Everyone has different gifts and abilities. Recognizing and nurturing one’s gifts helps build confidence and a positive self-image. As kids get ready to head back to school, whether in person or online, they may be questioning their “smarts.”

These books, from Magination Press’s Build Your Library Collection, can help you support your child as they explore and develop their gifts and sense of self.

Being Me: A Kid’s Guide to Boosting Confidence and Self-Esteem by Wendy L. Moss, PhD explores confidence and provides tips and advice to build it. It also provides tools to explore strengths and feel more confident in school or with friends.

Fantastic You! by Danielle Dufayet celebrates individuality and encourages children to practice self-care, including positive self-talk and self-compassion. Hear Ms. Dufayet read Fantastic You! aloud here.

I Want Your Moo: A Story for Children About Self-Esteem by Marcella Bakur Weiner, EdD, PhD, and Jill Neimark explores how it feels to not like yourself and how empowering it can be to embrace your uniqueness in a fun, rhyming picture book.

Neon Words: 10 Brilliant Ways to Light Up Your Writing by Marge Pellegrino and Kay Sather provides writing prompts and activities to connect the word-organizing part of the brain to the free-ranging imagination. Playing with words can boost confidence and help you be more present in life. Print out sample pages from Neon Words here.

So Many Smarts by Michael Genhart, PhD explores and celebrates all kinds of smarts—nature smarts, people smarts, music smarts, spatial smarts, and more. Hear Dr. Genhart read So Many Smarts! aloud here.

Through October 31, 2020, get 25% off your purchase and free shipping when you order books directly from Magination Press through APA.org. Click here to books and use code FF25 at checkout.

Related Books from Magination Press

  • Being Me: A Kid’s Guide to Boosting Confidence and Self-Esteem

    Wendy L. Moss, PhD

    • Do you like being you?
    • Do you have confidence in yourself?
    • Do you believe that there are kids who can like you for who you are and want to hang out with you?

    If you answered NO to any of these questions, how about turning those NOs into know-how? Being Me is loaded with tips and advice for taking on everyday challenges and for building up your confidence and self-esteem. Come on! Take a peek inside and find lots of ways to explore your strengths and feel more confident in school, with your friends…with everything!

  • Fantastic You!

    Danielle Dufayet

    There’s one special person you get to spend your whole life with: YOU! Which means there’s no one you should take better care of!

    When you cheer yourself on and cheer yourself up, you make the world a happier place. Life is amazing when you share it with the people you love: family, friends, and always with YOU!

    Fantastic You shows readers how to develop and nurture a loving and positive relationship with themselves. Kids will learn that self-care includes positive self-talk and self-compassion for a happy, self-empowered life.

  • I Want Your Moo: A Story for Children About Self-Esteem

    Marcella Bakur Weiner, EdD, PhD, and Jill Neimark

    Gobble-gobble. Gobble-gobble.
    What a horrible noise!
    I can’t stand the sound of my voice!

    Toodles doesn’t like herself. Her legs are skinny, her feathers are brown, and her head has no hair. Most of all, she hates her Gobble-gobble. All that changes when Toodles saves the day with her super-confident, super-empowering, super-turkey Gobble-gobble!

    With lively rhymes and funny illustrations, this book will have kids laughing out loud while they learn to accept their own Gobble-gobbles.

    An extensive Note to Parents relays additional information and strategies for helping kids overcome a lack of confidence and self-esteem.

  • So Many Smarts!

    Michael Genhart, PhD

    Did you know that there’s more than one kind of smart? It’s true! And no two people show their smarts the same way. Your blend of smarts is one-of-a-kind.

    This book is all about different ways to be smart. Read on, and celebrate the unique smarts that make you…you!

    Includes a Note to Parents, Caregivers, and Educators.

  • Neon Words: 10 Brilliant Ways to Light Up Your Writing

    Marge Pellegrino and  Kay Sather


    Neon Words is a book that will illuminate the writer in you.

    By using the tools and activities here, you’ll connect the word-organizing part of your brain with your free-ranging imagination — and you’ll love what you’ve captured on the page! It’s an exciting, confidence-boosting, and deeply satisfying experience.

    Whether you want to be a writer, or just want to explore what it’s like to create with language, you’ll discover that playing with words can help you be more present in your life and, best of all, it’s lots of fun. Who knew writing could be so enlightening?

    Click here to download Chapters 1 and 6 of Neon Words.