Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Children's Books That Build Self Esteem – Positive Psychologist Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein Announces No-Charge Download Of Two Ebook Samplers

Dr. Holstein believes building self esteem is of the highest priority today for girls, tweens and teens. She now offers two free ebook samplers from two of her best selling books,  'The Truth' and 'Secrets'

Books for girls, tweens and teens can be found everywhere. Only a few offer ways to help kids build self esteem. Even fewer are based in real world scenarios. And fewer still are written by a Positive Psychologist. Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein now offers free ebook samplers from two of her most popular books - 'The Truth, I'm A Girl, I'm Smart And I Know Everything' and 'Secrets, You Tell Me Yours, I'll Tell You Mine - Maybe'.

Both books are written from the perspective of a young girl and take the form of diary entries. Any parent or teacher can start a great discussion about the issues brought up by the situations in either book: a first crush, her emotions and longings, growing up, parents fighting, school anxieties, problems with best friends, bullying, fear of moving to a new town, sibling rivalry, anxiety about illness, how to navigate growing up and many more.

Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein, one of the originators of Positive Psychology for women and girls, has been a pioneer in the field of positive psychology with her fictional diary format. Both fiction books are intentionally embedded with positive psychology concepts on almost every page.  They read easily as a diary, yet are loaded with the best of positive psychology principles.  Embedded in the girl's diary pages are such concepts as: hope, resiliency, courage, perseverance, loving kindness, cognitive flexibility, problem solving skills, recognition of one's strengths, talents and potential, adaptive skills and more.

"Research validates what we psychologists and educators already know about girls," Dr. Holstein stated. "They often stop trying as hard in school around 10 or 11 and begin to experience many self-esteem issues that may lead to all sorts of problems, from deteriorating academic success to eating disorders, various types of conduct disorders and/or depression.  If these risk factors are combined with other social issues like being bullied, we can begin to see how dangerous these years can be. One way to help girls grow up successfully is through books that encourage them to feel strong, resilient, hopeful and sure of themselves.  Once a girl feels strong and hopeful she is on the way to maintaining the skills she needs emotionally and intellectually to succeed."

"These books fill a void in communicating. Both 'The Truth' and 'Secrets' can help parents, grandparents and educators initiate conversations about issues that impact children, grandchildren and students.  And they also give kids, tweens and teens the courage they need to initiate long overdo family conversations and sharing of feelings, thoughts and creative solutions to everyday issues."

Dr. Holstein is making free ebook samples from both books available at Both books are available in Kindle and epub formats. Dr. Holstein can be contacted by email at All of her works are available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and all other online retailers. More information is available at her website at


Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein, internationally known Positive Psychologist is the creator of The Enchanted Self ®, a positive psychology method for happiness.  She is in private practice in Long Branch, New Jersey with her husband, Dr. Russell M. Holstein.

Dr. Barbara can be found on the web, interviewed, writing articles and posting video 'TED' style talks on Happiness,  Positive Psychology, Relationships and Parenting.

She has been a contributor to Heart and Soul, Cosmopolitan Magazine, Redbook, Real Simple, The Wall Street Journal, Time on line, the Today Show and Family Circle Magazine.

‘The Enchanted Self, A Positive Therapy’ is in its second printing through Brunner-Routledge. ‘Recipes for Enchantment, The Secret Ingredient is YOU!’ received rave reviews as an inspirational storybook. ‘DELIGHT’ is available in two versions, paperback and a CD that includes music, art, and Dr. Holstein’s voice.

Other works include  'Around Every Corner: Romance And Mystery . . . '


Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein
170 Morris Ave.,
Long Branch, New Jersey 07740