18 Picture Books for a Growth Mindset

Growth Mindset picture books on Novel Effect

Failure is inevitable. Helping kids understand that learning something new takes time, and it doesn’t always happen on the first try can help them overcome challenges and develop their own growth mindest.

A growth mindset means a child believes they can learn and improve themselves through their own hard work and perseverance. Kids with a growth mindset are more likely to take risks, tackle challenges, and learn from their mistakes. This means they need to fail sometimes.

As grown-ups, we can prepare them to find the opportunity within every obstacle or set back they face. Growth mindset books show sticking with a goal is an essential skill for success in life. Try these titles, and their storyscapes, to help you start conversations about failure that will help your kids become more resilient.

The Thing Lou Couldn’t Do
by Ashley Spires

​​The Most Magnificent Thing
by Ashley Spires

Jabari Jumps
by Gaia Cornwall

Ada Twist, Scientist
by Andrea Beaty

Rosie Revere, Engineer
by Andrea Beaty

After the Fall
by Dan Santat

Emmanuel’s Dream
by Laurie Ann Thompson

What Do You Do With an Idea?
by Kobi Yamada

What Do You Do With a Problem?
by Kobi Yamada

Oh, the Places You’ll Go!
by Dr. Seuss

The Day the Crayons Quit
by Drew Daywalt

Giraffes Can’t Dance
by Giles Andreae

The Dot
by Peter H. Reynolds

The Bad Seed
by Jory John

The Day You Begin
by Jacqueline Woodson

Mala’s Magic Pencil
by Malala Yousafzai

The Little Engine that Could
by Watty Piper

Slumberkins presents Narwhal
by Kelly Oriard

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