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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The Book of Mistakes by Corinna Luyken

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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.

 

My Review:

 

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

 

56 Pages

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After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again) by Dan Santat

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Back of Book:
Everyone knows that when Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. But what happened after?
My Review:
I think the idea of a story about what happens after Humpty falls is shire brilliance. It gives a deeper look into a classic nursery rhyme. I love the steps the Humpty mentally takes to mentally begin the process climbing the wall. The last few pages are beautifully written, and built up. Readers can see that the end of story is going to be something special. The illustrations are truly fantastic! The detail in every picture is beyond amazing. The cereal aisle was by far my favorite illustration. This is the perfect book to read for growth mindset. Readers can associate with Humpy’s trial, and triumph in his accomplishments! This is the kind of book that is needed in classrooms and libraries.
Ages 5 and up
40 Pages

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Sarabella’s Thinking Cap By Judy Schachner

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Back of Book: Sarabella is always thinking—conjuring, daydreaming, and creating new worlds from her imagination. There is so much going on in her head that it can barely be contained. But there are times when daydreaming is decidedly not a good thing—like when you’re supposed to be doing multiplication tables. Luckily, Sarabella has an understanding teacher and with his encouragement She comes up with her own idea to show everyone who she is.
My Review:
This is a beautiful look at one little girl who is unable to focus. Sarabella has so many thoughts in her head that she can’t keep track of them all. She sits in class and daydreams instead of doing her classwork. The story follows the many things that Sarabella thinks about. Some big things, and some little things. I love that the book talks about Sarabellas family, and how they love her, even with her head in the clouds. This book is a perfect read aloud to teach children creativity and imagination. The ending of the story is fun and is a great idea for a craft, or writing activity. I loved the teacher I hope that as a teacher, I can inspire my students that she inspired Sarabella. I highly recommend this story for all the dreamers in your life.

Ages 5 and up

32 Pages

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The Sound of Silence By Katrina Goldsaito

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Back of Book:
Do you have a favorite sound?” little Yoshio asks. The musician answers, “The most beautiful sound is the sound of ma, of silence.”

But Yoshio lives in Tokyo, Japan: a giant, noisy, busy city. He hears shoes squishing through puddles, trains whooshing, cars beeping, and families laughing. Tokyo is like a symphony hall!

Where is silence?

Join Yoshio on his journey through the hustle and bustle of the city to find the most beautiful sound of all.
My Review:
In a world where noise is almost always constant, it is rare to find a moment to concentrate on the silence. This book is a beautiful look at one boys mission to find out what silence sounds like. The setting of the story is in Japan, and shows the beauty of the country. The language of this story is poetic and allows readers to focus on each small sound that Yoshio hears. The illustrations are beautifully and bring the story to life. This story is a great read to pair on any unit or discussion about mindfulness.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

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The Thing Lou Couldn’t Do Ashley Spires

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Back of Book:
Lou and her friends are BRAVE adventurers. They run FASTER than airplanes. They build MIGHTY fortresses. They rescue WILD animals.? But one day, when they’re looking for a ship to play pirates in, Lou’s friend has an idea: Up there! The tree can be our ship! Ummm .? says Lou. This is something new. Lou has never climbed a tree before, and she’s sure she can’t do it. So she tries to convince her friends to play a not-up-a-tree game. When that doesn’t work, she comes up with reasons for not joining them — her arm is sore, her cat needs a walk, you shouldn’t climb so soon after eating. Finally, she tells herself she doesn’t want to climb the tree. But is that true, or is this brave adventurer just too afraid to try?
My Review:
This is a perfect story to read when studying growth mindset. Lou is a very brave girl. Until she is asked to climb a tree. The story follows every excuse that Lou can come up with as to why she shouldn’t climb the tree. Finally, she realizes that the only way that she can learn is to try. This story teaches children the importance of not giving up. I love the ending of the story because it emphases the importance of working towards goals. The illustrations are terrific and show the characters facial expressions in each page. The set up of the book is unique in that the text is placed in several parts of the story. This allows readers to stay engaged in what they are reading. This is a perfect story to read before testing, or large projects. I truly enjoyed reading it and highly recommend it.

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Now By Antoinette Portis

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Back of Book: Follow a little girl as she takes you on a tour through all of her favorite things, from the holes she digs to the hugs she gives in Now, a clever and poignant picture book

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My Review
I have seen a trend in picture books this year that teach kids mindfulness. Now by Antoinette Portis is a beautiful story that teaches children to focus on the present. Each page shows readers a different action that the little girl is enjoying. In a world where instant gratification is consistent, it is important to teach children to slow down and enjoy the small things in life. The illustrations are a beautiful addition to the story. The little girl shows readers why each thing is important to her. This is a perfect addition to any growth mindset unit in education.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages