My daughter is very independent and at times it can be hard to get her to sit with me and read, but we’ve been trying more and more. I try often to come across books that relate to things she’s learning while we homeschool preschool. Being brave is a big topic for her, I want her to learn to be strong, independent and brave despite societal pressures as she grows up.
These five books about being brave are great for any kid.
Journey, the Brave!
Written by Mandee Thomas, Illustrated by Crystal Paulson
I’m so proud of the author and illustrator of this book. I actually know them personally and have for at least 10 years.
Stepping out onto the African plains, Journey knew that he was ready for his big adventure. Looking back at his mama for reassurance, he walked out towards his destiny. With every heartbeat, he heard the words of his mama beating in his ears, “You are Brave, you are Courageous, and you are Strong!” Join Journey and his mama as they prepare for his big adventure.
The Wonderful Things You Will Be
by Emily Winfield Martin
From brave and bold to creative and clever, Emily Winfield Martin’s rhythmic rhyme expresses all the loving things that parents think of when they look at their children. With beautiful, and sometimes humorous, illustrations, and a clever gatefold with kids in costumes, this is a book grown-ups will love reading over and over to kids—both young and old. A great gift for any occasion, but a special stand-out for baby showers, birthdays, and graduation. The Wonderful Things You Will Be has a loving and truthful message that will endure for lifetimes.
Be Brave Little One
by Marianne Richmond
From the author of If I Could Keep You Little comes Be Brave Little One, which honors and celebrates the power of courage in every child. Perfect for cheering someone on, this story affirms how bravery can show up in all different ways!
Brave as Can Be: A Book of Courage
by Jo Witek
The life of a toddler can be full of frightening things: the dark, the neighbor’s dog, and thunderstorms, just to name a few. As children get older, they begin to feel braver around these everyday events, but how do they build this newfound confidence? In this lyrical, insightful picture book, an older sister explains to her younger sister all the things she used to be afraid of, along with some tricks to help, whether it’s a special blanket for bedtime or singing during a storm. Now, big sister assures little sister, the fears that once felt as big as a mountain feel as minuscule as a speck of dust.
Liam, The Brave
by Michael Wang
Liam, The Brave is a beautifully illustrated story about a boy who overcomes his greatest fear: butterflies. Liam desperately wants to become The Bravest Boy in the World, and he goes through an extraordinary journey of self-discovery to face and overcome his fear. Beyond simply being a story about a boy with an irrational fear, it is also a story about perseverance and more importantly, how accolades don’t matter. What is more important is being true to oneself.