The Not-So-Brave Little Lion

by David Walker (Author) David Walker (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

From the illustrator of Bob Dylan's If Not for You comes a wildly cute, encouraging picture book about a lovable lion who learns to be brave and that you're never too small to make a difference.

Lions are BIG and they're BRAVE, we all know that.
But not Little Lion: he's a fraidy-cat!
He's afraid of his shadow and noises at night,
 even sounds in the day will give him a fright.

Little Lion and his friend Bird often hide in the woods, watching the Big Lions play from afar. "Someday we'll be big, with no fears at all," he says, hoping that he'll outgrow his small stature and finally have courage. But when his feathered friend gets into a scary situation and the other lions are just too big to help, Little Lion will have to face his fears and discover that maybe he's a little bit courageous after all!

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Kirkus Reviews

Walker's jaunty, gentle rhymes convey both Little Lion's timid nature and his triumphant growth. Soft pencil and acrylic illustrations, relying heavily on muted greens, browns, and oranges, create a cozy environment perfect for this roly-poly lion to finally unleash his roar.-

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David Walker
A Simon & Schuster author.

David Walker has been drawing and painting all his life. A freelance artist for almost twenty years, his work can be found on a wide array of products including greeting cards, fabrics, and of course, children's books. David lives and works in his studio in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, happily surrounded by paper, paints, and a big lazy spotted dog. Please visit David at
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date
March 20, 2023
BISAC categories
JUV002150 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Lions, Tigers, Leopards, etc.
JUV039140 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
JUV070000 - Juvenile Fiction | Poetry (see also Stories in Verse)
Library of Congress categories
Picture books
Stories in rhyme
Animal fiction

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