Jason Kander And His 8-Year-Old Son Explore What 'Courage Is'
Jason Kander, a veteran, has written about being brave from an adult point of view. But his son and co-author, True, provided the examples of kids overcoming fear that are the focus of their children's book.
"Courage Is" found its genesis in the stories True and his dad, former Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander, made up with characters like Bob the Brave.
Jason Kander recounts, "It just made us realize that all these stories told a lesson and maybe we could, together, tell a story that would help other kids."
Illustrated by Alyssa M. Gonzalez, "Courage Is" cites things like going to the dentist, wearing polka-dotted pants or making a friend as first-time experiences that children might fear .
Courage, according to 8-year-old True, is "doing something even though you're scared."
- True Kander, co-author of "Courage Is" and aspiring Lego artist
- Jason Kander, co-author of "Courage Is" and president, Veterans Community Project