Activating and Engaging Habits of Mind book cover

Habits of Mind Student Book Lists

Compiled by Kathy Lobuglio, Librarian, Washington Intermediate School, Honolulu, Hawaii, and Dina Shein, Media Specialist, Liberty High School, Eldersburg, Maryland
Assessing and Reporting on Habits of Mind book cover


The following comprehensive list of books for students complements ASCD's Habits of Mind: A Developmental Series, which was edited by Arthur L. Costa and Bena Kallick:

Book 1: Discovering and Exploring Habits of Mind
Book 2: Activating and Engaging Habits of Mind
Book 3: Assessing and Reporting on Habits of Mind
Book 4: Integrating and Sustaining Habits of Mind
     (click the links to see excerpt chapters of each book)

We hope you will use the books listed here to illuminate, exemplify, and characterize the habits of mind in your classroom discussions. Encourage students to consider the habits of mind as they read, and when they write book reports, include such questions as:

  • Which habits of mind were depicted in the book?
  • Which habits of mind did the characters display?
  • How did your familiarity with the habits of mind help you understand the tensions, conflicts, characters, climax, and plot of the story?

While any book list is immediately incomplete and dated, you should find this one to be a valuable organizational system by which to collect and classify additional titles. We thank Kathy Lobuglio and Dina Shein for organizing and compiling this list.

—Art Costa and Bena Kallick


The Lists

Each list includes titles in alphabetical order, followed by author's last name, a short statement about the book's story line, and a number corresponding to which habits of mind the book illustrates.

Please note: The list is a work in progress. Only the high school list includes books corresponding to all 16 habits of mind; the other lists are keyed to the first 12 habits only. ASCD hopes to list additional books for habits 13 to 16 in the near future.

The Habits of Mind

  1. Persisting
  2. Managing Impulsivity
  3. Listening with Understanding and Empathy
  4. Thinking Flexibly
  5. Thinking About Thinking
  6. Striving for Accuracy
  7. Questioning and Posing Problems
  8. Applying Past Knowledge to New Situations
  9. Thinking and Communicating with Clarity and Precision
  10. Gathering Data Through All the Senses
  11. Creating, Imagining, Innovating
  12. Responding with Wonderment and Awe
  13. Taking Reasonable Risks
  14. Finding Humor
  15. Thinking Independently
  16. Remaining Open to Continuous Learning