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Every so often people can have a crisis of confidence. Starting school, meeting new teachers and classmates and facing new challenges can be intimidating. These books explore shyness and confidence, providing your child with insights and strategies to cultivate their confidence.
Blossom Plays Possum: (Because She’s Shy) by Birdy Jones Blossom is a very shy opossum. She’s so shy that when someone asks her her name, invites her to play or calls on her in class, she says nothing and hopes no one will see her. Her shyness prevents her from doing things she’d like to do, until her band teacher suggests she look at things in a different way. Gradually, Blossom begins to take chances and builds her confidence.
Don’t Put Yourself Down in Circus Town: A Story About Self-Confidence by Frank J. Sileo, PhD Ringmaster Rick is worried. The performers in his circus are struggling with their acts and losing their confidence. He gathers them together and points out that they are bullying themselves with negative self-talk and thoughts. Together, they turn their thoughts around by practicing more, asking for help, thinking positive thoughts and bouncing back from mistakes.
You Are Your Strong by Danielle Dufayette, PhD Big feelings can be overwhelming. Worry, fear, sadness and anger can be challenging to manage on your own. This picture books shows children how to find their inner strength with help from family and friends.
Mind Over Basketball: Coach Yourself to Handle Stress by Jane Weierbach, PhD, and Elizabeth Phillips-Hershey, PhD Tuck is dealing with a lot. His folks got divorced, he moved to a new town and new school, and though he wants to try out for the basketball team, some kids in the neighborhood won’t let him use the court to practice. Enter Walton, who teaches Tuck mindfulness strategies to manage his anxieties and self-doubt.
Mind Over Basketball includes a coaching guide with mindfulness skills training exercises targeted at kids ages 8-14. The other titles include a Note to Parents and Caregivers to help you best help your child.
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Blossom Plays Possum: Because She’s Shy
Ask me my name?
Want me to play?
Call on me in class?
I say nothing and hope no one will see me. I call that playing possum. It’s my way of being shy.
Blossom wants to speak up in class, and she wants to spend time with friends at lunch and at recess. But whenever she tries, she freezes up and plays possum instead! Can Blossom get past her shyness and have fun?
Includes a Note to Parents and Other Caregivers by Julia Martin Burch, PhD, with more information on the cognitive-behavioral strategies Blossom uses to cope with shyness and ways to encourage your own shy child. (picture book, ages 4-8)
Don’t Put Yourself Down in Circus Town: A Story About Self-Confidence
Welcome to Circus Town, where it’s okay to bumble, stumble, and fumble. But no put downs! Give yourself a break! Everyone makes mistakes!
Join Ringmaster Rick, Larry the Lion Tamer, Polka Dot Patti, and world-famous trapeze artists Juan and Juanita as they practice more, ask for help, think helpful thoughts, and bounce back from mistakes and mishaps to feel more confident!
Includes a Note to Parents and Other Caregivers with more information and strategies for fostering self-confidence in children and helping them develop positive feelings and beliefs about themselves. (picture book, ages 4-8)
You Are Your Strong
Soothing and empowering, You Are Your Strong reassures kids that they can handle big emotions and highlights the benefit of developing inner strength and confidence in oneself.
With diverse characters and scenes featuring a range of different family relationships — from parents, to grandparents, to an older sister in the military — this book shows kids that they will have help along the way to being strong and in control.
Includes a Note to Parents and Caregivers by Julia Martin Burch, PhD, with advice for building skills to navigate and cope with big emotions.
Mind Over Basketball: Coach Yourself to Handle Stress
Tuck is stressed out. His parents are divorced, he misses his father, and he has moved to a new house and school. When he decides to try out for the basketball team, the neighborhood boys won’t let him use “their” court to practice.
With so many problems, Tuck is having a hard time feeling confident and dealing with his upsets. Then Walton shows up. Taking on the role of coach, Walton teaches Tuck not only how to play better basketball but also how to manage his anxiety and self-doubt. Soon Tuck is feeling in control of his life and focusing his energy on what he loves most…basketball!
Using a positive, interactive, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction approach, this book combines a high-interest chapter book and informative coaching guides with skills-training exercises for readers ages 8 to 14. (picture book, ages 8-14)