11 Books That Inspire Kids To Be Brave
When you're a little kid, it is normal to be unnerved by the big world around you. After all, there are many things to fear: new schools, bullies, and (in many ways) the act of growing up itself. Thankfully, there are plenty of books that can inspire your kids to be brave. Because even though the world can be scary, your kids can learn to emulate their favorite characters and put on a brave face.
Whether your kid needs some encouragement to navigate tricky social situations or needs help to deal with major life changes, books are there to help. These reads are hilarious, inspiring, and poignant. They will take you from the wild West to remote islands to the jungle. But wherever they take you, these books have one thing in common: they will help your kids feel ready to take on the world.
Hey, growing up takes a lot of guts. How much did you have to rally to walk into a new classroom or learn how to deal with bullies? It isn't easy. So it makes sense to encourage your kid to develop a sense of bravery early on. Hopefully this sense of self-assurance will carry over well into their teenage years and adulthood.
1. 'Extremely Cute Animals Operating Heavy Machinery' by David Gordon
2. 'The Paper Bag Princess' by Robert Munsch & Michael Martchenko
3. 'The Brave Cowboy' by Joan Walsh Anglund
4. 'Alan's Big, Scary Teeth' by Jarvis
5. 'Hensel and Gretel: Ninja Chicks' by Corey Rosen Schwartz & Rebecca J. Gomez
6. 'First Day Jitters' by Julie Danneberg & Judy Love
7. 'Island Of The Blue Dolphins' by Scott O'Dell
8. 'As Brave As You' by Jason Reynolds
9. 'Viva Frida' by Yuyi Morales
10. 'The War That Saved My Life' by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
This 2016 Newbery Honor book gets at some heavy themes: abusive parents, disabilities, and even war. But in Kimberly Brubaker Bradley's The War That Saved My Life, the young heroine Ada demonstrates the power of overcoming all manner of setbacks. At 9 years old, she has enough heart and determination to deal with anything.