Topic Books about Growth Mindset and Having a Positive Outlook for Children in EYFS, KS1 & KS2

Anything Is Possible

by Giulia Belloni

Follow the story of a sheep who dreams big - so big she wants to build a flying machine! A doubtful wolf agrees to help, and through perseverance and trial and error, they manage to create a winning design! At the end of this whimsical tale, even the wolf has to admit that anything is possible!

Nadia: The Girl Who Couldn't Sit Still by Karlin Gray

Nadia Comaneci was a feisty and fearless girl who went from climbing trees to swinging into history at the 1976 Olympic Games. But as readers will see in this picture book about Nadia’s journey to Olympic gold, the road to world-class athlete was full of many imperfect moments.


A Perfectly Messed-Up Story by Patrick McDonnell

Louie's story keeps getting messed up, and he's not happy about it! What's the point of telling his tale if he can't tell it right? But when he stops and takes a deep breath, he realises that everything is actually just fine, and his story is a good one - imperfections and all.

Almost Anything by Sophy Henn

George can't roller-skate. George can't paint. And George most certainly can't dance! But Bear is very wise. She thinks that, with a little help, George can do all these things - and more! And, luckily for George, Bear has just a little magic to help... An empowering book about the power of self-belief.


The Dot

by Peter H. Reynolds

Vashti thinks she can’t draw. But her teacher is sure that she can, and encourages Vashti to sign the angry dot she makes in frustration on a piece of paper. This act makes Vashti look at herself a little differently, and helps her discover that where there’s a dot there’s a way… 

The Most Magnificent Thing 

by Ashley Spires

A girl has a wonderful idea. She is going to make the most MAGNIFICENT thing! But it is not easy, and the girl tries and fails, repeatedly. Eventually, the girl gets really, really mad and she quits. But after a walk with her dog, she comes back with renewed enthusiasm and manages to get it just right.


Your Fantastic Elastic Brain

by Andy Stanton

Just like how lifting weights helps your muscles get stronger, trying new things  strengthens your brain. This fun and engaging introduction to the anatomy of the brain that will empower young readers to S-T-R-E-T-C-H and grow their Fantastic, Elastic Brain!

The Book of Mistakes

by Corinna Luyken

As an artist incorporates accidental splotches, spots, and misshapen things into her art, she transforms her piece in quirky and unexpected ways. Told in minimal, playful text, this story shows that even the biggest 'mistakes' can be the source of the brightest ideas. 

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The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes by Mark Pett 

Beatrice Bottomwell has NEVER made a mistake. In fact, the entire town calls her The Girl Who Never Makes Mistakes! One day, the inevitable happens: Beatrice makes a huge mistake in front of everyone! But in the end, she realises that life is more fun when you enjoy everything - even the mistakes.

I Can't Do That Yet: Growth Mindset by Esther P Cordova 

In a dream, Enna sees all the possible future versions of herself, discovering that she can be any of those versions with time and dedication. She develops a growth mindset throughout her journey and instead of saying "I can't do that," she learns to say "I can't do that YET!”.


Everyone Can Learn to Ride a Bicycle by Chris Raschka

Using very few words and lots of expressive pictures, here is a picture book that not only shows kids how to learn to ride, but captures what it feels like to fall ... get up ... fall again ... and finally "by luck, grace, and determination" ride a bicycle!


Mistakes That Worked

by Charlotte Jones

Piggy banks, silly putty, potato chips and frisbees are all things that were invented by mistake. Explore a variety of foods, toys, clothing and devices through facts and lively anecdotal accounts that recollects the oddball origins of these mistakes that worked!


Rosie Revere, Engineer

by Andrea Beaty

Rosie's Great Aunt has always wanted to fly, so Rosie sets to work to make her aunt's dream come true. Her invention complete, Rosie attempts a test flight but the machine crashes to the ground. Rosie deems the invention a failure, but her Aunt insists it was a success - you can only truly fail, she explains, if you quit. 

What Do You Do With an Idea? by Kobi Yamada 

This is the story of one brilliant idea and the child who helps to bring it into the world. As the child's confidence grows, so does the idea itself. And then, one day, something amazing happens. A story to inspire you to welcome that idea, to give it some space to grow, and to see what happens next. 


You Are Awesome

by Matthew Syed

If you believe you can't do something, the chances are you won't try. But what if you could excel at anything you put your mind to? You Are Awesome can help you do just that, inspiring and empowering young readers to find the confidence to realise their potential. 

After the Fall

by Dan Santat 

After the fall, Humpty Dumpty is a broken egg. Life is tough: he's so afraid of heights, he can't even bear to climb onto his bed. But one day, fuelled by his passion for bird-watching, he decides to conquer his fears and something amazing happens...

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Jabari Jumps

by Gaia Cornwall 

In a sweet tale of overcoming your fears, this story captures a moment at the swimming pool between a patient and encouraging father and a determined little boy who's ready to make the jump, but can't quite seem to leave the board.


Emmanuel's Dream

by Laurie Thompson

Follow the true story of Emmanuel, who was born with one deformed leg. Dismissed by most people, his mother taught him to reach for his dreams. Eventually he became a cyclist and rode an astonishing four hundred miles across Ghana, spreading his message: disability is not inability. 

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