It's never too early to instill a sense of confidence. We do this in so many ways, whether it's through positive affirmations or empowering words, but recently we've come across a handful of books that do a pretty awesome job of encouraging little ones to believe in themselves and be the best person they can. Here are five books we're loving right now, all of which show little ones that they're capable of doing anything and everything they put their mind to.
1) What you can do, I can do too: Written by mom Helen Vallaeys, What You Can Do, I Can Do Too proves that girls can truly do anything. Featuring a series of typically male-dominated professions, Helen uses catchy rhymes and fun narratives to show readers that girls can rock any career path, whether it's being a doctor, construction worker, firefighter, pilot or even president of the United States. This book has quickly become a staple in our household, as we see our daughter's eyes light up every time we talk about Lexi the construction supervisor or Jenna the judge. Plus, it's so neat to know that another working mom created this book as her passion project.
2) Lily Wool: Lily Wool, written by Paula Vasquez, follows the uprising of a little lamb named Lily Wool who has a great big imagination. Not to completely spoil the story, but Lily follows her dreams beyond the typical lamb life into a world of creativity an entrepreneurship, despite her peers who try to bring her down. We love this book for so many reasons, but our favorite is that it teaches all kiddos to believe in their dreams, trust their gut and to not be swayed by the opinions of others.
3) What Can A Citizen Do?: I randomly stumbled upon this book and am SO happy I did! Filled with humor, imagination and inclusivity, this beautifully designed book shows the importance of community by outlining all the ways we work together to turn our world from a place we know to a place we all believe in.
4) Ada Twist Scientist: Celebrating the magic of curiosity, Ada Twist Scientist follows the story of a gal whose little head is full of big questions. When her fact-finding missions and elaborate science experiments go too far, Ada's parents banish her to Thinking Chair to reflect. Instead of breaking her down, Ada embraces the situation and shows her resiliency by pursuing her own passions. Ada Twist Scientist is inspiring for any little one looking to chase their dreams.
5) Step Into Your Power: If you're looking to live your best life, this is definitely the book for you. Filled with tangible takeaways on how to better impact your world, this kid AND adult-friendly book literally shows you how to make your big dreams a big reality. Learn from the lived experience of author Jamia Wilson and illustrator Andrea Pippins as they provide exception advice for growing up in the modern world, while inadvertently teaching us all to step into our power. The coolest part? The overarching message is to trust your insights and capabilities because the power is already in you.