Determination Book List

Picture Books & Resources

This Japanese proverb "Nana korobi ya oki" (literally: seven falls, eight getting up) means fall down seven times and get up eight. This speaks to the Japanese concept of resilience. No matter how many times you get knocked down, you get up again.

Daniel Garr

Determination is the ability to push through challenges. It also means giving things another go if previous attempts end in failure. The key to determination is motivation, positivity and the courage to see things through to completion. Adults can support this important attitude in children by being good role models. If you make a mistake show how you keep going despite the difficulties. 

Giving children their own responsibilities will help them learn this important character trait. Also, if they fail or struggle while attempting a task encourage them to keep going. Fostering an attitude of not giving up, resilience and determination help children to develop independence. The books below illustrate how hard work and determination can overcome obstacles in life.

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Determination Book List

Further Reading


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Determination Book List

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