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Best Children’s Books for Enhancing Language and Self-Esteem

May 28, 2019, Author: Tamra Cater

This post contains affiliate links, so if you click on them and make a purchase, I may make a small commission at no cost to you. These are all books I would highly recommend or have used myself. 

As mentioned in a previous post, it’s important to start reading to your child as soon as you can. Children often learn the most during those first 3 years of life, so it’s smart to get an early start when it comes to developing your child’s language. But, what are the best books for enhancing language in young children? Here are some of the best children’s books that I found for language development and self-esteem.

Best Children's Books

Best Children’s Books for Young Children

1. Goodnight Moon
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This is a best seller on Amazon and has amazing reviews! This is one book we have used a lot in our house. The story concerns a rabbit that is preparing for bed and says good night to everything in sight! This book combines wonderful illustrations and highly visible words to help grow your child’s vocabulary. In addition, one activity may involve asking your child to point to certain objects in the pictures, which again, can help grow your child’s attention skills, as well as vocabulary!

2.Pete the Cat

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This is an absolute favorite in our house, as my daughter loves all of her Pete the Cat books! These books all have great reviews on Amazon, and most of them include a message about staying resilient (which can help with self-esteem). This particular book about Pete the Cat concerns his white shoes and how he walks down the street through strawberries and blueberries, thus, creating a mess of his shoes! However, Pete the Cat keeps going and grooving to his song, because it’s all good! This is such a fun book!

3.Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
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Yet, another favorite in our house! This book has beautifully colored collages along with rhyme and repetition that should definitely appeal to young children! This book is definitely helpful for learning the names of animals and colors.

4.Giraffes Can’t Dance

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This is a best seller on Amazon, and it also has excellent reviews! This story is about Gerald the giraffe who really wants to dance. At first, he doesn’t do so well at it, but he eventually can when he gets some encouraging words from a friend. This story is great inspiration for children, as well as potentially a self-esteem builder!

5.If Animals Kissed Goodnight

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This is a best seller on Amazon and has great reviews! In this story, a young girl wonders how animals might say goodnight to each other. As stated in the description on Amazon, a line from the story is, “Would Wolf and his pup ‘kiss and then howl’? This book can get children thinking, as well as expand their language skills.

6.The Wonderful Things You Will Be

This is another best-seller on Amazon! This books expresses all the wonderful things that mothers think of when considering their children. Thus, this book may help children feel loved and valued. In addition, children are encouraged to be bold and creative. This is definitely a must have for parents to read to their children!

7.Blue Hat, Green Hat

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This is another favorite in our house! There are three animals and a turkey that are learning colors and clothes, although the turkey doesn’t always get it quite right (as in putting his jacket on backwards). This is a great book for learning colors and about clothes, and it’s a fun read. My daughter always giggles when I read it!

8.The Little Engine that Could

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Ok, so I had to add this one if we are talking about self-esteem! The train is carrying lots of toys and gets to a mountain that seems impossible to pass. The toys are not at all helpful to the train, saying, “I can not.” So, it’s up to the train to get over the mountain. Thus, in comes the saying, “I think I can, I think I can.” This should help positive thinking and resilience in the minds of young children!

9.Ricky, the Rock that Couldn’t Roll

In this story, there is a group of rocks that get together to play and roll on their favorite hill. However, there is one rock that can’t roll, because it is flat on one side. The other rocks are determined not to leave their friend behind, so they come to help the rock. Thus, this books teaches the power of friendship, as well as the importance of perseverance in the face of obstacles (When children learn this, it helps build resilience and self-esteem, as they build on their accomplishments).

10. I Like Myself!

This book has great reviews on Amazon! Generally, it encourages children to appreciate everything about themselves. It also gives off a sense of high energy and imagination! Definitely a must have book to help develop self-esteem in young children!

Final Thoughts on Best Children’s Books

Reading a book to a child is a cherished activity, but it can also have wide reaching benefits. These include enhancing language and even self-esteem. I know it can be overwhelming to try to wade through all of the books to find the best ones. So, I thought this could help you narrow down the possibilities if you are looking for the best ones in terms of language and self-esteem enhancement. Hope this helps!!

