By Wendy L. Moss, PhD
Magination Press, $9.95, 112 pages

We can all use a confidence boost now and then, especially kids who are growing and maturing every day. Being Me helps pre-teens and teens take on everyday challenges and build confidence and self-esteem. Doctor and author Wendy L. Moss, a licensed psychologist with a certification in school psychology, has over 25 years of experience. Written directly to readers, the book is filled with questions that prompt kids to think about who they are and what they have to offer. The author profiles kids and demonstrates how they handle challenges. Learn how to avoid self-sabotage (comparing yourself to others, expecting perfection, beating yourself up) and how to do positive self-talk. Activities throughout the book help build confidence. Using a list of words and phrases (i.e. good with animals, nonjudgmental, organization, football), the reader circles what they feel are their strengths, and picks out areas in which they’d like to improve. Using the list, the reader writes a letter to themselves to look at when feeling down (read about your accomplishments) or motivated (pick a trait to work on strengthening). Any kid looking for a boost of self-esteem will definitely benefit from this well-written book.

Reviewed by Kathryn Franklin