35 Children's Books with a Problem and Solution
Looking for books on teaching problem and solution to your students? Check out this list of 35 picture books with problem and solutions scenarios built into the story.
Teaching Problem and Solution with Books
Understanding problem and solutions will help your students develop positive relationships and develop problem-solving and creative thinking skills. Picture books are a great way to help children analyze different problem and solution scenarios.
Picture books with problem and solution plots allow your students to see the problem being introduced, how the character(s) try to solve it and a related problem before they finally see how the issue is resolved.
In this selection of books you will see characters who:
- Using knowledge to solve problems independently
- Predicting outcomes
- Thinking things through
- Making good decisions
- Trying new ways
- Making mistakes and trying again
- Recognising breakthroughs
- Using trial and error to find a solution
Picture Books with a Problem and Solution
A Bad Case of the Stripes by David Shannon
Click, Clack, Moo Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin
Enemy Pie by Derek Munson
Ernest, the Moose Who Doesn't Fit by Catherine Rayner
Fossil by Bill Thomson
Here Comes the Garbage Barge by Jonah Winter
King Bidgood's in the Bathtub by Audrey Wood
Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes
The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear by Audrey Wood and Don Wood
The Marvellous Moon Map by Teresa Heapy
Max at Night by Ed Vere
Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters by John Steptoe
The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch
Rainbow Weaver by Linda Elovitz Marshall
Ralf by Jean Jullien
The Tree Lady: The True Story of How One Tree-Loving Woman Changed A City Forever by H. Joseph Hopkin
Waiting Is Not Easy by Mo Willems
When the Rain Comes by Alma Fullerton
Problem and Solution Discussion Questions
- Describe the different ways the characters were effective problem-solvers.
- How did [character] solve the problem? What strategies did they use?
- Why do you think [character] was an effective problem solver?
- Why did [character’s] idea work in the end? Did they think about how their decisions would affect the outcome and other characters?
- Did [character] make good decisions? Is there anything they could have done differently?
- Did [character] work independently to solve the problem or did they work collaboratively? Was this the best strategy?
- Does a thinker have to be brave, risk-taker….?
- Did their decision making surprise you? Were they creative in their thinking?
- How did [character’s] way of thinking impact the outcome of the story?