Reading children’s books about courage is a great way to introduce a topic as big and important as bravery.

Kids learn character lessons best through example, and these children’s books about courage provide the perfect heroes to start meaningful conversations.

There are so many different types of situations that call for bravery in everyday life. We selected our favorite children’s books about courage that are designed to inspire kids to face their fears and take action!

The authors explore courage in its many different forms. These are the types of stories that will stick with your kids for a long time.

So without further ado, here’s our list of inspiring children’s books about courage. We’re sure you’ll find something your little ones can relate to.

 

 

1. The Hero Club: 52 Weekly Stories About Courage

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Author: Ferah Ozbek

Age:  7-10 Years Old

The Hero Club stars six elementary school students who navigate their way through the third grade while they learn and teach each other about character. As the title implies, there are 52 stories – so you can read one a week with your child and discuss the lessons and insights contained in each. This book makes for a great conversation starter on all sorts of important topics such as bravery, honesty, and compassion.

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2. Sheila Rae, The Brave

 

The Fun Book of Scary Stuff Author:Emily Jenkins  Age: 3-6 Years Old    In The Fun Book Of Scary Stuff, a boy shares his fears with a dog, who debunks them one by one in a humorous fashion. If your child fears things like the dark, monsters, sharks, or witches...this book can help them find clever ways to face their fears and maybe even laugh about them.    BUY NOW  https://amzn.to/2JPxno6

Author: Kevin Henkes

Age: 4-8 Years Old

This is the story of a fearless girl named Sheila Rae. “I am very brave,” she says and Sheila Rae doesn’t let anything get in her way. Unfortunately, her pride doesn’t make everyone else feel so great. Then one day Sheila is put to a true test of bravery, and it is her “scaredy-cat” sister who saves the day. This is a beautiful story of sibling love and support, with a dash of courage thrown in for good measure.

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3. The Fun Book of Scary Stuff

 

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Author:Emily Jenkins

Age: 3-6 Years Old

In The Fun Book Of Scary Stuff, a boy shares his fears with a dog, who debunks them one by one in a humorous fashion. If your child fears things like the dark, monsters, sharks, or witches…this book can help them find clever ways to face their fears and maybe even laugh about them.

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4. The Little Yellow Leaf

 

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Author: Carin Berger

Age: 4-8 Years Old

The Little Yellow Leaf is a cute story of a leaf who’s not quite ready to fall from an oak tree as autumn begins. Even as the leaf sees other leaves floating by, he still isn’t ready.

This story is for anyone who’s ever been afraid of facing the unknown. Which can be frightening! And it’s okay to wait until you’re ready. With the help and encouragement of a scarlet leaf also clinging to a branch, the yellow leaf finally makes the leap, teaching kids a great lesson about having the courage to “let go” and explore something new.

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5. The Princess Knight

 

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Author: Cornelia Funke

Age: 3-6 Years Old

The Princess Knight is the story of Violet, a princess who wishes she could show the world that she’s just as brave and strong as her brothers. But her strict father insists that she get married, and her brothers only make fun of her when she wants to be included. So Violet disguises herself as a boy and competes in a knights’ jousting tournament…and wins!

This book teaches children that young girls are capable. Violet is strong, smart, and brave. A great example for girls and boys.

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6. I Don’t Want to Go

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Author: Addie Sanders

Age:  4-6 Years Old

I Don’t Want To Go is a great book to help kids get over their fear of spending time away from home. Joey is visiting his grandparents on his own for the very first time. Nervous about sleeping in a strange bedroom and leaving his favorite toys behind, Joey is positive this will be the worst trip ever. Little does Joey know what fun Grandma and Grandpa have in store for him if he can find the courage to try something new!

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7. The Bravest Of Us All

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Author:  Marsha Diane Arnold

Age: 4-8 Years Old

We like The Bravest Of Us All for many reasons. This is the story of two sisters who move through life very differently. One is courageous…the other, younger sister, watches her older sister in awe. The true test of bravery happens during a storm when younger sister, Ruth Jane, must dig deep and find the courage to help her older, brave sister, Velma Jean. A beautiful book about strength and courage.

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8. The Dark

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Author: Lemony Snicket

Age: 5-6 Years Old

Laszlo is afraid of The Dark. It usually lives in the basement, although it also lurks in closets and behind the shower curtain. Every morning Laszlo says hello to the dark, hoping that the dark will stop visiting his room at night. One special night the dark actually speaks to Lazlo, and shows him the solution to his fears. A great, well-written read for anyone who is afraid of the shadows.

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9. Nana In The City

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Author: Lauren Castillo

Age: 4-7 Years Old

In Nana In The City, a young boy spends an overnight visit with his grandma and is frightened because the city where she lives is filled with noise, crowds, and other scary things. But then Nana makes him a special cape to help him be brave, and soon the everyday sights, sounds, and smells of the city are not scary—but amazing! We should all be lucky enough to have a grandma who gives us a magic cape that helps us to be courageous. A wonderful story!

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10. If I Never Forever Endeavor

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Author: Holly Meade

Age: 4-8 Years Old

Spreading one’s wings and leaving the nest is the classic metaphor for taking a risk. If I Never Forever Endeavor is a beautiful book about the amazing pay-off that comes from being willing to find the courage to try something new. A bird sits in his nest and considers the risks and weighs them against everything he might miss out on if he doesn’t try to fly. A great lesson for anyone faced with the fear of a new challenge.

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