What goals do your students have? Do they understand the importance of setting goals and working hard to reach them? I love using read alouds to introduce this skill to my class. Here is a list of my favorite picture books about setting goals!
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Ruby’s Wish by Shirin Yim Bridges
Ruby is unlike most girls in old China. She doesn’t aspire to get married, but instead has a goal to attend university when she grows up. An inspiring and thought-provoking story!
Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman
If you stay true to yourself, you can be whatever you want to be! Grace loves stories and she loves to act them out. When her teacher tells the class that they will be performing a play about Peter Pan, Grace knows she wants to be Peter. But can she be Peter if she doesn’t look anything like him?
Dreams Do Come True, All They Need Is You by Mike Dooley
An inspirational story about the importance of believing in yourself and loving you for exactly who you are. It encourages love and happiness for everyone as a way to make the world a better place.
Salt in His Shoes by Deloris Jordan
Michael wants to be a basketball player, but he feels too small to play with the older boys. He becomes frustrated and asks his mother for help. She tells him to put salt in his shoes and he will grow. His father, however, reminds him that practice and persistence will help him reach his goals.
The Girl and the Bicycle by Mark Pett
A wordless picture book about persistence and reaching your goals. A little girl has plans to earn enough money to buy the bike she sees in the store window. Determination and patience shine through on every page!
Want more book titles? Check out this blog post for picture books about self management skills!
What are some other picture books about setting goals that you read aloud in your classroom?
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