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
408 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. 2
The Grit Workbook for Kids: CBT Skills to Help Kids Cultivate a Growth Mindset and Build Resilience
47 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. 3
The Most Magnificent Thing
2,724 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
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)
1,073 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)
Bestseller No. 5
Resilience: A book to encourage resilience, persistence and to help children bounce back from challenges and adversity
96 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. 6
Kid Confidence: Help Your Child Make Friends, Build Resilience, and Develop Real Self-Esteem
94 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. 7
The Book Thief
7,709 Reviews
The Book Thief
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Emily Watson, Brian Percival, Fox (Actors)
  • 20th_century_fox (Director)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)
Bestseller No. 8
25' Reading Nook Organizer with Cushion , 6-Cubby Kids Bookcase Reading Nook, Wooden Storage Shelf Bookcase for Children Bedroom, White
11 Reviews
25" Reading Nook Organizer with Cushion , 6-Cubby Kids Bookcase Reading Nook, Wooden Storage Shelf Bookcase for Children Bedroom, White
  • Sturdy Construction with Premium Material: This storage shelf is made of high quality particle board, which is stable and durable enough to load up to 110 lbs, providing a long service life.
  • Reading Nook with Detachable Cushion: It has a special reading nook with soft cushion, which is made of high resilience sponge and covered with linen fabric, offering a comfortable seating experience, perfect for kid to read.
  • 6-cubby Kid Bookcase with Space-saving Design: Featuring six open-front storage cubbies, your child can place their favorite stories books, magazines, keepsakes, toys, and more. It can also fit easily against the wall in any room to save some space.
  • STYLISH DESIGN: A smooth finish and areas to place a lamp or pictures make this childrens bookshelf the perfect decorative piece for your kid's bedroom
  • OVERALL DIMENSIONS: 40.3"(L) x 11.8"(W) x 25"(H)
Bestseller No. 9
Listening to My Body: A guide to helping kids understand the connection between their sensations (what the heck are those?) and feelings so that they can get better at figuring out what they need.
2,709 Reviews
Listening to My Body: A guide to helping kids understand the connection between their sensations (what the heck are those?) and feelings so that they can get better at figuring out what they need.
  • Amazon Kindle Edition
  • Garcia, Gabi (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 34 Pages - 09/26/2017 (Publication Date) - Skinned Knee Publishing (Publisher)
Bestseller No. 10
Resilience
8 Reviews
Resilience
  • Audio CD – Audiobook
  • Wichita (Publisher)

Resilience Books for Teens

SaleBestseller No. 1
Building Resilience in Children and Teens: Giving Kids Roots and Wings
139 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
90 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)
Bestseller No. 3
The Unloved
182 Reviews
The Unloved
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Molly Windsor, Robert Carlyle, Susan Lynch (Actors)
  • Samantha Morton (Director) - Tony Grisoni (Writer) - Kate Ogborn (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)
SaleBestseller No. 4
Superpowered: Transform Anxiety into Courage, Confidence, and Resilience
699 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. 5
You Can Change the World!: Everyday Teen Heroes Making a Difference Everywhere
11 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)
Bestseller No. 6
Spiritual Resilience: Leading Our Youth to Go and Do
7 Reviews
Spiritual Resilience: Leading Our Youth to Go and Do
  • Amazon Kindle Edition
  • Goettl, Sharla (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 131 Pages - 04/13/2021 (Publication Date) - CastorAmera Publishing (Publisher)
SaleBestseller No. 7
Trauma Treatment Toolbox for Teens: 144 Trauma:Informed Worksheets and Exercises to Promote Resilience, Growth & Healing
157 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)
Bestseller No. 8
Kamikaze Girls
167 Reviews
Kamikaze Girls
  • Meet Momoko, a self-absorbed dreamer who fantasizes about fleeing her backcountry home and living life in 18th century Versailles. When she unexpectedly meets the rebellious Ichigo, a rough-and-tumble biker chick, the two misfits form a unique friendship--together, nothing can stop them! Born from the pages of favorite cult author Novala Takemoto, Kamikaze Girls is a frenetic roller-coaster ride b
  • Various (Actor)
  • Various (Director)
  • English (Subtitle)
  • Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)
SaleBestseller No. 9
Empowered Black Girl: Joyful Affirmations and Words of Resilience (Teen and YA Maturing, Self-Esteem, Cultural Heritage, For Fans of Badass Black Girl)
22 Reviews
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)
Bestseller No. 10
Gifted Hands
1,319 Reviews
Gifted Hands
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Cuba Gooding Jr., Kimberly Elise, Aunjanue Ellis (Actors)
  • Thomas Carter (Director) - David A. Rosemont (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

Resilience Parenting Books

SaleBestseller No. 1
Building Resilience in Children and Teens: Giving Kids Roots and Wings
139 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
Raising a Secure Child: How Circle of Security Parenting Can Help You Nurture Your Child's Attachment, Emotional Resilience, and Freedom to Explore
377 Reviews
Raising a Secure Child: How Circle of Security Parenting Can Help You Nurture Your Child's Attachment, Emotional Resilience, and Freedom to Explore
  • Amazon Kindle Edition
  • Hoffman, Kent (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 280 Pages - 01/04/2017 (Publication Date) - The Guilford Press (Publisher)
SaleBestseller No. 3
The Yes Brain: How to Cultivate Courage, Curiosity, and Resilience in Your Child
545 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. 4
Kid Confidence: Help Your Child Make Friends, Build Resilience, and Develop Real Self-Esteem
94 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. 5
The Optimistic Child: A Proven Program to Safeguard Children Against Depression and Build Lifelong Resilience
290 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. 6
How Parents Can Teach Children To Counter Negative Thoughts: Channelling Your Child's Negativity, Self-Doubt and Anxiety Into Resilience, Willpower ... Parenting Books For Becoming Good Parents)
29 Reviews
Bestseller No. 7
The Adopted Teen Workbook: Develop Confidence, Strength, and Resilience on the Path to Adulthood
28 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
Trauma-Proofing Your Kids: A Parents' Guide for Instilling Confidence, Joy and Resilience
204 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)
Bestseller No. 9
Spiritual Resilience: Leading Our Youth to Go and Do
7 Reviews
Spiritual Resilience: Leading Our Youth to Go and Do
  • Amazon Kindle Edition
  • Goettl, Sharla (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 131 Pages - 04/13/2021 (Publication Date) - CastorAmera Publishing (Publisher)
SaleBestseller No. 10
Parenthood (Special Edition)
1,817 Reviews
Parenthood (Special Edition)
  • Steve Martin, Rick Moranis, Keanu Reeves (Actors)
  • Ron Howard (Director) - Lowell Ganz (Writer) - Brian Grazer (Producer)
  • English, Spanish, French (Subtitles)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • Audience Rating: PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)

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