Risk taker

They approach unfamiliar situations without anxiety and have the confidence and independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas and strategies. They are courageous and articulate in defending those things in which they believe.

Hugo The Happy Starfish - ONE STEP AT A TIME by Liebermann, Suzy. Happy Language Kids LLC., 2011.
Hugo is a little starfish with a big sense of adventure. One day he finds an empty candy wrapper on the bottom of the ocean which sparks his interest for a trip to Europe in which he has to use all kinds of transportation. In this story Hugo learns to take one step at a time and to enjoy the journey as much as the destination. ONE STEP AT AT TIME is a story about the need for perspective, whatever mountains we face and is the perfect way to teach kids to divide big challenges into little chunks and to take things one step at a time. ages (3+) inquirer, risk-taker

A Fine, Fine School by Sharon Creech Pictures by Harry Bliss
An amusing story about a school where the principal is so enthusiastic about his school and the way the students love to learn that he decides to have lessons on Saturday and Sunday too. It is Tilly who summons up the courage to tell the Principal that children must do other things as well. This strong message is very amusingly presented through a witty text and amusing illustrations.
inquirers, risk takers, balanced

Rose Meets Mr Wintergarten by Bob Graham OUT of PRINT
Rose is a little frightened of fierce old Mr Wintergarten but she overcomes her fears and her delightful spontaneity and the fairy cakes baked by her mother have a surprising effect on the grumpy old man.
risk takers, open-minded, principled

This is Our House by Michael Rosen illus by Bob Graham
George has decided that he is the only one who can play in the big cardboard house but the other children are determined that everyone shall play in it. A charming and humorous picture book about sharing and cooperation. (4 - 8 years)
principled, risk-takers

Watch Out for the Chicken feet in Your Soup by Tomie dePaola
Joey is a little embarrassed about his very Italian grandmother. However when he takes his friend Eugene to meet his grandma, Eugene responds with great enthusiasm to her warmth and her wonderful food (including the chicken soup which contains chicken feet).
Open-minded, risk takers

Another Important Book
Brown, Margaret Wise 1999
Illustrations and simple rhyming text describe how a child grows from ages one through six. (4-8 yrs.)

The Important Book
Brown, Margaret Wise 1949
Points out how all things, from an apple to a spoon, and from the sky to a shoe, have
certain important qualities that are special about them, and that the most important thing about you is that you are you. (4-8 yrs.)

The Yellow Star: the Legend of King Christian X of Denmark
Deedy, Carmen Agra 2000
This book retells the story of King Christian X and the Danish resistance to the Nazis
during World War II. King Christian, so the legend goes, risked the wrath of the Nazis
by wearing a Star of David when Danish Jews were forced to do so. (9-1 lyrs.) Principled

Roller Coaster
Frazee, Marla 2003
Twelve people set aside their fears and ride a roller coaster, including one who has never done so before. (4-7yrs.)

The Man Who Walked Between the Towers
Gerstein, Mordicai 2003
A lyrical evocation of Philippe Petit's 1974 tightrope walk between the World Trade
Center towers. (5-12yrs.)

Courage to Fly
Harrison, Troon (Canadian) 2002
Meg has come to the city from a small Caribbean island and is finding it hard to adjust to the city with its high buildings-she stays in her apartment, afraid to go out. She learns that, Eke the Ettle injured bird she rescues, she needs to brave the outside world and fly in order to flourish. (7-10yrs.)

Sheila Rae, the Brave
Henkes, Kevin 1987
When brave Sheila Rae, who usually looks out for her sister Louise, becomes lost and
scared one day, Louise comes to the rescue. (4-8yrs.)

Alfie Gets in First
Hughes, Shirley 1991
Alfie accidentally locks his mother and baby sister Annie Rose outside and can't reach the latch to let them in. Soon the whole neighbourhood is involved in getting the door open.

