A pink penguin, protecting nature, and a little meerkat, read our selection of 8 books about facing your fears and how to do hard things

As adults, we frequently have to do hard things. Whether it’s something we don't like, something outside of our comfort zone, or even something that downright scares us. The same goes for tough conversations with partners, our kids, extended family and friends and even colleagues. 

For some of us, it’s easier than for others, but I think we can all agree that we often have to face our fears. Now imagine what that must be like for a tiny human learning to navigate their world and the various people in it.

That’s why Nooksy has curated a special selection of kids’ books aimed at helping children (and their parents) with their early childhood development. We also have an entire section of titles for kids to help them face their fears. Check out our books about doing hard things.

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8 Books About Facing Your Fears on Nooksy

The Map of Good Memories

By:
Fran Nuño, Jon Brokenbrow, Zuzanna Celej

There are places that remind us of happy moments. Zoe, a little girl who has to flee from her city with her family because of a war, remembers them before she leaves. She uses them to draw a “map of good memories,” knowing that they will always be with her.

Walking Through a World of Aromas

By:
Jon Brokenbrow, Ariel Andrés Almada, Sonja Wimmer

Winner at the 2013 International Latino Book AwardsA tale that will touch your heart, teaching us that if we set our minds to it, we can all turn what we perceive as weaknesses into strengths.

Human Town

By:
Anna Doherty, Alan Durant

It’s a lovely day. Let’s take a trip to Human Town. Those humans are always fun, aren’t they? Only there don’t seemto be nearly as many these days…

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Pink

By:
Lynne Rickards, Margaret Chamberlain

"What's a penguin to think when he wakes up PINK?" Patrick wakes up one day to find he's turned pink overnight. But boys can't be pink! Feeling teased and left out, poor Patrick runs away in search of pink playmates. He crosses the ocean where he finds some pink flamingos - but will he fit in with them any better? Patrick soon learns that friendship is never black and white, but that real friends will accept you just as you are.

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Moon's Messenger

By:
Virginia Kroll, Zuzanna Celej

Moon´s Messenger reminds us of the importance of conserving and respecting the environment, and that we can all help to protect nature and biodiversity.

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Moon's Messenger
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The Little Meerkat, Who Saw The Sun

By:
Hinrich Mummenthey, Claudia Rudolph

The Little Meerkat, Who Saw the Sun: Owl-eye, the little Meerkat, embarks on a journey to seek the answer to a question no one else seems to be asking. Where does she have the rings around her eyes from?

My Shadow is Purple

By:
Scott Stuart

My Dad has a shadow that’s blue as a berry, and my Mum’s is as pink as a blossoming cherry. There’s only those choices, a 2 or a 1. But mine is quite different, it’s both and it’s none.A heartwarming and inspiring book about being true to yourself, by best-selling children’s book creator Scott Stuart. This story considers gender beyond binary in a vibrant spectrum of colour.

Mariama Different But Just the Same

By:
Nívola Uyá, Jerónimo Cornelles, Jon Brokenbrow

Everything is new for Mariama after a long journey by car, train, boat, and plane from Africa. She is going to discover a world where the streets, her school, and the food are all different. However, what about the people? A beautiful tale about identity, the process of integration, and solidarity. Are you ready to meet Mariama and play with her?

As you and your little ones discover the characters and world contained on these pages, you’ll find helpful lessons to help face your fears and navigate important things that are hard to do or talk about. 

Discover our entire collection of books to help your child realise ‘I Can Do Hard Things’.

Also check out our books about friendship for kids and our collection of books about being yourself for kids.

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