Chester the Brave

Little Chester Raccoon, the beloved character who has helped so many children with issues in their lives, learns the meaning of bravery and a method for overcoming his fears.

After sharing the story of a little bird who is afraid to have flying lessons in front of his friends, Mrs. Raccoon tells Chester that being brave doesn’t mean being unafraid; being brave means not letting that fear stop him. Mrs. Raccoon teaches Chester an important strategy: Think-Tell-Do. When he thinks he is afraid, he tells himself he can do it, and then he just does it. Of course, getting a Kissing Hand helps a little too. This simple strategy can be helpful to children in many different situations.


Picture Book | Ages 3 – 7
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-933718-79-8 | 32 pages | $16.95
Ebook ISBN: 978-1-933718-85-9 | 16.99
Lexile level: 610

Meet the Author & Illustrator


Audrey PennAudrey Penn takes her one-woman educational program, the Writing Penn, into schools, libraries, and children’s hospitals where she shapes and refines her story ideas in partnership with kids. She is also highly sought after as a conference keynote speaker by groups of teachers and other professionals who work with children.

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Barbara L. GibsonAn award-winning illustrator, Barbara Leonard Gibson has been a freelance artist in the Baltimore-Washington area for twenty-five years. Originally from New York, and with a degree in Fine Art and Design from Carnegie Mellon University, she has worked in many areas including historical illustration, children’s books, and magazines, cartooning, portraiture, wildlife illustration, natural sciences, advertising, fantasy, and science fiction.

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Chester the Brave Reviews


“This beautifully illustrated story is great for kids who are trying to overcome their fear—whether it’s speaking in front of the class, like Chester, or any other activity! Parents, I highly encourage you to read this book with your kids. It’s also a good one for teachers to read with their classes during a public speaking unit!”
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