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comments (26)

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    These are great recommendations! My oldest likes “Goodnight Moon” and “Brown Bear.”

    Cori

    May 29, 2019 Reply
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      Thank you! Yes, we love those too!

      Tamra Cater

      May 29, 2019 Reply
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    I used to read the Dr Seuss stories when I was younger and I really enjoyed them. I still love reading as an adult!

    Ellen

    May 29, 2019 Reply
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      I loved the Dr. Seuss stories as well! I also still love reading!

      Tamra Cater

      May 29, 2019 Reply
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    Will definitely be getting some of these books for my preschool classroom. Love that Goodnight Moon is #1 it’s my sons favorite. . . We read it daily in English & Spanish.

    Brenda

    May 29, 2019 Reply
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      That’s awesome that you teach preschool! We actually got interested in Pete the Cat, because they read it to the kids at my daughter’s preschool.

      Tamra Cater

      May 29, 2019 Reply
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    i absolutely love "the wonderful things you will be" and "if animals kissed goodnight". personally a huge fan of picture books and when i read these two in particular they gave me warm fuzzies. great simple messages and i think they are easy to read for early readers.

    Rhey

    May 29, 2019 Reply
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    What a great list! I, ahem I meant my boys, love Goodnight Moon and Brown Bear. :)

    Lina

    May 29, 2019 Reply
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    These are great! I haven’t read the one about animals kissing goodnight, so I’ll have to check it out.

    Lisa

    May 29, 2019 Reply
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      Thank you!

      Tamra Cater

      May 29, 2019 Reply
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    Great post! I loved Good Night Moon and The Little Engine that Could as a child. I will be looking forward to exploring the rest for my nieces.

    KayJ

    May 30, 2019 Reply
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      Thank you! Sounds great!

      Tamra Cater

      May 30, 2019 Reply
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    This is a great list of children's books. My personal favorite is "Giraffes Can't Dance" but my toddler loves "The Little Engine That Could". I have lost track how many times she has made me read that book to her - not that I'm complaining. Reading with your children is the absolute best!

    Mehgan

    June 20, 2019 Reply
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      It is the absolute best!

      Tamra Cater

      June 20, 2019 Reply
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    I’m excited get some of these books we love to use books especially since we don’t allow screen time thanks

    Brittany

    June 20, 2019 Reply
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      You’re welcome!

      Tamra Cater

      June 20, 2019 Reply
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    I was looking for books like this to read this summer. I love idea that a book could help boost my child's self -esteem. I will me adding these to our reading list.

    megan beaver

    June 20, 2019 Reply
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    What a fun list! My toddler loves to read and we don’t have most of these in our collection yet! We will be checking them out!

    Jordan | Mindful Mama Health

    June 20, 2019 Reply
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      Thanks! That’s great!

      Tamra Cater

      June 20, 2019 Reply
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    Great list! I think we own all of these! Wonderful books!

    Cindy

    June 20, 2019 Reply
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    I have some of these books on my little library for my prek and kindergarten kids! Will definitely check out Ricky the Rock and Giraffes can't Dance! Thank you for sharing these <3

    Mallie Miller

    June 20, 2019 Reply
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      That’s awesome! You’re welcome!

      Tamra Cater

      June 20, 2019 Reply
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    We love Good Night Moon. My son loves Pete the Cat he had all the books that series is also great for promoting coping skills as well. Some of these we haven’t read yet and I have added to our summer reading list

    Amber

    June 20, 2019 Reply
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    These are such great children’s book recommendations! I always loved Brown Bear Brown Bear I’m even reciting some of the book in my head right now, lol!

    Shannah

    June 21, 2019 Reply
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      Thank you. Lol, now I am too!

      Tamra Cater

      June 22, 2019 Reply
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    Thank you for the recommendations! I started reading to Jazzy when she was a newborn and now she loves to sit on the floor and look at books, she even points to the pages and babbles like she is actually reading them. I will have to check these out for her!

    Jazzy's Mama

    August 31, 2019 Reply