Let’s talk books! I LOVE books and love to read and I had always hoped to pass that love onto my kids. We started reading to both girls right from 1 day old and I am so happy that they both have a great love of reading. Our children’s book collection is varied and BIG. We literally have books in every room; board books, picture books, short chapter books, rhyming books, new, old…. In the last year or so, I have been more intentional with my book purchasing. I have started a little collection of books to help my girls build their self-esteem and confidence in this big world and connect to themselves, their own self-worth and learn how to really love themselves.
Childhood can be tough. If we can build our children’s self-esteem and confidence so high, starting from a young age, then maybe when they are bombarded with the media telling them they need to be different or kids at school making fun of their clothing choice, they will be able to stand tall and feel secure in the choices they have made and the little quirks in their personality. If more kids learned to love themselves at a young age and felt happy with who they are, then maybe bullying would be less of an issue all together. As parents, we should make a pact to raise our children to feel happy, confident, secure, loved and loveable because our world is in desperate need of more love.
This is a short list of books that we really enjoy reading and I feel make a big impact in terms of teaching and modelling self-love and self-esteem:
(Click book titles to read more about each book and also to purchase if interested.)
I Think, I Am by Louise Hay This book is all about teaching kids the power of positive affirmations. The illustrations are colourful and whimsical and the text is simple yet the point gets across efficiently. This book teaches children to believe in their own power to be happy and how they can navigate their own thoughts to lead a happy life.
Have You Filled a Bucket Today? by Carol McCloud I love this book and it came into our lives at just the right time. We were dealing with a bit of aggressive behaviour of our oldest toward her younger sister, mostly out of frustration and maybe a little jealousy I believe. It focuses on kindness, respect and responsibility and shows children how good it feels to help others and provides many examples of how to do so. This book has made a big impact in our family and all we need to do is say a little reminder to our oldest to remember to fill her sister’s bucket instead of dipping into it. It’s great!
I Like Myself! by Karen Beaumont This book is definitely a favourite of ours. So fun and silly but with a very strong message to love yourself no matter what you look like. It sends home the point that it is on the inside what matters, and you should still like yourself even if you had purple polka dotted lips!
I Am Yoga by Susan Verde Love love love this book! It is beautifully illustrated, creating a story using child-friendly yoga poses. Showing kids the power yoga has to calm our minds and show us that anything is possible with imagination and powerful intentions. It is so fun to practice the yoga poses while we are reading it as well. This would make a beautiful gift to children of all ages!
Beautiful Girl by Christiane Northrup This book is obviously just for the girls but I had to include it because it is just so wonderful. The illustrations are stunning and so captivating, especially for my unicorn, fairy, mermaid, butterfly obsessed daughter. It focuses on the special gifts each girl has simply because they were lucky enough to be born a girl. It provides a positive message of how precious and beautiful her body is so she can start loving it right now. I love this book and am so glad it was written because it is so important to provide our girls with positive messages about their bodies in order to develop a positive body image and counter the negative messages we are regularly bombarded with from society.
I hope that you are able to purchase some of these books for your children and that you love them as much as we do. I hope these books will be the beginning of a much bigger conversation about self-esteem and self-love between you and your child. I plan to continue adding to our collection of these types of books so that these positive messages are a constant in my girl’s heads and hearts. I want their confidence and self-love to be so high that no one and nothing can bring it down.
Do you have any of these books? What books would you add to this list?
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