Three Books About Resilience for Little Learners

Date :
September 3, 2021

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Three Books About Resilience for Little Learners

Read your child books about resilience to help them cope with lockdown! 

Lockdowns during a pandemic are tough on everyone but especially on our little people, who really need structure and routine for their emotional and educational development. It’s hard to know how to help them cope with the stresses of going back and forth between going to Prep or school and being stuck at home. How do you help your children manage? The answer is, as always, with books! The power of storytelling is truly a magical thing. Teach your little learner resilience through reading, and watch them quickly bounce back from lockdown limbo with these three fantastic books. 

Teaching resilience through reading – our favourite three books

As much as we want to, we cannot shield our children from all the challenges life throws at us – especially not when it comes to lockdowns and everything the current pandemic has thrown at us. Teaching your child to be resilient is imperative, as it will determine how successfully they’ll be able to navigate all this upheaval. But how do you go about it? 

Resilience is like any other skill – it can be learned. All it takes is a little patience and a fair amount of practice.  Luckily, books and stories are one of the most effective ways of helping to teach your child these new skills. These are skills they are going to be utilising throughout their entire life, so it’s important to start early.  Help them immerse themselves in a beautiful story, and watch as they pick up on the subtle messages woven throughout it.  

Resilience by Jayneen Sanders, for ages 4 – 9 years

This beautiful book encourages resilience and persistence in children, helping them bounce back from challenges and adversity. It’s the perfect book to help them navigate their way through the ups and downs of our current situation so that they can get back on track when lockdown ends.  

Big Feelings by Alexandra Penfold, for ages 4 and over

Big Feelings is an uplifting and inspiring picture book that helps children acknowledge and manage feelings of all kinds – and develop empathy for others, too. When children are going through something they can’t name, helping them to identify their feelings provides a way for them to understand and work through the experience.  

The Tree in Me by Corinna Luyken, for ages 4 and over

Through beautiful illustrations and poetic text, this book explores the many ways human beings are strong, creative, and connected to one another – something we all need reminding of during a lockdown, when we’re all separated.  

May Gibbs is a perfect place to help your child survive lockdown, and there’s a range of activities to engage all sorts of readers!


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