8 Best Children’s Books About Perseverance Update 05/2022

Children's Books About Perseverance

The start of the year (or the start of the school year) is a good time to talk about setting goals and perseverance. You can start a conversation about never giving up and always aiming for the stars with these picture books!

To my kids, stories are always interesting.

Story events are often linked to their own lives by people. People who persevere and don’t give up are often talked about in these picture books. Here are my thoughts on each book. Lucy, who is six years old, also talks about some of the books. (Green is the color of her words.)

If you want to know what kind of kids the books are for, I’ve given you an age range for each one. I think it’s important to listen to your child. You might not know which books your child likes, even if they aren’t in the age range for them.

Children’s Book List: Picture Books about Perseverance

The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss

The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss

We like to read this book in the spring when we talk about how to plant seeds. It’s also a good book for teaching perseverance and patience, so we often read it. In this story, a little boy grows a carrot. Many people say that the seed won’t grow, but the boy never gives up! (Age 3 to 8)

Can I Play Too? by Mo Willems

We love Mo Willems books, and this one is a sure favorite. They meet a new friend, Snake, in this story. Snake wants to play catch with them. But snakes don’t have arms. There is always a way to include their new friend. (Age 3 to 8)

How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers

This isn’t the only author we love: Oliver Jeffers, too. Little boy: I want to catch the star in this book. All of his ideas to try and catch one don’t work. But he’s not going to give up. If you want to try to reach for the stars, this book is a great example. (Age 3 to 8)

Ruby’s Wish by Shirin Yim Bridges

This book is about the author’s grandmother, who lived in China a long time ago. It is based on her life, and it is set in China. Rather than marry and stay at home as is the norm in Ruby’s family, she wants to go to college when she grows up instead. People who read this book can talk about perseverance and courage. (Age 5 to 10).

Ruby’s dream is about a girl who lived when they took care of the boys more than the girls. This is what she wants.” This is what Ruby did when she talked to her grandfather about how it’s not fair that boys get more things than girls and that the boys got a better grade than the girls did and that the girls had to get married. Ruby was brave! When she was going to get married instead, she went to a better school. It’s true! ~ Lucy

Salt in His Shoes by Deloris Jordan & Roslyn M. Jordan

Salt in His Shoes by Deloris Jordan & Roslyn M. Jordan

This children’s book is about the famous basketball player, Michael Jordan. It was written by his mother and sister, and it tells the story of how they met and fell in love. Story: The reader learns about the problems Michael Jordan faced in order to become an important basketball player. To get to his goal, Michael has a lot of help from family and friends. Four to eight-year-olds

In the game, a little boy named Michael played with his older brothers. Short: He was small, and the other team had a player bigger than him. He always caused his team to lose. But when he got home, Michael asked his mom, “How can I get taller?” Put salt in your shoes and say your prayers, then you’ll get taller. So he did that for two whole months, but he didn’t grow any taller at all. It was one of those days when he went back to the basketball team. He jumped higher than the guy who was bigger than him. He helped his team win! He became a very good basketball player. Michael tried to play basketball even though he lost. It took him a long time to become a superstar. ~ Lucy

The Curious Garden by Peter Brown

Another book that shows patience and perseverance is here. As a bonus, you could add it to your set of Earth Day books. Winter snow has ruined most of the garden a little boy worked so hard on, but he doesn’t care. But he doesn’t let that stop him. With the help of some neighbors, he works very hard to make the land green again. Four to eight-year-olds

He lived in a dark, smoky place with no plants. Even though he took out one watering can and used it all the time for a long time. It was then that everyone else saw the boy watering the plants, so they started to help. But when it was winter, all the plants died. They did it again, and the plants grew all over. It didn’t matter how bad things looked when the boy tried to plant the plants. ~ Lucy

Matthew’s Dream by Leo Lionni

We love Leo Lionni, who wrote this book for kids. As a little mouse grows up, he wants to be an artist. In order to reach his goal, he works very hard and even has a unique painting in a museum. To talk about setting goals and working hard to reach them, this book is great. For people ages 3-7:

A Chair for My Mother by Vera B. Williams

Back when I was in college, I was learning how to be a teacher. I came across this book for kids. A favorite of mine, it fits right in with this list of books about not giving up no matter what. They save up money so they can buy a chair after their furniture was destroyed in a fire. Four to eight-year-olds

Whistle for Willie by Ezra Jack Keats

Ezra He wrote The Snowy Day and Peter’s Chair, two of my favorite books for kids. It’s another one of my favorite songs. He wants to learn to whistle in this book. He tries and tries and thinks about how cool it would be to whistle to call his dog. Finally, it works! Sweet book that kids can really connect with. For people ages 3-7.

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