Books to Foster Courage in Little Readers: A Roundup

Books to Foster Courage in Little Readers: A Roundup

This was meant to be a round up of children's books about being courageous, but as I was digging through my kids little library, I couldn't help but think of how there are so many ways to be courageous and so many books fall into that category. Here are a few of our favorites. 

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Counting on Community by Innosanto Nagara

Suggested age range: Baby-4 years

A sweet book about community life. Even the youngest kids will enjoy the sing song rhythm and beautiful artwork. 

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Zog By Julia Donaldson

Suggested age range: 2-8 years

The unlikely story of how a princess, a knight, and a Dragon defy what is expected of them and become a medical team instead.

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God's Dream by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Douglas Carlton Abrams

Suggested age range: 2-8 years

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Offering the essence of "Ubuntu", a Nguni Bantu word which basically means humanity and compassion and the philosophy that “I am because we are”.  This book paints a beautiful picture of how everyone has worth and that it is God's dream for us to live as such.

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Amelia to Zora: Twenty-Six Women Who Changed the World by Cynthia Chin-Lee

Suggested age range: 4-10 years

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There are so many great books highlighting incredible women from history but this is one of our favorites. Learn about the hardships and triumphs that inspired each of the twenty-six women featured to change the world around them.

Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney

Suggested age range: 4-8 years

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A sweet story about doing your part to make the world a more beautiful place. 

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Martin's Big Words by Doreen Rappaport

Suggested age range 4-10 years

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Making it accessible for young listeners to learn about one of the worlds most influential leaders. The artwork is so stunning.

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Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty

A story about the power of curiosity in the hands of a child who uses who is on a mission to use science to understand her world. I also reccomend Rosie Revere, Engineer and Iggy Peck, Architect by the same author.

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This next story is actually two stories in one. 

Malala, A Brave Girl From Pakistan and Iqbal, A Brave Boy from Pakistan: Two Stories of Bravery by Jeanette Winter

Suggested age range: 6 -12 years old 

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Meet two heroes of Pakistan who stood up for the rights to freedom and education in these inspirational nonfiction tales from acclaimed author-illustrator Jeanette Winter. Two stories of bravery in one beautiful book—including the story of Malala Yousafzai, a winner of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize! 

My Blue is Happy by Jessica Young

Suggested age range: 2-7 years

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This book beautifully illustrates the range of emotions colors can evoke. It provides a creative way for young kids to articulate how they are feeling.  

This is My House by Arthur Dorros

This book takes us on a tour of different types of houses around the world. It is never too early to help broaden your child's worldview.

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