Dynamic Book Duos: Growth Mindset

Images of This Could Be You and Y is for YET; two picture books perfect to pair for reading comprehension focusing on growth mindset on this week’s Dynamic Book Duos blog.

Please welcome authors Cindy Williams Schrauben and Shannon Anderson to Dynamic Book Duos– a blog featuring two books that pair together in a meaningful way along with coordinating educational activities to strengthen reading skills. This week’s Dynamic Book Duos pairing focuses on growth mindset!

PERFECT PAIR: Growth Mindset

This Could Be You written by Cindy Williams Schrauben and illustrated by Julia Seal and Y is for YET written by Shannon Anderson and illustrated by Jacob Sauva both inspire children by empowering them with a Growth Mindset.

The diverse set of characters in these books allows every child to envision themselves striving for their dreams. In addition, they guide parents, educators and caregivers with actionable steps to assist in the process: “I’m not there YET, but I’m still trying.”

Book 1: This Could Be You

Image of the picture book This Could Be You written by Cindy Williams Schrauben and  illustrated by Julia Seal featuring an illustration of a child watching a rocket blast off.

A teacher, a scientist or an activist – could this be you? Through lyrical rhymes and vibrant illustrations, THIS COULD BE YOU says yes, could be! This sweet picture book empowers children of all abilities and backgrounds to not only believe in themselves but to be strong and resilient in the pursuit of their dreams.

Bood 2: Y is for YET

Image of the picture book Y is for YET written by Shannon Anderson and  illustrated by Jake Souva featuring an illustration of a watering can pouring water on plants with images that match the growth mindset alphabet—a book, soccer ball, paint palette, piano, etc.

Developing a growth mindset helps kids learn from their mistakes, build resilience, and strive to be a little better every day. Not your typical alphabet book, Y IS FOR YET introduces growth mindset and all its possibilities. From A to Z, or Ability to Zany, kids learn new vocabulary that expands their view of themselves as learners.

Educational Activities:

Activities and Teacher Guides: This Could Be You

Activities and Teacher Resources: Y is for YET

Bingo for Both Books


Image of children's book author Cindy William's Schrauben signing her picture book This Could be You with a child watching.
Image of children's book author Shannon Anderson

Suzanne Jacobs Lipshaw

Suzanne Jacobs Lipshaw is an award-winning nonfiction children’s book author and former elementary special education teacher who is passionate about growing young minds. Suzanne’s first nonfiction picture book, I Campaigned for Ice Cream: A Boy’s Quest for Ice Cream Trucks, debuted in April 2019 from Warren Publishing. Her second book Mighty Mahi launched from Doodle and Peck Publishing in March 2022. Suzanne enjoys speaking to schools about writing, leadership, and how kids can make a difference in our world. The proud momma of two grown boys, Suzanne lives in Waterford, MI with her husband and furry writing companion Ziggy. When she’s not dreaming up new writing projects, you can find her kayaking on the lake, hiking the trail, practicing at the yoga studio, or comparing paint swatches at the local Sherwin Williams.

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