Persistence Books for Kids
In today’s slick, glossy world, where everything is made perfect for social media, it is more important than ever to teach children that new skills take time and patience to develop. Below are new persistence books for kids, which help them learn the value of trying and trying again to learn to do something hard – but worth it.
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Persistence Books for Kids
Below are new persistence books for kids to encourage them to keep trying!
Elena Rides (available in Spanish as Elena monta en bici) is perfect for beginning readers, who will admire the elephant’s persistence in learning to ride a bicycle. Elena falls numerous times but always gets up and tries again. But just when she finally seems to get it, a rock in the path sends her flying. Discouraged, she is about to give up with a little bird gives her the encouragement she needs to try again – until she finally experiences the joy of riding!
Wild Blue is the story of an imaginative girl transitioning to her first bike without training wheels. Using the metaphor of horses, the book describes the new bike (nicknamed Wild Blue) as an animal difficult to tame. In fact, after getting bucked off a few times, the girl just wants her well-behaved little pony (her old bike) back. But with her father’s gentle encouragement, she gets to know the new bike, and eventually, girl and bike learn to ride together.
This lovely book demonstrates how conquering a fear can take time. A child is afraid to enter the water, yet over time they gradually learn to first dip in their toes, and read books that let them explore underwater worlds in their imagination. Their mother assures them that the water would wait until they were ready. Until finally one day, they are ready to take a little leap – into the water and into Mama’s arms! A great book about celebrating all progress as important, even if it may seem like a small step at the time.
This beautiful book transports young readers to Paris, where a small pigeon family is embarking on a new adventures, as the little ones finally leave the nest to begin flying. Except one doesn’t want to go! Petite is just too scared, and so she stays in the nest when the rest leave to search for food. Even her growling tummy won’t convince her to leave the nest. Finally, Mama explains that there will never be a perfect time, but, no matter what, Petite would always have the support of her family. I love all the encouragement the mother and siblings give to the little bird, never making fun of her for being scared, and always reminding her that she can do it!