7 empowering books for kids

The benefits of reading to children are undeniable. But when you read them stories that empower them to believe they can be whatever they want to be, the sky is the limit…

Mom and daughter reading book on couch
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Is there anything better than cuddling up on the couch with your little one and enjoying a good book together? Not only does reading create precious moments of quality time, it supports and enhances children’s development in so many ways.

Developmental benefits of reading books to kids


  • Helps children learn sounds and words
  • Develops early literacy skills
  • Stimulates imagination and curiosity
  • Develops cognitive, social and communication skills

Recent research also found that reading to children aged four to five every day has a significant positive impact on their reading and cognitive skills later in life.

There’s no doubt about it: books are excellent resources. But which types of books should you choose?

Picture books are a fantastic way for babies to learn basic sounds and words. Toddlers love everything from classic fairytales to rhyming books. And when your child is old enough, there’s a new literary category they’re sure to love: empowering books.

The Tot’s top empowering book picks


From believing that you can achieve your dreams to nailing your science project, empowering books teach children a range of social, emotional and life skills. Here are seven of our favorites…


Little People, Big Dreams – Inspiring Writers Book Set


The Little People, Big Dreams book set is a collection of short and inspiring biographies about literary inspirations Maya Angelou, Anne Frank, and Jane Austen. This series delves into how these amazing women overcame hardships and achieved great success in the world of literature. Age recommendation: 4 – 7 years.


Little People, Big Dreams Inspiring Writers





Little People, Big Dreams – Music Stars Book Set


The lives of musical inspirations Ella Fitzerald, Dolly Parton, and Josephine Baker are detailed in this Little People, Big Dreams three-book box set. Inspiring and informative, these biographies explain how these women overcame hardships and blossomed into musical superstars. Age recommendation: 4 – 7 years.


Little People, Big Dreams Music Stars





Little People, Big Dreams – Women in Art Box Set


Three historical icons Frida Kahlo, Coco Chanel, and Audrey Hepburn’s biographies are detailed in the this engaging series. Your child will love learning how these amazing women overcome challenges and changed the world of art forever. Age recommendation: 4 – 7 years.


Little People, Big Dreams Women in Art






Little People, Big Dreams – Black Voices Book Set


In another fabulous Little People, Big Dreams series, the lives of Maya Angelou, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rosa Parks are followed. These inspiring biographies explain how these passionate trailblazers stood against injustice and fought for a brighter future. Age recommendation: 4 – 7 years.

Little People, Big Dreams Black Voices Book Set






I See Me! – I Can Change the World Personalized Storybook


Build self-esteem and teach your child that change can start with just one person—themselves! This personalized and customizable story will help the reader feel empowered to help others, give back to the community, and more. Age recommendation: 2- 8 years.


I See Me! I Can Change the World Personalized Storybook





I Am Enough


This touching and meaningful poem encourages its readers to love who we are, respect others, and be kind to each other. This ode to self-acceptance and self-esteem is great for kids aged 4 – 8 years.


Harper Collins I am Enough






Equality’s Call


A powerful tribute to suffrage in the USA, this picture book highlights the activists who fought tirelessly for equality, explores the world of present-day voting, and looks ahead to the work that still needs to be done. Age recommendation: 3 – 8 years.


Simon & Schuster Equality Calls




More on reading


If you love books it’s natural to want to build that interest in your little ones too! The good news is that from your Tot’s youngest days you can start exposing them to books and build a love of literature. See how to help your child build a love of books and reading.