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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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



# Books Authors Lists
17 A Chair for My Mother Vera B. Williams Buggy And Buddy
Self Sufficient Kids
18 A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin Jen Bryant Big Life Journal
We Are Teachers
19 Ada Twist, Scientist Andrea Beaty Babble
Big Life Journal
20 Beautiful Oops! Big Life Journal
Self Sufficient Kids 2
21 Marvelous Mattie Big Life Journal
Children’s Library Lady
22 Nadia: 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
24 The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes Big Life Journal
Self Sufficient Kids 2
25 What Do You Do With a Chance? Kobi Yamada Big Life Journal
We Are Teachers
26 What Do You Do With a Problem? Big Life Journal
Self Sufficient Kids 2
27 What Do You Do With an Idea? Big Life Journal
Self Sufficient Kids 2
28 Wonder R.M. Palacio AM Fam
Big Life Journal
29 You Can Do It Bert! Big Life Journal
Self Sufficient Kids
30 12 Rounds to Glory: The Story of Muhammad Ali Medium
31 A Dance Like Starlight: One Ballerina’s Dream Kristy Dempsey. AM Fam
32
A Series of Unfortunate Events #1: The Bad Beginning
Big Life Journal
33 A Time to Dance Padma Venkatraman. AM Fam
34 A Whistle for Willie Self Sufficient Kids 2
35 Amazing Grace Self Sufficient Kids
36 Anne of Green Gables Big Life Journal
37 Be a Changemaker: How to Start Something that Matters Laurie Ann Thompson. AM Fam
38 be happy! Big Life Journal
39 Be Kind Pat Zietlow Miller. AM Fam
40
Becoming Kareem: Growing Up On and Off the Court
Medium
41 Being Teddy Roosevelt Claudia Mills. AM Fam
42 Better Nate than Ever Tim Federle. AM Fam
43 Big Life Journal Self Sufficient Kids 2
44 Booked Medium
45 Brontorina Big Life Journal
46 Brown Girl Dreaming Jacqueline Woodson. AM Fam
47 Bubble Gum Brain Big Life Journal
48 Can I Play Too? Mo Willems Buggy And Buddy
49
Catching the Moon: The Story of a Young Girl’s Baseball Dream
Medium
50 Colorful Dreamer Self Sufficient Kids
51
Courage to Soar: A Body in Motion, a Life in Balance
Medium
52 Creatrilogy Box Set (Dot, Ish, Sky Color) Big Life Journal
53 Cry Heart but Never Break Glenn Ringtved The Guardian
54 Dragon Island Martin Baynton The Guardian
55 Dream Big, Princess! Babble
56 Dreams Come True…All They Need Is You! Big Life Journal
57
Everyday Blessings: The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting
Big Life Journal
58 Everyone Can Learn to Ride a Bicycle Chris Raschka We Are Teachers
59 Extra Yarn Children’s Library Lady
60 Fat Angie e. E. Charlton-Trujillo. AM Fam
61
Firebird: Ballerina Misty Copeland Shows a Young Girl How to Dance Like the Firebird
Medium
62 Frederick Big Life Journal
63 Ghost Medium
64 Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls Big Life Journal
65 Grace for President Kelly DiPucchio. AM Fam
66 Grit for Kids Big Life Journal
67 Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance Big Life Journal
68 Hatchet Big Life Journal
69 Have You Seen Elephant? Children’s Library Lady
70 Here Comes the Garbage Barge Children’s Library Lady
71 Hidden Figures Children’s Library Lady
72
How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character
Big Life Journal
73 How 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
76 I Am Peace: A Book of Mindfullness Big Life Journal
77 I Think, I Am! Big Life Journal
78 I Won’t Quit Big Life Journal
79 Iggy Peck, Architect Big Life Journal
80 Izzy Gizmo Children’s Library Lady
81 Jabari Jumps Gaia Cornwall We Are Teachers
82 James and the Giant Peach Big Life Journal
83 Jesse Owens: Fastest Man Alive Medium
84 Jonathan James and the Whatif Monster Big Life Journal
85 Journey Children’s Library Lady
86 Katerina’s Wish Jeannie Mobley. AM Fam
87 Kira-Kira Big Life Journal
88 Little Dog Lost Children’s Library Lady
89 Little Kunoichi, The Ninja Girl Children’s Library Lady
90 Llama Llama Red Pajama Big Life Journal
91 Luigi and the Barefoot Races Self Sufficient Kids
92 Making A Splash Big Life Journal
93 Maniac Magee Big Life Journal
94
Mathematical Mindsets: Unleashing Students’ Potential through Creative Math, Inspiring Messages and Innovative Teaching
Big Life Journal
