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The Best Children’s Books About Hard Work

“What are the best Children’s books about and for Hard Work?” We looked at 183 of the top Kids Hard Work books, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

The top 16 titles, all appearing on 3 or more “Best Kids Hard Work” book lists, are ranked below by how many lists they appear on. The remaining 150+ titles, as well as the lists we used are in alphabetical order at the bottom of the page.

Happy Scrolling!



Top 16 Best Children’s Books About Or For Hard Work



16 .) After the Fall written by Dan Santat

	After the Fall

Lists It Appears On:

  • Big Life Journal
  • Children’s Library Lady
  • We Are Teachers

After falling off the wall, Humpty Dumpty is very afraid of climbing up again, but is determined not to let fear stop him from being close to the birds.



15 .) Brave Irene written by William Steig

	Brave Irene

Lists It Appears On:

  • Big Life Journal
  • Self Sufficient Kids
  • We Are Teachers

Plucky Irene, a dressmaker’s daughter, braves a firece snowstorm to deliver a new gown to the duchess in time for the ball.



14 .) Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music written by Margarita Engle and Rafael López

	Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music

Lists It Appears On:

  • Babble
  • Big Life Journal
  • We Are Teachers

Follows a young Cuban girl in the 1930s as she strives to become a drummer, despite being continually reminded that only boys play the drums, and that there’s never been a female drummer in Cuba. Includes note about Millo Castro Zaldarriaga, who inspired the story, and Anacaona, the all-girl dance band she formed with her sisters.…



13 .) Emmanuel’s Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah written by Laurie Ann Thompson.

	Emmanuel’s Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah

Lists It Appears On:

  • AM Fam
  • Big Life Journal
  • We Are Teachers

Born in Ghana, West Africa, with one deformed leg, he was dismissed by most people–but not by his mother, who taught him to reach for his dreams. As a boy, Emmanuel hopped to school more than two miles each way, learned to play soccer, left home at age thirteen to provide for his family, and, eventually, became a cyclist. He rode an astonishing four hundred miles across Ghana in 2001, spreading his powerful message: disability is not inability. Today, Emmanuel continues to work on behalf of the disabled.…



12 .) Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin written by Chiere Uegaki

	Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin

Lists It Appears On:

  • Big Life Journal
  • Self Sufficient Kids 2
  • We Are Teachers

Hana Hashimoto has signed up to play her violin at her school’s talent show. The trouble is, she’s only a beginner, and she’s had only three lessons. Will her confidence waver on the night of the show?



11 .) I Can’t Do That, YET written by Esther Cordova

	I Can’t Do That, YET

Lists It Appears On:

  • Big Life Journal
  • Children’s Library Lady
  • We Are Teachers

Enna is a girl who doesn’t believe in herself and often utters the phrase “I can’t do that!” One night in a dream she sees all the possible future versions of herself, discovering that she can be any of those versions with time, knowledge and dedication.



10 .) Ish written by Peter H. Reynolds

	Ish

Lists It Appears On:

  • AM Fam
  • Babble
  • Self Sufficient Kids 2

Ramon loses confidence in his ability to draw, but his sister gives him a new perspective on things.



9 .) Rosie Revere, Engineer written by Andrea Beaty

	Rosie Revere, Engineer

Lists It Appears On:

  • Children’s Library Lady
  • Self Sufficient Kids 2
  • We Are Teachers

A young aspiring engineer must first conquer her fear of failure.



8 .) Whistle for Willie written by Ezra Jack Keats

	Whistle for Willie

Lists It Appears On:

  • Big Life Journal
  • Buggy And Buddy
  • We Are Teachers

A little boy wishes he could whistle. On board pages.



7 .) Flight School written by Lita Judge

	Flight School

Lists It Appears On:

  • Big Life Journal
  • Self Sufficient Kids
  • The Guardian
  • We Are Teachers

Little Penguin, who has the “soul of an eagle,” enrolls in flight school.



6 .) Giraffes Can’t Dance written by Giles Andreae

	Giraffes Can’t Dance

Lists It Appears On:

  • Babble
  • Big Life Journal
  • Children’s Library Lady
  • The Guardian

Gerald the giraffe is too clumsy to dance with all the other animals at the Jungle Dance, until he finds the right music.



