30 Books and Movies That Teach Kids Perseverance

We all go through times of struggle. Times that challenge and stretch us. Times that teach perseverance.

And we want to teach our kids that, yes, they can endure and be triumphant through these times, right?

Looking for great books and movies to share with your family? We all want to teach our kids about how to persevere through hard times, and these inspirational stories are perfect examples of people who faced triumphed through trials. You'll love this book and movie list!


And while it’s tempting to shield our kids from pain, difficulty or trials, we’re promised that it’s these trials that shape our character and transform us into the greatest version of ourselves (Romans 5:2-4, Hebrews 12:1, James 1:4).

Along with biblical accounts (such as that of Jesus and people like Moses, Abraham and David), we’ve found several books and movies that can also teach kids about the value of standing strong through trials.

Here are a few of our family’s favorites that teach perseverance (obviously there’s a wide range of stuff here…preview each to determine which are a good fit for your kids):


The-Hiding-Place--WEBThe Hiding Place (audio drama or book)Number-the-Stars--WEB
Number the Stars
The Lord of the Rings (book series or movies)
Narnia--WEBThe Chronicles of Narnia (book series or dramatic audio presentation)

Les-Miserables--WEBLes Miserables (audio drama or book)

Unbroken--WEBUnbroken (the original novel, young adult adaptation or movie)
Faith Like Potatoes
Remember the Titans
facing-the-giants-_WEBFacing the GiantsAmazing-Grace--WEBAmazing Grace
Dolphin-Tale--WEBDolphin TaleEight-Below--WEB Eight Below
Soul Surfer
The-Incredible-Journey--WEBThe Incredible Journey(we prefer the book)
Lightkeepers Girls Box Set: Ten Girls Who Changed the World
Lightkeepers Boys Box Set: Ten Boys Who Changed the World
Missionary Stories With the Millers
Value of Tenacity
The Value of Tenacity: The Story of Maurice Richard (ValueTale Series)
The Value of Determination: The Story of Helen Keller (ValueTales Series)
The Value of Patience: The Tale of the Wright Brothers (ValueTales Series)
Berenstain Bears books
Real Kids, Real Stories, Real Change: Courageous Actions Around the World
The Children’s Book of Virtues
The Children’s Book of Heroes
The Children’s Book of America
Mark of the Lion : A Voice in the Wind, An Echo in the Darkness, As Sure As the Dawn (Vol 1-3)(this is adult fiction, but these are fictionalized accounts of Christians living in ancient Rome during persecution)
left-behind-collectionThe Left Behind Collection(original series
or the kids version)
inspiring-stories--WEBInspiring Stories of Sportsmanship
Do-Hard-Things--WEBDo Hard Things: A Teenage Rebellion Against Low ExpectationsStart-Here--Doing-Hard-ThingsStart Here: Doing Hard Things Right Where You Are

What are some of your family’s favorite books or movies that teach perseverance?
Share them with us here!

About Alicia Michelle

As a wife and mom to four passionate kids, Alicia Michelle loves encouraging other moms with practical tips for joy-filled living in everyday life, especially in parenting, marriage, faith and health.Alicia is the owner/editor of Your Vibrant Family; the author of Plan to Be Flexible, The Back to School Survival Manual; and the creator/producer of the "7 Days to a Less Angry Mom Online Video Course,", Christ-Centered Christmas Resources and My Memory Box Organizing System. In addition, she is a monthly contributor for several popular family blogs, including Crosswalk.com.Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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Lacey Charrene - April 12, 2015 Reply

Nice list. I will be checking out a good many of these. Thanks for sharing!

    Alicia Kazsuk - April 12, 2015 Reply

    Thank you! Yes, it was good for me to write them all down so that I have a reference list too (and not just all the random ideas in my head!). 🙂

      Lacey Charrene - April 12, 2015 Reply

      haha! Part of the reason I like to blog, getting my ideas in writing. 😀 Thanks again Alicia!!

susanhomeschooling - April 13, 2015 Reply

Perseverance is an important character quality which is usually acquired through difficulty. It helps to read about other people’s difficulties so that we can learn from other people’s experiences.

    Alicia Kazsuk - April 13, 2015 Reply

    Susan, I totally agree! Thank you for sharing!

Donna Stone - April 22, 2015 Reply

Thanks for posting this list! I will be sure to get some of these.

    Alicia Kazsuk - April 22, 2015 Reply

    You’re welcome! Thanks, Donna!

Vashti - January 21, 2017 Reply

I never come across this blog, am glad I did. It’s so amazing gaining knowledge on how to have a better life the right way. Thanks Alicia

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