Patience Is a Virtue—and a Very Useful Skill

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In the best of times, it’s hard to wait. That’s especially true when you are waiting for something you want. Whether it’s a tasty treat or a longed-for experience (hugs, anyone?), it can be challenging to find ways to spend time productively until you finally get what you want.

Exercising patience is something that most of us have had to do over the past year. With luck, we are getting a little bit better at it. If we’re really lucky, we’ll soon be able to stop practicing patience and enjoy the activities we’ve been anticipating.

For kids, though, it doesn’t take a pandemic to require that they develop their patience. Every day—every minute practically—offers some “opportunity” to wait for something or someone.

Sharing a book, or encouraging your child to page through a story on their own, is a great way to pass the time. As a bonus, these titles focus on being patient and illustrate the old adage “Good things come to (s)he who waits.”

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I'll Wait, Mr. Panda

Mr. Panda is making something, and all of his animal friends are interested–but only Penguin is willing to wait to see what it is. 

Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse

Lilly loves everything about school, especially her teacher, but when he asks her to wait a while before showing her new purse, she does something for which she is very sorry later.

The Most Magnificent Thing

A little girl has a wonderful idea. With the help of her canine assistant, she is going to make the most magnificent thing! She knows just how it will look. She knows just how it will work. But making the most magnificent thing turns out to be harder than she thinks. This title is also available for checkout as an eBook on Libby and an eBook on Hoopla.   


A picture book about the joys of waiting and taking in what is around you. 


Five friends sit happily on a windowsill, waiting for something amazing to happen. The owl is waiting for the moon. The pig is waiting for the rain. The bear is waiting for the wind. The puppy is waiting for the snow. And the rabbit is just looking out the window because he likes to wait! What will happen? Will patience win in the end? Or someday will the friends stop waiting and do something unexpected? You can also check out this title as eBook on Hoopla.

Waiting for the Biblioburro

When a man brings to a remote village two burros, Alfa and Beto, loaded with books the children can borrow, Ana’s excitement leads her to write a book of her own as she waits for the Biblioburro to return. Includes glossary of Spanish terms and a note on the true story of Colombia’s Biblioburro and mobile libraries in other countries. 

When Grandma Gives You a Lemon Tree

When Grandma gives you a lemon tree, definitely don’t make a face! Care for the tree, and you might be surprised at how new things, and new ideas, bloom. 

This title is also available for checkout as an eBook on OverDrive/Libby and Hoopla