various gameplays. Spend quality time with children exploring intriguing, self-reflecting, and thought-provoking questions in a game, group, or one-on-one format.
  • MEANINGFUL GAMEPLAY- Play is versatile and easy to learn but strives to inspire open and meaningful conversations with and amongst children. The cards are divided into four categories- Mindfulness, Emotion, Inquiry, and Expression, each carrying a different theme providing an opportunity to connect with players and allow for self-reflection and analysis.
  • Each game comes with scannable resources, additional instructions, answers and follow-up questions, and other activities. Ages 8+ 2-6 Players 30-60min playtime

Resilience Parenting Books

Bestseller No. 1
Resilience Parenting: Raising Resilient Children in an Era of Detachment and Dependence
26 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)
Bestseller No. 2
Nurturing Resilience in Our Children : Answers to the Most Important Parenting Questions
6 Reviews
Nurturing Resilience in Our Children : Answers to the Most Important Parenting Questions
  • Used Book in Good Condition
  • Brooks, Robert (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 320 Pages - 08/28/2002 (Publication Date) - McGraw-Hill Education (Publisher)
SaleBestseller No. 3
Parenting and Children's Resilience in Military Families (Risk and Resilience in Military and Veteran Families)
1 Reviews
Parenting and Children's Resilience in Military Families (Risk and Resilience in Military and Veteran Families)
  • Hardcover Book
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 327 Pages - 06/22/2016 (Publication Date) - Springer (Publisher)
SaleBestseller No. 4
Archie McPhee 11761 Accoutrements Yodelling Pickle Multi-colored, 8'
5,984 Reviews
Archie McPhee 11761 Accoutrements Yodelling Pickle Multi-colored, 8"
  • Hours of mindless entertainment
  • Batteries included
  • Great gift for the person who has everything except a yodeling pickle
Bestseller No. 5
Oh William!: A Novel
  • Amazon Kindle Edition
  • Strout, Elizabeth (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 240 Pages - 10/19/2021 (Publication Date) - Random House (Publisher)
Bestseller No. 6
The Victorious Widow: Stories Of Loss, Overcoming and Resilience
1 Reviews
The Victorious Widow: Stories Of Loss, Overcoming and Resilience
  • Amazon Kindle Edition
  • Donelson, Evelyn (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 93 Pages - 10/10/2021 (Publication Date)
SaleBestseller No. 7
10 Rules for Resilience: Mental Toughness for Families
  • Hardcover Book
  • De Sena, Joe (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 272 Pages - 10/19/2021 (Publication Date) - HarperOne (Publisher)
SaleBestseller No. 8
Building Resilience in Children and Teens: Giving Kids Roots and Wings
168 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. 9
Kid Confidence: Help Your Child Make Friends, Build Resilience, and Develop Real Self-Esteem
123 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. 10
Raising a Secure Child: How Circle of Security Parenting Can Help You Nurture Your Child's Attachment, Emotional Resilience, and Freedom to Explore
436 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)

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