Your tween daughter is trying to figure out who she is, and the right books can help. These positive self-esteem builders will show her just how awesome she can be!

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Girls: What's So Bad About Being Good?

Author Harriet S. Mosatche and her tween daughter team up to help girls "have fun, survive the preteen years and remain true to yourself." While her body is changing — in front of everyone, eek! — and her friends are exploring new interests, your daughter needs direction on what's really important in life. What's So Bad About Being Good? (, $13) includes advice on how to develop a positive self-image, deal with peer pressure (and those awful bullies) and turn dreams into reality.

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A Smart Girl's Guide to Liking Herself

Simply put, a girl who has positive self-esteem likes herself — not in a conceited or arrogant manner, but in a way that helps her feel her best in a wide variety of situations. A Smart Girl's Guide to Liking Herself — Even On the Bad Days (, $8) holds "the secrets to trusting yourself, being your best and never letting the bad days bring you down." This fabulous book is packed full of tips to help girls feel good about themselves.

Snap 2 It! A Real Girl's Guide to Keeping a Positive Outlook

By age 16, Sondra Clark had published five books and traveled the world as an international spokesperson. She is a positive role model who reminds girls that intelligence and confidence are more important qualities than good looks. Snap 2 It! (, $7) covers goal setting, time management, academic and social achievement and good works. Girls will learn to trust and live by their beliefs and do their part to make the world a better place.

Snap 2 It! A Real Girl's Guide to Keeping a Positive Outlook

33 Things Every Girl Should Know

33 Things Every Girl Should Know

Thirty-three extraordinary women share stories, songs, poems and straight talk about growing up — popularity, boys, assertiveness and body image. Tonya Bolden brings together terrific advice from contributors such as Lauren Hutton, Sigourney Weaver and Natalie Merchant to help readers navigate that confusing path from girl to woman. Moms should consider reading it too... 33 Things Every Girl Should Know (, $10) is a great dialogue starter.

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My Feet Aren't Ugly

In the Girl's Guide to Loving Herself from the Inside Out (, $11), teen mentor Debra Beck helps girls find answers to the tough questions they're afraid to ask. Through personal stories, journaling exercises and fun quizzes, your daughter will learn how to make decisions that help her feel good about herself. And as she figures out how to love herself, she'll also learn how to build strong relationships with those around her.

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Dealing with the Stuff that Makes Life Tough

Psychotherapist Jill Zimmerman Rutledge has been helping girls get through tough situations for more than 20 years. In Dealing with the Stuff that Makes Life Tough:  The 10 Things that Stress Girls Out and How to Cope with Them (, $13), the author provides the stress-busting tools girls need to make it through the challenging tween years. The goal of the book? To let her know that she's held the power to do it all along.

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Coping with Cliques

How peaceful junior high would be if every girl read Coping with Cliques: A Workbook to Help Girls Deal with Gossip, Put-Downs, Bullying and Other Mean Behavior (, $15)! Author Susan Sprague emphasizes the fact that trendy fashions, makeup and hairstyles are never enough to battle mean girls and their cliques. Instead, young girls should focus on building self-esteem so they can stand strong in the face of nasty gossip, rumors and exclusivity.

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Tween You & Me

"You just don't understand!" How many times have you heard that from your tween? In Tween You & Me (, $9), self-esteem expert and mentor Deb Dunham reminds young girls that they're not alone — someone does know how they feel! Dunham encourages tweens to embrace their powerful feelings to develop an inner strength that will help them face the challenges ahead with responsibility and self-respect.

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