Be Brave Little One
Written and illustrated by Marianne Richmond
Published by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Publication date: 3rd October 2017
Age range: 2+
Summary: (from Goodreads)
From the author of If I Could Keep You Little comes Be Brave Little One, which honors and celebrates the power of courage in every child. Perfect for cheering someone on, this story affirms how bravery can show up in all different ways!
When I look at you,
shining bright as the sun,
I wish for you this…
be brave little one!
How far will I go?
What things can I be?
When I get to choose what brave is to me.
This is an adorable book with an important message for children. Every year I read my class ‘Oh the Places you’ll go’ by Dr Seuss at the beginning and end of the academic year because I think this message is so vital – it is your choices that make you who you are and you can go anywhere you want to go.
That is not to say that everyone is given the same opportunities or that all dreams may achieved as easily others. However, I do think that it is essential for children to believe in themselves and to learn to pick themselves up after failures.
This book is similar in the message it is sending but may be suitable for younger readers the Dr Seuss book has some quite tough language and concepts which can make it a difficult text. I love both these books and will be using them with my class!
A lot of my friends are having babies at the moment so this would make a lovely Baby Shower present too. 🙂
Be brave to BE YOU on your journey begun.
Let your heart led the way…be brave little one!
What I liked: Style of illustrations, the positive message, the acknowledgement that things will sometimes go wrong and we need to keep trying.
Even better if: It is lovely just as it is – I would pair it with other texts sending similar messages.
How you could use it in your classroom: Read it to children and link it to their personal experiences – what challenges have you faced? How have you overcome them? What is your dream? What could you do today to get a bit closer to that dream?
(Thank you to Netgalley and Sourcebooks Jabberwocky for my review copy)