Resilience

A Perfectly Messed-Up Story

A Perfectly Messed-Up Story by Patrick McDonnell
(2 – 5 years)

Little Louie’s story keeps getting messed up, and he’s not happy about it! What’s the point of telling his tale if he can’t tell it perfectly? But when he stops and takes a deep breath, he realizes that everything is actually just fine, and his story is a good one–imperfections and all.

After the Fall

After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again) by Dan Santat
(3 – 8 years)

Everyone knows that when Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. But what happened after?

Emmanuel's Dream

Emmanuel’s Dream by Laurie Ann Thompson (5 – 9 years)

Born with one deformed leg, he was dismissed by most people—but not by his mother, who taught him to reach for his dreams. As a boy, Emmanuel hopped to school more than two miles each way, learned to play soccer, left home at age thirteen to provide for his family, and, eventually, became a cyclist. He rode an astonishing four hundred miles across Ghana in 2001, spreading his powerful message: disability is not inability.

Rising Strong

Rising Strong by Brené Brown

It is the rise from falling that Brown takes as her subject in Rising Strong. What do these people with strong and loving relationships, leaders nurturing creativity, artists pushing innovation, and clergy walking with people through faith and mystery have in common? The answer was clear: They recognize the power of emotion and they’re not afraid to lean in to discomfort.

Option B

Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy 
by Sheryl Sandberg

Resilience comes from deep within us and from support outside us. Option B illuminates how to help others in crisis, develop compassion for ourselves, raise strong children, and create resilient families.

The Most Magnificent Thing

The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires
(3 – 7 years)

This funny book exemplifies the rewards of perseverance and creativity. The girl’s frustration and anger are vividly depicted in the detailed art, and the story offers good options for dealing honestly with these feelings, while at the same time reassuring children that it’s okay to make mistakes.

Lubna and Pebble

Lubna and Pebble by Wendy Meddour, illustrated by Daniel Egnéus (4 – 8 years)

This emotionally stirring and stunningly illustrated picture book explores one girl’s powerful act of friendship in the midst of an unknown situation.

Out of My Mind

Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper (9 – 12 years)

Eleven-year-old Melody is not like most people. She can’t walk. She can’t talk. She can’t write. All because she has cerebral palsy. But she also has a photographic memory; she can remember every detail of everything she has ever experienced. She’s the smartest kid in her whole school, but NO ONE knows it. Most people—her teachers, her doctors, her classmates—dismiss her as mentally challenged because she can’t tell them otherwise. But Melody refuses to be defined by her disability. And she’s determined to let everyone know it…somehow.

Resilient

Resilient: How to Grow an Unshakable Core of Calm, Strength, and Happiness 
by Rick Hanson

True resilience is much more than enduring terrible conditions. We need it every day to raise a family, cope with stress, heal from old pain, and simply keep on going.

Scars Like Wings

Scars Like Wings 
by Erin Stewart

“A heartfelt and unflinching look at the reality of being a burn survivor and at the scars we all carry. This book is for everyone, burned or not, who has ever searched for a light in the darkness.” –Stephanie Nielson

The World Ain’t All Sunshine and Rainbows

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