5 .) Ruby’s Wish written by Shirin Yim Bridges

	Ruby’s Wish

Lists It Appears On:

  • Big Life Journal
  • Buggy And Buddy
  • Children’s Library Lady
  • We Are Teachers

In China, at a time when few girls are taught to read or write, Ruby dreams of going to the university with her brothers and male cousins.



4 .) Salt in His Shoes written by Deloris Jordan & Roslyn M. Jordan

	Salt in His Shoes

Lists It Appears On:

  • Big Life Journal
  • Buggy And Buddy
  • Self Sufficient Kids
  • Self Sufficient Kids 2

Young Michael Jordan, who is smaller than the other players, learns that determination and hard work are more important than size when playing the game of basketball.



3 .) The Dot written by Peter H Reynolds

	The Dot

Lists It Appears On:

  • AM Fam
  • Children’s Library Lady
  • Self Sufficient Kids 2
  • The Guardian

Vashti believes that she cannot draw, but her art teacher’s encouragement leads her to change her mind.



2 .) The Most Magnificent Thing written by Ashley Spires

	The Most Magnificent Thing

Lists It Appears On:

  • Big Life Journal
  • Children’s Library Lady
  • Self Sufficient Kids
  • The Guardian

A little girl has a wonderful idea. With the help of her canine assistant, she is going to make the most magnificent thing! She knows just how it will look. She knows just how it will work. But making the most magnificent thing turns out to be harder than she thinks.…



1 .) How to Catch a Star written by Oliver Jeffers

	How to Catch a Star

Lists It Appears On:

  • Babble
  • Big Life Journal
  • Buggy And Buddy
  • Self Sufficient Kids
  • Self Sufficient Kids 2
  • We Are Teachers

Eager to have a star of his own, a boy devises imaginative ways of catching one.



 


The 150+ Additional Best Kids Hard Work Books



 

