The Book of Mistakes By Corinna Luyken




A beautifully simple picture story book about how sometimes our mistakes can actually turn out to be our greatest successes.


The narrator of the story is drawing a picture, but she makes a mistake and one eye is drawn much bigger than the other. Then she makes another mistake when she tries to fix her first mistake, and now the other eye is even bigger. The genius shines through, however, when she adds a pair of glasses to her drawing and the eye problem is fixed!

Over the following pages, mistake after mistake is transformed into success and the picture really takes flight.

Why I love it:

I think it’s pretty clear why anyone would love this book – the message that mistakes can be blessings. I love that it teaches you to roll with the punches and not give up, no matter how off course you get. This book constantly seeks out that silver lining and consistently makes the best of less-than-ideal circumstances.

There are so many wonderful conversations to have with this book and I can’t wait to get into the classroom tomorrow, share it with the Year 1 class I am teaching, and see what they take from it, too.

Definitely one for the bookshelves and one to pull out when the going gets tough.

Themes/ideas to discuss with your child:

  • Mistakes
  • Inspiration
  • Making the best of a bad situation
  • Finding the silver lining
  • Never giving up


Questions to ask your child:

Before reading:
  • What do you think this book might be about?
  • Do you think this is a fiction book (a story) or a non-fiction book (facts)?
  • Is this a book you want to read? Why/why not?
  • How many people are on the front cover?
  • What are the people doing?
  • Look closely at the picture, what do you think has been used to draw it?
  • Who do you think drew the pictures for this book?
After reading:
  • Did you enjoy this book? Why/why not?
  • What do you think the book is trying to teach you?
  • Have you ever made a mistake? What happened?
  • How did you react to making a mistake? What did you do?
  • Do you think it’s true that sometimes mistakes can lead us to even better outcomes?
  • The next time you make a mistake, how do you think you could handle it?

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