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Stick Up for Yourself!
Every Kid’s Guide to Personal Power and Positive Self-Esteem (Revised and Updated Edition)
Gershen Kaufman, Ph.D.Lev Raphael, Ph.D., and Pamela Espeland 
Stick Up for Yourself!
First published in 1990, this perennial best-seller has helped countless children build self-esteem and assertiveness skills.

Newly revised and updated, it’s the ultimate resource for any kid who’s ever been picked on at school, bossed around, blamed for things he or she didn’t do, or treated unfairly—and for any kid who sometimes feels frustrated, angry, powerless, or scared. Simple words and real-life examples show how children can stick up for themselves with other kids (including bullies and teasers), big sisters and brothers, even grown-ups.

Kids learn how to build relationships, become responsible, manage their anger, grow a “feelings vocabulary,” make good choices, solve problems, set goals, and “store” happiness and pride. Questions from real kids are paired with answers about how to handle specific situations calmly, confidently, and effectively. A special note to parents and teachers explores the “self-esteem backlash” and explains what self-esteem really is—and why kids today need it more than ever.

A wealth of practical, encouraging, realistic advice, this empowering little book is also recommended for parents, teachers, and counselors.  

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Common Core

ASCA Mindsets & Behaviors for Student Success: K-12 College- and Career-Readiness Standards for Every Student
MS.1, MS.2, MS.3, MS.5, MS.6
BS.LS.1, BS.LS.2, BS.LS.7, BS.LS.8, BS.LS.9
BS.SS.1, BS.SS.2, BS.SS.3, BS.SS.4, BS.SS.5, BS.SS.8, BS.SS.9



128 pages, illustrated, softcover, black and white, 6" x 9", ages 8-12, ISBN 978-1-57542-068-4

F&P: Grade 5/Ages 8–12/V
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  • National Parenting Center’s Seal of Approval
  • Parent Council® Selection

“This is a book that really covers a lot all while keeping it simple and easy to follow.”—Misfit Momma blog

“Sensible, inviting, never condescending or preachy...A well-crafted book.”—Voice of Youth Advocates

“Provides the stepping-stones that lead to positive choices and self-confidence.”—KLIATT

“A great resource for classroom exercises, as well as for any group that works with teens.”—National Parenting Center

In the Real World

Using Stick Up for Yourself!

Vicki Krogstrand, a gifted and talented facilitator in Idaho Falls, Idaho, uses Stick Up for Yourself! with her sixth-grade gifted and talented students. In addition, she has integrated the materials into her school's Social and Emotional Learning curriculum.

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Price: $12.99


Related materials:
A Teacher’s Guide to Stick Up for Yourself! eBook
Gershen Kaufman, Ph.D.Lev Raphael, Ph.D., and Pamela Espeland 
Bullying Is a Pain in the Brain
Trevor Romain and illustrated by Steve Mark 
Speak Up and Get Along!
Scott Cooper 

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What People Are Saying
Stick Up for Yourself! is a great book. It really really helped me.”—Morgan, age 11