8 Inspiring Self-Help Books Middle-Grade Kids Must Read

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Self-Help books are often perceived as books for adults to help them deal with a myriad of complexes or to facilitate growth. Well, contrary to what is perceived, books can not only inspire but help children grow as much as they can for adults.

Sure, the books and the depth of concepts that self-help books for children comprise would be completely different from that of adults. Also, we understand how difficult it is to find inspiring self-help books for children. Thus, to help reduce your worries, here is a list of inspiring self-help books for children. The books mentioned are suitable for children in the age group of 9 to 13 years.

Chicken Soup for the Preteen Soul: Stories of Changes, Choices and Growing Up for Kids Ages 9-13, by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, and Patty Hansen

Chicken Soup is one of the most popular series of books written specifically for preteens. The series covers a wide assortment of concerns that children at this age usually go through. The best part about it is that each and every story is entirely true. The book talks about almost everything from making friends to finding out about the opposite sex. Even though some stories leave you sad with descriptions of real struggle, most of them are inspiring that dwell upon the strength of the characters.

365 Days of Wonder: Mr. Browne’s Precepts, by R. J. Palacio

If your kid has been a fan of the bestseller, Wonder, they’ll love this companion book. The book is full of daily doses of motivation. One may say it’s a diary of principles to live by. Every month focuses on a particular theme, and is filled with a variety of quotes, thoughts, famous lines, and proverbs. As a result, you may start noticing your child to think about friendships, kindness, love and courage as they admire their favourite characters inclusive of Mr. Browne and Auggie. It’s a great book to instill values in children through short nuggets.

The 6 Most Important Decisions You’ll Ever Make: A Guide for Teens, by Sean Covey

This book is one of the most direct self-help books for children by Sean Covey. Not only does the book understand the troubles and heightened emotional concerns of teenage years, it also acknowledges them in the most authentic way. It covers topics such as bullying, achieving success in school, friendships, dating, family issues, and much more. There’s a high chance that most teenagers would relate to these examples and notice what they can do in order to deal with and resolve their challenges.

The Playbook: 52 Rules to Aim, Shoot, and Score in This Game Called Life, by Kwame Alexander

As an assortment of 52 rules, this book is one perfect inspirational self-help book for kids with a passion for sports. Author Alexander offers an array of inspirational advice on the notes of how to survive and thrive through the ocean of life.

Quiet Power: The Secret Strengths of Introverts, by Susan Cain, Gregory Mone, Erica Moroz, and Grant Snider

If you think your kid is an introvert, this book is one fine read for him. It stresses on how introverts are different from extroverts and why it is not only important for adults to know it but for kids as well. The book provides an insight to how introverted kids live in an extrovert world. It can even work as a guidebook for introverted kids.

Fighting Invisible Tigers: Stress Management for Teens, by Earl Hipp

Even before the pandemic, parents weren’t the only stressed members of the household. It is incorrect to assume that children do not have issues that concern them. Under present circumstances, children are often subjected to extreme stress due to house-arrests. This book helps children to discover tools that may decrease the impact of stress. It helps develop a coping mechanism to deal with the effect of stress on their daily life. It includes relaxation techniques, time management, and positive self-talk.

How Rude!: The Teen Guide to Good Manners, Proper Behavior, and Not Grossing People Out, by Alex J. Packer

It is extremely difficult to survive in the world without good manners. One needs to navigate through social situations with detailed knowledge and understanding of manners. This book is an etiquette encyclopedia on the subject. It not only explores how one should behave in the real world, but even on how to do so online as well.

The Manual to Middle School: The “Do This, Not That” Survival Guide for Guys, by Jonathan Catherman

Remember the old days? When did all things weird and revolutionary begin to happen with you? I’m sure most started to show up when you were in middle school. Middle school is where most people go through the phase of physical and mental growth. This book explores that period of transition for boys and stresses on how to keep up with the constantly changing circumstances.

At Marigold International School, we design our curriculums to accommodate the required educational transmission in the domain of self-help, growth and development alongside that of academic excellence.