95 Matthew’s Dream Leo Lionni Buggy And Buddy
96 Me … Jane Patrick McDonnell Babble
97 Mindset 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
100 Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH Big Life Journal
101 Mrs. Piggle Wiggle Big Life Journal
102 My Strong Mind: A Story About Developing Mental Strength Niels Van Hove We Are Teachers
103 My Truck Is Stuck! Big Life Journal
104 Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed Children’s Library Lady
105 No 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
107 Not Yet Big Life Journal
108 Odd Velvet Mary Whitcomb. AM Fam
109 Oh, the Places You’ll Go! Big Life Journal
110 On a Beam of Light Jennifer Berne Babble
111 Only a Witch Can Fly Children’s Library Lady
112 Owen Big Life Journal
113 Patina Medium
114
Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids: How to Stop Yelling and Start Connecting
Big Life Journal
115 Penguins Hidden Talent Alex Latimer The Guardian
116 Pete the Cat Big Life Journal
117 Phileas’s Fortune: A Story about Self-Expression Children’s Library Lady
118 Pippi Longstocking Big Life Journal
119 Positive Parenting: An Essential Guide Big Life Journal
120
Proud (Young Readers Edition): Living My American Dream
Medium
121 Rocket Writes a Story Children’s Library Lady
122 Ronia, The Robber’s Daughter Big Life Journal
123 Rules Cynthia Lord. AM Fam
124 Sam 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
128 Snowflake Bentley Jacqueline Briggs Martin Babble
129 Stanza Jill Esbaum. AM Fam
130 Stargirl Jerry Spinelli. AM Fam
131 Stone Fox Big Life Journal
132 Strong is the New Pretty Big Life Journal
133 Stuck Children’s Library Lady
134 Taking Flight Michaela 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
137 The 7 Habits of Happy Kids Big Life Journal
138
The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life
Big Life Journal
139 The Book of Mistakes Corinna Luyken We Are Teachers
140 The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind Children’s Library Lady
141 The Boy Who Loved Math Deborah Heiligman Babble
142 The Carrot Seed Ruth Krauss Buggy And Buddy
143 The Consious Parent Big Life Journal
144 The Crocodile Who Didn’t Like Water Children’s Library Lady
145 The Curious Garden Peter Brown Buggy And Buddy
146
The Danish Way Of Parenting: What the Happiest People in the World Know About Raising Confident, Capable Kids
Big Life Journal
147 The Dark Children’s Library Lady
148 The Day the Crayons Quit Big Life Journal
149 The Day the Sea went Out and Never Came Back Margot Sunderland The Guardian
150 The Day War Came Children’s Library Lady
151 The Empty Pot Big Life Journal
152 The 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
156 The Key to Extraordinary Big Life Journal
157 The Last Black King of the Kentucky Derby Medium
158 The Last Chip Children’s Library Lady
159 The Lion and the Bird Marianne Dubuc The Guardian
160 The Little Engine That Could Big Life Journal
161 The Little Gardener Children’s Library Lady
162 The Noisy Paint Box Self Sufficient Kids
163 The OK Book Self Sufficient Kids 2
164
The Playbook: 52 Rules to Aim, Shoot, and Score in This Game Called Life
Medium
165 The Sneetches Dr Seuss The 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
167 The Thing Lou Couldn’t Do Big Life Journal
168 The Tree Lady H. Joseph Hopkins Babble
169
The Whole Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind
Big Life Journal
170 The Wizard of Oz Big Life Journal
171 The 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
173 Throw Like a Girl: How to Dream Big and Believe in Yourself Jennie Finch. AM Fam
174 Uncle Jed’s Barber Shop Big Life Journal
175 Unstoppable Me! 10 Ways to Soar Through Life Big Life Journal
176 What Should Danny Do? Big Life Journal
177 When Sophie Thinks She Can’t… Molly Bang We Are Teachers
178 Wherever You Go Pat Zietlow Miller. AM Fam
179 Why 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
181 You! Big Life Journal
182 Young Pelé Medium
183 Your Fantastic Elastic Brain: Stretch It, Shape It Big Life Journal


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



Source Article
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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