Never Give Up: A story about self-esteem

Never Give Up: A story about self-esteem


Written by Kathryn Cole and Illustrated by Qin Leng


With persistence and courage, nothing is impossible

Shaun is strong enough to know that even things that don't come easily can be mastered through determination and hard work. Learning to ride his two-wheeler with the help of his friend Nadia, he overcomes his fear and the teasing of the other children in the park and manages to impress friends and bullies alike.

Book One in the new I'm A Great Little Kid series, developed by Boost Child & Youth Advocacy Centre

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About the Author

Kathryn Cole has spent a forty-five-year career in children’s books as an illustrator, art director, editor, designer, and publisher at Scholastic, OUP, Stoddart Kids and Tundra Books. The books she has overseen have won multiple awards, including four Governor General’s Awards. Kathryn volunteered as a support to parents for thirteen years with BOOST in their crisis support and court preparation groups. She is co-managing editor at Second Story Press and lives in Toronto.

About the Illustrator

Qin Leng was born in Shanghai, China and lived in France before moving to Montreal. She always loved to illustrate the innocence of children and has developed a passion for children's books. She now works as a designer and illustrator in Toronto.

Product Information

  • Release: April 14, 2015

  • $15.95 Hardcover with Jacket

  • 24 Pages

  • 8.5 x 8.5

  • Children's Fiction

  • Ages 5-8 / Grades 1-3

  • ISBN: 9781927583609


  • Character Education
    > Bullying
    > Empathy
    > Self-Esteem

  • Reflecting Diversity
    > Cultural & Ethnic Diversity

Praise for Never Give Up

"... [Qin] Leng’s sensitive and occasionally humorous illustrations create a warm, supportive, and diverse environment (Nadia’s headscarf suggests she is Muslim, though it doesn’t factor into the plot) for this encouraging story to unfold." - Publishers Weekly

"Kids can empathize with Shaun’s problem in this book that’s subtitled 'A story about self-esteem' and is part of the I’m A Great Little Kid series developed by Boost, Child Abuse Prevention and Intervention. He is teased and bullied about his training wheels and his difficulties in mastering a two-wheeler. His friend Nadia rises to the occasion, helping him overcome his fears and discard his training wheels." - CityParent

"Though Cole employs a straightforward approach to telling the stories [in the I'm A Great Little Kid series], their content is anything but simplistic. The author provides plenty of fodder for course content for character-education programs and thought-provoking and insightful classroom discussions about ethics, morals and values." - Canadian Children's Book News

"The lessons in the story aren’t diluted for the book’s younger audience but rather are presented in a mature way for them to wrestle with...The characters’ diversity is presented with maturity and subtlety. The cultural differences between the children aren’t used as a learning device to explain the important of self-confidence." - Littlest Bookshelf

"Never Give Up is an excellent story for bedtime, and it’s great for use for bigger conversations with kids about self esteem, bullying, and learning new things." - CM: Canadian Review of Materials

"Kathryn Cole’s messages in Never Give Up and Reptile Flu are so positive and told in such familiar scenarios that all young readers will easily find themselves empathizing with the characters who try to develop new skills or face difficulties with communication. And, even better, they will actually see themselves in the book, so incredibly inclusive in the families displayed and the skin, clothing, names, and body types of the children within." - CanLit for Little Canadians