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Encouragement: Books For Kids

Looking for a list of the best children's books about encouragement?

As you can see, this list of kids books about encouragement is a work in progress! We’re currently exploring the best books available, and we’d love your input. If you have a title you’d suggest including on our list of kids books about encouragement, please share it with us!

We’ll be featuring a variety of titles on our list, from well known classics to popular bestsellers to lesser known titles that deserve a bigger audience. We’re also including books for a range of ages, from board books for babies and toddlers, to picture books for preschool and kindergarten age kids, to chapter books for early elementary age kids.

We’d love to hear any book suggestions you have—you can comment below or email us at [email protected].

The Tale of You
Written & illustrated by Beatrix Potter
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-10

This inspirational guide to life featuring Peter Rabbit, in the same vein as the Dr. Seuss classic Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, is the perfect graduation gift! As Peter Rabbit bounces out into the big, wide world he will face triumphs and setbacks, hopes and fears. He will meet true friends and fearsome foes, but will always have a home to return to, and a family waiting to hear stories of his adventures. Featuring a brilliantly rhythmical rhyming text with characterful new illustrations, this new book is set to become a beloved classic!

Hip, Hip, Hooray for Annie McRae!
Written by Brad Wilcox & illustrated by Julie Olson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Annie McRae is a fun-loving girl whose bright smile, big heart, and turquoise-heeled cowboy boots give her an extra spring in her step as she says “Howdy!” to everyone she meets. Anytime she helps her parents or teacher, they always cheer back “Hip, hip, hooray for Annie McRae!” One day, however, everyone is too busy, and no one notices her good deeds. Will no one cheer for Annie anymore? Hip, Hip, Hooray! for Annie McRae teaches that the best cheers come from within as we care for others.

You!
Written & illustrated by Sandra Magsamen
board book
Recommend Ages: 4-10

A life full of adventure first requires big dreams. And big dreams need big encouragement. From world-renowned author and artist Sandra Magsamen comes YOU!, offering inspiration and hope to readers from 1 to 100. Includes colorful, lively illustrations along with whimsical rhyming text that can be cherished in almost any setting.

You Can Do It, Bert!
Written & illustrated by Ole Könnecke
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-6

This is Bert’s big day. He is well prepared, mentally, and physically. But he might need some encouragement.

You Can Do It, Bert! is a simple, funny picture book with an encouraging positive message. It’s a great gift for anyone embarking on a new venture: a child about to start school, a teenager finishing high school, a college student graduating, or anyone starting a new job or going overseas.

Froggy Rides a Bike
Written by Jonathan London & illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Froggy just got his very first bike, and it’s exactly what he wanted. Almost. Finishing touches like a bell and a horn have to be added before Froggy is ready to ride. Then, surrounded by cheering friends, Froggy starts to pedal. Oops! He falls off. He tries again. Oops! Riding a bike is hard! After a long day, and a few bumps and bruises, Froggy finally learns to ride?and once he does, he can?t wait to go again. Froggy Rides a Bike is a reassuring reminder that practice makes perfect and it’s sure to make kids eager to learn to ride on their own.

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