Growth Mindset

A Day So Gray By Marie Lamba

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Back of Book:
Once you start to notice, colors and reasons for gratitude are everywhere, and that changes everything! Celebrate the hues and comforts of a cozy winter day as a discontented girl at first notices only dull grays and browns in a snowy landscape but is coaxed by her friend to look more closely. Soon she finds orange berries, blue water, purple shadows, and more. Warm friendship and a fresh way of seeing things transform a snow-covered landscape from bleak to beautiful!
My Review:
I received a copy of this picture book from Clarion Books in exchange for an honest review.
Mindfulness is such an important concept to teach children. It allows them to focus on the small things and enjoy the beauty in every day. Marie Lamba wrote a lovely lyrical story that follows two friends as they find common ground on a cold winter day. The first girl introduced in the story sees winter as a sad and dreary time. Unfazed, her friend shows her the beauty in the tiny details of the season. The end of the story shows the friends coming together and enjoying their friendship. The illustrations by Alea Marley are enchanting and paint readers a beautiful winter wonderland. The hues that she used perfectly complement the text and draw readers into the story. This is a lovely story to share with readers of all ages during the winter season.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

Growth Mindset, Skills Children Learn, Tough Stuff

What If Everybody Thought That? By Ellen Javernick

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Back of Book:
If you see someone in a wheelchair, you might think he or she couldn’t compete in a race. But…you might be wrong. What if you see a child with no hair? Do you think she is embarrassed all the time? How about a kid who has a really hard time reading? Do you think that means he’s not smart? You might think so. But…you might be wrong.
My Review:
I received a copy of this picture book from Two Lions Press in exchange for an honest review.
I was excited to see that Ellen Javernick wrote another book in her What If Everyone Series. This story focuses on the importance of not making assumptions based on peoples appearance.  It opens the door for discussions on inclusion and how to treat all people with kindness and respect. The text is written with speech bubbles which let the reader follow along easily.  The illustrations by Colleen Madden are a perfect blend of both realistic and colorful images.
In reading this story, I quickly began to think of all the ways that I can use it to teach my social and emotional standards. It opens readers eyes to different ideas and shows them how they embrace people instead of misunderstanding them.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages 

Growth Mindset, School

I Will Be Fierce By Bea Birdsong

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Back of Book:
It’s a brand new day, and a young girl decides to take on the world like a brave explorer heading off on an epic fairytale quest. From home to school and back again, our hero conquers the Mountain of Knowledge (the library), forges new bridges (friendships), and leads the victorious charge home on her steed (the school bus).
My Review:
I Will Be Fierce is a wonderful story by debut author Bea Birdsong. It follows a young girl as she journeys through the first day of school. The first person narration allows readers to connect with the young girl’s strength and kindness. I love all the ways that I can use this story for social and emotional learning. It touches on confidence, kindness, social pressure and staying true to oneself. The illustrations by Nadhi Chanani are beautiful and bring the girl into full focus. This book is a great addition to the first week of school.
32 Pages
Ages 5 and up

Growth Mindset, Princess stories, Read Your World

Not Quite Snow White by Ashley Franklin

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Back of Book:
Tameika is a girl who belongs on the stage. She loves to act, sing, and dance—and she’s pretty good at it, too. So when her school announces their Snow White musical, Tameika auditions for the lead princess role.
But the other kids think she’s “not quite” right to play the role.
They whisper, they snicker, and they glare.
Will Tameika let their harsh words be her final curtain call?
My Review:
Social and emotional learning is a newer standard at my school. I love using picture books to help teach the standards in a relatable way. “Not Quite Snow White” is an excellent story to show children an example of confidence and loving yourself. Ashley took a sensitive topic and created a beautiful example of how important it is to love the skin your in.
Tameika is such a dynamic character that so many readers can relate to and connect with. I believe that this book will give children the extra courage that they need to try something new. The illustrations by Ebony Glenn are glossy and bright. The details convey the emotions of each child throughout the story. I look forward to sharing this book in my classroom this year.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

Growth Mindset, Read Your World

There’s Only One You By Kathryn Heling & Deborah Hembrook

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Back of Book:
This feel-good book reassures kids that, whoever and whatever they are, it’s awesome being YOU! Expertly written to include all kinds of children and families, it embraces the beauty in a range of physical types, personalities, and abilities. Kids will love discovering and recognizing themselves in these pages—and they’ll feel proud to see their special qualities acknowledged.
My Review:
I received a copy of this picture book from Sterling Book Publishers in exchange for an honest review.
This is a delightful story that focuses on the importance of teaching children how important it is to be themselves! As a teacher, it is imperative for me to find books that show children that it is special for them to be different. Kathryn and Deborah have weaved together a beautiful tale that provides a mirror in which children can see themselves. The rhyming scheme is engaging and allows readers to realize all the aspects that make them unique. The illustrations by Rosie are nothing short of breathtaking! I loved the wide variety of diverse people groups and cultures that are showcased within the pages. This is a perfect read aloud to use as a part of any mindfulness
Ages 5 and up
32 Page

