A fixed mindset implies that you are born with a fixed amount of talent and intelligence.  Whatever you can do today is pretty much what you will able to do in the future.  Kinda’ depressing, am I right?  A growth mindset implies that most skills and knowledge can be learned over time through perseverance and practice.  Keep trying and you’ll get it!  This collection of growth mindset books  for kids help to teach a growth mindset through fun stories.

Learning to learn

Opening your children’s eyes (& maybe your own eyes) to a growth mindset is a great way to inspire a love of learning.  Practice, trial and failure, experimenting are all hallmarks of a growth mindset; and not coincidentally also qualities of the  great minds!

Many of you know that my husband and I homeschool our four kids.  More than teaching  any specific skill or bit of information I hope to inspire a lifetime love of learning in my kids.  I want them to know how to learn.  If kids know how to teach themselves they can do anything!  How exciting!

Even old dogs can learn new tricks!

After teaching four kids for two years I joke that I am smarter than I have ever been in my whole life.  I have my Masters degree in education and I can guarantee that teaching four kids is more intellectually challenging.  And I love it.

I love that my kids get to see me learn right along beside them.  They get to hear me say “I don’t know, but I can find out.”  I’m a grown up and I can learn something new everyday.  Being able to learn is a joy not a  punishment.

No shame in not knowing

No matter how many times my kids and I chat about learning new things nothing drives the point home like a stack of beautifully illustrated books that show kids in situations in which they have tried and failed, and ultimately persevered.  We didn’t read these books as a “unit on learning” but rather scattered throughout our regular learning.  A growth mindset doesn’t happen overnight, just like any new skill!

Growth Mindset Books for Kids

Papa’s Mechanical Fish by Candace Fleming

A Perfectly Messed Up Story by Patrick McDonnell

Everyone Can Learn to Ride a Bicycle by Chris Raschka

Anything Is Possible by Giulia Belloni

Marvelous Mattie by Emily Arnold McCully

Your Incredible elastic Brain, Stretch It, Shape It by JoAnn Deak Ph.D.

The Girl who Never Made Mistakes by Mark Pett

Galimoto by Karen Lynn Williams

The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires

Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty

What Do You Do with an Idea?  by Kobi Yamada

What Do You Do with a Problem? by Kobi Yamada

Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty

Iggy Peck, Architect by Andrea Beaty

Beautiful Oops by Barney Saltzberg

The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds

Ish by Peter H. Reynolds

Flight School by Lita Judgen

Learning to learn~ such a simple idea but a big one to apply whether you’re 8 or 40.  But knowing the sky’s the limit opens up a world of possibilities!

More about growth mindset for kids…

If these growth mindset books for kids were a hit at your house be sure to check out this list of the newest growth mindset books for kids.  This is a hot topic and there’s so much great info out there about it that will inspire you and your kiddo.  Also check out this post that links to all of my growth mindset resources for kids.  There are some great, free printables and other ideas to encourage a growth mindset in your kids!

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