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?

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.

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.

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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
Resilience: A book to encourage resilience, persistence and to help children bounce back from challenges and adversity
152 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. 2
The Resilience Workbook for Kids: Fun CBT Activities to Help You Bounce Back from Stress and Grow from Challenges
15 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)
  • 184 Pages - 04/01/2022 (Publication Date) - Instant Help (Publisher)
SaleBestseller No. 3
The Hugging Tree: A Story About Resilience
494 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
The Resilience Recipe: A Parent's Guide to Raising Fearless Kids in the Age of Anxiety
23 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)
SaleBestseller No. 5
The Grit Workbook for Kids: CBT Skills to Help Kids Cultivate a Growth Mindset and Build Resilience
111 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. 6
My Strong Mind: A Story About Developing Mental Strength (Social Skills & Mental Health for Kids)
1,309 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)
Bestseller No. 7
Bounce Back Betty (Social Skills for Kids)
37 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)
SaleBestseller No. 8
I Got This!: A Dragon Book To Teach Kids That They Can Handle Everything. A Cute Children Story to Give Children Confidence in Handling Difficult Situations. (My Dragon Books)
322 Reviews
I Got This!: A Dragon Book To Teach Kids That They Can Handle Everything. A Cute Children Story to Give Children Confidence in Handling Difficult Situations. (My Dragon Books)
  • Herman, Steve (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 52 Pages - 04/20/2018 (Publication Date) - DG Books Publishing (Publisher)
Bestseller No. 9
Kid Confidence - A Parent’s Guide: How to Build Resilience and Develop Self-Esteem in Your Child
13 Reviews
Kid Confidence - A Parent’s Guide: How to Build Resilience and Develop Self-Esteem in Your Child
  • Garcia, Susan (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 138 Pages - 10/25/2019 (Publication Date) - Independently published (Publisher)
Bestseller No. 10
DPA...DAILY POSITIVE AFFIRMATIONS FOR KIDS: I Can Build Anything (DPA...Daily Positive Affirmations For Kids I CAN, I AM, I WILL Activity Books ~ Build Confidence, Organization, and Resilience)
  • Grsic RECE, Daniella (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 70 Pages - 01/10/2022 (Publication Date) - Independently published (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
138 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
The Positivity Workbook for Teens: Skills to Help You Increase Optimism, Resilience, and a Growth Mindset
30 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)
SaleBestseller No. 3
Building Resilience in Children and Teens: Giving Kids Roots and Wings
203 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. 4
The Parents’ Practical Guide to Resilience for Preteens and Teenagers on the Autism Spectrum
14 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
The Adopted Teen Workbook: Develop Confidence, Strength, and Resilience on the Path to Adulthood
37 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)
Bestseller No. 6
Resilience (Vengeance and Vampires Book 2)
45 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. 7
A Leader’s Guide to The Struggle to Be Strong: How to Foster Resilience in Teens (Updated Edition) (Free Spirit Professional™)
2 Reviews
A Leader’s Guide to The Struggle to Be Strong: How to Foster Resilience in Teens (Updated Edition) (Free Spirit Professional™)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 176 Pages - 08/26/2019 (Publication Date) - Free Spirit Publishing (Publisher)
Bestseller No. 8
Profiles in Resilience: Books for Children and Teens That Center the Lived Experience of Generational Poverty
  • Dorr, Christina (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 224 Pages - 10/27/2021 (Publication Date) - ALA Editions (Publisher)
SaleBestseller No. 9
The PTSD Survival Guide for Teens: Strategies to Overcome Trauma, Build Resilience, and Take Back Your Life (The Instant Help Solutions Series)
28 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)
SaleBestseller No. 10
A Parent's Guide to Building Resilience in Children and Teens: Giving Your Child Roots and Wings (American Academy of Pediatrics)
10 Reviews
A Parent's Guide to Building Resilience in Children and Teens: Giving Your Child Roots and Wings (American Academy of Pediatrics)
  • Used Book in Good Condition
  • Kenneth R. Ginsburg (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 300 Pages - 10/01/2006 (Publication Date) - American Academy Of Pediatrics (Publisher)

