32 of the Best Open-Minded Books for the Classroom

32 of the Best Open-Minded Books for the Classroom

These open-minded books deal with different events and dilemmas in an open-minded way, and focus on tolerance and respecting the perspectives of others.

32 of the Best Open-Minded Books for the Classroom

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Open-Mindedness in the Classroom

Open-mindedness involves respecting the perspectives, cultures, traditions and values of others. We can’t assume our students understand the concept of being open-minded. It needs to be an ongoing conversation in any classroom.

The IBO learner profile states open-minded students “critically appreciate our own cultures and personal histories, as well as the values and traditions of others. We seek and evaluate a range of points of view, and we are willing to grow from the experience.

Reading open-minded books and subsequent discussions will help your students make connections and develop open-mindedness. The world is interconnected and an open mind linked to acceptance and tolerance is vital.

In a previous post, Teaching Perspective with Open-Minded Resources, I put together open-minded books, videos and online resources.

Open-Minded: Learner Profile Graphic Organisers

You can find a pack of Open-Minded graphic organizers on Teachers Pay Teachers. Click on the images to see a preview of what is included.

Open-Minded Books

The open-minded books suggested below feature examples of how characters deal with dilemmas with an attitude of open-mindedness. You will also find characters who:

  • respect and consider the perspectives of others.
  • ask questions to discover more information
  • eager to learn new things
  • reflect on their own learning and the ideas of others
  • react positively to constructive feedback
  • act with honesty and sympathy
  • problem solve
  • listen attentively
  • are open to ideas of others and new approaches

Open-Minded Discussion Questions

  • What does an open-minded mindset look like?
  • Why does being open-minded matter? 
  • Did [character] listen to the different points of views of others? 
  • Was [character] willing to change their mind as the events progressed?
  • Why do you think [character] bullied other characters? What could they have done instead?
  • In what ways was the [character] judgemental towards other characters?
  • Who was the most open-minded character? In what way?
  • How could [character] have been more open-minded?
  • How would it have helped [character] if s/he was more open-minded?
  • Why was it important that [character] was open-minded?
  • Did [character] think about her/his actions affected other characters?
  • Could [character] have understood the feelings of [character]? How?
  • How could [character & character] have dealt with their differences in a better way?
  • Did [character] take on board the opinions of others? Would it have made a difference?
  • What caused [character] to act in the way they did? What could they have done differently?
  • What could [character] do differently next time to be more open-minded?

What Next?

What books do you use to promote the open-minded trait in your classroom? Add them to the comments!

Remember to check out Teaching Perspective with Open-Minded Resources for more open-minded related resources, including books, videos and online links.

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