On some days, it feels like we can do anything and reach for the stars, while on others it feels difficult to even look past the hurdles lying in the path: does the statement sound relatable to you? Trust us, it will sound just as relatable to your teenage kid.
There is no denying the fact that being a teenager in today’s world is no small feat. Right from handling the social media interactions to dreaming big and making those dreams come true, our teenagers have a lot on their plate. And, in order to make sure they choose the right path and take the right direction, kind words of courage and motivation can be immensely helpful.
So, in addition to the encouragement they get from you and us, let them also find a resonance of their thoughts through books. After all, there’s a reason books are called our best friends. So here, in this article today, we at Vidsan Charthouse, recognised amongst the leading IB schools in Delhi, have brought forth for you a list of five amazing books about courage and achievement that you must gift your teenagers to read.
- Daring Greatly by Brene Brown
Brene Brown is a respected professor at the University of Houston and a renowned motivational speaker. In her bestselling book, Brown asks the readers to take a step into the arena and take the risk. She emphasises on the point that our vulnerabilities can actually be the best path to lead us to courage. As Brown points out, sometimes “the greatest critic we face is ourselves.”
- The Light of the World: A Memoir by Elizabeth Alexander
The world seemed to have come crashing down on her when Elizabeth Alexander, acclaimed poet and Pulitzer Prize finalist, suddenly lost her husband. It is her story of finding the meaning of life and navigating through loss and sadness. She talks about how success comes to those who keep going on this journey called life. An important lesson to take away from this book is that the greatest courage comes from love and family.
- A Very Young Dancer by Jill Krementz
This book is actually a part of the ‘Very Young’ series by the same author, and you can even get the entire series for your kid because the books are great reads for young adults. These books mainly trace what it takes to become a master of one’s art. Readers are taken through the journey of a ballerina, equestrian, gardener, ice skater, and so on.
- The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins
If your kid is more into fiction than non-fiction, then get him/her this international bestseller by Suzanne Collins. The protagonist of the series, Katniss Everdeen, is the embodiment of courage and tenacity. The books in the series address many social issues, and ultimately tells the story of never bowing down in the face of adversities or external influences.
- Fast Talk on a Slow Track by Rita Williams-Garcia
Another fiction on the list that is based on the themes of determination and achievement, Rita Williams-Garcia weaves a beautiful tale of Denzel as he arrives at Princeton. Being a star student, Denzel faces failures for the first time, but he eventually finds his footing by navigating through hurdles standing in his way. He stands out as the ideal protagonist for showing grit and courage.
We, at Vidsan Charterhouse, believe that reading books about courage help children understand that fears are universal, and hurdles are meant to be overcome. It inspires them to never lose sight of their goal in the path to achievement. And this is a message that all of us would want our children to imbibe in their minds.