Growth Mindset, Skills Children Learn

Remarkably You by Pat Zietlow Miller

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Back of Book:
Heartfelt and timeless, Remarkably You is an inspirational manifesto about all of the things—little or small, loud or quiet—that make us who we are.
My Review:
I received a copy of this picture book from author Pat Zietlow Miller in exchange for an honest review.
As a teacher, I am always on the lookout for books that I can use in my classroom to promote self-awareness. It is so important for me to let my students know how unique and special they are. This story is a stunning addition to my collection. The rhyming scheme and strong descriptive words come together to create a moving story that celebrates the importance of individuality. The pictures by illustrator Patricia Barton are filled with detail and color. They showcase a variety of diversity and activities. The message within these pages is one that all students should hear. It shows readers that they all remarkable!
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages Back of Book:

Growth Mindset, Skills Children Learn

When You Are Brave By Pat Zietlow Miller

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Back of Book:
Saying goodbye to neighbors. Worrying about new friends. Passing through a big city. Seeing a dark road ahead. In these moments, a young girl feels small and quiet and alone. But when she breathes deeply and looks inside herself, a hidden spark of courage appears, one she can nurture and grow until she glows inside and out.
My Review:
I received a copy of this picture book from author Pat Ziethlow Miller. “When You are Brave” is a stunning lyrical book that focuses on the many changes that occur in a child’s life and the ways that children can face days that they would rather not have. This story teaches children the ways that they can mindfully push through their fears and find their courage. The end of the story is inspiring and uplifting. The illustrations by Eliza Wheeler are incredible! They begin with darker colors and slowly blend into brighter colors. Readers can visually see the transformation that the young girl has as her courage increases. This is a perfect picture book to incorporate into any mindfulness, growth mindset, or social and emotional learning unit. A must have in the classroom.
Ages 5 and up
40 Pages

Cyblis Awards 2018, Growth Mindset

Grandma Gatewood Hikes the Appalachian Trail By Jennifer Thermes

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Back of Book:
Emma Gatewood’s life was far from easy. In rural Ohio, she managed a household of 11 kids alongside a less-than-supportive husband. One day, at age 67, she decided to go for a nice long walk . . . and ended up completing the Appalachian Trail. With just the clothes on her back and a pair of thin canvas sneakers on her feet, Grandma Gatewood hiked up ridges and down ravines. She braved angry storms and witnessed breathtaking sunrises. When things got particularly tough, she relied on the kindness of strangers or sheer luck to get her through the night. When the newspapers got wind of her amazing adventure, the whole country cheered her on to the end of her trek, which came just a few months after she set out.

My Review:

This is an inspiring story of one woman who decided to do the unimaginable and hike The Application Trail. Emma Gatewood was not going to let anything stop her from reaching her goal. The text does a beautiful job of describing the different types of environment that Grandma Gatewood went through. I love that maps are included in the illustrations so readers can see examples of what she hiked through. The colors are bright and detailed. The back of the book has a detailed section of notes and a timeline. This book is a strong look at the power of never giving up. A great nonfiction story that can be used to teach growth mindset in the classroom.
Ages 6 and up
48 Pages

Growth Mindset, Skills Children Learn

Even Superheroes Make Mistakes by Shelly Becker

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Back of Book:
Even superheroes sometimes slip up and err. And when that happens, do they say, “It’s not FAIR?” or give up in despair? NO! “Ashamed Superheroes who goofed up somehow . . . First STOP . . . then CONSIDER what’s best to do now.” Whether they’ve nabbed the wrong guy by mistake or bashed into a planet while zooming through space, all superheroes ‘fess up their mess-up, get on with their day, and keep on saving the world in the most super way!
I received a copy of this picture book from Sterling Book Publishers in exchange for an honest review.
I was so excited to see another story in Shelly Beckers superhero series. My students loved her first book and were just as excited to read another story about these hard working superheroes. This story is a perfect read aloud for a growth mindset project. It shares several examples of how superheroes mess up or fall short in what they are trying to accomplish. There are great reminders within the pages of how blaming others for your mistakes is never a good idea. The rhyming scheme allows the story to flow and lets readers follow along. The illustrations by Eda Kaban are full of color and detail. My students enjoyed this book very much and so did I. It is a perfect addition to any growth mindset unit!
Ages 5 and up
40 Pages

 

Growth Mindset, Skills Children Learn

Pearl By Molly Idle

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Back of Book:
Sometimes the tiniest light can shine the brightest! Like the other mermaids of the deep, Pearl longs to care for the endless beaches, coral reefs, and towering kelp forests of her vast ocean world. So when her mother asks her to tend to a mere grain of sand, Pearl is heartbroken. It takes all her patience and determination to discover how even the littlest mermaid can transform the world.
My Review:
I received a copy of this book from author Molly Idle in exchange for an honest review.
Pearl is a truly whimsical story that follows a small mermaid on her quest to do something truly important. I love the lesson that is within the pages. It shows readers that even the smallest act and create something beautiful! So often, my students complain to me that they are too small and cannot do anything important. When I shared this book with my class it held their attention the entire time. They were very curious as to what the grain of sand would turn into. I tied the tale into a growth mindset lesson and told my students that it sometimes takes patience and responsibility to go great things! The illustrations in this story are nothing short of magical. This is a truly stunning story with a valuable lesson.
Ages 5 and up
48 Pages

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