We cannot deny the fact that every individual goes through the continuous process of learning, way beyond our student lives. We remain, students, even after we have passed out from school. Life throws challenges at us and some of us try to accept the challenge, face it and overcome it. While some run away from it because of the fixed mindset they have inculcated in their lives which in turn reveal their shortcomings.
“A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new”- Albert Einstein.
Learning is not only acquiring knowledge from your particular prescribed books, learning should be wholesome. It should make you a better individual as well as a better global citizen. Manifestation of a growth mindset in student life will make one realize the importance of empathy.
A child can be facing difficulties in any subject. It can be in English, Science, Arts or Mathematics. But he needs to inspire his inner self, and intrinsically motivate himself to find a way through his struggles and overcome his difficulties. A growth mindset can be largely influenced by reading books. Here are certain books that will help you, guide your child to develop a growth mindset.
1. Making A Splash by Carol E Reiley
This book talks about the ideas that one makes through experience. It is not about the beliefs that you are born with but the experiences that you have that shape your beliefs. Carol E Reiley narrates the story of two siblings, Johny and Lisa who, have contrasting and separate attitudes towards learning and growing. And the diverse results they achieve because of their different perspectives. This book will help your child to understand his environment and not make any kind of prejudices before experiencing life. It is considered to be an excellent book on growth mindset.
2. Beautiful Oops! by Barney Saltzberg
A book with a wonderful and attractive title. The title itself indicates that mistakes are beautiful and that every child should be allowed to make mistakes. Mistakes should be celebrated, and it’s normal to make mistakes. As a parent, you would indeed want your child to follow this as a life lesson. So, go ahead and present this book to your child and find out the new ways in which he discovers himself to be an empathetic child.
3. Bubble Gum Brain by Julia Cook
To become is better than to be. A thoughtful and inspiring book by Julia Cook where she depicts two kids Bubble Gum Brain and Brick Brain, with two distinct mindsets just as their names suggest. One is flexible, can bend and stretch. The other does not want to change and is firm like a brick. It is only when Bubble Gum Brain makes Brick Brain realize that life can be fun when they are open to new ideas is when Brick Brain realizes the importance of growth and evolution. With only 32 pages, and written by a National Award recipient, this book should be read by all kids and adults.
4. After the Fall by Dan Santat
After the Fall, is an exhilarating and inspiring epilogue to the famous nursery rhyme that we all know, ‘Humpty Dumpty’. Humpty is scared of heights and has acrophobia after he has fallen off the walls. The story revolves around how Humpty will combat his fear of heights. It teaches us that we can only tackle life by dealing with our fears, getting back from the fall by dusting our hands-off. It is written by the winner of the New York Times best-selling author and illustrator and is a must-read for kids to look for motivation and encouragement.
5. The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires
Ashley Spires tells the story of a girl who wants to make a new thing and when she fails to do so she gets disheartened and sad. However, it is her best friend who happens to be a dog encourages her to make another attempt to make the magnificent thing she was planning. After her dog convinces her, she returns and becomes successful in making the thing that she was planning to. The book has some beautiful illustrations that make the entire story more interesting and equally enjoyable for kids.
6. Not Yet by Lisa Cox and Lori Hockema
This book depicts a full day in the life of the protagonist, Larisa. The authors of the book want their readers to realize that one learns only after one makes mistakes. And the process of learning should be filled with joy and enthusiasm. Learning can be fun when one enjoys the journey of learning instead of just the result. The story depicts a strong relationship between Larisa, and her mother indicating that parents should believe in the ability of their children and motivate them equally. This book is not only a good read for kids but also for parents since it sends a good message to them.
7. What do you do with an idea? by Kobi Yamada
A delightful story of a kid who doesn’t have any idea about the new opportunities his life is throwing at him when he encounters himself with a chance. He explores that if one has the determination and courage to take up the challenge, one should agree to do it. New experiences will happen only when you take a chance and, you can also create amazing things while you explore life.
8. I think I am by Louise L. Hay with Kristina Tracy
This book is one of those books which emphasizes thoughts and words. Manifestation of positive thoughts and feelings, expressing them through the words you use, and believing them to be true can be an accelerating process for growth and a healthy mindset. This book tells us how kids can turn negative thoughts into positive ones.
9. What Should Danny Do? by Ganit and Adir Levy
It is an empowering book for kids that contains nine stories in one. It is a book in which the ready follows Danny the Superhero-in-Training, and comes across the different choices he has to make that eventually sums up his entire day. It is a very effective book through which kids can inculcate these lessons and choices into their lives. They can learn to be social and acknowledge their emotions.
10. I Won’t Quit by Danny McGill
Through this book, the author makes his readers traverse the message he wants to convey a simple message that one should not quit. Through perseverance, any child can accomplish even the most difficult task. It encourages children to realize that every child has a superpower, the power to persevere and find the solution to their problems. It is an important book that will help kids to feel motivated and be passionate about different challenges that they will face in the future.
These are the top books that you can refer to for your child’s growth mindset. Apart from these books, one can also refer to books that will enhance your child’s mindset and improve their communication skills and enhance their overall growth. Manifestation of positive thinking is equally important for a growth mindset. A child requires a calm and composed environment to grow with a healthy mind, body, and soul.
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