The Best Goal Setting Books to Read Aloud


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Reading and talking about goals is an important skill. The best goal setting books to read aloud to students can kick off great lesson about goal setting. Check out how I teach goal setting HERE.

What are the Best Goal Setting Books to Read Aloud?

Picture books of course! Great picture books encourage students to work hard to achieve goals. I place these best goal setting books (click title for links) in our classroom library after we talk about the books so that the students can enjoy the books independently. However, we also discuss and talk about the books, too hence comprehension work happens naturally!


Best Goal Setting Books with Videos

These videos from YouTube are great stories to use to discuss goal setting along with hopes and dreams for a growth mindset. Click the titles to see the books.

Gerald the giraffe’s long legs are too skinny plus his neck is too long so he has difficulty dancing. The animals jest, “Giraffes can’t dance” when it’s Gerald’s turn to prance while the warthogs waltz, the chimps cha-cha, and the lions tango. After receiving sound advice from the cricket, Gerald starts swaying to his own sweet tune.

Frank Asch uses his simple, bright illustrative style to bring to life this charming tale where Bear wishes he could fly like Little Bird, while Little Bird longs to be big and strong like Bear. The two friends find creative ways to make each other’s dreams come true.


Rosa, her mother and grandmother save their coins to buy a comfortable chair for all to enjoy after their home is destroyed by a fire. This tender story about family and perseverance is an excellent selection for practicing the comprehension strategies of visualizing, retelling, and identifying the author’s purpose. 


This inspiring picture book brings to life the story about an optimistic girl named Grace that tries out for the role of Peter Pan even after she becomes discourage by her classmates. The message to follow you dreams no matter what other say are beautifully shown.


Inspired by a true-life story, Miss Rumphius longed to travel the world, live in a house by the sea, and do something to make the world more beautiful. This story tells about living for your hearts’ desires and giving something back to the world.


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Make everyday magical,

❤Debora from Teach Magicall

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