Top 10 Motivational Books for Children

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We often think of the New Year as being a time for adults to seek motivation. Perhaps to lose weight or be less of a negative person. However, kids too sometimes need a little motivational push to finish out the school year, take on bullies, or tackle any of the many issues facing them in today’s world.

Now more than ever childhood can be almost as stressful as life in the adult world. Kids these days have to deal with school shooter drills, increased suicide rates, and a variety of other things that our generation would never have dreamt of.

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We’ve put together a list of our top 10 favorite motivational books for children who are dealing with anxiety disorders, stress, or even just growing pains. We enjoy each of these titles and think that you will too! Each is good for reinforcing one of life’s lessons, or just a quick pick me up from a feel-good story.

A Dance Like Starlight, One Ballerina’s Dream

The first African-American prima ballerina made her dreams come true. And those dreams inspired ballerinas everywhere, showing them that the color of their skin couldn’t stop them from becoming a star.

A is for Activist

An ABC board book written and illustrated for the next generation of progressives: families who want their kids to grow up in a space that is unapologetic about activism, environmental justice, civil rights, LGBTQ rights, and everything else that activists believe in and fight for.

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Tales of Extraordinary Women

A children’s book packed with 100 bedtime stories about the life of 100 extraordinary women from the past and the present, illustrated by 60 female artists from all over the world. Each woman’s story is written in the style of a fairy tale. Each story has a full-page, full-color portrait that captures the spirit of the portrayed hero.

I Can Handle It ( Mindful Mantras Book 1 )

Kids learn well through repetition, and simple easy to ‘get’ language. In a tough situation, they will think ‘I can handle it’When they are dealing with tough emotions, they will think ‘I can handle it!’.

How to Get Unstuck from the Negative Muck

We can’t make negative thoughts go away completely. But we can learn healthy ways to cope with them. And most importantly, we can take away their power to determine our mood and behavior.

The Little Green Boat

The Wild Imagination of Willy Nilly series likes to take simple everyday activities but views them through the lens of a child’s imagination. Are these adventures really happening to Willy Nilly or are they just occurring in his mind? Perhaps for a child, reality and make-believe aren’t necessarily different things.


The Worry Glasses: Overcoming Anxiety

Do you find yourself worrying about almost everything? Do your worries seem extra large? MJ knows the feeling. She’s a big worry wart. Visit with MJ as she learns how to take off her “Worry Glasses” and take control of her anxiety

12 Annoying Monsters: Self Talk for Kids with Anxiety

By assigning a ‘monster’ (such as the ‘Bad Stuff Always Happens To Me Monster’) to negative thoughts, a child can put the message as an influence outside their head and thereby learn to ignore it.

Angry Octopus: A Relaxation Story

A story that teaches children how to use progressive muscle relaxation and breathing techniques to calm down, lower stress, and control anger. Children love to unwind and relax with this fun exercise known as “muscular relaxation. Children relate to the angry octopus in this story as the sea child shows him how to take a deep breath, calm down, and manage his anger.

Affirmation Weaver: A Believe in Yourself Story

This encouraging story will bring a smile to your face and give your child a tool that will last a lifetime.
Ideal for children with low self-esteem, confidence, kids who are bullied or excluded from activities.

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Our top 10 favorite motivational books for kids. Great as homeschool resources or to help teach kids how to deal with anxiety, depression, anger, and other mental health and self esteem topics.
Our top 10 favorite motivational books for kids. Great for homeschool resources or to teach kids how to handle anxiety, depression, anger, and other mental health and self esteem issues.


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