Best Kids Books about Courage

Below are great kids books about courage. Kids learn character lessons best by example, and books are great for providing just that!  There are so many different situations that require courage in every day life. Beyond situations presenting physical danger, children need to learn courage in social situations -- courage to stand up for those being mistreated, courage to stand up for what is right in the face of peer pressure, etc...

Great children's books explore these different types of courage in powerful ways that will stick with children for a long time. As with all character education topics, these children's books are great place to start the discussion (as opposed to lectures) since children often learn best by example.

Our Favorite Kids Books About Courage

by Bernard Waber
PreSchool - Grade 2

I'm Brave!
by Kate McMullan
Preschool - Grade 3

If I Never Forever

by Holly Meade
Preschool - Grade 3

Peep: A Little Book
About Taking a Leap

by Maria Van Lieshout
PreSchool & Up

Sheila Rae,
the Brave

by Kevin Henkes
PreSchool - Grade 2

The Terrible Plop
by Ursula Dubosarsky
Preschool - Grade 1

Howard Wiggle-
Bottom Learns
About Courage

Preschool - Grade 3

The Little
Yellow Leaf

by Carin Berger
PreSchool - Grade 2

Not Afraid of Dogs
by Susanna Pitzer
Preschool - Grade 2

Brave Irene
by William Steig
Preschool - Grade 3

Wallace's Lists
by Barbara Bottner
Preschool - Grade 2

Mirette on the
High Wire
by Emily McCully

Preschool - Grade 3

Henry's Freedom Box
by Ellen Levine
Grade 2 -Grade 5

Brave Charlotte
the Wolves
by Anu Stohner
Kindergarten - Grade 3

The Dandelion

by Joseph Anthony
Preschool - Grade 3

books about courage for older kids

We have gotten some requests for chapter books about different kinds of courage for older kids, so we did a little digging around and found the selection shown below. However, we specialize in books for younger kids, so we don't have reviews for these books. If you want more information on any of these books about courage, click the Amazon link.

  • The Wanderer by Sharon Creech
  • Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
  • Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
  • Fire from the Rock by Sharon Draper
  • A Girl Named Disaster by Nancy Farmer
  • Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy by Gary Schmidt
  • The Boy Who Dared by Susan Bartoletti
  • True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi

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