How can we help our kids develop a “growth mindset” in which they’re open to learning and trying new things? Here are some books that encourage children to explore new ideas, try hard, and embrace failure.
Bubble Gum Brain by Julia Cook; Illustrated by Allison Valentine
A kid who has a stretchy, adventurous bubble-gum brain brings a new attitude to a kid stuck inside a fearful brick brain.
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Beautiful Oops! by Barney Saltzberg
In this colorful picture book, kids see how a “mistake” like torn paper or a spill can lead to fun and creativity.
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Making a Splash by Carol E. Reiley; Illustrated by Jason Pastrana
When a brother and sister take swimming lessons, they see that struggling to learn a new skill is sometimes an advantage over having it come easily.
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The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes by Mark Pett & Gary Rubinstein
This story about a girl who gets everything right (until she doesn’t) is great for starting a conversation about why it’s sometimes important to fail.
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The Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires
A girl learns to cope with frustration and to persevere as she tries to build something magnificent.
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The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds
A young girl struggles in her art class, but learns that creativity can start with something as simple as a dot.
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Book Works are book recommendations by Communication Works (CW) that support speech, language, social and emotional growth for children.
Article by Elizabeth Sautter, M.A., CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist & Executive Director of Communication Works