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8 Picture Books to Inspire Bravery and Courage

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My kid used to be fear of many things. I turn to books to help him recognize he is not alone and other kids are faced with the same emotions of a fight. Now he understands fears are universal and we just need to use our courage to conquer them.

So I choose these picture books about being brave and facing fears from my bookshelf to share with you. If you meet similar problems, go ahead and read them. I hope these books can help your kids overcome their fears.

by Mercer Mayer

There’s a Nightmare in My Closet

It is a story about a brave young boy, who conquered his fear of a monster in his closet. To keep the monster away, every night, before bedtime, he will shut the closet door tightly. Then, one day he decides to fight the “nightmare”… Did he succeed?

by Brian Pinkney

The Adventures of Sparrowboy

It is a good read for young boys who want to be superheroes. The boy in the story gets the superpower to fly from a sparrow. Then, he uses these powers for good to protect from evil in his town. It’s also an excellent read for young comic lovers.

by Karen Kingsbury 

Brave Young Knight by Karen Kingsbury

This fairy tale is about a young boy who competes with other young knights for a princedom. In the end, the king announces him as the winner for his bravery, honesty, integrity, and kindness. Read it with your kids and it will tell you what the meaning of true bravery is.


by William Steig

Brave Irene

The little girl, named Irene helps her mother deliver a package to the duchess. In the journey, brave Irene overcomes obstacles to accomplish her mission. The “special delivery” must impress your young readers.


by Marcus Pfister

Rainbow Fish to the Rescue!

A little-stripped fish wants to join a group of fish playing flash-tag but is refused. Suddenly, a shark is coming near the little-stripped fish … Will the rainbow fish save him? I believe the illustration and the storyline will delight your kids.


by Cornelia Funke

The Princess Knight

A young princess is determined to be a knight. Although she is not as strong as her brothers, she works hard and tries her best to practice until she’s better than them. It shows with strong determination one can achieve whatever goal they desire.


by Emma Yarlett

Orion and the Dark

This is a good read to help kids overcome fears. A boy, named Orion, is fear of a lot of things, especially the dark. However, one night, surprisingly, he has an adventure with the Dark to explore the scary parts of the dark. Does the boy conquer fear after the journey? Read and find the answer.


by Ari Berk


This picture book depicts how a little bat Chiro finds his way home while facing his first night alone. “Sense is the song you sing out into the world and the song the world sings back to you.” With his these words from his mother in mind, Chiro begins to sing and explore. In this book, the concept of echolocation is introduced.



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Hi, I am Ruby, a thirty-something. I’m a mother, high school teacher, book lover, and psychology buff. If you love reading or want to find reads for kids, you’ve come to the right place.


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