Books that foster a growth mindset in kids (and grownups)

We are totally into growth mindsets as a way to be.  In fact, we have blogged about growth mindsets at least a couple of times before.  And we’ve discussed Mindset by Carol Dweck here and there.  Here’s some additional resources for fostering growth mindsets in kids.  Some of them we’ve posted before, but some are new to us, thanks to #1’s sister who provided us with a list of resources (shoutout!)

You can learn anything: A cool video.

Here are some more books for kids of all ages, with brief commentary on the ones we’ve read:

Dream Big, Little Pig! by Kristi Yamaguchi. Companion: It’s a Big World, Little Pig!
The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper (we like this one, classic!)
The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes by Mark Pett and Gary Rubunstein
Your Fantastic Elastic Brain by JoAnn Deak, Ph.D.
Beautiful Oops! by Barney Saltzberg (big recommend!  So fun!)
A Little Bit of Oomph! by Barney Saltzberg
Ish by Peter H. Reynolds (#2 finds Peter H. Reynolds to be annoyingly preachy and especially dislikes So Few of Me, which seems to be digging at the parent reading the book rather than being for the kid)
The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires (HUGE recommend!  Describes the engineering process perfectly through the eyes of a budding young engineer and her dog.)
Flying! by Kevin Luthardt
Someday by Eileen Spinelli
The OK Book by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
The Mermaid and the Shoe by K G Campbell
Make Magic! Do Good! by Dallas Clayton
A Is for Awesome by Dallas Clayton
Miss Maple’s Seeds by Eliza Wheeler
Lily the Unicorn by Dallas Clayton
What Do You Do With an Idea? by Kobi Yamada
I Can Be Anything! by Jerry Spinelli
Almost by Richard Torrey
Mistakes That Worked by Charlotte Jones
Prudence Wants a Pet by Cathleen Daley (the illustrations are hilarious)
Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae (DC1 really liked this one back when zie was a toddler)

See anything you want for the people in your life this non-denominational holiday or birthday season?  Any other suggestions for great books that promote growth mindsets?

13 Responses to “Books that foster a growth mindset in kids (and grownups)”

  1. Irina Says:

    We love the Russian translation of “Giraffes Can’t Dance” – somehow, the text sounds better than the original. Beautiful illustrations and a great message.

  2. sophylou Says:

    I like “Ish” by Peter Reynolds for this. And I’m giving my niece the hilarious “This Is A Moose” for Christmas.

  3. jlp Says:

    Thanks for sharing the list! We’ll definitely be picking a few of these up.

  4. Cloud Says:

    We have and really love Beautiful Oops! too. I strongly recommend it for anyone with a kid who freaks out about mistakes!

  5. Bad Auntie Says:

    Thank you! This is perfectly timed. I am the child-free aunt to two beautiful little girls and I never know what to get for them. I promptly ordered 4 books off this list, confident that for once they will be happy.

  6. Cardinal Says:

    Rosie Revere, Engineer. Rosie learns from her aunt that mistakes are part of the learning and design process. And great artwork!

  7. Lady E Says:

    Growth mindset for the win! :)


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