Children’s Books about Self-Awareness and Perception

32 of the Best Self-Awareness Books for Children

These self-awareness books show characters who recognise their own feelings and behaviour and how they affect others. They illustrate how these feelings influence their choices and any consequences.

32 of the Best Self-Awareness Books for Children


Children who show self-awareness consider the effect of emotions on themselves and others. They reflect how these feelings influence their choices and any repercussions.

Self-awareness allows them to recognise what triggers their emotions, for example, can they pinpoint what makes them angry, sad, jealous, etc,? This awareness helps them deal with their emotions in positive ways. It also helps children recognise the feelings of others and that people may view them differently than they see themselves.

Another self-awareness characteristic is learning their strengths, limitations, and personal preferences. This allows them to develop these strengths, learn from their mistakes, and seek support.

Key Benefits of Self-Awareness

  • understand failure is a learning opportunity and a stepping stone to success
  • increases confidence and self-esteem
  • being able to identify their emotions and control them in challenging situations
  • develops positive relationships by understanding how their actions affect others
  • recognises when they make mistakes in schoolwork, and works to make changes

In another post, Resources to Promote Children’s Self-Awareness Skills, I have put together books with resources, short videos and online resources.

Self-Awareness Books

In these picture books, you will find characters who are working towards or demonstrating social awareness by:

  • Identifying and verbalising their emotions
  • Recognising the needs and feelings of others
  • Understanding how other people see them
  • Dealing with their strengths and limitations with confidence
  • Using different learning styles
  • Understanding how their emotions and thoughts influence their actions
  • Understanding what triggers their emotions
  • Recognising the consequences of their actions
  • Self-reflecting making appropriate changes 
  • Learning from mistakes and seek support

Self-Awareness Discussion Questions

  • How did [character] change throughout the book?
  • Did [character] consider how their actions or behaviour would affect others? How they could have acted more positively?
  • What were [character’s] strengths and weaknesses?
  • What lesson did [character] learn? Do you think they now have better self-awareness?
  • How could [character] reflect on their behaviour and improve their actions?
  • What previous knowledge did [character] use? How did it help them?
  • How did [character] deal with feeling [scared, anxious, etc.]?
  • What was the most important or relevant moment in the story? Why?
  • What do you think [character] learnt about themselves by the end of the book? How do you think they will use this knowledge in the future?
  • What factors hindered [character] from being successful?
  • Is there anything [character] should do differently next time? Why?
  • How could [character] have made the task more challenging?
  • What other strategies could [character] try?
  • How do you think [character] will solve their problem?
  • Why do you think [character] fears trying something new?
  • What can [character] learn from their mistake? 
  • Did [character] ask for help when they needed it? Would it have made a difference?
  • How was [character] able to turn their failure into a success?
  • Do you agree with the way [character] dealt with their failure/disappointment? Explain your answer.
  • Why was it a good idea that [character] set goals?

What Next?

Students who are self-awareness recognise how their feelings and actions have consequences. How do you support your student’s self-awareness in the classroom?

You can find a round-up of social awareness information and videos in the post Resources to Promote Children’s Self-Awareness Skills.

Further Reading

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