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Reviewed by Barbara Fanson for Readers' Favorite
Six-year-old Emma Lindberg gives several examples of how children can be courageous by trying new things in Emma’s Book of Courage. Author Emma Lindberg encourages young readers to try new foods, new activities, and new adventures. It’s okay to be afraid, but if you take one step at a time, you’ll be making new friends or playing new games in no time—all because you dared to have courage. Courage means you never give up and you keep on trying. In this book, Emma explains how it takes courage to say you’re sorry or to ask a person for help. It’s scary to admit you don’t know how to do something, but you can learn new things when you ask for help.
Wow! The watercolor illustrations are very well done and will draw children into the book. Illustrator Krystal Smith provides realistic renderings for Emma’s Book of Courage. The full-page images of people are realistic and invite young readers to enter the book. Author Emma Lindberg provides motivating thoughts about courage and taking a chance. Children, parents, and teachers will enjoy reading this positive, thought-provoking children’s book, and I highly recommend it for your bookshelf at home, school, or the library. After reading this book, perhaps parents and teachers can ask children if they’ve tried something new today or done something nice for someone else. This book could open up conversations about not being afraid to try new things. Parents should consider adding Emma’s Book of Courage to their child's bookshelf for its subtle lessons and positive messages.