January is National Book Month and with the start of a new year, comes change and hope. We've rounded up the best books for kids that will help them be brave, bounce back, and build resilience. While it's hard for parents to watch children struggle with disappointment and challenges, it’s also important that kids learn how to deal with any frustrations and failures that life may throw their way.
Like all other life skills, resilience is something that can be learned and books are a great way of introducing concepts like patience, adaptability and perseverance.
If you're looking for good reads that help kids overcome obstacles and bounce back after defeat, check this following list...
My Strong Mind: A story about developing Mental Strength
Kate is a sporty and happy girl. She does well at school and has many friends. But like every girl, she sometimes faces difficult situations at home or at school. Discover how Kate uses her strong mind to tackle her daily challenges with a positive attitude. Age: Preschoolers and early elementary-aged kids. $22.95 at Chapters-Indigo.
Bounce Back! A Book About Resilience
Foster perseverance, patience, and resilience in children with this unique, encouraging book. Young children learn thought processes and actions that are positive, realistic, and helpful for bouncing back. The book also helps children recognize people who can support them in times of difficulty. All ages. $17.95 at Chapters-Indigo.
The Hugging Tree: A Story About Resilience
A little tree ends up on a cliff and must grow there. She finds comfort in the sea and the moon, support from loons, and connection and warmth from the people sitting in her shade. The Hugging Tree is a poetic and peaceful story that aims to teach children about hope and resilience. Rather than a lonely tree on a lonely cliff, the tree represents community and a place to get in touch with inner hopes and dreams. All ages. $14.50 at Chapters-Indigo.
Courageous People Who Changed The World
A young child's first introduction to the brave people who fought to make the world a better place. Simple text and adorable illustrations tell the contributions of eight champions of freedom: Abraham Lincoln, Rosa Parks, Susan B. Anthony, Malala Yousafzai, Harriet Tubman, William Wilberforce, Mahatma Gandhi, and Martin Luther King Jr. Age: Preschool and early elementary. $14.99 at Chapters-Indigo.
Bouncing Back with Big Bird: A Book about Resilience
Big Bird and friends support young readers as they learn how to work through setbacks. Kids will learn positive self-talk, how to ask for help, and more strategies so they can tackle any challenge. Age: 5. $10.99 at Chapters-Indigo.
The Thing Lou Couldn't Do
This delightful picture book from Ashley Spires, bestselling author of The Most Magnificent Thing, perfectly depicts what children go through when confronted with something difficult. With humour and endearing artwork, Spires sensitively portrays Lou procrastinating, making excuses, imagining alternatives and denying she cares. Ultimately, Lou faces her fear, and although she fails, the effort empowers her, encouraging a growth mindset. Age 3. $18.99 at Chapters-Indigo.
Bounce Back: How To Be A Resilient Kid
Written by Wendy Moss, Ph.D. this book includes stories about kids who have a faced a tough situation and have learned to bounce back. Some people seem to just automatically bounce back. But the truth is that resilience is not something you are born with or not — it can be learned. Bounce Back will help kids find their bounce using cool quizzes, lots of advice, and practical strategies that build up resiliency skills. Age 8-13. $14.50 at Chapters-Indigo.
When You Are Brave
An inspiring picture book affirmation about having courage even in difficult times, because some days, when everything around you seems scary, you have to be brave. Age 4. $22.99 at Chapters-Indigo.
Tomorrow I'll Be Brave
Journey through a world filled with positive and beautifully hand-lettered words of wisdom, inspiration, and motivation. As this book reminds readers, tomorrow is another day, full of endless opportunities ― all you have to do is decide to make the day yours. Age: Toddlers, preschoolers, and early-elementary aged kids. $13.99 at Chapters-Indigo.
Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun: Having the Courage To Be Who You Are
Lucy is teased by a boy at school because she is different. She has the courage to be true to herself and to make the right choice when that same boy needs her help. All ages. $11.95 at Chapters-Indigo.
Out of My Mind
From award-winning author Sharon Draper comes Out of My Mind, the story of a brilliant girl who cannot speak or write. But Melody refuses to be defined by cerebral palsy. And she’s determined to let everyone know it ... somehow. Age 10. $12.99 at Chapters-Indigo.
A Perfectly Messed Up Story
In this interactive and engaging read-aloud, bestselling author and award-winning artist Patrick McDonnell creates a funny, engaging, and almost perfect story about embracing life's messes. Age 4. $22.99 at Chapters-Indigo.
Saturday is Swimming Day
New things can be scary — but as one endearing little girl discovers, it’s perfectly fine to take your time. In a charming and relatable story about trying something new, author-illustrator Hyewon Yum shows that sometimes a little bravery and a lot of patience are all you need to face your fear. All ages. $22.99 at Chapters-Indigo.
1% of net proceeds from these books help children in high-needs communities through the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation.