BOOKS THAT INSPIRE KIDS TO HAVE A POSITIVE ATTITUDE
Everyone struggles from time to time to maintain a cheerful viewpoint, and naturally optimistic children might lose their composure under pressure. In two crucial ways, we may support children in developing their capacity for positive thought. One is through serving as positive role models, and two is by reading picture books that spark discussions about what it means to be optimistic in the face of adversity.
These twelve picture books give youngsters the ideal motivation to “see on the bright side.”
I have picked picture books with intriguing storylines that will prompt inquiries and serious discussion with youngsters rather than didactic (also known as dull) books with a clear “message.”
By combining Angelou’s poetry with Basquiat’s neo-expressionist paintings, the book’s editor, Sara Jane Boyers, has produced an amazing work of art. The poem by Maya Angelou challenges the reader to overcome the terrifying experiences they may have by finding inner courage and a will to accomplish. The text’s directness and brevity make it a fantastic introduction to poetry. Includes author’s remarks on Basquiat’s and Angelou’s respective bodies of work. 3 and older.
Read Javaka Steptoe’s Caldecott Award-winning picture book Radiant Child for a fantastic biography of the artist.
Dream Street is a magnificent dedication to a vibrant neighborhood on a unique street. A tale and artwork about a resident of Dream Street are included on each double-page spread. When you start reading it, it almost seems like a compilation of very short tales, but then you realize how the lives of the people depicted have created opportunities for the children to succeed. Everyone on Dream Street has goals, and the positive energy in the neighborhood will engulf you. 4 and older.
This rhyming book is extremely entertaining and ideal for story time. Siblings Musa and Dada are traveling to the beach in a daladala in East Africa. The minibus becomes more and more full as the driver continues to pick up all types of people. Dada maintains that there is always space for more despite Musa’s objections to each new arrival. This is a genuine pleasure because of the vivid visuals and upbeat content. Not to be overlooked! 3 and older.
Eugene has a negative outlook. Despite having recently won a cruise, he says, “Terrific, and I’ll end up with a terrible sunburn.” Eugene encounters a parrot when stuck on an island after the boat collapses. The parrot contrasts their negative attitude toward Eugene. The parrot persuades Eugene to construct a boat and leave the island after a funny back and forth in which Eugene often utters his deadpan catchphrase, “Terrific.” Eugene finds himself protecting the parrot when they are rescued by a fisherman familiar with it. Very humorous and an excellent way to start a discussion about how to change negative attitudes. 4 and older.
Here’s a fantastic book to add to your collection of STEM books to read. The novel, which is based on a real incident, relates the tale of Prasit and the other lads in Koh Panyee, a little fishing community in Thailand built on stilts. The only time the boys may play soccer is at low tide. They want to put together a squad to compete in tournaments, but they cannot do so without a permanent field. The youngsters use their resourcefulness to create a floating soccer pitch to address the issue. Endnotes include more details on the actual people and events in the book, as well as images, maps, and other visual aids. 6 and older.
Oh, how I enjoy this uplifting children’s book! Daniel steps outdoors and enquires of his various neighbors and friends about what they define as a nice day. When bees come, a gardener tells him it’s a lovely day. When there is enough wind to fly a kite, his pal Emma enjoys a happy day. After finishing the book, your kids will enjoy talking about what it means to them to have a wonderful day. The book has such a beautiful message. They could even start asking their pals for opinions! 3 and older.
Mel has decided that today will be her day to fly! She jumps out of the nest and begins to torpedo down at full speed. A variety of animals give her guidance as she passes. Mel ultimately steps into the water before shooting back up into the air with a fish in her beak. The same creatures applaud her as she climbs. The book’s vertical layout contributes to its upbeat vibe. Ages 3 and up.
You may be acquainted with the recommendation to teach children the value of “yet” if you’re a parent or educator. Children who may be having a hard time are encouraged by The Magical Yet to harness their willpower. They could believe they are incapable of doing anything, yet all it takes is the word “yet” to change their perspective! The vibrant visuals and upbeat, bouncing pace of the text are both wonderful. Ages 4 and up.
This amusing tale contrasts a cheery disposition with a pessimistic one. While an old guy laments the rain, a little child is excitedly getting ready to go outside and enjoy the splashes and puddles. The child manages to turn the man’s frown upside down during their amusing conversation. Having a “grumpy old guy” is a bit of a cliché. Therefore it’s important to explain to youngsters that certain attitudes are not exclusive to particular age groups! 3 and older.
The only thing Sophia wants for her birthday is a giraffe. She creates complex, unique presentations to make her case to each family member, including the judge, businessperson, lawyer, and enforcer (grandma!). Will she be able to persuade the jurors with the correct words and be able to win her case? This novel will make you laugh, and Sophia’s spirit of optimism and tenacity will rub off on you. Ages 4 and up.
Here’s a subtle approach to encouraging kids to be positive, and the tale illustrates how practicing mindfulness is one way to stay upbeat. Even if we don’t know precisely what tomorrow will bring, the calming wording and visuals suggest that it’s probable that everything will go as planned, from the ordinary to the extraordinary. Birds in the sky, a door to pass through, a stone to investigate and pick up, and a bug to observe are all likely to be there. “Tomorrow, probably, will be a fantastic day since you are in it,” the statement concludes. Ages 3 and up.
The iconic picture book by Pinkwater demonstrates how even a little error may alter a person’s view on life and even their neighbors. On the street where Mr. Plumbean resides, each home is identical to the next. One day a bird flies over his roof and dumps a can of orange paint. This action starts a chain of events that results in Mr. Plumbean having a wonderful, one-of-a-kind home. His neighbors are first horrified, but as they converse with Mr. Plumbean, the street changes into a striking illustration of everyone’s hopes. This is a lovely book about learning to express oneself, having a good outlook, and altering one’s thinking.