Books about courage inspire children

The affairs of life sometimes require great acts of courage, daring and difficult decision-making. The ability to overcome life’s hurdles often comes from years of personal experience. Add to that a willingness to learn from the experiences of others, whether it’s someone we know or read about (both fictional characters and true stories), and we have a greater resource to tap as we face our own challenges. are confronted.

Such is the case with the books being discussed today. There are many more that will inspire readers. Ask your local librarian to point you in the right direction. Children, with fewer years of life experience, can benefit greatly from such stories. It’s up to you to bring those books into their lives.

Books to borrow

The following book is available at many public libraries.

“The Gold Rush Kid” by Mary Waldorf, Clarion Books, 232 pages

Read aloud: 8 – 9 years and older.

Self-reading: 9 – 10 years and older.

In 1897, 12-year-old Billy McGee and his older sister, Edna, leave Skagway, Alaska and head north to the Klondike. The siblings don’t have an adult on this grueling, treacherous mountain trail, but they have no choice. Their mother died unexpectedly and they follow their father, who had previously set out to search for gold.

Edna is sure that if they work hard enough, they will find their father and become rich together. But Billy isn’t so sure. He has heard of many adults who have the proper equipment and supplies who have not even made it to the gold fields. Will they be able to make it all the way to Dawson City? Will they be able to find their father?

Packed with nail-biting adventure, the essence of family meaning being scared and finding the courage to move on, this historical fiction novel is first-rate.

Librarian’s Choice

Library: Community Library Womelsdorf, 203 W. High St., Womelsdorf

Library director: Nina Meister

Picks This Week: “Hatchet” by Gary Paulsen; “The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle” by Avi; “Magic Tree House: Mummies in the Morning” by Mary Pope Osborne

Boxing to buy

The following books are available at favorite bookstores.

“Courage Like Kate: The True Story of a Girl Lighthouse Keeper” by Anna Crowley Redding, illustrated by Emily Sutton, Random House Studio, 2022, 40 pages, $17.99 hardcover

Reading: 4-8 years.

Self-reading: 7-8 years.

Off the coast of Connecticut, Fayerweather Island had a lighthouse, and the new lighthouse keeper in the early 1800s was 5-year-old Kate Moore’s Papa. Kate loved living there, and because there were two of them, there was a lot of work for Kate and Dad to do. Though Kate was thought to be just the lighthouse keeper’s daughter, she considered herself her father’s assistant.

By the time Kate was 12, she had mastered all the jobs on the island except one: tending the lighthouse on her own. When her father couldn’t do the torturous 33 steep steps of the lighthouse, Kate knew it was her fault. She knew the work would be tough with long hours and little rest, but Kate also knew it was crucial to properly light the lighthouse at all times to get the ships to safety. The world may have thought such jobs weren’t right for women and didn’t have the courage, courage or strength to perform such feats, but Kate was determined to prove she could do it, and she did.

On sale on Tuesday, “Courage Like Kate” is an inspiring true story that is sure to captivate readers from start to finish.

“I’ll Say Goodbye” by Pam Zollman, illustrated by Frances Ives, Eerdmans, 2022, 40 pages, $17.99 hardcover

Reading: 4-8 years.

Self-reading: 7-8 years.

The child spent many years with Uncle Mike on the beach next to his house. Together they explored the many treasures and surprises the beach and ocean have to offer. But the last surprise has disturbed the child: Uncle Mike has cancer. Increasingly, Uncle Mike is spending less time at the beach and more time in the hospital.

The kid visits Uncle Mike in the hospital and brings something special to cheer him up. After some time, visits for the child are no longer allowed. One day the mother of the child says that Uncle Mike is gone. The child feels his loss deeply and must find a way to say goodbye to Uncle Mike properly.

Beautifully written and illustrated, “I’ll Say Goodbye” perfectly captures how a child feels about the loss of a loved one and the courage to move on.

National syndicate, Kendal Rautzhan writes and lectures on children’s literature. She can be reached at

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