Skill Building Book Tips

Mind in the Making (MITM), originally developed by Families and Work Institute (FWI) and now a project of the Bezos Family Foundation, is an unprecedented effort to share the science of children’s learning with the general public, families and professionals who work with them. Based on Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs (HarperCollins, 2010) by Ellen Galinsky, president of FWI, its mission is to promote Executive Function Life Skills in adults and through them in children in order to keep the fire for learning burning brightly in all of us.

Mind in the Making has partnered with First Book, a nonprofit social enterprise that provides books and educational materials for educators serving children in need, to curate a groundbreaking ‘Mind in the Making’ Book Collection that combines children’s books with tips for building Seven Essential Life Skills.

The four book collections – designed for four age groups, 0 to 2, 3 to 5 years, 6 to 8 years, and 9 to 12 years – are available on the First Book Marketplace, an online store that makes it possible for educators serving children in need to access high quality new books at very low cost.

Below are the reading lists grouped by Life Skill with links to download the corresponding tip sheets for each title. Let us know what you think and share other recommended book titles on the Mind in the Making Facebook page.

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Focus and Self Control

TitleTip SheetAuthorAge GroupMulti-Cultural/
Bilingual
Spanish Tip Sheet
Head, Shoulders, Knees, and ToesDownload (English)Annie Kubler0-2Demonstrates diversity/inclusion. Available in bilingual edition

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Elmo SaysDownload (English)Sarah Albee0-2

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Goodnight MoonDownload (English)Margaret Wise Brown0-2Available in bilingual and Spanish editions.

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Noisy NoraDownload (English)Rosemary Wells0-2

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The Carrot SeedDownload (English)Ruth Krauss3-5Available in Spanish.

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Whistle for WillieDownload (English)Ezra Jack Keats3-5Demonstrates diversity/inclusion. Available in Spanish.

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A Chair for My MotherDownload (English)Vera B. Williams3-5

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The Art LessonDownload (English)Tomie dePaola6-8Available in Spanish.

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The Little Red Hen Makes a PizzaDownload (English)Philemon Sturges6-8

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The Best Seat in Second GradeDownload (English)Katharine Kenah6-8

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Wilma UnlimitedDownload (English)Kathleen Krull6-8Demonstrates diversity/inclusion. Available in Spanish.

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A Crooked Kind of PerfectDownload (English)Linda Urban9-12

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Joey Pigza Swallowed the KeyDownload (English)Jack Gantos9-12Demonstrates diversity/inclusion.

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Perspective Taking

TitleTip SheetAuthorAge GroupMulti-Cultural/
Bilingual
Spanish Tip Sheet
Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?Download (English)Bill Martin, Jr.0-2Available in Spanish.

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Five Little DucksDownload (English)Raffi0-2Available in Spanish.

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Whoever You AreDownload (English)Mem Fox0-2Demonstrates diversity/inclusion. Available in bilingual and Spanish editions.

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Are You Ready to Play Outside?Download (English)Mo Willems3-5

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Fish is FishDownload (English)Leo Lionni3-5

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CorduroyDownload (English)Don Freeman3-5Demonstrates diversity/inclusion. Available in Spanish.

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Actual SizeDownload (English)Steve Jenkins6-8

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Freedom SummerDownload (English)Deborah Wiles6-8Demonstrates diversity/inclusion.

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Button Up!Download (English)Alice Schertle6-8

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Glass Slipper, Gold SandalDownload (English)Paul Fleischman6-8Demonstrates diversity/inclusion.

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The Whipping BoyDownload (English)Sid Fleischman9-12Available in Spanish.

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WonderDownload (English)R.J. Palacio9-12Demonstrates diversity/inclusion. Available in Spanish.

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Communicating

TitleTip SheetAuthorAge GroupMulti-Cultural/
Bilingual
Spanish Tip Sheet
Moo, Baa, La La La!Download (English)Sandra Boynton0-2Available in Spanish.

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Baby! Talk!Download (English)Penny Gentieu0-2Demonstrates diversity/inclusion.

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PenguinDownload (English)Polly Dunbar0-2

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Bark, GeorgeDownload (English)Jules Feiffer0-2

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The Cow that Went OinkDownload (English)Bernard Most3-5Available in Spanish.

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The Lion and the MouseDownload (English)Jerry Pinkney3-5

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Not NormanDownload (English)Kelly Bennett3-5Demonstrates diversity/inclusion.

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Dear Mr. BlueberryDownload (English)Simon James3-5

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Martin's Big WordsDownload (English)Doreen Rappaport6-8Demonstrates diversity/inclusion.

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The Storyteller's Candle/La velita de los cuentosDownload (English)Lucia Gonzalez6-8Demonstrates diversity/inclusion. Bilingual.

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Emma's Poem: The Voice of the Statue of LibertyDownload (English)Linda Glaser6-8

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At the BeachDownload (English)Huy Voun Lee6-8Demonstrates diversity/inclusion.

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No TalkingDownload (English)Andrew Clements9-12Available in Spanish.

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Liar & SpyDownload (English)Rebecca Stead9-12

Making Connections

TitleTip SheetAuthorAge GroupMulti-Cultural/
Bilingual
Spanish Tip Sheet
Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little ToesDownload (English)Mem Fox0-2Demonstrates diversity/inclusion. Available in a bilingual edition.

