cover image I Am So Brave!

I Am So Brave!

Stephen Krensky, illus. by Sara Gillingham. Abrams Appleseed, $6.95 (12p) ISBN 978-1-4197-0937-1

An African-American preschooler stars in this fourth book in Krensky and Gillingham’s board book series about children overcoming fears and showing off their knowledge and skills. Krensky showcases common fears (dogs, swimming, the dark, etc.), but bolsters each moment of uncertainty with one of affirmation. “I was scared of good-byes,” he writes as Gillingham shows the boy sobbing when it’s time for school. “Now I’m happy to wave,” reads the opposing page. Gillingham’s distinctive graphics, with their weathered retro aesthetic, and consistent positive reinforcement throughout make this outing another winner. Ages 1–3. Illustrator’s agent: Amy Rennert, Amy Rennert Agency. (July)