Both of these texts are filled with so many important messages about pursuing your dreams and believing in yourself. We think they are important books to share with students when talking about Growth Mindset. Albert Einstein and Jacques Cousteau never stopped asking their own questions and thinking about ideas that were important to them.
This text pushes students to reconsider their ideas about what it means to “be smart.” So many students equate “being smart” with learning to read quickly and easily and this story shows a different point of view. The main character, Ally, is quick-witted, good at math, highly creative; yet has difficulty learning to read.
This powerful picture book is a true story from Margaret Pokiak-Fenton’s childhood. At eight years old Olemaun (Margaret) Pokiak was so determined to learn to read that she begged her family to let her attend a residential school far away from their Inuit village.
In On a Beam of Light, we love the way Jennifer Berne emphasizes how learning didn’t come easy to Albert Einstein when he was young: “Albert turned three. And hardly said a word at all. He just looked around with his big, curious eyes.”