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Picture Books for Growth Mindset

Picture Books for
Growth Mindset

Growth mindset is HUGE in my class and here are some of my favorite picture books along with some tips on how to use them in your classroom.

First up, Your Fantastic Elastic Brain by JoAnn Deak and illustrated by Sarah Ackerley. This is a great place to start because kids need to know that their brains can stretch and grow.  It helps the understanding that your brain can grow and you can become smarter.  I'm assuming you've heard of  I've used it a lot since we've been teaching online. This story is on there if you don't have a physical copy.

My next recommendation is The Dot by Peter Reynolds.  Fablevision learning has some great resources for teachers.  Check them out.  I'm sure you've heard of International Dot Day...that happens on September 15th and it's where kids all over the world unleash their creativity.  You can sign your class up and get some ideas here.

Finally, The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires is a great addition to your library.  This story teaches kids that we face challenges but the important thing is to persevere.  I like to use the "Somebody Wanted But So Then" frame with my kids to summarize.  The little girl (somebody) wanted to build the most magnificent thing  but she couldn't figure it out so she kept trying then she was able to create something magnificent. There is even a short film on Amazon Prime narrated by Whoopi Goldberg. This book is also on 

Katie, from A Basket Full of Apples, and I talk about picture books on Tuesdays at 4:30 PST on Clubhouse.  Are you on Clubhouse?  It's an app for the iPhone and you need to be invited to join.  I learn so much on Clubhouse every time I listen.  Come join us to share your favorite books for growth mindset!  We'd love to bring you on stage to share.

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