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Stick Up for Yourself! Every Kid's Guide to Personal Power & Positive Self-esteem

By Lev Raphael, Gershen Kaufman, and Pamela Espeland.Free Spirit; $11.95.



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 If I had to choose one book for children ages nine to twelve to help inoculate them against peer abuse and the effects of racism, this would be it. Stick Up for Yourself! combines clear definitions, examples, and role play to get kids thinking about good choices, learning about and liking themselves, and solving problems. The book provides excellent tools to help children become strong, resilient, self-aware, and compassionate people who know how to take care of themselves and keep their sense of self-worth intact. Parents should read this book along with their children, and teachers with their students, to nurture self-esteem and a supportive, responsible, and tolerant school environment.

Four Facts from Stick Up for Yourself!

1. You are totally responsible for the kind of person you are and how you live your life.
2. You are responsible only for your own behavior and your own feelings.
3. Because you are responsible for your own behavior and feelings, you can make choices about them.
4. Self-esteem comes from inside—from knowing yourself and the kind of person you are.

—Jane Brown, MSW, creator of Adoption Playshops

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