Books tagged: Self-esteem & Self-reliance
By Shanice Nicole
By (artist) Kezna Dalz
Dear Black girls all around the world, this one is for you -- for us.
Dear Black Girls is a letter to all Black girls. Every single day poet and educator Shanice Nicole is reminded of how special Black girls are and of how lucky she is to be one. Illustrations by Kezna Dalz support ... Read more
By Holly Dobbie
No one at school knew that fifteen-year-old Aggie and her mother were hoarders until the Idiot Boys. That made her even more a target of bullies than she was before.
At home, aka The Dump, her loneliness and despair are further punctuated by her mother’s alcoholism, neglect, ... Read more
Winner of the 2021 Governor General’s Literary Award for Young People’s Literature - Text
Firefly lived in the park across from her mother’s home. It was safer there. But after the bad night happens, and her baseball-bat-wielding mother is taken away, social services sends ... Read more
Text by Vivek Shraya
Illustrated by Juliana Neufeld
Foreword by Cherie Dimaline
A tenth-anniversary edition of Vivek Shraya's first book: a YA story collection that celebrates racial, gender, and religious diversity.
In 2010, Vivek Shraya self-published God Loves Hair, her first book; since then, Vivek has published six more titles, including a novel, poetry ... Read more
From writer and musician Rae Spoon: a rollicking yet introspective young adult adventure about screwing up, finding yourself, and forging a new life on your own.
At age nineteen in the year 2000, the queer narrator of Green Glass Ghosts steps off a bus on Granville Street in ... Read more
By Jill MacLean
Brick’s home life is a horror show. His dad has a temper like a pressure valve; you never know when he’s going to blow. His mom’s a self-absorbed flake who leaves the care of his little sister to Brick. A guy could go crazy with all that tension. It’s no wonder Brick ... Read more
By Sydney Sunderland
Illustrated by Sydney Sunderland
Sometimes it's not as simple as being a boy or a girl. I Am Everything In Between highlights kids who may not fit into stereotypical gender ideals, and celebrates how they do identify by sending positive messages about gender identity. This book teaches children that regardless ... Read more
By Hussain Al Mutawaa
Illustrated by Walid Taher
Translated by Sophia Vasalou
I Dream of Being a Concrete Mixer is an uplifting story about the power of friendship, about finding your place in the world, and about realizing your dreams while remaining true to who you are. Tumbledown is a little demolition truck growing up in a loving family. His parents ... Read more