To celebrate Picture Book Month I have been sharing a variety of picture books and the conversations I am having about them with my students, my children and others. This post is a kind of conversation with my self. I am reading the novel Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt to my own children and it often comes up that Doug, the main character, has to be brave in so many ways.
How do picture books depict bravery? Courage? Conviction? Strength?
In, oh, so many ways . . .
Each of these titles features a character who comes face to face with fear, who takes a risk, who stands up or stands out. Each book is full of inspiration.
Ten of my favourites:
And ten more:
Twenty Picture Books that celebrate courage:
Those Shoes written by Maribeth Boelts and illustrated by Noah Z. Jones
Pete and Pickles by Berkeley Breathed
Ruby’s Wish written by Shirin Yim Bridges and illustrated by Sophie Blackall
Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown
Willow Finds a Way written by Lana Button illustrated by Tania Howells
Bird Child written by Nan Forler and illustrated by François Thisdale
The Story of Fish and Snail by Deborah Freedman
Sheila Rae, the Brave written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes
Spuds written by Karen Hesse and illustrated by Wendy Watson
Soccer Star written by Mina Javaherbin and illustrated by Renato Alarcão
Across the Alley written by Richard Michelson and illustrated by E.B. Lewis
Black Dog by Levi Pinfold
The Lion & The Mouse by Jerry Pinkney
Creepy Carrots written by Aaron Reynolds and illustrated by Peter Brown
The Dark written by Lemony Snicket and illustrated by Jon Klassen
Hello, my Name is Ruby by Phillip C Stead
Desmond and the Very Mean Word written by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Douglas Carlton Abrams and illustrated by A.G. Ford
Suki’s Kimono written by Chieri Uegaki and illustrated by Stéphane Jorisch
Freedom Summer by Deborah Wiles and illustrated by Jerome Lagarrigue
Singing Away the Dark written by Caroline Woodward and illustrated by Julie Morstad
What picture book titles on this theme would you share? I would love to hear your favourites!
Happy Picture Book Month!
Phew, when I saw the titles in the first composite I was worried you had not included ‘Suki’s Kimono’. A wonderful list Carrie.
Suki always remains high on my list of brave characters!
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An amazing list! SO many books I know and love – and a few I don’t! Ruby’s Wish and Spuds are new for me. My favorite book to add to this list would be Courage by Bernard Waber. I love using this book for making connections as it is a collection of everyday moments in life where one needs to must up courage. Thanks for this great list!
I learned about Courage from you years ago! Still a book I adore a lot! Thanks for the lovely comment.