Have Courage!: A book about being brave by Cheri J. MeinersHelp children develop the attitudes and skills of courage and assertiveness in order to make wise choices and work through challenges. Children learn to do what they think is right and be brave, even if it’s hard. They learn to distinguish between expectations set by trusted adults and hurtful, wrong, or dangerous things adults or children might pressure them to do. The book also highlights trying new things, taking reasonable risks, and speaking up.
Being the Best Me Series:
From the author of the popular Learning to Get Along® books comes a one-of-a-kind character-development series. Each of the first six books in the Being the Best Me! series helps children learn, understand, and develop attitudes and positive character traits that strengthen self-confidence and a sense of purpose. Each book focuses on a specific attitude or character trait—optimism, self-esteem, assertiveness, resilience, integrity, and forgiveness. Also included are discussion questions, games, activities, and additional information for adults. Filled with diversity, these social story books will be welcome in school, home, and childcare settings.
Children’s Books on Bravery and Courage
Help children develop the attitudes and skills of courage and assertiveness in order to make wise choices and work through challenges. They learn to distinguish between expectations set by trusted adults and hurtful, wrong, or dangerous things adults or children might pressure them to do. The book also highlights trying new things, taking reasonable risks, and speaking up. Children will relate to the engaging illustrations, real-life situations, and easy-to-understand examples. Also included are discussion questions, games, activities, and additional information adults can use to reinforce the concepts children are learning.
Being brave and courageous is never an easy thing to do, no matter what age you are. Brave Squish Rabbit by Katherine Battersby is about a rabbit who is afraid of many things, especially the dark. But when his friend goes missing, he must face his fear and search for her at nighttime. There is only one problem, he is afraid of the dark. Lucky for Oliver, a wise old firefly teaches him that God will be there to give him strength against his greatest fears. But when Ralph needs help, Lucy shows courage in not only being herself, but in doing the right thing. As fears of ghosts and robbers fill his head, he remembers to think brave thoughts even though he is afraid.
My kids are scared of dogs. That I would understand. If Lulu so much as tilts her head in their direction, they run down the hall screaming, find their way out the front door and try desperately to break into my car. And, lest you ask— no! There are no bad experiences with animals. Little kids have big fears, and getting them to muster up courage in the face of something that inspires sheer terror is not just hard, it can be a monumental challenge. They have a hard time taking a step back from the things that scare them, looking at those fears head on, and rationally understanding the root cause of what it is that makes them so frightened.
Sharing is Caring
Thank goodness, then, for books: not only can they help us to escape from reality, but they can also instil us with hope. With that thought in mind, then, we have looked out the 15 books which taught us to have courage and, above all else, be kind. Prepare to have your faith in humanity restored….
Having courage and being brave helps us overcome and achieve great things. This list of books for kids will model characters showing bravery and courage in many different situations. The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson is about finding courage to take that first step even if it is scary. Because, when you take the first step, it is generally the stepping stone to progress. Before She Was Harriet by Lesa Cline-Ransome highlights a remarkable and courageous woman who was the voice, eyes, and helper of many.
Related Resource: Give the Gift of Audible. With Memorial Day right around the corner, I have been thinking a lot about the meaning of the day and how to expose my young children to the day of honor. That exploration resulted in this list of books that teach children courage. I hope this list reflects that spectrum of definitions. Thank you for your support! It took me a long time to embrace the idea that life's imperfections are what make things exciting and worthwhile. It is how we grow.
This is the first installment in a new series: books about feelings. There are some well-known classics in addition to books that are sure to be new to you. So go ahead, be brave, read a new book! Note: book covers and titles are affiliate links. Sheila Rae is very brave when it comes to thunder, dogs and stepping on cracks. She thinks her little sister, Louise is a scaredy-cat. Daredevil Duck.