[kids-lib] FW: [oasl-all] Children's Literature on the topic of "Grit" or "Growth Mindset"

Jennifer Maurer jennifer.maurer at state.or.us
Wed Aug 17 12:11:54 PDT 2016


Julie Kriz just posted to the OASL listserv a booklist of children’s books that support a growth mindset. I thought you might be interested.


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From: oasl-all at ola.memberclicks.net [mailto:oasl-all at ola.memberclicks.net]
Sent: Wednesday, August 17, 2016 11:40 AM
To: Jennifer Maurer
Subject: [oasl-all] Children's Literature on the topic of "Grit" or "Growth Mindset"

Hi Everyone,
Early in 2016 I sent out a message asking for suggestions of children’s books that support the idea of grit or growth mindset. Several people responded and a few expressed a desire for me to share my findings. It has been awhile, but I have been slowly reading through many titles. I had hoped to do more with this list, like annotate it and maybe include some sort of rating system and identify grade levels. However, with a new school year ahead of me, I realize that I am not going to be able to finish that much detail, and have decided to send out my list of books as is. But consider it a “work in progress.”

Having said that, I’ll briefly describe what the list contains. There are many picture book biographies, as well as fiction picture books and a few chapter books on this list. Most books have books with characters that show a growth mindset in some way, at least enough to generate discussion with students on the topic. I believe I only included positive examples of the growth mindset and left out titles with characters who were a negative example (or, one might say, who show a  “fixed mindset”).

Having read Carol Dweck’s book, Mindset: the New Psychology of Success, How We Can Learn To Fulfill Our Potential over the summer,  I understand this mindset and Dweck’s research better  than I did when I first asked the question. Therefore, some of the titles on the list, if I read them again, may not be true to what Dweck describes as a growth mindset. But certainly all  books support at least the idea of persevering, learning from failures, and aiming high for one’s goals. If you are looking for recommended titles on these topics, then this list is for you. ☺

Because this all started with the dream of having a school wide reading event on the topic of grit, we’ve coined the phrase “Grit Lit” to refer to our books. You’ll find the Grit Lit list attached.  I hope some of you will find it useful. ☺


Julie Kriz

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