#BooksAuthorsLists
17A Chair for My MotherVera B. WilliamsBuggy And Buddy
Self Sufficient Kids
18A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace PippinJen BryantBig Life Journal
We Are Teachers
19Ada Twist, ScientistAndrea BeatyBabble
Big Life Journal
20Beautiful Oops! Big Life Journal
Self Sufficient Kids 2
21Marvelous Mattie Big Life Journal
Children’s Library Lady
22Nadia: The Girl Who Couldn’t Sit Still Big Life Journal
Self Sufficient Kids 2
23
Thanks for the Feedback, I Think (Best Me I Can Be!)
 Big Life Journal
Self Sufficient Kids 2
24The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes Big Life Journal
Self Sufficient Kids 2
25What Do You Do With a Chance?Kobi YamadaBig Life Journal
We Are Teachers
26What Do You Do With a Problem? Big Life Journal
Self Sufficient Kids 2
27What Do You Do With an Idea? Big Life Journal
Self Sufficient Kids 2
28WonderR.M. PalacioAM Fam
Big Life Journal
29You Can Do It Bert! Big Life Journal
Self Sufficient Kids
3012 Rounds to Glory: The Story of Muhammad Ali Medium
31A Dance Like Starlight: One Ballerina’s DreamKristy Dempsey.AM Fam
32
A Series of Unfortunate Events #1: The Bad Beginning
 Big Life Journal
33A Time to DancePadma Venkatraman.AM Fam
34A Whistle for Willie Self Sufficient Kids 2
35Amazing Grace Self Sufficient Kids
36Anne of Green Gables Big Life Journal
37Be a Changemaker: How to Start Something that MattersLaurie Ann Thompson.AM Fam
38be happy! Big Life Journal
39Be KindPat Zietlow Miller.AM Fam
40
Becoming Kareem: Growing Up On and Off the Court
 Medium
41Being Teddy RooseveltClaudia Mills.AM Fam
42Better Nate than EverTim Federle.AM Fam
43Big Life Journal Self Sufficient Kids 2
44Booked Medium
45Brontorina Big Life Journal
46Brown Girl DreamingJacqueline Woodson.AM Fam
47Bubble Gum Brain Big Life Journal
48Can I Play Too?Mo WillemsBuggy And Buddy
49
Catching the Moon: The Story of a Young Girl’s Baseball Dream
 Medium
50Colorful Dreamer Self Sufficient Kids
51
Courage to Soar: A Body in Motion, a Life in Balance
 Medium
52Creatrilogy Box Set (Dot, Ish, Sky Color) Big Life Journal
53Cry Heart but Never BreakGlenn RingtvedThe Guardian
54Dragon IslandMartin BayntonThe Guardian
55Dream Big, Princess! Babble
56Dreams Come True…All They Need Is You! Big Life Journal
57
Everyday Blessings: The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting
 Big Life Journal
58Everyone Can Learn to Ride a BicycleChris RaschkaWe Are Teachers
59Extra Yarn Children’s Library Lady
60Fat Angiee. E. Charlton-Trujillo.AM Fam
61
Firebird: Ballerina Misty Copeland Shows a Young Girl How to Dance Like the Firebird
 Medium
62Frederick Big Life Journal
63Ghost Medium
64Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls Big Life Journal
65Grace for PresidentKelly DiPucchio.AM Fam
66Grit for Kids Big Life Journal
67Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance Big Life Journal
68Hatchet Big Life Journal
69Have You Seen Elephant? Children’s Library Lady
70Here Comes the Garbage Barge Children’s Library Lady
71Hidden Figures Children’s Library Lady
72
How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character
 Big Life Journal
73How to Be an Imperfectionist Big Life Journal
74
How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk
 Big Life Journal
75
How to Talk So Teens Will Listen and Listen So Teens Will Talk
 Big Life Journal
76I Am Peace: A Book of Mindfullness Big Life Journal
77I Think, I Am! Big Life Journal
78I Won’t Quit Big Life Journal
79Iggy Peck, Architect Big Life Journal
80Izzy Gizmo Children’s Library Lady
81Jabari JumpsGaia CornwallWe Are Teachers
82James and the Giant Peach Big Life Journal
83Jesse Owens: Fastest Man Alive Medium
84Jonathan James and the Whatif Monster Big Life Journal
85Journey Children’s Library Lady
86Katerina’s WishJeannie Mobley.AM Fam
87Kira-Kira Big Life Journal
88Little Dog Lost Children’s Library Lady
89Little Kunoichi, The Ninja Girl Children’s Library Lady
90Llama Llama Red Pajama Big Life Journal
91Luigi and the Barefoot Races Self Sufficient Kids
92Making A Splash Big Life Journal
93Maniac Magee Big Life Journal
94
Mathematical Mindsets: Unleashing Students’ Potential through Creative Math, Inspiring Messages and Innovative Teaching
 Big Life Journal
95Matthew’s DreamLeo LionniBuggy And Buddy
96Me … JanePatrick McDonnellBabble
97Mindset Matters (Without Limits) Big Life Journal
98
Mindsets for Parents: Strategies to Encourage Growth Mindsets in Kids
 Big Life Journal
99
Mistakes That Worked: 40 Familiar Inventions & How They Came to Be
 Big Life Journal
100Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH Big Life Journal
101Mrs. Piggle Wiggle Big Life Journal
102My Strong Mind: A Story About Developing Mental StrengthNiels Van HoveWe Are Teachers
103My Truck Is Stuck! Big Life Journal
104Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed Children’s Library Lady
105No Excuses! Big Life Journal
106
No-Drama Discipline: The Whole-Brain Way to Calm the Chaos and Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind
 Big Life Journal
107Not Yet Big Life Journal
108Odd VelvetMary Whitcomb.AM Fam
109Oh, the Places You’ll Go! Big Life Journal
