Books that take on tough topics introduce kids to characters who have figured out how to cope with difficult circumstances or problems. Often these stories are based on real people or true events. Even if the character’s troubles are unfamiliar, children empathize with their feelings. Readers are connected to that one thing we all share in common – human emotion. And tough topics spark thought provoking conversations that may inspire kids to explore beyond the book and into others parts of the world.
COME WITH ME by Holly M. McGhee, illustrated by Pascal Lemaaitre
Topics: fear, kindness, courage
When surrounded by negativity, our actions matter.
THE WATER PRINCESS by Susan Verde, Georgie Badiel, illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds
Topics: survival, perseverance, hope
Even in despair, never give up.
MAYBE SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL: How Art Transformed a Neighborhood by F. Isabel Campoy, Theresa Howell, illustrated by Rafael Lopez
Topics: art, community, empowerment
Small actions can inspire big change.
MALALA'S MAGIC PENCIL by Malala Yousafzai, illustrated by Kerascoet
Topics: courage, girls’ right to education, activism
Feeling brave is magical, but taking action is courageous.
THE ROOSTER WHO WOULD NOT BE QUIET by Carmen Agra Deedy, illustrated by Eugene Yelchin
Topics: bullying, courage, perseverance
Everyone has a voice and should never be silenced.
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