Growing Reader



Silent and Strong: 15 Books for Kids and Teens Who Are Introverts

by Dena McMurdie

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When my kids get home from school, they quietly disappear into separate rooms until dinnertime. My oldest daughter reads a book or plays “Clash of Clans” while my middle child rearranges doll clothes and draws pictures. I don’t get to hear about their day until we sit down to eat.

In case you couldn’t guess, my kids are introverts. They need time to be alone and unwind.

As an introvert myself, I understand the need for alone time, but it worries me too. Being an introverted child can be exhausting, lonely, and make you feel like you have a social deficiency. Thankfully, many authors are introverts — or understand how introverts feel. Whether kids are looking for validation, acceptance, or tips on handling social situations, there are books for every kind of introvert.

  • Picture Books

  • Maude: The Not-So-Noticeable Shrimpton

    by Lauren Child, illustrated by Trisha Krauss

    In a family of attention-loving extroverts, Maude prefers to go unnoticed — especially after her flashy birthday gift (a tiger!) gets hungry. This modern-day fable will appeal to kids who enjoy slightly dark stories with unexpected endings.

  • The Invisible Boy

    by Trudy Ludwig, illustrated by Patrice Barton

    Brian is ignored by his classmates and even his teacher until he goes out on a limb and befriends the new boy at school. As their friendship develops, they learn to see the value in themselves and each other. A great read about loneliness and the power of friendship.

  • Shy

    by Deborah Freedman

    It's a big, scary world out there and Shy is too timid to come out of hiding — until the day he sees a real bird. With themes of friendship and courage, this gorgeously illustrated picture book will capture your heart.

  • Evan's Corner

    by Elizabeth Starr Hill, illustrated by Sandra Speidel

    Desperate for space, Evan claims a corner in his crowded apartment as his own. Uplifting and tender, this story teaches kids the importance of personal space as well as the joy of sharing your world with others.

  • When No One Is Watching

    by Eileen Spinelli, illustrated by David A. Johnson

    Kids who cringe at the thought of being the center of attention will appreciate this story of a young girl that shies away from the spotlight. Having a good friend that understands her is all she needs to feel comfortable in any situation.

  • Willow’s Whispers

    by Lana Button, illustrated by Tania Howells

    Willow wants to make friends and be included in activities, but she's not loud enough to get noticed. She learns that speaking up can bring positive results and isn't as scary as she thought. A great story for kids that struggle with being heard.

  • Middle Grade

  • Hound Dog True

    by Linda Urban

    The thought of starting school as the new girl (again) is terrifying for Mattie, and she'll do anything to avoid having to socialize with the other fifth graders. This is a book about a shy, introverted girl finding the courage to take small steps forward.

  • King of the Wind

    by Marguerite Henry, illustrated by Wesley Dennis

    You can conquer the world without saying a word. Agba is mute and prefers to spend his time with his horse. Together, they journey through several adventures until they reach the pinnacle of horse racing stardom.

  • The Lost Twin

    by Sophie Cleverly

    Ivy has always been quiet, obedient, and overlooked. When she's forced to impersonate her vibrant twin sister, she has to leave her comfort zone behind. This dark mystery features an introvert that meets her challenges and learns to be assertive when she needs to.

  • Call It Courage

    by Armstrong Sperry

    In order to prove his bravery, Mafatu sets off alone in a boat with only his dog for company. He tames his fear and proves his courage to himself and his village. This is a hope-filled adventure for anyone that has ever felt overlooked and underestimated.

  • Ava and Pip

    by Carol Weston

    Ava is outgoing and loud. She believes that if her sister, Pip, would come out of her shell, she would have an easier time making friends. These two sisters must learn to accept each other in spite of their differences.

What’s your favorite book for introverts? Let us know in the comments!