Picture Books for Teaching Point of View
Using picture books for teaching point of view helps your student identify different perspectives more easily because of their short nature and illustrations. The book list is separated into 1st person, 2nd person and 3rd person books.
Why Use Picture Books for Teaching Point of View?
Picture books are a great way to teach point of view because of their short nature and the illustrations.
Reading a full story in one sitting gives time for your students to digest and analyse the clues that will help them independently identify the point of view. Using picture books to teach point of view makes it easier to:
- identify the connection between the narrator and story events.
- determine if the narrator is a part of the story or not.
- analyse text to determine from what point of view the story is told.
- show stories can be told differently depending on who is telling the story, including bias.
Difference Between Point of View and Perspective
Perspective: the viewpoint through which the story is told, including the thoughts, feelings and actions of characters. Perspectives in a book can include:
- The perspective of different sides of a story
- Hearing a different perspective of a familiar story
- Different cultures and economic backgrounds
- The Perspective of authors
- The perspective of an unexpected character
Point of view: A book is told through a point of view and focuses on who the narrator of the story is. Different types of points of view include:
1st person: The main character tells the story.
Keywords: I, me, we, my, us, mine, ours, our
2nd person: The author puts the reader into the story, with events happening to them.
Keywords: you, your, yours
3rd person: The narrator is not a part of the story. They are usually some kind of all-knowing and all-seeing presence telling the story about others.
Keywords: names, he, she, his, her, they, them, their, theirs
Questions to Use With Picture Books for Teaching Point of View
- Who is the narrator? How do you know?
- Which character is narrating? How do you know?
- How does the narrator feel about what is going on in the story?
- Is the narrator all-knowing and all-seeing about what is happening?
- Which part of the first page shows the book’s point of view?
- How can you identify the 1st/2nd/3rd person point of view?
- What is the difference between the 1st/2nd/3rd person point of view?
- How does a 1st/2nd/3rd person narration affect the story?
- Does the author/narrator state facts or opinions? How can you tell?
- Can you trust the author/narrator point of view? Explain your answer.
- How does the narrator feel about……?
- Do you agree with the author’s/narrator’s point of view? Why or why not?
- If the author wrote this book from a different viewpoint, what would change?
- How would the book change if told from the point of view of a different character?
- Can a book character also be a narrator?
- Why might a narrator be biased in their telling of the story?
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Picture Books for Teaching Point of View
Picture Books for Teaching 1st Person Point of View
Masai and I by Virginia Kroll
Neighbors by Kasya Denisevich
A Page in the Wind by José Sanabria
The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family by Ibtihaj Muhammad
The Rock from the Sky by Jon Klassen
Smoky Night by Eve Bunting
I Talk Like a River by Jordan Scott
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka
Picture Books for Teaching 2nd Person Point of View
Are You Sitting Comfortably? by Leigh Hodgkinson
Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems
How to Make Friends with a Ghost by Rebecca Green
The Iridescence of Birds: A Book About Henri Matisse by Patricia MacLachlan
The King of Kindergarten by Derrick Barnes
Song of the Old City by Anna Pellicioli
Picture Books for Teaching 3rd Person Point of View
A Bad Case of the Stripes by David Shannon
Henry’s Freedom Box by Ellen Levine
Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña
Milo Imagines the World by Matt de la Peña
Pig the Pug by Aaron Blabey
This Moose Belongs to Me by Oliver Jeffers
Two Bad Ants by Chris Van Allsburg
Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox
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Below are a few videos you may want to look at to use with your students to teach point of view.
What are your favourite picture books for teaching point of view? Let me know in the comments.