The Power of Picture Books: Additional Resources

In The Meredith Minute episode featuring Professor of Education Jennifer Olson, she discusses the power of picture books and how they can be used to convey complex concepts, tackle difficult subjects, or offer role models to readers of all ages.

Picture books can be a great resource for parents and teachers who want to discuss difficult topics with children. Here are some additional resources that can be used to help with those conversations:

Convey Complex Concepts

One Grain of Rice (1997) by Demi

Duck Rabbit (2009) by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Leo the Late Bloomer (1971) by Robert Krause

Mummy Math: An Adventure in Geometry (2009) by Neuschwander

Science Verse (2004) and Math Curse (1995) by Jon Scieszka


Tackle Difficult Subjects

Fall of Freddie the Leaf (1982) by Leo Buscaglia

The Wall (2007) by Peter Sis

Freedom on the Menu: The Greensboro Sit-Ins (2007) by Carole Boston Weatherford

And Tango Makes Three (2005) by Richardson and Parnell

The Librarian of Basra: A True Story from Iraq (2005) by Jeanette Winter


Role Models for Readers of Any Age

Moses (2006) by Carole Boston Weatherford

The Dot (2003) by Peter Reynolds

Harriet the Spy (1964) by Louise Fitzhugh

Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon (2001) by Patty Lovell

Chrysanthemum (1991) by Kevin Henkes

Klimpt and his Cat (2004) by Berenice Capatti

Amelia Earhart Female Pioneer in Flight (2007) by Mortensen and Meguire

Sonia Sotomayor: A Judge Grows in the Bronx (2009) by Jeanette Winter


Websites with good book lists:

We Need Diverse Books:

Children’s Book Council:

Caldecott Award Winners List:

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