Picture Books about Overcoming Challenges with Resilience

Picture Books about Overcoming Challenges with Resilience

Resilience helps us power through or bounce back from challenging circumstances. By reading picture books about resilience and overcoming challenges, your students will see characters dealing with setbacks and not giving up when things get tough.   

Picture Books about Overcoming Challenges with Resilience

Why Use Picture Books about Resilience in the Classroom?

We all experience difficult times, but it is how we deal with them that tells us how resilient we are and helps us cope with challenges in the future. Resilience varies greatly from person to person. Just because one child breezes through a challenge doesn’t mean another will.

Reading books about overcoming challenges to your students will let them see characters in difficult situations and using different strategies to push through them. They are great discussion starters for you to use to bring up the benefits of being resilient, including:

  • managing emotions appropriately
  • asking for help when needed
  • using judgement to change tack in difficult situations
  • having a positive mindset
  • expressing ideas and opinions confidently
  • reflecting on their behaviour and strengths
  • listening attentively and following instructions
  • working cooperatively, sharing and taking turns
  • understanding why they feel frustrated.

Resources for Picture Books about Resilience

Before you check out the picture books about resilience below, I have made a pack of graphic organisers and activities to use with After the Fall by Dan Santat. This is a great book to use when teaching resilience and a growth mindset.

I have a freebie that is part of this larger resource so you can try it out before buying anything!

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If you already have access to the free resource library, you will find the freebie in the Graphic Organizer section.

Picture Books about Resilience

These children’s books about overcoming challenges show different characters responding to knock-backs and ultimately triumphing.

A Most Clever Girl: How Jane Austen Discovered Her Voice by Jasmine A. Stirling

A Most Clever Girl: How Jane Austen Discovered Her Voice by Jasmine A. Stirling

Learn about the life and struggles of the remarkable writer, Jane Austen. Growing up, poetry, books, debates, performances and songs surrounded her. The book illustrates her struggles as a female writer and her emotional challenges to continue her creative writing. Use in the classroom to discuss the writing process, overcoming adversity and gender roles.

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What Next?

Check out these short videos on resilience. You may find them useful to use in your classroom.

What picture books about resilience do you use in the classroom?

I also found a document full of lesson plans on resilience from SDERA. PBS Kids has a booklet on Helping Children Become Resilient with Arthur that you can share with parents.

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