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These are just a few resources that incorporate grit as a theme.  Some are better suited for educators, but many are appropriate for parents.  I'd like to start a list of children's books that showcase grit being demonstrated in a positive way as well.  If you have a good suggestion, please email me at bitofgrit@gmail.com.

 
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The Optimistic Child: A Proven Program to Safeguard Children Against Depression and Build Lifelong Resilience (non-fiction) Martin E. P. Seligman This is a handbook that spells out how to become more optimistic and therefore combat depression. I incorporated many of the activities listed in this book into my grit curriculum. 
Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life (non-fiction) Martin. E. P. Seligman This book is more suited to adults. If you would like to enhance the quality of your life by learning how to become more optimistic, this is a must-read.  
Character Strengths and Virtues: A Handbook and Classification (non-fiction) Christopher Peterson and Martin E. P. Seligman This is a HUGE and expensive, but very cool book that lists, defines, and classifies character qualities. What I love about this book is it's all about what right with people, instead of what's wrong with them. 
"What if the Secret to Success is Failure?" (non-fiction) Paul Tough This is a NYT article that should be read by all parents and educators. It's a great read and was the jumping off point for my research on grit.  
Promoting Grit, Tenacity, and Perseverance: Critical Factors for Success in the 21st Century (non-fiction) U.S. Department of Education, Office of Educational Technology (2013) This is a comprehensive, well-written brief recently released by the National DOE. It's exceptionally well done and helps to make the argument that education should not just be about academic test scores. 
The Traveler's Gift (fiction) Andrews, Andy The Traveler's Gift offers a modern day parable of one man's choices—and the attitudes that make the difference between failure and success. 
Black Whiteness (non-fiction) Burleigh, Robert Admiral Richard Byrd survived alone for six months in Antarctica--a man against the elements. Full of actual writings from his journals, this well-written account provides insight into his daily struggle to survive and gather data on weather and human endurance. Especially interesting are entries from when he was very sick with little hope for rescue. "His story is severe...and always riveting." (Kirkus) 
Wilma Unlimited (non-fiction) Krull, Kathleen The first US woman to win 3 Olympic gold medals was actually born premature and had polio at 5! But her determination and willingness to push herself helped her succeed. A beautiful, inspirational book for teaching determination. 
How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character (non-fiction) Paul Tough Many believe success is about how intelligent we are. Paul Tough argues that what matters most has to do with character, specifically skills like perseverance, curiosity, and self-control. This is an amazing read for parents and educators as Tough relates the science being used to uncover the mysteries of character. 
Any TED video or otherwise featuring Angela Duckworth  Angela Duckworth, the "queen guru of grit," is worth watching. She is a professor from the University of Pennsylvania who coined the term "grit," defined it, and figured out how to measure it. Now she's just beginning to work with educators as practitioners who could take her research and deliver it in kid-friendly ways to students in the classroom.  
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