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4 great kids' books about facing challenges with resilience and strength

The new year brings exciting new changes, but also new challenges. These titles encourage resilience in the face of difficulty, and teach children how to bounce back with strength and positivity.


Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut
By Derrick Barnes
Ages 4-8

This multiple-award-winning book is about a boy getting a haircut. A haircut is magic, a transformation. Through the haircut, a boy finds a self-confidence that’s seen by others, and that he can see reflected in them.


Saving Winslow
By Sharon Creech​
Ages 8-12

Louie befriends a sickly newborn donkey, and names him Winslow. Everyone is worried that Winslow won’t survive, including Louie’s new friend Nora, but as their bond grows, a series of life-changing events prove the fragile donkey is stronger than they believed.


By Antony John
Ages 8-12

Noah has been in a wheelchair for months. Physical therapy isn’t helping. Scared he’ll never be himself again, Noah will have to face his fears with the help of family and friends to move off the sidelines, and move forward.


Darius the Great is Not Okay
By Adib Khorram​
Ages 12+

Darius didn’t fit in at home, and probably won’t in Iran. Explaining his clinical depression to his grandparents doesn’t help either. Then Darius meets Sohrab, the boy next door, and his new friend makes him feel better than just okay.

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