A sample of books to use with individual students, small groups, and in class lessons to support positive growth mindset and perseverance.
IT’S TOUGH TO LOSE YOUR BALLOON by Jarrett J. Krosockza
This book is just perfect for helping students change their mindset. The book, inspired by actual events, takes situations that could make you grumpy or sad and reframes it into a positive way. There are tons of patterns in this book- I always get my students full attention when I tell them there is a hidden rainbow in the book. (Answer: It’s the color of the pages.)
Activity: Have students create their own reframing balloons. On one side they finish the prompt “It’s tough…” and on the back they finish the prompt “but it will..” You can use my activity packet for this activity and more.
THE KOALA WHO COULD by Rachel Bright
WHEN SOPHIE THINKS SHE CAN’T by Molly Bang
AFTER THE FALL by Dan Santat
More than just a play on the adorable classic, Humpty Dumpty, this book thoughtfully speaks to getting up after a “fall” or trauma and facing your fears. I love the “hatch” ending, which inspires students to embrace what’s next.
Activity: Pair with your favorite team activity like the marshmallow tower challenge or marshmallow sculpture game.
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