“When you are faced with trouble like these there is only one thing you really need. (And, no, I don’t mean your favorite hideout!) What you need is courage. Courage is like a secret weapon you can use to defeat your foes – and your fears. Courage means being strong, but you don’t need big muscles, because courage is strength of the heart or spirit.”-A Teaspoon of Courage for Kids
We LOVE children’s literature! Incorporating books into your daily schedule is such a natural and enjoyable way to reinforce the WOW Word with your preschooler! Our current favorites include the following:
Have a picky eater? How Martha Saved Her Parents from Green Beans and Pete the Cat and the Perfect Pizza Party are for you!
Sheila Rae the Brave is the perfect book for kids who THINK they aren’t afraid of anything.
Be Brave Little Penguin is a perfect book for young preschoolers who are skeptical and cautious about swimming!
Identifying rhyming words is a phonological awareness skill and one of the TOP predictors of later reading success! If I Never Endeavor has a plethora of rhymes that your preschooler will be challenged to identify as they read about a bird learning to fly.(These rhymes are tricky and best suited for 4-5 year olds.)
Everyone Can Learn to Ride a Bike is an awesome book for anyone learning a new skill especially one that takes courage + perseverance!
If nonfiction is more your jam, The True Story of Ruby Bridges and many of the I Am... books especially I Am Harriet Tubman are perfect for inquisitive minds who want to learn about real courage in action.
A Kissing Hand For Chester Racoon is a board book that reminds children who may be nervous about going to school that your love will always be with them.
Just need a book that will provide a time to laugh and connect with your child (about a character using courage) Creepy Pair of Underwear and Creepy Carrots is one we never get tired of in our home.
Lastly, When You Are Brave is a beautiful illustration about our world that can seem “Too big. Too loud. Too hard. Too much.” It does not mention Jesus, but is the perfect opportunity to talk about the source of our courage.
Books are a wonderful way to be intentional with your child! Any time. Any place. Any need.