Browse by tag: persistence


Amazing Grace
Author: Mary Hoffman
Illustrator: Caroline Binch
How this book may help: Inspiring children to achieve their full potential by believing that anything is possible. Promoting tolerance and acceptance and celebrating diversity. Boosting self-esteem and dealing with prejudice.
Grace adores play acting and dressing up as her favourite fictional characters. So when her teacher... read more

Tags: persistence, multicultural, gender, diversity, confidence, being different, prejudice

Average reader rating:

 5 out of 5


Sophie's Masterpiece
Author: Eileen Spinelli
Illustrator: Jane Dyer
How this book may help: May encourage a child who is frightened of spiders to look more favourably upon these fascinating creatures. The book also reflects the ageing process, and may strike a chord with a child who has lost an elderly relative. Additionally, it has underlying themes of tolerance and acceptance.
Sophie is no ordinary house spider: she is an artist who can spin the most intricate and beautiful... read more

Tags: bereavement, fears, loss, persistence

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Little By Little
Author: Amber Stewart
Illustrator: Layn Marlow
How this book may help: Showing how, step by small step, confidence can build when learning something new. It may also appeal to a child who is learning how to swim, or is frightened of the water.
Scramble is a young otter who can’t swim. With the help and guidance of his family he starts by... read more

Tags: persistence, fears, anxiety, swimming

Average reader rating: No readers have reviewed this book yet.


This Book Belongs to Aye-Aye
Author: Richard Byrne
Illustrator: Richard Byrne
How this book may help: This entertaining book explores the idea of 'being different'. The central character has less conventional looks than his classmates, but the story reveals that his kindness and intelligence are more important than the way he looks. The book also has an anti-bullying message.
The hero of the story is Aye-Aye (an Aye-Aye is a rather curious-looking animal that lives in the... read more

Tags: being different, bullying, co-operation, friends, helping, persistence, prejudice, school

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The Great Big Book of Feelings
Author: Mary Hoffman
Illustrator: Ros Asquith
How this book may help: A child struggling with negative emotions may find great comfort in this sympathetic, entertaining and reassuring book which explores many different feelings: happy, sad, excited, bored, interested, angry, upset, calm, silly, lonely, scared, safe, embarrassed, shy, confident, worried, jealous and satisfied.
The book is presented in bite-size chunks of information which should hold the attention of a child... read more

Tags: anger, anxiety, bullying, comfort, death, depression, emotions, fears, friends, hitting, jealousy, loneliness, loss, persistence, phobias, prejudice, sadness, shyness, violence

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I Can Do It
Author: Pat Thomas
Illustrator: Lesley Harker
How this book may help: May encourage children to persevere with tasks that they find challenging.
The books explains how everybody enjoys things they find easy, but it is harder to keep trying when... read more

Tags: growing up, independence, persistence

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Catherine's Story
Author: Genevieve Moore
Illustrator: Karin Littlewood
How this book may help: Promoting tolerance and understanding of those with physical or mental disabilities. Highlights the positive traits of disability.
This book is based on a child who suffers from a kind of epilepsy known as infantile spasms or West... read more

Tags: being different, disability, persistence

Average reader rating: No readers have reviewed this book yet.

Dogs Don't Do Ballet
Author: Anna Kemp
Illustrator: Sara Ogilvie
Everyone knows that dogs don’t do ballet, except for one little girl in Miss Polly’s ballet... read more

Tags: persistence, prejudice

Average reader rating:

 4 out of 5

Small Florence
Author: Claire Alexander
Illustrator: Claire Alexander
How this book may help: This book may help a child to understand that if they have a special talent or something they love doing, that they can achieve their dreams.
A book about a little sister pig called Florence who loves to sing and all the other animals tell... read more

Tags: confidence, bullying, persistence

Average reader rating: No readers have reviewed this book yet.

Giraffes Can't Dance
Author: Giles Andreae
Illustrator: Guy Parker-Rees
How this book may help: The story would be a good starting point for a discussion on self-esteem and persistence, or the positive side of being different. It also has an anti-bullying/acceptance message.
Gerald was a very self-conscious giraffe; he was painfully aware of his gangly legs which made him... read more

Tags: anxiety, being different, bullying, confidence, diversity, emotions, loneliness, persistence, prejudice, sadness, shyness

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Whay Do I Feel Scared? A First Look At Being Brave
Author: Pat Thomas
Illustrator: Lesley Harkar
How this book may help: This non-fiction picture book explores what it means to be brave and defines bravery in many different forms (including standing up for yourself and others, and trying new things).
The book explains that bravery is a choice you make rather than something you are born with.... read more

Tags: anxiety, behaviour, being different, growing up, persistence, phobias

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Invisible Isabelle
Author: Wendy Sefcik
Illustrator: Wendy Sefcik
How this book may help: This may encourage children to embrace their creativity and self-expression and not to succumb to peer-pressure and bullying.
Isabelle adored designing and creating clothes, so when she received a sewing box for her seventh... read more

Tags: being different, confidence, diversity, persistence, prejudice

Average reader rating: No readers have reviewed this book yet.

The Cloud
Author: Hannah Cumming
Illustrator:
One of the children in art class never draws and is always surrounded by a big black cloud. She is... read more

Tags: emotions, friends, persistence, sadness, shyness

Average reader rating: No readers have reviewed this book yet.

Collywobble
Author: Malachy Doyle
Illustrator: Petra Brown
How this book may help: The story shows that appearances are not always as they seem. It has an underlying message that even the youngest and weakest can achieve great and unexpected things with enough determination.
Working sheepdog Bess has a litter of puppies: all are big and strong, except one (Collywobble) who... read more

Tags: being different, confidence, dog, persistence

Average reader rating: No readers have reviewed this book yet.

Odd Bird Out
Author: Helga Bansch
Illustrator: Helga Bansch
How this book may help: Whilst generally children want to fit in with their peers many others either cannot or do not want to be like everybody else.
Robert the raven wants to wear colourful clothes and sing and dance outrageously but all the other... read more

Tags: being different, friends, persistence

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"Oh, No," said Elephant
Author: A. H. Benjamin
Illustrator: Alireza Goldouzian
How this book may help: Helps a child to see that not everyone is good at the same thing. Individuals have different strengths, and everybody is good at something!
Elephant and his (smaller) friends are playing together, but Elephant is struggling to keep up with... read more

Tags: being different, diversity, friends, growing up, persistence, prejudice

Average reader rating: No readers have reviewed this book yet.

The Very Busy Spider
Author: Eric Carle
Illustrator: Eric Carle
How this book may help: A story that portrays spiders in a positive way. This book may also encourage children to persevere with difficult tasks.
Publisher's summary: "Spinning her web keeps the spider busy all day long. A number of animals try to distract the spider..." read more

Tags: persistence, fears, phobias

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