You Can Be Brave

Children - Picture Book
26 Pages
Reviewed on 03/25/2019
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Author Biography

Sarah Joseph is author of “You Can Be Books”, a series of books based on positive attitudes and characteristics she believes children should be encouraged to possess. She is a former educator with a Masters Degree in Education Administration. Sarah lives in New Mexico with her husband and three young, energetic boys.

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Reviewed by Erin Nicole Cochran for Readers' Favorite

You Can Be Brave by Sarah Joseph, M. Ed with illustrations created by Sharad Kumar is a children’s picture book that focuses on snapshots in moments of children’s lives who are taking the step forward to accomplish something that they may have never attempted before. The narrative style is a rhyme scheme that has a whimsical tune to the ear. The book will draw young readers in with both the captivating story and the colorful illustrations. The story is later followed up by a page of thought-provoking questions that can be asked of the child reader.

You Can Be Brave made me smile as I read along. Bright and rich in color, the images fill the page with emotion. Each character feels unique to their own moment. The story line will provide young and older readers alike with the newness of what it feels like to challenge themselves and meet those goals; perhaps it will even instill in some the desire to try new things. The message of being brave is an important characteristic to try to cultivate within ourselves, young and old alike. I feel that You Can Be Brave delivers on that urgency. This book would be perfect for anyone who is wanting to try something new for the first time and may be fearful. It lets the young reader know that there is an inner strength that can appear when you believe in yourself to accomplish the goals you set.

Aartee Badianib

This is definitely the book today’s kids need more of! We loved reading this to our boys and hope they will continue to carry this message with them as they continue to conquer the world ahead of them!


Follow along as a boy demonstrates his bravery in common activities… a doctor’s appointment, the first day at a new school, jumping off the diving board, and riding a bike. A relatable rhyming book with a positive message that can be used throughout life. Great for encouraging little ones that they can confront fears and overcome obstacles. The back of the book has good discussion questions and tips for caregivers and teachers on how to build confidence.


You NEED to add these books to your classroom library. You can read these books to lead classroom discussions on kindness and bravery. LOVE THEM!


It’s a very cute book with beautiful illustrations that inspire my children to be brave and take challenges in life. We read this book in various situations like just before the first day of the school, visiting a doctor’s office or mastering a new skill. With the simple words along with colorful pictures this book is a perfect read for early readers like my 5 yr old, who loved this book. The discussion questions at the end are very helpful to start a positive conversation between me and my children. We love this book.


This is a cute book. It talks about realistic situations where a little one may be afraid and can show bravery. It reminds kids that even if things don’t go as planned, you know you tried your best. My 4 year old loved the colorful illustrations!

Gretchen E. Cleveland

You Can Be Brave is very positive, supportive, and encouraging book for young kids. The story highlights times when a boy is being brave as well as times when he's not being so brave, but how being brave can help him enjoy life (jumping off the diving board, riding a roller coaster) and feel more successful in those instances. I especially appreciate that the book doesn't portray lack of bravery as a bad trait - rather, it suggests that practicing bravery can lead to more fun and happiness, so kids who aren't so brave won't feel badly about themselves and may be motivated to try being more brave. I also liked the parent questions at the end because this is a great book for discussion with your little.

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Reading this book with your preschoolers is a very clear and concise way to teach the concept of bravery. The illustrations are colorful and very attractive, yet simple enough to not distract from the feelings being conveyed and the character lesson about bravery. In addition to being useful for parents at home, this would be a great tool for a preschool teacher or school counselor to have on hand when they address character traits with groups of kids in their lessons. This is a cute little book that does not make being brave seem easy, but shows it is worth it to find bravery inside yourself.

My favorite page reads "Don't let people tell you that you are too young or too small. You'll be the one who is making that call." How inspiring is THAT for kids to hear?!

The book includes discussion questions to prompt meaningful conversation between kids and adults around the topic of bravery and a very comprehensive note to parents from the the author, who clearly has early education and child development training.

This is a fun book and a good tool for parents and teachers alike!