Jess Was the Brave One OUT of PRINT
Little, Jean (Canadian) 1991
Even though she is older, Claire is not as brave as her sister Jess. Then one day, Jess'
teddy bear is kidnapped by bullies, and Ciaire surprises herself by coming to the rescue.

Mirette on the High Wire
McCully, Emily Arnold 2002
Mirette learns tightrope walking from Monsieur Bellini, a guest in her mother's boarding house, not knowing that he is a celebrated tightrope artist who has withdrawn from performing because of fear. (4-8yrs.)

Name of the Child
Reynolds, Marilyn (Canadian) 2002
Sent to stay with his aunt and uncle on an isolated farm to avoid the flu epidemic of
1919, a fearful boy must save a baby by driving a wagon through the deserted countryside in a terrible rainstorm. (7-10 yrs.)

Emily just in Time OUT of PRINT
Slepian, Jan 1998
As a small girl grows from "not-being-able, to "now-she-can," she wonders if she will
ever spend a whole night at her grandmother's house without being afraid. (6-8yrs.)

Brave Irene
Steig, William 1986
Brave Irene, the dressmaker's daughter, ventures out into a fierce snowstorm to deliver the beautiful ball gown her mother has made for the duchess. (4-8yrs.)

Suki's Kimono
Uegaki, Chieri (Canadian) 2003
A little girl declares that on the first day of school she will wear the kimono that her
grandmother brought her during her visit from Japan, no matter what anyone says. (7-9yrs.)

Ira Sleeps Over
Waber, Bernard 2000
A little boy is excited at the prospect of spending the night at his friend's house but
worries how he'll get along without his teddy bear, Foo Foo. (6-8yrs.)

Waber, Bernard 2002
This book provides examples of the many kinds of courage found in everyday life and in unusual circumstances, from tasting the vegetable before making a face to being a firefighter or police officer. (7-10yrs.)

Little Farmer Joe OUT of PRINT
Whybrow, Ian 2001
During the first night he has ever spent away from home, Joe helps his uncle with a sheep and her new baby lamb, and finds that comforting the animals helps lessen his own fear.

Don't Let Go
Willis, Jean 2002
Megan is nervous about her dad letting go of her bike as she learns to ride, and her dad is nervous about how far into the world she will go once she does. (4-7yrs.)

The Night Pirates.
Harris, Peter. New York : Scholastic Press, 2006.
Despite the fact that he is "only a boy," Tom convinces the band of rough, tough, little girl pirates who have come to steal the front of his house to let him join in their adventures.

Amazing Grace.
Hoffman, Mary. Dial Books for Young Readers,1991.
Although a classmate says that she cannot play Peter Pan in the school play because she is black, Grace discovers that she can do anything she sets her mind to do.
From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs Basil E. Frankwiler.
Konigsburg, E.L. Atehneum Books, 1967
A wonderfully fresh and inventive story of a brother and sister who run away from home to live in the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art and become caught up in a mystery. (years 4 – 6)

Hooway for Wodney Wat.
Lester, Helen. Houghton Mifflin, 1999.
All his classmates make fun of Rodney because he can’t pronounce his name, but it is Rodney’s speech impediment that drives away the class bully.

Sarah, Plain and Tall.
MacLachlan, Patricia. Scholastic Inc., 1985.
After responding to an advertisement Sarah leaves her coastal hometown in Maine to explore the possibility of becoming a wife and mother on a farm in the plains of the mid-west. The two children remain concerned that Sarah with her strong and independent nature will find happiness in this new environment. (year 4- 6)

Secrets in the Fire.
Mankell, Henning. Allen and Unwim, 2000.
This is a remarkable story of Sofia, a young girl in Mozambique who has suffered immensely. She loses a leg in a land mine explosion and many close members of her family have been killed. However her strength, determination and indomitable spirit are remarkable. (Years 5-6)

There’s a Nightmare in my Closet.
Mayer, Mercer. Dial Books for Young Readers, 1990.
At bedtime a boy confronts the nightmare in his closet and finds him not so terrifying after all.

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