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...And They Lived Happily Ever After: A Story of Resilience

Guest Article by: 
Lisa
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The line above is how we often think a children’s story ends. I love a happy ending too, but in the aftermath of the tornado, I think perhaps it is more important to look at the journey rather than the end result and focus on the sometimes frightening, often challenging, and at times downright awful things that life can throw our way. These challenges present opportunities for children to grow in their resilience, a quality that will take them far in life and teach important lessons, coping skills and patience. I have put together some books whose characters get knocked down but find the resilience to get back up. Our favorite heroes didn’t have an easy time of it; battles must be fought, races must be run, mountains must be climbed in order to feel the wind in our hair.  Sometimes we cannot change the circumstances but we can all change our attitudes and set our own moral of the story. Enjoy these books for kids and young adults that feature resilient characters that will inspire you. 
 

The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse Cover Image
By Mac Barnett, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780763677541
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Published: Candlewick - October 10th, 2017

After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again) Cover Image
By Dan Santat, Dan Santat (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781626726826
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - October 3rd, 2017

The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316199988
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 8th, 2014

Rosie Revere, Engineer Cover Image
By Andrea Beaty, David Roberts (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781419708459
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - September 3rd, 2013

Whistle for Willie Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780670762408
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers -

The Paper Bag Princess (Classic Munsch) Cover Image
By Robert Munsch, Michael Martchenko (Illustrator)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781773210308
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Published: Annick Press - April 10th, 2018

Raymie Nightingale Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780763696917
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Published: Candlewick - April 10th, 2018

Dear Sweet Pea Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062473073
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Published: Balzer + Bray - October 1st, 2019

Beverly, Right Here Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780763694647
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Published: Candlewick - September 24th, 2019

El Deafo Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781419712173
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - September 2nd, 2014

Extraordinary Birds Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781547601004
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Published: Bloomsbury Children's Books - April 30th, 2019

My Jasper June Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062836625
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Published: Walden Pond Press - September 3rd, 2019

The Fountains of Silence Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780399160318
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Published: Philomel Books - October 1st, 2019

Hatchet: 30th Anniversary Edition Cover Image
By Gary Paulsen, Drew Willis (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9781481486293
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - October 3rd, 2017

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780316013697
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 1st, 2009

I Am Still Alive Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780425291009
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Published: Penguin Books - July 2nd, 2019

If I Stay Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780142415436
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Published: Speak - April 6th, 2010