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Picture Books About Trying New Things

by | Jan 4, 2023 | Children, Matchmakers, Picture Books

Happy New Year! Many people take some time now to think about new things they would like to try or learn in the new year. Trying new things can be exciting, but can also be intimidating, hard, confidence-shaking, disappointing, and downright scary! When faced with these feelings, it is easy to get frustrated and give up, or even feel negatively about yourself. This week, I’d love to share some great picture books that help kids (and adults) feel empowered to practice, persist, seek support, trust themselves, and imagine new possibilities.


The Magical Yet, by Angela DiTerlizzi, illustrated by Lorena Alvarez

Skater Cielo, by Rachel Katstaller 

Jabari Jumps, by Gaia Cornwall 

Nope. Never. Not for Me!, by Samantha Cotterill


Together We Ride, by Valerie Bolling, illustrated by Kaylani Juanita

Wibble Wobble Boom!, by Mary Ann Rodman, illustrated by Holly Sterling 

The Dot, by Peter H. Reynolds

Me and the Boss, by Michelle Edwards, illustrated by April Harrison


The Struggle Bus, by Julie Koon  

The Thing Lou Couldn’t Do, by Ashley Spires

Abdul’s Story, by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow, illustrated by Tiffany Rose

Sergio Makes a Splash, by Edel Rodriguez


Jabari Tries, by Gaia Cornwall

When Sophie Thinks She Can’t, by Molly Bang

Everyone Can Learn to Ride a Bicycle, by Chris Raschka

Trying, by Kobi Yamada, illustrated by Elise Hurst