Picture books about survival

Thanks for joining my “Mommy and Me” Book Club. I hope you’re enjoying my ongoing “stay in bed and read” series. See my previous post on Life of Pi for a book summary and “quotable quotes”.

As you’re reading Life of Pi by Yann Martel in bed (or in your favorite armchair), feel free to share these picture books with your children.

For every “mommy book” read, I’ll suggest a “me book” for your children with a similar theme. It’s my hope that this “Mommy and Me” book club is a fun activity for you and your children.

5 Picture Books About Survival

Baby in a Basket

1. Baby in a Basket (1997) | Gloria Rand (illustrated by her husband Ted)

A young mother, her daughter, and baby journey from Fairbanks, Alaska to Seattle, Washington on a horse-drawn sleigh in January of 1917. All’s going well until the horses race across a log bridge and the passengers and luggage are hurled into an icy river. This book tells the unforgettable true-life story of the search and rescue of Baby Ann. (Age Range:  4-8 years)


2. Hurricane! (1998) | Jonathan London 

Set in Puerto Rico, two young boys are skin diving when they see the tell-tale signs of a hurricane. They race home to gather their belongings and leave for the hurricane shelter. This book, based on the childhood experience of the author’s, brings to life the power, danger, and excitement of an awe-inspiring hurricane. (Age Range:  4-8 years)

Two Bobbies

3. Two Bobbies (2008) | Mary Nethery

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, a dog and a cat (Bobbi and Bob Cat*) are left behind when their owners are forced to leave their flooded homes in August 2005. Bobbi acts as a seeing-eye dog for the blind Bob Cat. When they are taken to an animal rescue station in January, news of their story of friendship and survival spread. (Age Range:  4-8 years)

*Bobbi and Bob Cat were even guests on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360!

Marvelous Cornelius

4. Marvelous Cornelius: Hurricane Katrina and the Spirit of New Orleans (2015)| Phil Bildner

In this heartwarming story, Cornelius, a real garbage man, is a humble man who makes a heroic difference in New Orleans. Cornelius sees the streets as his calling, taking great pride in sweeping them clean, dancing as he works. But then along comes the rising Mississippi River. (Age Range:  5-6 years)

The Circus Ship

5. The Circus Ship (2009)| Chris Van Dusen

After a circus ship runs aground off the coast of Maine, the animals must swim to shore.  Their kindness and courage win over the townspeople on the island. When the greedy circus owner returns to claim his menagerie, the villagers bond together and plot to outsmart him. (Age Range:  4-8 years)

A Final Thought – From the Pillow

“Remember…hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies…”

So don’t give up hope. Whatever situation you’re trying to survive, continue to hope. The best gift you can give your children is hope, hope that tomorrow will be a better day. Hope and positivity are tools our children can use to weather any storm and survive any disaster.

What other picture books would you add to the list?

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