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.
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.
Ada's Violin: The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay
The Bear and the Wildcat by Kazumi Yumoto
Coming to England: An Inspiring True Story Celebrating the Windrush Generation by Baroness Floella Benjamin
The Day Saida Arrived by Susana Gómez Redondo
The Day War Came by Nicola Davies
Emmanuel’s Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah by Laurie Ann Thompson
The Great Realisation by Tomos Roberts
Henry’s Freedom Box by Ellen Levine
Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
I Am Every Good Thing by Derrick Barnes
Joni: The Lyrical Life of Joni Mitchell by Selina Alko
The Lady with the Books: A Story Inspired by the Remarkable Work of Jella Lepman by Kathy Stinson
Lila and the Crow by Gabrielle Grimard
Marvelous Cornelius: Hurricane Katrina and the Spirit of New Orleans by Phil Bildner
A Most Clever Girl: How Jane Austen Discovered Her Voice by Jasmine A. Stirling
The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires
My Name Is Blessing by Eric Walters
Ocean Speaks: How Marie Tharp Revealed the Ocean's Biggest Secret by Jess Keating
Perfect Square by Michael Hall
Singing Away the Dark by Caroline Woodward
Those Shoes by Maribeth Boelts
Tilda Tries Again by Tom Percival
You Hold Me Up by Monique Gray Smith
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Check out these short videos on resilience. You may find them useful to use in your classroom.