10 Confidence Boosting Books for Kids

Let’s be honest, middle school is tough. With everything going on, it can be easy for kids to lose confidence and become overwhelmed. Here are 10 amazing books to inspire your kid with confidence during the school year!

1. Alan Cole is Not a Coward by Eric Bell
When Alan’s brother, Nathan, threatens to out him to the whole school unless he beats him in a high-stakes round of Cole vs. Cole, Alan must face his fears to complete seven nearly impossible tasks. Besides becoming the most well-known kid in school, Alan must stand up to his father, get his first kiss, and prove to Nathan, the world, and himself, that he’s no coward!

2. Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin
Diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, Rose Howard likes routine and structure. She also likes homonyms, which is why she gives her dog the name Rain, which has two of them (Reign, Rein). But when Rain goes missing just as a storm hits town, Rose must muster the courage to leave her safe places to search for her.

3. The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani
When Sophie and Agatha are kidnapped and taken to the School for Good and Evil, golden Sophie gets dropped at the School for Evil and wicked Agatha at the School for Good. Though both girls believe there’s been a mistake, once they embrace their true natures, they find their place at their schools and in their very own fairytale.

4. Things that Surprise You by Jennifer Maschari
Emily wants things to remain as they are, but everything is changing — her best friend Hazel is starting to wear makeup, crush on boys, and has a whole new group of friends. On top of that, she’s worried about her sister who just returned home from a treatment facility to deal with her anorexia. But as she tries to keep up and be a perfect new Emily, she might just lose who she is really.

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When cellphones get banned at school, students find another way to communicate by leaving post-it notes for one another. As words turn into weapons, three misfits and the new girl, Rose, must navigate the complicated social spheres of middle school and choose how to respond.

6. Wonder by R. J. Palacio
When Auggie Pullman starts school for the first time, he’s determined to fit in. Being the new kid is hard, but being the new kid with a facial deformity is even more difficult. When Auggie starts getting bullied, he must learn who his true friends are and find the confidence to stand up to those who don’t believe he belongs in school.

7. Let’s Pretend We Never Met by Melissa Walker
Mattie thinks her new neighbor and classmate is like no one she’s ever met. Agnes is curious, funny, smart, and makes up the best games, but when school starts up, Mattie learns that Agnes is the weird girl no one likes. Now she must choose between fitting in and being popular or her friendship with Agnes.

8. The Other Boy by M. G. Hennessey 
Shane Woods is a regular boy, who just happens to have been born a girl. When a classmate threatens to reveal his secret, his whole world comes crashing down and Shane must find the courage and confidence to ignore the hate and show everyone that he’s still the same boy he was before.

9. Invisible Emmie by Terri Libenson
Artistic Emmie is quiet, and shy. But when an embarrassing note falls into the wrong hands, Emmie’s world gets turned upside down. With the help of popular, outgoing Katie, Emmie learns to stand up for herself and let people see the real her.

10. The 11:11 Wish by Kim Tomsic — Coming Feb. 2018!
Megan Meyers is determined to reinvent herself at her new school. Goodbye math nerd, hello friend magnet! As her classroom’s cat clock chines 11:11, she wishes for “some magic” to help her. However, what starts out as a purr-fect solution soon becomes a major problem as the magic starts to have some cat-astrophic side effects.

What confidence-boosting books would you add to our list?

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