Resilience Parenting Books

Bestseller No. 1
Resilience Parenting: Raising Resilient Children in an Era of Detachment and Dependence
28 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. 2
Building Resilience in Children and Teens: Giving Kids Roots and Wings
203 Reviews
Building Resilience in Children and Teens: Giving Kids Roots and Wings
  • Amazon Kindle Edition
  • Ginsburg, Kenneth R (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 429 Pages - 05/26/2020 (Publication Date) - American Academy of Pediatrics (Publisher)
Bestseller No. 3
The Yes Brain Workbook: Exercises, Activities and Worksheets to Cultivate Courage, Curiosity & Resilience In Your Child
96 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)
SaleBestseller 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
494 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. 5
Inspirational Wall Art Decor - Positive Quote Home Decoration - Motivational Encouragement Gifts for Women -8x10 Poster for Girls or Teens Bedroom, Living Room, Bathroom, Office - Floral Butterflies
576 Reviews
Inspirational Wall Art Decor - Positive Quote Home Decoration - Motivational Encouragement Gifts for Women -8x10 Poster for Girls or Teens Bedroom, Living Room, Bathroom, Office - Floral Butterflies
  • UNFRAMED PICTURE - NOT Canvas or Tin Sign
  • UNIQUE WALL ART DECOR - Cool original home decorations for office, living room, bedroom, bathroom, family room, man cave, dorm, dining room, kitchen, classroom, apartment, bar, baby nursery
  • PERFECT PRESENT FOR EVERY OCCASION - Cute gift ideas for women, wife, girlfriend, her, girls, daughter, men, guys, boys, son, husband, boyfriend, him, kids, teens, best friend, cat lover, Christmas, Xmas, holiday, Halloween, housewarming, cheap inexpensive gag gifts, presents, bridal shower, wedding, birthday, anniversary
  • SO MANY STYLES! Boho, bohemian, abstract, aesthetic, mid century modern, minimalist, contemporary, black art, African American, goth, gothic, pagan, country, rustic, vintage, shabby chic, farmhouse, typography, positive quotes, inspirational, motivational, Zen, religious, Christian, funny sayings, nautical, tropical artwork, beach, arte decoracion, retro, encouragement, glam
  • SAVE ON MULTIPLE POSTERS, PRINTS, PHOTOS - See details at left
SaleBestseller No. 6
The Yes Brain: How to Cultivate Courage, Curiosity, and Resilience in Your Child
741 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. 7
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)
71 Reviews
Bestseller No. 8
Skillmatics Card Game : Guess in 10 Animal Planet | Gifts for 6 Year Olds and Up | Quick Game of Smart Questions | Super Fun for Outdoors, Travel & Family Game Night
19,211 Reviews
Skillmatics Card Game : Guess in 10 Animal Planet | Gifts for 6 Year Olds and Up | Quick Game of Smart Questions | Super Fun for Outdoors, Travel & Family Game Night
  • QUICK GAME OF SMART QUESTIONS - Divide yourselves up in teams, or play one on one, ask up to 10 questions to guess the animal on the Game Card! Is it a carnivore? Is it a domestic animal? Does it live in groups? Think hard, ask intelligent questions and the be the first player to win 7 Game Cards!
  • STRATEGIZE YOUR WAY TO VICTORY - Make use of exciting features such as Clue Cards and Bonus Questions to plan your way to winning 7 cards.
  • AWARD WINNING FUN FOR THE FAMILY - Winner Of The 2022 National Parenting Product Awards (NAPPA) and the 2022 Parents' Picks Awards. This is the most exciting game you’ll find for Family Game Night that can be thoroughly enjoyed by all ages 6 and up!
  • PERFECT GIFT - Makes the perfect gift for boys, girls, parents, adults, friends, families as well as any board game or card game lover.
  • PLAY IT ANY TIME ANY PLACE - Includes 50 Game Cards, 6 Clue Cards and a handy box to store it all. The box size is portable & travel friendly. Your child can become an instant champion by playing at game nights, gatherings, birthday parties, play dates, road trips, plane trips, outdoors, and more!
Bestseller No. 9
10 Rules for Resilience: Mental Toughness for Families
125 Reviews
10 Rules for Resilience: Mental Toughness for Families
  • Amazon Kindle Edition
  • De Sena, Joe (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 267 Pages - 10/19/2021 (Publication Date) - HarperOne (Publisher)
Bestseller No. 10
Kid Confidence, a Parent’s Guide: 7 Psychology Tips and Tricks You Must Know to Develop Unstoppable Confidence in Your Kids. Discover Activities to ... Resilience & Confidence in Your Children.)
59 Reviews

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