In August, we are highlighting the benefits of falling forward. That means turning mistakes into stepping stones and a path to success. At Gymboree Play & Music, we look at failure as a great learning tool. In fact, we believe in encouraging failure! When your little one doesn’t succeed on the first try, they are learning so many great things — most importantly that it’s OK to fail! They’re also learning the importance of getting up and trying again, along with many more early development benefits! And, we can all agree that childhood is the time to experiment.
So, check out some of these super fun book recommendations this August, and read all about the positives to trying new things, even if it might mean you don’t succeed the first time around!
August Book Recommendations
Unstoppable Me! By Dr. Wayne W. Dyer and Kristina Tracy
Through ten rhyming poems, Dr. Wayne gives context to some important ideas about living life to the fullest. How to take risks, deal with stress, and enjoying the moment. The poetry is a fun way to introduce children to some big ideas, and help them see the value in their creativity, their ideas, and themselves!
Beautiful Oops! By Barney Saltzberg
Interactive textured pages take us through how messes, mistakes, and unexpected things can be beautiful! This simple story explores how to be creative through the ‘Uh Oh’s!’ And turn them into something magnificent!
The Most Magnificent Thing By Ashley Spires
A girl is creative and works hard to make the most magnificent thing but what happens when it’s not magnificent at all?! This book takes us on a journey about not giving up even when our hard work doesn’t turn out exactly how we thought. A wonderful story about perseverance and dealing with our emotions.
The Paper Bag Princess By, Robert Munsch
You might remember this story from your childhood! Originally published in 1980 The Paper Bag Princess tells the story of a resilient, problem-solving princess who realizes her wits and intelligence are all she needs to outsmart a mean dragon there’s also a fun twist at the end!
Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons By, James Dean and Eric Litwin
Pete the Cat is losing his buttons! But does he cry? Goodness no! We just keep going! This story is not only a perfect read aloud with it’s song and rhyming repetitive text, it shows us that when things happen we don’t need to get upset; we can just keep singing! Singalong: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dkQ4d_fff3E