How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers

How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers

So, it turns out that a LOT of very well-known picture books are perfect books to read when focusing on fostering a growth mindset in children (and adults!). And, many of these happen to be books that are favorites in our house, too — I’m looking at you, Rosie Revere, After the Fall, The Most Magnificent Thing, The Bad Seed, and more! (For my full list of 25+ books fostering growth mindets, be sure to check out this post.) So, over the course of Growth Mindset January, as I try to share more wonderful books with you, I’m going to try to highlight some delightful growth mindset picture books that you might not already know and love. Up first, I’ve got How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers. Continue reading “How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers”

January Family Focus: Developing Growth Mindsets

January Family Focus: Developing Growth Mindsets

As you might remember, my husband and I decided to focus family conversations, meetings, read alouds, and more on 12 character traits in 2020, one for each month.

As a way to connect my Children’s Lit Love work to our family’s goals, I’m publishing booklists at the beginning of each month, centered around the character trait theme for that month. Most of my posts throughout that month, then, will be specific book recommendations, conversations we’re having, or activities that we’re doing around that specific trait. You can see my January booklist of 25+ books to foster growth mindsets here.

Our family focus of the month for January is fostering growth mindsets. While we spent a lot of time reading our growth mindset books starting January 1, and we had many informal conversations around “I can do hard things” attitudes and things we might want to learn in 2020, our family focus on developing (and strengthening, because my husband already has a pretty strong growth mindset in most areas) growth mindsets didn’t formally start until Sunday night. Read on to see what that conversation looked like! Continue reading “January Family Focus: Developing Growth Mindsets”

Books to Foster Growth Mindsets in Children

Books to Foster Growth Mindsets in Children

As a teacher, I studied and pondered the effects of mindset on our behaviors a lot, hoping to help my students see challenges and learning opportunities as chances to grow, rather than obstacles they might not be able to overcome. Now, as a parent raising two girls to approach challenges and new endeavors with optimism, perseverance, and a positive mind, I find research into growth and fixed mindsets even more fascinating and compelling (which I didn’t think was possible!).

So, what are growth and fixed mindsets? In a fixed mindset, one believes that qualities such as intelligence, personality, and moral character are set in stone, or fixed; he believes he cannot change these aspects of his lives and therefore feels he must prove himself or fear failure. A person with a growth mindset, however, believes that his intelligence, personality, and character can be changed through hard work, perseverance, dedication, and support from others; they believe that their potentials are unknown and unknowable (from chapter 1 of Carol Dweck’s Mindset: The New Psychology of Success (How We Can Learn to Fulfill Our Potential)).

For more information, I highly suggest reading Dweck’s Mindset. While I had read snippets of her research through my education and professional development, I figured her actual book would be heavy and hard to read. Boy, was I wrong! I am so glad I finally picked it up, because I don’t want to put it down!

So, to help with the important goal of raising growth-mindset-oriented children, I’ve compiled a HUGE (25+!) list of picture books to encourage growth mindsets with children of all ages, to help them understand that challenges are learning opportunities, failures chances to try again, and potential unimaginable! I’ve got fiction, biographies, and what I’ve called “direct instruction” books, books written explicitly to teach children about growth mindset. Continue reading “Books to Foster Growth Mindsets in Children”

My Year in Review, and Looking to 2020

My Year in Review, and Looking to 2020

This website has been live for a little over 13 months now, and it’s been quite a journey to learn how to run a website! This will be my last post till the girls go back to school in 2020, and I wanted to do a quick wrap-up of 2019, as well as give you a sneak peek of what will be happening with Children’s Lit Love content in 2020! Continue reading “My Year in Review, and Looking to 2020”