Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin by Chieri Uegaki

Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin by Chieri Uegaki

Have you ever watched someone perform and been inspired to learn a new skill yourselves? Perhaps it was watching an Olympic gymnast fly through the air, or following a pastry chef on the Great British Baking Show to create a masterpiece cake, or viewing Monet’s masterpieces in an art museum? Or maybe your inspiration came closer to home… In the form of a neighbor who learned to ride her bike without training wheels, a teacher who demonstrated a love of reading, or a grandparent who knit scarves?

In Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin, by Chieri Uegaki and Qin Leng, Hana’s inspiration came from her grandfather, Ojiichan, who played Second Violin in a symphony orchestra in Kyoto. Continue reading “Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin by Chieri Uegaki”

Odd Dog Out by Rob Biddulph

Odd Dog Out by Rob Biddulph

In the last few years, authors, illustrators, and publishers have given us so many delightful books that help children grow in comfort, and maybe even celebrate, their unique selves, gifts, and personalities. While many of my posts this month will center around growth mindset books or activities, I’m taking a brief break from that today to bring you a “new to us” book that celebrates being yourself: Odd Dog Out by Rob Biddulph. Continue reading “Odd Dog Out by Rob Biddulph”

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”

An Amazing Giveaway Happening on Instagram!

An Amazing Giveaway Happening on Instagram!

This fall, I had the honor of being a member of the third annual Bookstagram Choice Awards, where I was tasked with choosing the best wordless picture book published in 2019. And today, I’m wrapping up the Bookstagram Choice Award season with an amazing loop giveaway happening on Instagram! Pop over to my most recent post to see the collection of five awesome books you have a chance to win if you participate!

Then, continue reading to see which book I choose as the best wordless picture book of 2019! Continue reading “An Amazing Giveaway Happening on Instagram!”

A Must-Use Resource for Parents and Teachers

A Must-Use Resource for Parents and Teachers

Do you know and love Common Sense Media? If you are a parent or a teacher, or are somehow responsible for helping make decisions about which books children read or movies kids see, you need to know about this wonderful resource! Continue reading “A Must-Use Resource for Parents and Teachers”

Saturday by Oge Mora

Saturday by Oge Mora

Do you ever create grand plans and exciting adventures for your children, only to have things not quite go as planned? I for one know that I get awfully disappointed when that happens, and that my children are usually much better at rolling with the punches than I am. I also feel like this can be a really common experience during the holidays, when we try so hard to make things magical for children. Oge Mora has captured these experiences and emotions perfectly in Saturday, her latest masterpiece. Continue reading “Saturday by Oge Mora”