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The Very Hungry CaterpillarDownload (English)Eric Carle0-2Available in bilingual and Spanish editions.

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It Looked Like Spilt MilkDownload (English)Charles G. Shaw0-2Demonstrates diversity/inclusion. Available in bilingual and Spanish editions.

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Not a BoxDownload (English)Antoinette Portis0-2

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Caps for SaleDownload (English)Esphyr Slobodkina 3-5Available in Spanish.

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Harold and the Purple CrayonDownload (English)Crockett Johnson3-5Available in Spanish.

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Alphabet CityDownload (English)Stephen T. Johnson3-5

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Same, Same But DifferentDownload (English)Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw3-5Demonstrates diversity/inclusion.

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I Am Different! Can You Find Me?Download (English)Manjula Padmanabhan6-8Demonstrates diversity/inclusion. Multilingual.

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On the Same Day in March: A Tour of the World's WeatherDownload (English)Marilyn Singer6-8Demonstrates diversity/inclusion.

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The Pot That Juan BuiltDownload (English)Nancy Andrews-Goebel6-8Demonstrates diversity/inclusion. Available in Spanish.

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What Do You Do with a Tail Like This?Download (English)Steve Jenkins6-8

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Lowji Discovers AmericaDownload (English)Candace Fleming9-12Demonstrates diversity/inclusion.
When You Reach MeDownload (English)Rebecca Stead9-12

Critical Thinking

TitleTip SheetAuthorAge GroupMulti-Cultural/
Bilingual
Spanish Tip Sheet
Blue Hat, Green HatDownload (English)Sandra Boynton0-2Available in Spanish.

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The Runaway BunnyDownload (English)Margaret Wise Brown0-2Available in Spanish.

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Where's My Teddy?Download (English)Jez Alborough0-2

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If You Give a Mouse a CookieDownload (English)Laura Numeroff3-5Available in Spanish.

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Are You My Mother?Download (English)P.D. Eastman3-5Available in Spanish.

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Seven Blind MiceDownload (English)Ed Young3-5Available in Spanish.

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What Can You Do with a Paleta?Download (English)Carmen Tafolla3-5Demonstrates diversity/inclusion. Available in a bilingual edition.

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Grace for PresidentDownload (English)Kelly DiPucchio6-8Demonstrates diversity/inclusion.

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Nate the GreatDownload (English)Marjorie Weinman Sharmat6-8

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Edgar Allan's Official Crime Investigation NotebookDownload (English)Mary Amato9-12

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Hana's SuitcaseDownload (English)Karen Levine9-12Demonstrates diversity/inclusion. Available in Spanish.

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Taking On Challenges

TitleTip SheetAuthorAge GroupMulti-Cultural/
Bilingual
Spanish Tip Sheet
My Truck is Stuck!Download (English)Kevin Lewis and Daniel Kirk0-2

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Llama Llama Red PajamaDownload (English)Anna Dewdney0-2Available in Spanish.

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OwenDownload (English)Kevin Henkes3-5Available in Spanish.

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The Little Engine That CouldDownload (English)Watty Piper3-5Available in Spanish.

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BrontorinaDownload (English)James Howe3-5

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Knuffle BunnyDownload (English)Mo Willems6-8Available in Spanish.

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Horton Hears a Who!Download (English)Dr. Seuss6-8

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The Empty PotDownload (English)Demi6-8Demonstrates diversity/inclusion.

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Jingle DancerDownload (English)Cynthia Leitich Smith6-8Demonstrates diversity/inclusion.

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Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMHDownload (English)Robert C. O'Brien9-12

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Stone FoxDownload (English)John Reynolds Gardiner9-12Available in Spanish.

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Self-Directed, Engaged Learning

TitleTip SheetAuthorAge GroupMulti-Cultural/
Bilingual
Spanish Tip Sheet
Head to ToeDownload (English)Eric Carle0-2Demonstrates diversity/inclusion. Available in Spanish.

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Where's Spot?Download (English)Eric Hill0-2Available in Spanish.

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I Can Do It Too!Download (English)Karen Baicker0-2Demonstrates diversity/inclusion.

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My Five SensesDownload (English)Aliki3-5Demonstrates diversity/inclusion. Available in Spanish.

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The Snowy DayDownload (English)Ezra Jack Keats3-5Demonstrates diversity/inclusion. Available in Spanish.

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Press HereDownload (English)Herve Tullet3-5Available in Spanish.

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Miss RumphiusDownload (English)Barbara Cooney3-5Available in Spanish.

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Lemonade in Winter: A Book About Two Kids Counting MoneyDownload (English)Emily Jenkins6-8Demonstrates diversity/inclusion.

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Dinosaurs Before Dark (Magic Tree House, Book 1)Download (English)Mary Pope Osborne6-8Available in Spanish.

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Mr. George BakerDownload (English)Amy Hest6-8Demonstrates diversity/inclusion.

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Home At LastDownload (English)Susan Middleton Elya6-8Demonstrates diversity/inclusion. Available in Spanish.

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Rickshaw GirlDownload (English)Mitali Perkins9-12Demonstrates diversity/inclusion.

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The View from SaturdayDownload (English)E.L. Konigsburg9-12Demonstrates diversity/inclusion. Available in Spanish.

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