Little girl that brave like Riley the Brave

You NEED this book to talk to your little ones! I just love Riley the Brave!
– Keri Powers-Pie, School Counselor aka “Counselor Keri”

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Join our hero…

Riley the Brave is the story of a little bear with big feelings! Join this super-cool cub as he faces his difficult emotions with the help of some safe big critters. Along the way, Riley learns how sometimes, being brave isn’t just about being tough - sometimes it's even more courageous to ask for help, or let someone into your heart.

Kids reading Riley the Brave

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Riley the Brave is a little bear with big feelings. Some days he wakes up feeling cheerful and ready to brave the day. He has energy to get dressed, eat breakfast and have some fun!

But some days he wakes up feeling like a grumpy porcupine. His brow is scrunched and he thinks that it is going to be a terrible day. Today, Riley is having one of those days! What can be done to help him?

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She’s obsessed with this book.  She reads it over and over.


Parent of a 2nd grader

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"Hey, that's Riley. He's brave like I'm brave."


- E.J., age 4

Teachers, counselors, librarians, social workers, everyone involved in the life of a child… head to BraveBrains for free resources and support to help build strong, healthy brains.

The Riley the Brave series nurtures positive experiences between caring adults and the brave kids in their lives. 

The captivating stories, each with an encouraging and educational afterword, are designed to bring out the best in “cubs” while supporting their “safe big critters.” We hope you’ll join the adventure!


Check out the Parents Corner for help with the hardest job in the world!

Riley the Brave on a scooter with his friends

Frequently asked questions

What is the recommended age?

ALL AGES! More than one grandparent has reached out saying, “I wish this had been around when I was little.” Babies and toddlers love the bright pictures, preschoolers and elementary students begin to understand the bigger concepts, and teens and adults can make better sense of their pasts or gain empathy for others with the help of the story and afterword.

What’s next for Riley the Brave and his safe big critters?

Riley the Brave Makes it to School joined the series in June, 2021. Additional picture books are in the works along with workbooks and other resources to help parents and professionals make the most of the concepts introduced here. Check out our shop for more!

We want to use this in our training / group / camp / school district. How can we order in bulk?

For bulk orders, please email For the best deals on posters and stickers to support the concepts, order in our shop! Get the most out of your purchase with the free resources here in the Parents Corner and the wealth of support at our sister site BraveBrains.

Do you know of something similar for middle and high schoolers?

Unfortunately, no, but don't underestimate the power of Riley the Brave for older audiences. You might need to introduce it with a little playful understanding of their skepticism..."I know, a book with a cartoon bear and elephant on the cover? Why am I reading this to you?! But hang with me..." Tweens, teens, and more than a few adults have easily transitioned into deeper discussions about times they had to be brave like a porcupine or had their own "turtle moments."⁠
In a class or group setting, try asking for their input about the concepts for younger students/clients. “I’m thinking about sharing this with the elementary students. Can you help me think about the concepts and what they might get or not get out of it?” Or read Riley the Brave before reading a more mature book and have students try to spot the tiger or squirrel moments in the story.



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