Enhance Literacy with Engaging Picture Books

By International School Librarian & Teacher in Japan

Picture books are an excellent resource for English teachers looking to enhance their students' literacy skills. Combining engaging illustrations with easy-to-understand text, picture books provide an immersive and enjoyable reading experience for young learners. By promoting reading comprehension and critical thinking skills, picture books also help to foster a lifelong love of learning and reading. Whether used as part of a lesson plan or simply for pleasure reading, picture books are a versatile and valuable tool for any English teacher. Explore our selection of picture books today and discover the limitless potential of this beloved literary genre.

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  • The Panda Problem by Deborah Underwood

    "The Panda Problem" by Deborah Underwood is a witty and charming children's book that teaches important values of empathy and understanding. Children will love the lovable panda who thinks he's the star of the book, despite the narrator's attempts to shift focus. The playful tone and clever use of metafiction invite critical thinking about storytelling. The colorful illustrations by Hannah Marks bring the story to life. Parents will appreciate the educational value of the book and its ability to spark conversations about empathy and perspective-taking, making it an excellent choice for bedtime reading.

  • The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet! - Carmen Agra Deedy

    "The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet!" by Carmen Agra Deedy is a heartwarming picture book that inspires both children and parents. The story follows a village where singing is banned, but a rooster refuses to be silenced. The book teaches valuable lessons about standing up for what you believe in, perseverance, and the power of music. The colorful illustrations by Eugene Yelchin enhance the book's message, making it an excellent choice for bedtime reading or classroom discussions.

  • The Rabbit Listened - Cori Doerrfeld

    "The Rabbit Listened" by Cori Doerrfeld is a touching and poignant children's book that parents will appreciate for its emotional intelligence and empathy-building message. The story follows a young child who experiences a difficult event, and the different animals who try to comfort them in various ways. The book's gentle and compassionate approach to dealing with difficult emotions is both comforting and empowering, encouraging children to find their own path to healing. The colorful and expressive illustrations by the author further enhance the book's emotional impact. Overall, "The Rabbit Listened" is a must-read for parents seeking to instill emotional intelligence and empathy in their children.

  • We Don't Eat Our Classmates - Ryan T. Higgins

    "We Don't Eat Our Classmates" by Ryan T. Higgins is a hilarious and entertaining children's book that parents will love for its humor and important message about kindness and empathy. The story follows a young dinosaur who discovers that her classmates are not the tasty snacks she thought they were. Through humorous situations and witty dialogue, the book teaches children about the importance of treating others with respect and empathy. The colorful illustrations by the author bring the characters and setting to life in a visually appealing way. Overall, "We Don't Eat Our Classmates" is a fun and educational book that parents and children will enjoy reading together.

  • Magic Ramen and the story of Momofuku Ando - Andrea Wang

    "Magic Ramen and the Story of Momofuku Ando" by Andrea Wang is an inspiring and informative children's book that parents will appreciate for its message of perseverance and innovation. The story follows Momofuku Ando, who invented the world's first instant ramen noodles during a time of post-war scarcity in Japan. The book's colorful illustrations and engaging narrative make it both entertaining and educational. It teaches children about the power of creativity and hard work to solve problems and create something valuable. Overall, "Magic Ramen" is a must-read for parents seeking to inspire their children to pursue their passions and make a positive impact on the world.

  • Be Kind - Pam Zietlow Miller

    "Be Kind" by Pam Zietlow Miller is a heartwarming and empowering children's book that parents will appreciate for its important message about empathy and kindness. The story follows a young girl who learns the power of small acts of kindness and how they can make a big difference in the world. The book's simple and relatable narrative, along with its colorful illustrations by Jen Hill, make it an enjoyable and accessible read for both parents and children. Overall, "Be Kind" is an excellent tool for parents to instill values of empathy and kindness in their children, and to teach them the importance of treating others with respect and compassion.

  • Sakura's Cherry Blossoms - Robert Paul Weston

    "Sakura's Cherry Blossoms" by Robert Paul Weston is a poignant and beautifully illustrated children's book that parents will appreciate for its cultural significance and emotional depth. The story follows Sakura, a young Japanese girl who moves to the United States with her family and struggles to adjust to her new home. Through her connection to the cherry blossom tree her grandfather planted, Sakura learns about the importance of family, memories, and finding beauty in unexpected places. The book's stunning illustrations by Misa Saburi enhance the story's emotional impact, making it a visually and emotionally engaging read for parents and children alike.

  • Time for Bed, Miyuki - Roxane Marie Galliez

    "Time for Bed, Miyuki" by Roxane Marie Galliez is a charming and beautifully illustrated children's book that parents will appreciate for its calming and imaginative bedtime story. The story follows a young girl named Miyuki who is too busy to sleep and her patient grandfather who guides her to bed with stories and wisdom. The book's soothing narrative and stunning watercolor illustrations by Seng Soun Ratanavanh create a dreamlike and serene atmosphere that will help children wind down and prepare for sleep. Overall, "Time for Bed, Miyuki" is a perfect bedtime read for parents seeking a peaceful and imaginative way to end the day.

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