29 Inspiring Growth Mindset Books for Children
Having a growth mindset helps your students achieve their educational and personal goals. Explore these growth mindset books to help your students understand how they can improve their abilities.
Inspiring Growth Mindset Books for Children
In a previous post, Growth Mindset Resources, I put together growth mindset books, videos and online resources. In this post, you will find a list of 29 picture books you can use to promote a growth mindset in your classroom. (Check out my growth mindset pdf book list below).
Having a growth mindset helps your students achieve their educational and personal goals. Whereas those with a fixed mindset believe intelligence is fixed from birth and nothing they do will change it.
Growth Mindset Books
Using these picture books in your classroom will encourage discussions about a growth mindset. You will see characters who show:
- Adaptability and inquiry by overcoming obstacles and/or fear
- Commitment and confidence by learning from mistakes and failure
- Curiosity by understanding the power of YET
- Determination by overcoming negative self-talk
- Enthusiasm and motivation by aiming for improvement, not perfection.
Following on from the book recommendations you will find some growth mindset related questions you can use when reading the books with your students.
The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds:
Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music by Margarita Engle and Rafael López
Emmanuel’s Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah by Laurie Ann Thompson
The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes by Mark Pett
The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires
Whistle for Willie by Ezra Jack Keats
Growth Mindset Discussion Questions
- How could [character] have made the task more challenging?
- What other strategies could [character] try?
- How do you think [character] will/could solve their problem?
- Does [character] have a fixed or growth mindset? Explain.
- Why do you think [character] fears trying something new?
- What could [character] do differently next time?
- How did [character] use failure to create success?
- Why does [character] fear trying something new?
- What can [character] learn from their mistake?
- Did [character] ask for help when they needed it? Would it have made a difference?
Using picture books as a way to promote a growth mindset will help you start discussions on the fact we can improve our abilities over time and with practice. They are also a positive tool to help your students understand how we can conquer fears and perfectionism with a growth mindset.
Do you use picture books in your classroom to promote a growth mindset? What are your favourite books to read?
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