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Pride: Books For Kids

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

As you can see, this list of kids books about pride 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 pride, 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].

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Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters
Written & illustrated by John Steptoe
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Mufaro was a happy man. Everyone agreed that his two daughters were very beautiful. Nyasha was kind and considerate as well as beautiful, but everyone -- except Mufaro -- knew that Manyara was selfish, badtempered, and spoiled. When the king decided to take a wife and invited "The Most Worthy and Beautiful Daughters in the Land" to appear before him, Mufaro declared proudly that only the king could choose between Nyasha and Manyara. Manyara, of course, didn't agree, and set out to make certain that she would be chosen. John Steptoe has created a memorable modem fable of pride going before a fall, in keeping with the moral of the folktale that was his inspiration. He has illustrated it with stunning paintings that glow with the beauty, warmth, and internal vision of the land and people of his ancestors.
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The Emperor's New Clothes
Written by Hans Christian Andersen & illustrated by Virginia Lee Burton
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7
A young boy who wishes for the return of dinosaurs imagines how useful they would be.
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I'm the Best
Written & illustrated by Lucy Cousins
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5
"A joyous spirit pervades this picture book and its fallible yet lovable protagonist." — Booklist (starred review) "I win! I’m the best!" Dog boasts. He can run faster than Mole, dig better than Goose, swim faster than Donkey, and he’s much bigger than Ladybug. He wins! Unfortunately, Dog’s nonstop bragging is starting to make his friends feel kind of sad. But what if they mixed things up and looked at them differently? Could they teach Dog a lesson — and remind him of what it means to be a best friend?
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The Red Shoes
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8
Have you ever wished for something so hard that you could think of nothing else? When Karen becomes entranced by a pair of beautiful red dancing shoes in a shop window, they fill her every thought and dream. One fateful day, she is able to buy the shoes for herself, only to learn later, as the shopkeeper tells her, to "be careful what you wish for, because it may come true." The enthralling presentation of this Hans Christian Andersen classic will win readers over with its luminous illustrations and engaging text, and will remind them of the lessons of life and love.

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