110On a Beam of LightJennifer BerneBabble
111Only a Witch Can Fly Children’s Library Lady
112Owen Big Life Journal
113Patina Medium
114
Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids: How to Stop Yelling and Start Connecting
 Big Life Journal
115Penguins Hidden TalentAlex LatimerThe Guardian
116Pete the Cat Big Life Journal
117Phileas’s Fortune: A Story about Self-Expression Children’s Library Lady
118Pippi Longstocking Big Life Journal
119Positive Parenting: An Essential Guide Big Life Journal
120
Proud (Young Readers Edition): Living My American Dream
 Medium
121Rocket Writes a Story Children’s Library Lady
122Ronia, The Robber’s Daughter Big Life Journal
123RulesCynthia Lord.AM Fam
124Sam and Dave Dig a Hole Children’s Library Lady
125
She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World
 Big Life Journal
126
Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier, and More Secure Kids
 Big Life Journal
127
Sisters and Champions: The True Story of Venus and Serena Williams
 Medium
128Snowflake BentleyJacqueline Briggs MartinBabble
129StanzaJill Esbaum.AM Fam
130StargirlJerry Spinelli.AM Fam
131Stone Fox Big Life Journal
132Strong is the New Pretty Big Life Journal
133Stuck Children’s Library Lady
134Taking FlightMichaela DePrince and Elaine DePrince.AM Fam
135
The 5 Love Languages of Children: The Secret to Loving Children Effectively
 Big Life Journal
136
The 5 Love Languages of Teenagers: The Secret to Loving Teens Effectively
 Big Life Journal
137The 7 Habits of Happy Kids Big Life Journal
138
The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life
 Big Life Journal
139The Book of MistakesCorinna LuykenWe Are Teachers
140The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind Children’s Library Lady
141The Boy Who Loved MathDeborah HeiligmanBabble
142The Carrot SeedRuth KraussBuggy And Buddy
143The Consious Parent Big Life Journal
144The Crocodile Who Didn’t Like Water Children’s Library Lady
145The Curious GardenPeter BrownBuggy And Buddy
146
The Danish Way Of Parenting: What the Happiest People in the World Know About Raising Confident, Capable Kids
 Big Life Journal
147The Dark Children’s Library Lady
148The Day the Crayons Quit Big Life Journal
149The Day the Sea went Out and Never Came BackMargot SunderlandThe Guardian
150The Day War Came Children’s Library Lady
151The Empty Pot Big Life Journal
152The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau Self Sufficient Kids
153
The GRIT Guide for Teens: A Workbook to Help You Build Perseverance, Self-Control, and a Growth Mindset
 Big Life Journal
154
The Growth Mindset Coach: A Teacher’s Month-by-Month Handbook for Empowering Students to Achieve
 Big Life Journal
155
The Growth Mindset Playbook: A Teacher’s Guide to Promoting Student Success
 Big Life Journal
156The Key to Extraordinary Big Life Journal
157The Last Black King of the Kentucky Derby Medium
158The Last Chip Children’s Library Lady
159The Lion and the BirdMarianne DubucThe Guardian
160The Little Engine That Could Big Life Journal
161The Little Gardener Children’s Library Lady
162The Noisy Paint Box Self Sufficient Kids
163The OK Book Self Sufficient Kids 2
164
The Playbook: 52 Rules to Aim, Shoot, and Score in This Game Called Life
 Medium
165The SneetchesDr SeussThe Guardian
166
The Strength Switch: How The New Science of Strength-Based Parenting Can Help Your Child and Your Teen to Flourish
 Big Life Journal
167The Thing Lou Couldn’t Do Big Life Journal
168The Tree LadyH. Joseph HopkinsBabble
169
The Whole Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind
 Big Life Journal
170The Wizard of Oz Big Life Journal
171The Wonderful Things You Will Be Big Life Journal
172
The Yes Brain: How to Cultivate Courage, Curiosity, and Resilience in Your Child
 Big Life Journal
173Throw Like a Girl: How to Dream Big and Believe in YourselfJennie Finch.AM Fam
174Uncle Jed’s Barber Shop Big Life Journal
175Unstoppable Me! 10 Ways to Soar Through Life Big Life Journal
176What Should Danny Do? Big Life Journal
177When Sophie Thinks She Can’t…Molly BangWe Are Teachers
178Wherever You GoPat Zietlow Miller.AM Fam
179Why Are They Kneeling? Medium
180
Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person
 Big Life Journal
181You! Big Life Journal
182Young Pelé Medium
183Your Fantastic Elastic Brain: Stretch It, Shape It Big Life Journal

 


 


10 Best Children;s Books About Hard Work Sources/Lists



SourceArticle
AM Fam 21 Inspiring Books for Kids
Babble 11 Inspiring Children’s Books That Encourage Kids to Dream Big
Big Life Journal Top 85 Growth Mindset Books For Children And Adults
Buggy And Buddy Children’s Book List: Picture Books about Perseverance
Children’s Library Lady Perseverance Book List – Book Lists
Medium 15 Children’s Books on Extraordinary Black Athletes by Black Authors
Self Sufficient Kids 12 Children’s Books That Teach Perseverance
Self Sufficient Kids 2 14 Children’s Books That Promote a Growth Mindset
The Guardian Top 10 picture books with self-help messages
We Are Teachers Perfect Read-Alouds for Teaching Growth Mindset

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