The Most Magnificent Thing
Kids Can Press
The recently nominated picture book by Ashley Spires demonstrates the growth mindset and maker concepts beautifully as it depicts a girl trying to create the next best idea. The main character struggles with her invention prototypes. She must use grit, perseverance and go through a moment of frustration during her learning process. It is a great example of the growth mindset: that learning is hard work and that there will be obstacles to overcome along the way.
I also recognize this girl as a "maker" as she tinkers and receives feedback from others in her learning journey. I think this book is a great introduction to the idea of makerspaces as well.
The illustrations are engaging and primary aged children reading this for the Blue Spruce nomination will enjoy the story. I think it is also a great way to explain a growth mindset and the maker concept to students and teachers in the junior grades too. This is a great addition to have in a school library.