Raising a confident child starts from the moment you start reading to your baby. We can all work towards a world where every child feels confident, empowered and inspired to follow their dreams, whatever they may be and wherever they may take them.

Here are ten books recommended by Toppsta, the UK’s leading children’s book review site, to help boost children’s confidence.

Best picture books to boost your child’s confidence

Today I’m Strong

A Story About Finding Your Inner Strength by Nadiya Hussain & illustrated by Ella Bailey

An uplifting and empowering picture book about finding your inner strength when school life gets tough and building the courage to overcome bullying, from the winner of The Great British Bake Off and national treasure, Nadiya Hussain. It offers us a powerful reminder to always be kind.

Meesha Makes Friends

A Big Bright Feelings Book By Tom Percival

A warm and affectionate look at the joys and difficulties of making and keeping friends, relating to others, and finding your place in the world. Empowering and emotionally resonant, it is the perfect springboard for conversations about mental and emotional health, building self-confidence and managing feelings. Every child’s bookshelf should contain it.

The Dot

By Peter H. Reynolds

In this inspiring, award-winning story of self-expression and creativity, Vashti thinks she can’t draw. But her teacher is sure that she can. She knows that there’s creative spirit in everyone, and encourages Vashti to sign the angry dot she makes in frustration on a piece of paper. This act makes Vashti look at herself a little differently, and helps her discover that where there’s a dot there’s a way…

With wit, charm and free-spirited illustrations, Peter H. Reynolds encourages even the stubbornly uncreative among us to make a mark – and follow where it takes us.

Best books for ages 7+ to boost your child’s confidence

The Worries: Sohal Finds A Friend

By Jion Sheibani

Everyone feels worried sometimes. But what if your worries came to life and started following you around? This hilarious, highly illustrated new book is perfect for helping children gently work through their worries and concentrate on having fun.

The Truth Pixie

By Matt Haig & illustrated by Chris Mould

A very funny and lovable tale of how one special pixie learned to love herself. The Truth Pixie is an enchanting, rhyming story that will delight younger readers – with words by the bestselling mastermind Matt Haig and pictures by the inky genius Chris Mould.

Be Positive! Mindful Kids

An Activity Book For Children Who Want To Feel More Self-Confident by Dr. Sharie Coombes & Ellie O’Shea

Be Positive! is an interactive self-care activity book for children aged 7+. The encouraging and simple activities and exercises tackle feelings of low self-esteem, body acceptance and confidence. Children will enjoy using their creativity to combat negative feelings and work out how to cope with these emotions through writing, colouring, doodling and drawing.

The quirky illustrations will keep the reader entertained and focused as they work through the book, or simply dip into the pages for ten minutes of calm colouring. Written by Dr. Sharie Coombes, Child & Family Psychotherapist with an introduction and notes for grown-ups.

Best books for ages 9+ to boost your child’s confidence

How To Be Me

By Cath Howe

A beautiful, moving story of family, friendship and self-discovery. Super rich. Super shy. Super lonely. Lucas is all alone. Since his mum died, Lucas and his dad don’t seem to understand each other and Lucas is dreading the drama club that his dad has signed him up for – he doesn’t know how to be around new people and he can’t stand performing. But the people Lucas meets at the club force him to open up and start talking and, when disaster strikes, Lucas is forced to step in and help. Can his new-found friends teach Lucas how to be himself?

Filled with empathy and insight, and sensitively touching on issues including grief, anxiety, loneliness with great understanding and an incredible lightness of touch, How to be Me is a kind, heartwarming, and uplifting story.

You Are Awesome

Find Your Confidence And Dare To Be Brilliant At (Almost) Anything by Matthew Syed & Toby Triumph

You Are Awesome can help inspire and empower young readers to find the confidence to realise their potential. The first children’s book from Times journalist, two-time Olympian and best-selling mindset author Matthew Syed, it uses examples of successful people from Mozart to Serena Williams to demonstrate that success really is earned rather than given, and that talent can be acquired. With hard work and determination, practice and self-belief, and, most importantly, a Growth Mindset, there’s no reason why anyone can’t achieve anything.

Practical, insightful and positive, this is the book to help children build resilience, embrace their mistakes and grow into successful, happy adults.

Worst. Holiday. Ever

By Charlie Higson

Stan is going on holiday to Italy with his (fifth) best friend Felix and a load of strangers. Stan is absolutely terrified. And it soon turns out Italy is full of dangers and things that can go wrong. One thing’s for certain, Stan’s not going to come back the same boy he left. He just hope he comes back at all . . .

Worst. Holiday. Ever is a story about facing fears, dealing with worries, and how it’s OK to be anxious, scared, and sometimes a little bit brave.

Anything Is Possible

Inspirational Lessons From The England Manager By Gareth Southgate

In this hugely positive and helpful book for readers aged 12 and up, Gareth gives YOU the tools to be confident, resilient and to overcome your own challenges for your exciting journey ahead, wherever it takes you.

Article by Georgina Atwell, Toppsta. To read book reviews and recommendations for the latest children’s books, visit Toppsta.com.

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