Bibliotherapy- Self-confidence

 Written by Kristin Tallackson, M.A., Licensed Professional Counselor (OH), LPC-Intern (TX)

Fostering healthy self-confidence is essential to build positive self-esteem. Positive self-confidence helps children try new things, take healthy risks, and solve problems. It gives them a solid foundation for learning and development. Bibliotherapy is a great way to introduce concepts to your child.


Bibliotherapy is a creative art therapeutic approach that uses literature to aid in the therapy process. Children’s books can be an excellent clinical tool to support children’s exploration and understanding of their world and life experiences. This is a great tool I often give to parents in order to continue the therapeutic work outside of the office. Many children identify with the characters in the book because they are overcoming the same obstacles. Over the next few weeks, I am going to provide a list of books that can help kids over come different obstacles from anger to ADHD. Today we are tackling self-confidence.



ABC I like Me by Nancy Carlson (Ages 4-6)

Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman (Ages 4-8)

Arthur’s Nose by Marc Brown (Ages 3-8)

The Blue Ribbon Day by Katie Couric (Ages 4-8)

Can You Keep Trying by Nita Everly (Ages 3-6)

Don’t Feed the Monster on Tuesdays! by Adolph Moser (Ages 4-9)

I Can Do It Myself (A Sesame Street Series) by Emily Perl Kingsley (Ages 2-4)

I’m in Charge of Me! by David Parker (Ages 3-5)

I am Responsible! by David Parker  (Ages 3-5)

The Little Engine that Could by Watty Piper (Ages 3-7)

Susan Laughs by Jeanne Willis (Ages 4-7)

Too Loud Lilly by Sophia Laguna (Ages 4-7)

Try and Stick With It by Cheri Meiners (Ages 4-8)

26 Big Things Little Hands Can Do by Coleen Paratore (Ages 1-6)

The Very Clumsy Click Beetle by Eric Carle (Ages 3-7)

Whistle for Willie by Erza Jack Keats (Ages 4-7)

You Can Do It, Sam by Amy Hest (Ages 2-6)



Just as you are by Michelle Skeen and Kelly Skeen

Stuff That Sucks by Ben Sedley



Confidence and Self-esteem Kit

The Self- Esteem workbook for teens by