Kaminsky, Marty. Uncommon Champions: Fifteen Athletes Who Battled Back. Boyds Mills Press, 2000. Ages 10 up.
Krull, Kathleeen. Wilma Unlimited. How Wilma Rudolph became the World's Fastest Woman. Voyager Book, reprint 2000. (Also in Spanish) A biography of the African American woman who overcame crippling polio as a child to become the first woman to win three gold medals in track in a single Olympics. Ages 8 - 10.
Mills, Joyce C. Little Tree: a story for children with serious medical problems. Magination Press, NY, c 1992. Little tree loses limbs to a storm and learns to draw strength from the knowledge that she still has a strong trunk, deep roots, and a beautiful heart. Ages 5 - 9.
Paulsen, Gary. Hatchet. Aladdin, c 1999. Thirteen-year-old Brian lives through a plane crash in the Canadian wilderness and discovers courage to survive. Ages 10 up.
Silverthorne, Sandy. Bradley is Caught and Other Really Good Reasons to Persevere. David C. Cook, 2000. Forgetful Bradley finally forgets something very important and realizes that he must find a way to avoid distractions. Ages 6 – 9.
Steig, William. Brave Irene. Farrar Straus & Giroux, 1988. Irene struggles through a snowstorm to take a dress that her sick mother made to the duchess in time for her party. Ages 5 - 9.
Useman, Sharon. Tibby Tried It. Magination Press, 1998. Tibby is a bird with a broken wing who learns to cope and finds new ways to do things. Ages 4 - 8.