SELF-CONFIDENCE & SELF-ESTEEM

[LOTS MORE TITLES TO COME]

Elephants Cannot Dance! (An Elephant and Piggie Book) (2009)

Emily’s Art (

by Peter Catalanotto

Recommended by Carrie Gelson on her blog There’s a Book about That

Giraffes Can’t Dance (2014)

by Giles Andreae

Gerald the tall giraffe would love to join in with the other animals at the Jungle Dance, but everyone knows that giraffes can’t dance …or can they? A funny, touching and triumphant story about a giraffe who finds his own tune and confidence too, with joyful illustrations from Guy Parker Rees…wonderfully funny. – Independent A fantastically funny and wonderfully colourful romp of a picture book. All toddlers should grow up reading this or hearing their parents read it aloud to them.

The Invisible Boy (2013)

by Trudy Ludwig

Amazon.com blurb:  Meet Brian, the invisible boy. Nobody ever seems to notice him or think to include him in their group, game, or birthday party . . . until, that is, a new kid comes to class.

When Justin, the new boy, arrives, Brian is the first to make him feel welcome. And when Brian and Justin team up to work on a class project together, Brian finds a way to shine.

From esteemed author and speaker Trudy Ludwig and acclaimed illustrator Patrice Barton, this gentle story shows how small acts of kindness can help children feel included and allow them to flourish. Any parent, teacher, or counselor looking for material that sensitively addresses the needs of quieter children will find The Invisible Boy a valuable and important resource.

Includes backmatter with discussion questions and resources for further reading.

Melissa Parkington’s Beautiful, Beautiful Hair (

by Pat Brisson (Author), Suzanne Bloom (Illustrator)

What Do You Do With an Idea? (2014)

Amazon.com blurb:  This is the story of one brilliant idea and the child who helps to bring it into the world. As the child’s confidence grows, so does the idea itself. And then, one day, something amazing happens.  This is a story for anyone, at any age, who’s ever had an idea that seemed a little too big, too odd, too difficult. It’s a story to inspire you to welcome that idea, to give it some space to grow, and to see what happens next. Because your idea isn’t going anywhere. In fact, it’s just getting started.

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