Picture Books About Facing Fear or Being Brave

shelved under Children's Books


Brave Irene

illustrated by William Steig

Steig tells of a brave girl who gets through a difficult journey with determination, in a story that reads like an old-fashioned fairy tale. (And I added this book to the list at the suggestion of Flashlight Worthy visitor Mary Anna of Harvard, MA. Thanks for the great suggestion!)


Sheila Rae, the Brave

illustrated by Kevin Henkes

Big sister Sheila Rae shows off her supposed bravery with various stunts, but little sister Louise shows real courage when the two sisters get lost. This book is a great look at what bravery really is, and Kevin Henkes also nails the big sister, little sister relationship.



by Bernard Waber

Ira is excited for his first sleepover, but scared to sleep without his teddy bear, and scared his friend will laugh at him if he brings it. Ira has supportive parents and a realistic older sister, and the dilemma is resolved in a satisfying way.


Ira Sleeps Over

by Bernard Waber

A simple, charming look at the many different ways of being brave, big and small.