Back of Book:
As one artist incorporates accidental splotches, spots, and misshapen things into her art, she transforms her piece in quirky and unexpected ways, taking readers on a journey through her process. Told in minimal, playful text, this story shows readers that even the biggest “mistakes” can be the source of the brightest ideas—and that, at the end of the day, we are all works in progress, too.
I have enjoyed being a judge for the Cyblis short list.
Growth Mindset has become a popular theme among children’s literature. The book of Mistakes is a one of a kind picture book. It allows readers to see that sometimes making a mistake is not the end of something but a beginning. The book is told by the artist in simple sentences. The story progresses with the artist making mistakes and then fixing them. The buildup of this story is incredible and readers will cheer at the end. The illustrations are nothing short of stunning. There are several pages that are wordless, the way the illustrations flow allows readers to see different stages of true beauty. The overall message of this book is to show children that making a mistake is okay. Every classroom should have a copy of this book in their classroom. A perfect addition to the 2017 Cyblis shortlist.
Ages 5 and up