World Book Day 2020: Children's books that inspire confidence & resilience

8 children's books that inspire resillience to read during the COVID-19 pandemic

Books and stories can help children understand and express their feelings about a given situation. They give children a vocabulary for what is going around them and inside them. Reading allows us to put ourselves in somebody else’s skin and as a result develop empathy – but reading has another profound effect. It allows us to ‘live’ the experiences and in turn make us feel experienced, increasing resilience and confidence.

In the current climate, resilience is a vital skill and we need to help our kids develop it. That’s why we’ve put together a list with some of our favourite children’s books that help teach the importance of resilience and being confident in yourself. Our second learn at home ebook also contains some activities that help kids learn to be resilient. You can check it out here.

1. Good Night Stories For Rebel Girls by Francesca Cavallo & Elena Favilli

Packed with 100 bedtime stories about the life of 100 extraordinary women from the past & the present, this book shows little girls they can be anything they want! The stories in this book are empowering, moving and their heroines definitely need no rescuing. A collection of potted lives of strong women, from iconic world leaders to little-known pioneers, Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls presents an alternate history of progress and achievement from Elizabeth I to Serena Williams, Ada Lovelace to Michelle Obama. Filled with vibrant, imaginative illustrations from a range of female artists, this is one of our team’s favourite books.

2. Stories For Boys Who Dare To Be Different by Ben Brooks

An extraordinary compilation of 100 stories to inspire a younger generation to understand that you don’t have to be tough, strong and a dragon killer to be worthwhile. Entries include Frank Ocean, Salvador Dalí, Rimbaud, Beethoven, Barack Obama, Stormzy, Ai Weiwei and Jesse Owens – different sorts of heroes from all walks of life and from all over the world.

3. The Girl Who Lost Her Smile by Karim Alrawi

A simple tale about uncovering life’s hidden beauties, the story follows a young girl called Jehan on her journey to recover her lost smile. Along the way she is helped by jugglers, fire-eaters and artists who all try their hardest to help her find her smile. This wonderful story encourages children to see the hidden beauties all around us and that all we have to do is release the brightness that is within us and all around us.

4. Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty & David Roberts

A story about pursuing one’s passion with persistence and learning to celebrate each failure on the road to achieving one’s dreams. The main character, Rosie, dreams about becoming an engineer and always invents new things when nobody’s looking. She is helped along the way by her aunt which makes her realise that in order to achieve your dreams you have to risk failure.

5. Juno Valentine and The Fantastic Fashion Adventure by Eva Chen

In an epic chase through time, Juno discovers the self-confidence she needs to express herself in her own magical way with help from beloved female icons. On her adventure, she gets some help from female icons like Simone Biles, Audrey Hepburn, Annie Oakley, and Michelle Obama. Teaching kids, and more importantly girls, the importance of being yourself and being confident in who you are and with what you like, Juno Valentine is an empowering story for any little girl.

6. Happy Dreamer by Peter H. Reynolds

A tale of what it means to dream and be happy, teaching kids the importance of being themselves and celebrating individuality. This book is a celebration of the spectrum of creativity and a lesson for kids on how they can identify why they feel the way they do as well as understand why other people might react differently.

7. Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña

A wonderful story that follows CJ and his grandma on their way home from church, highlighting the importance of seeing the beauty & fun in the little things and the world surrounding you. It teaches the value, and fun, of acceptance, generosity, appreciation, and imagination in a less than a perfect world. The tone of the book is lovingly accepting with its powerful message about learning to live comfortably amid the diversity of ordinary life.

8. Look Up! By Nathan Bryon & Dapo Adeola

Packed with fun facts about meteors and space to satisfy curious minds, Look Up! teaches kids that the sky really is the limit & why it is important to follow your dreams. Rocket, the main character of this book is a star-struck, orange space-suit wearing little girl wanting to become the next Mae Jemison and in her journey to get her brother Jamal to look up from his phone and to the sky, we are thought an important message about ambition, race and gender and how, when you wish upon a star, your dreams might just come true.

You can find all of the above books on Amazon or Google books as hard copies or Ebooks.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our recommendations of books to read with your kids while staying at home, we believe every one of these books has a fitting lesson for today’s world that every child should learn. We’d love to hear if you’ve already read any of these books and what you thought of them! Or, if you have any other recommendations of books that teach children the importance of being resilient and confidence let us know on our Social Media channels using @techwillsaveus.

If you want more ideas of activities to do with the kids while at home that are both fun and educational check out our Supercharge Learning & Playing at Home free Ebook series here.