If you have a child who needs a little dose of courage, check out a few of these wonderful picture books about bravery! Each one will inspire courage, determination, and self-confidence.
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A Kitten Tale
by Eric Rohmann
In this endearing tale, we meet four kittens who have never experienced winter. Three of the kittens are anxious about facing wet snow and freezing cold, but one kitten can’t wait! Maybe when the snow finally falls, the adventurous spirit of one brave kitten will rub off on his three timid friends so they can all enjoy winter together!
by Levi Pinfold
Rich, full-page paintings alongside tiny pencil drawings create the backdrop for a quirky story about a fearful family, a BIG black dog, and a little girl who proclaims that “there was nothing to be scared of.” Levi Pinfold’s tale is a delightful reminder that sometimes the thing you’re most afraid of isn’t as big (or as scary) as you think it is.
by William Steig
Winter is a force to be reckoned with, but winter winds are no match for Brave Irene. When a courageous little girl volunteers to venture out on an errand for her sick mother, snow and howling winds threaten to ruin everything. Can Irene make it to the duchess’s house in time to deliver the package, or will the winds of winter win in the end?
Brave Young Knight
by Karen Kingsbury
Of course, everyone knows that knights have a reputation for being brave. But in Karen Kingsbury’s touching fairy tale, we learn that being the best knight requires more than bravery. In a contest with the other knights in the kingdom, the Brave Young Knight proves that the most winning traits are honesty, integrity, and strength of character.
Miss Hazeltine’s Home for Shy and Fearful Cats by Alicia Potter
At Miss Hazeltine’s Home for Shy and Fearful Cats, timid cats learn to be brave. But for one scaredy-cat, classroom lessons become real-life lessons when he is called upon to rescue the home’s missing mistress. If you have a shy and fearful child in your home, this adorable picture book is just what you need!
by Ari Berk
Loren Long’s captivating illustrations are the perfect complement to Ari Berk’s Nightsong, an endearing tale about a young bat learning to make his way in a dark and scary night world. At first Chiro is fearful, but he takes his mother’s advice and soon realizes that when you use your good sense, you will always be able to find your way home.
by Bill Peet
Sir Galavant is a brave knight, but he has a most unfortunate problem: his horse is anything but brave. In fact, Clyde is quite cowardly, and when Sir Galavant determines to save the village from a terrible ogre, Clyde’s cowardliness gets them into a heap of trouble. But can Clyde’s loyalty to Sir Galavant save them both?
Otis and the Tornado
by Loren Long
Otis knows that he and his farmyard friends are no match for a swirling tornado. As the brave tractor leads his friends to safety, he realizes that the big, ornery bull is still locked in his pen with the tornado approaching fast. But fear is no match for Otis, and soon the barnyard animals are safe and secure…and they have a new friend.
Sheila Rae, the Brave
by Kevin Henkes
Sheila Rae, the Brave isn’t afraid of anything. She’s not afraid of the dark and she’s not afraid of stepping on cracks. She’s not even afraid of walking backwards with her eyes closed. And Sheila Ray isn’t afraid of finding a new way to walk home. But sometimes not being afraid can get a brave young mouse into trouble.
The Cats in Krasinski Square
by Karen Hesse
The Cats in Krasinski Square is the inspiring story of a young girl’s plan to smuggle food to hungry Jews in the Warsaw ghetto during the Resistance. The excitement and suspense grow as the girl and her feline friends outsmart the Gestapo in this uplifting story of bravery and survival in the most difficult of times.
by Lemony Snicket
Lemony Snicket is a brilliant author, and only a brilliant author would think to take a child’s number one fear, give it a voice, and allow it to convince the child that there is nothing to fear. In this imaginative picture book, Laszlo and The Dark get to know each other. And as they talk, Laszlo discovers that maybe the dark isn’t so bad after all.
The Legend of Freedom Hill
by Linda Jacobs Altman
Told in the vernacular of the 1890s California Gold Rush, The Legend of Freedom Hill is the heartwarming story of an unlikely friendship between the daughter of a runaway slave and a young Jewish girl. When a slave catcher begins to close in on Rosabel’s mother, the girls hatch a daring plan to buy Miz Violet’s freedom once and for all.
The Paper Bag Princess
by Robert Munsch
Wearing nothing but a paper bag, Princess Elizabeth goes after the dragon that burned up her castle and carried off her prince. The dragon definitely got more than he bargained for when he messed with this brainy princess. And just when you expect a page turn with a happily ever after, the fairy tale takes a surprising twist.
The Story of Ferdinand
by Munro Leaf
Ferdinand is a peaceful young bull. He doesn’t like to run and leap with the other young bulls, but instead prefers sitting quietly under the cork tree and smelling the flowers. But then a surprising turn of events finds Ferdinand in the bullring facing an angry matador. What do you think will happen next?
The Village that Vanished
by Ann Grifalconi
Deep within the jungle, the villagers of Yao have never had a reason to fear the outside world. But when slave traders threaten their village, two quick-thinking women and a brave girl devise a plan to fool the traders and lead the villagers to safety. Rich oil paintings and pencil drawings draw readers into this tale of courage and survival.
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