Cause and Effect
Book List and Resources
Teaching cause and effect is hard! I know! Having been a teacher myself I understand the difficulties. I am sure that is why this page is the most visited on the Children’s Library Lady website!
You probably find, as I do, that children often use cause and effect but don’t realise they are using it. For example, a baby drops a toy over and over again until you stop returning it! Or a child eats an ice cream quickly so it doesn’t melt in the sun.
The fact they are using cause and effect doesn’t mean they can verbalise it. I often found when asking a student to explain why something had happened they could say “because”, but with no further explanation. We need to give them the strategies and vocabulary to not only understand cause and effect but also verbalise it.
We can teach cause and effect through everyday actions, for example, telling children if they do ‘this’ then they can do ‘that’. But using picture books helps children gain a deeper insight into how one action affects another.
Why use picture books to teach cause and effect?
Well, cause and effect make a story interesting. Imagine for a moment if Sleeping Beauty didn’t eat the apple, the boy didn’t visit the Giving Tree and Thing 1 and Thing 2 never appeared in The Cat in the Hat. They would all be very different stories, probably more positive, but not as interesting to read.
Below you will find a list of picture books you can use to teach cause and effect to children of any age. Click on each book for related resources, lesson plans and activities. Towards the end of this post, you can explore external information and resources on teaching cause and effect.
Cause and Effect Book List
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These resources relate to the book, author and illustrator. The number of resources varies subject to subject. Please check they are appropriate for your specific needs before using them with children. If you have any suggestions please get in touch!
Huff Post: How to Teach Your Child Cause and Effect
1 to 1 Therapy: The Importance of Teaching Your Child Cause and Effect
Education: A Child’s World of Cause and Effect
California Department of Education: Cause and Effect Toddler Learning & Development Foundations
Learning and the Brain: “Explain Yourself”: A Powerful Strategy for Teaching Children Cause and Effect
I hope to add to this list in the future so let me know if you have any picture books you use to teach cause and effect. You can share them in the comments below or send me an email. Let’s support each other by removing some of the pain of teaching cause and effect!
- How to Use Picture Books to Teach Cause & Effect
- Fun and Educational Cause and Effect Activities Children will Love
- 12 Wonderful Cause & Effect Games that Won’t Bore Your Children
More Books to Explore
The Children’s Library Lady has over 450 picture books on large variety of topics. You will find specific book, author and illustrator information, as well as resources. You can also browse themed books lists and explore all the books on the website. Click on the book covers below to start exploring what the website has to offer.
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