Here are some of my favorite kids’ books for teaching point of view.
“One of life’s biggest challenges is accepting that there are numerous interpretations and that there is rarely one right way to view the world. Literature can introduce characters who have learned to accept that different viewpoints exist, demonstrating how they persevere when faced with difficulties. Books can also change readers’ perspectives about what they already know and extend their knowledge through new ways of seeing familiar things.” Giorgis, C., & Johnson, N.J. (2002). Multiple perspectives. The Reading Teacher, 55(5), 486–494.
I Didn’t Do It. Patricia MacLachlan and Emily MacLachlan Charest. HarperCollins, 2010.
Delightful poems about three puppies, their discoveries and antics. Beautifully written and illustrated. Shows a real understanding of life from a puppy’s point of view.
Atlantic. C. Brian Karas. Putnam’s Sons, 2002.
The ocean itself describes its many characteristics. An unusual and beautiful picture book.
An Interview With Harry the Tarantula. Leigh Ann Tyson. National Geographic, 2003.
Katy Did interviews Harry Spyder on her “Up Close and Personal” program on KBUG radio. Harry describes his scary encounter with a girl who put him in a jar. Through the question and answer format we learn much about tarantulas while being very entertained. Picture Book.
Because of Mr. Terupt. Rob Buyea. Delacorte Press, 2010.
Short chapters, each narrated by one of seven 5th graders in Mr. Terupt’s class, chronicle the school year by month. We get to know the new girl, the prankster, the bully, the brain, the shy one, the one who never stands up for herself and the one who hates school. We gradually learn how their lives have defined them. Mr. Terupt is a teacher who always understands them, knows how to guide them, and makes learning fun. A prank results in a tragic accident. Valuable lessons are learned by all. I couldn’t put it down!
Read-aloud 5th-6th grade
Boss Baby. Marla Frazee. Beach Lane Books, 2010.
A new baby is just as demanding as any CEO. LOL! Picture Book.
Button Up! : Wrinkled Rhymes. Alice Schertle. Harcourt, 2009.
15 articles of clothing tell their stories in this wonderful collection of rhymes. Picture Book.
Butterfly House. Eve Bunting. Scholastic. 1999.
A girl and her grandfather rescue a caterpillar from a hungry bird. They care for it and eventually it becomes a Painted Lady butterfly. Narrated by the child who has grown old. Beautiful! Picture Book.
A Day in the Life of Murphy. Alice Provensen. Simon & Schuster, 2003.
Murphy is a terrier who humorously describes a busy day in his life day on the farm.
Diary of a Baby Wombat. Jackie French. Clarion, 2010.
Baby mimic’s his mother by keeping his own diary about eating, sleeping, digging, scratching and playing. Picture Book.
Eeeek, Mouse! Lydia Monks. Egmont, 2009.
Minnie, her parents and the cat all have different ideas about how to take care of the mouse problem in their house. Picture Book.
I, Doko : The Tale of a Basket. Ed Young. Philomel, 2004.
In this Nepalese fable, a basket tells it’s life story with three generations of a family.
Mirror Mirror: A Book of Reversible Verse. Marilyn Singer. Dutton , 2010.
A brilliant collection of fairy tale style poems that can be read two ways-both up and down which gives a different perspective or meaning. Vibrant artwork is a perfect compliment. The last page encourages readers to write their own reverso poem. Picture Book.
Once Upon a Royal Superbaby. Kevin O’Malley. Walker & Company, 2010.
Follow-up to Once Upon a Cool Motorcycle Dude, the girl and boy have another writing assignment, this time about a king and queen. This is just as fun an entertaining as the first. A good way to talk about the writing process, collaboration. Picture Book.
The Shivers in the Fridge. Fran Manushkin. Dutton, 2006.
Parents, grandparents and a small boy are freezing cold. They remember another time when they were warm and tall. One by one, they each decide they must find a warmer place to live. How long will it take listeners to discover the family is a set of magnets living in the fridge? Picture Book.
Sweet Tooth. Margie Palatini. Simon & Schuster, 2004.
Stewart has a sweet tooth–a very LOUD, demanding and obnoxious sweet tooth that gets him in a lot of trouble. The tooth is undone when Stewart tells him he is switching to a healthy diet. LOL! Picture Book.
Two Bad Ants. Chris Van Allsburg. Houghton Mifflin, 1998.
The world is very different from ants’ point of view. Two greedy ants have a series of misadventures before returning safely home. Picture Book.
Whales Passing. Eve Bunting. Blue Sky Press, 2003.
A boy and his father watch five orcas from the shore, wondering what they talk about under water. End page has much factual information about orcas. Picture Book.
Who is Melvin Bubble? Nick Bruel. Roaring Book Press, 2006.
Jimmy Wallpaper has asked the author to write a book about his best friend, Melvin Bubble. Mr. Bruel interviews Melvin’s parents, the tooth fairy, Santa and many others.
Ask students what others would say about them. Picture Book.