When children read regularly they develop an understanding of the world and their brains are then infused with background knowledge. This acquired background knowledge is then used to make sense of what they see, hear, and read, and it aids their cognitive development.

The books listed below will strengthen imagination, courage and love. They tell a story of where courage and determination will get you and share the importance of love, family and friendship.

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Rosie Revere, Engineer

Andrea Beaty

A book about pursuing one’s passion with persistence. Rosie dreams of becoming an engineer. At night, she constructs great inventions, but afraid of failure, she hides them away. A visit from a relative shows her that the first flop isn’t something to fear—it’s something to celebrate. And you can only truly fail if you quit.

Thrivers by Michele Borba

The Smart Cookie

Jory John and Pete Oswald

This sweet story is about gaining confidence in yourself and understanding your strengths and learning style. It’s a story that will ring true for many children who find life and school difficult. It will reassure them that everyone can find the thing they are good at.

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Young, Gifted and Black

Jamia Wilson

A collection of wonderful stories about inspirational changemakers. Written in the spirit of Nina Simone's song "To Be Young, Gifted, and Black", this vibrant book is a perfect introduction to both historic and present-day icons and heroes. It will encourage and inspire.

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Esperanza Rising

Pam Muñoz Ryan

This award-winning story is an inspirational mix of hardship and hope. When Esperanza is forced to leave her home in Mexico, she learns how to create a new path forward and rise above the difficulties in her way.

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Bridge to Terabithia

Katherine Paterson

This beloved story about friendship and loss is an important lesson on moving forward and finding strength through grief. Read the book and then watch the movie with your little ones.

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Louis Sachar

Sachar’s classic book, with its vibrant characters, has entertained children since its initial release in 1998. Holes is a wonderful redemption story filled with humour and heart. Its also been made in to a great film that children will love.