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Picture Books to Use for Teaching Persuasive Writing

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Compiled from recommendations on teacher websites and librarians. Here’s an article from Reading Rockets.

Fiction

Base, Graeme. Uno’s Garden (Abrams 2006)
Uno builds a home and garden in the magnificent forest among the playful puddlebuts and feathered frinklepods, but as the place becomes more and more popular, it is overtaken by tourists and buildings until the forest and animals seem to disappear altogether.

*Blos, Joan W. Old Henry illustrated by Stephen Gammell (Morrow 1987)
Henry’s neighbors are scandalized that he ignores them and lets his property get run down, until they drive him away and find themselves missing him.

*Cherry, Lynne. The Great Kapok Tree (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich 1990)
The many different animals that live in a great kapok tree in the Brazilian rainforest try to convince a man with an ax of the importance of not cutting down their home.

*Child, Lauren. But, Excuse Me, That is my Book (Dial 2005)
When Lola’s favorite book is not on the library’s shelf, her older brother, Charlie, tries to find another book she will enjoy.

*Child, Lauren. I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato (Candlewick 2003)
A fussy eater decides to sample the carrots after her brother convinces her that they are really orange twiglets from Jupiter.

Cleary, Beverly. Emily’s Runaway Imagination illustrated by Beth & Jo Krush (Morrow 1961)
Emily decides that the town of Pitchfork needs a library, and comes up with a plan to make it happen. Can she make her dream come true?

*Cronin, Doreen. Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type illustrated by Betsy Lewin (Simon & Schuster 2000)
When Farmer Brown’s cows find a typewriter in the barn they start making demands, and go on strike when the farmer refuses to give them what they want.

*González, Lucía M. The Storyteller’s Candle = La Velita de los Cuentos illustrated by Lulu Delacre (Children’s Book 2008)
During the early days of the Great Depression, New York City’s first Puerto Rican librarian, Pura Belpré, introduces the public library to immigrants living in El Barrio and hosts the neighborhood’s first Three Kings’ Day fiesta.

Grambling, Lois G. Can I Have a Stegosaurus, Mom? Can I? Please!? illustrated by H.B. Lewis  (BridgeWater 1995)
A child describes all the possible advantages of having a Stegosaurus for a pet.

*Hoose, Philip M. Hey, Little Ant illustrated by Debbie Tilley (Tricycle Press 1998)
A song in which an ant pleads with the kid who is tempted to squish it.

*Kellogg, Steven. Can I Keep Him?  (Dial 1971)
Mother objects to every pet Arnold asks to keep except one–a person.

Krause, Ute. Oscar and the Very Hungry Dragon (NorthSouth 2010)
No princess is around to be fed to the dragon so Little Oscar’s name is pulled from the hat. Learn how the boy’s cleverness comes to his rescue!

*Lester, Alison. Magic Beach (Joy Street Books 1992)
Illustrations and rhyming text celebrate the real and imagined activities young beachgoers enjoy.

*Mazer, Anne. The Salamander Room illustrated by Steve Johnson (Knopf 1991)
A young boy finds a salamander and thinks of the many things he can do to make a perfect home for it.

Munsch, Robert N. Stephanie’s Ponytail illustrated by Michael Martchenko (Annick Press 1996)
When Stephanie comes to school with her hair in a ponytail, all the other students copy her, so she decides to change her hairstyle every day, with disastrous results.

*Orloff, Karen Kaufman. I Wanna Iguana illustrated by David Catrow (Putnam’s 2004)
Alex and his mother write notes back and forth in which Alex tries to persuade her to let him have a baby iguana for a pet.

Orloff, Karen Kaufman. I Wanna New Room illustrated by David Catrow (Putnam’s 2010)
Through a series of brief letters to his parents, Alex presents all the reasons why he should not have to share a room with his younger brother.

*Palatini, Margie. The Perfect Pet illustrated by Bruce Whatley (HarperCollins 2003)
After Elizabeth’s parents do not agree with her various suggestions for the perfect pet, she discovers a solution.

*Polacco, Patricia. The Bee Tree (Philomel 1993)
To teach his daughter the value of books, a father leads a growing crowd in search of the tree where the bees keep all their honey.

*Scieszka, Jon. The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs illustrated by Lane Smith (Viking 1989)
The wolf gives his own outlandish version of what really happened when he tangled with the three little pigs.

*Seuss, Dr. Green Eggs and Ham (Random House 1960)
In verse, Sam-I-am tells of the virtues of green eggs and ham.

*Shannon, David. No, David! (Scholastic 1998)
A young boy is depicted doing a variety of naughty things for which he is repeatedly admonished, but finally he gets a hug.

Teague, Mark. Dear Mrs. LaRue : Letters from Obedience School (Scholastic 2002)
Gertrude LaRue receives typewritten and paw-written letters from her dog Ike, entreating her to let him leave the Igor Brotweiler Canine Academy and come back home.

Vaughan, Marcia K. Wombat Stew illustrated by Pamela Lofts (Silver Burdett 1986)
A dingo intent on making wombat stew receives cooking suggestions from the other animals, unaware that they are protecting their fellow creature. (TitleWave)

Viorst, Judith. Earrings! illustrated by Nola Langner Malone (Atheneum 1990)
A young girl uses various arguments to convince her parents to let her have her ears pierced.

*Watt, Melanie. Have I Got a Book for You! (Kids Can 2009)
Mr. Al Foxword is one persistent salesman! He will do just about anything to sell you this book. Al tries every trick of the trade. But just when you’re ready to close the book on him, he comes up with a clever tactic you simply can’t refuse!

Wells, Rosemary. Otto Runs for President (Scholastic 2008)
While the popular Tiffany and athletic Charles make increasingly outrageous promises in their campaigns for President of Canine Country Day School, Otto quietly enters the race, vowing only to try to do what students really want.

*Willems, Mo. Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus (Hyperion 2003)
In this illustrated book for children, a pigeon tries to convince the reader to let her drive the bus.
Also: Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay up Late and Pigeon Wants a Puppy.

Winters, Kay. My Teacher for President illustrated by Denise Brunkus (Dutton 2004)
A second-grader writes a television station with reasons why his teacher would make a good president, but only if she can continue teaching till the end of the year.

Nonfiction

*Anderson, Laurie Halse. Thank You, Sarah: The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving illustrated by Matt Faulkner (Simon & Schuster 2002)
Relates how Sarah Hale, a magazine editor and author, persuaded President Lincoln to transform Thanksgiving Day into a national holiday. (J 394.264 AND)

*Bang, Molly. Nobody Particular: One Woman’s Fight to Save the Bays (Henry Holt 2000)
Describes a female shrimper’s attempt to stop a large chemical company from polluting a bay in East Texas. (J 363.738 BAN)

Collard, Sneed B. Creepy Creatures illustrated by Kristin Kest (Charlesbridge 1997)
A closer look at some animals that seem scary or creepy reveals that they may not be so odd or frightening after all. (J 590 COL)

Hill, Lee Sullivan. Parks are to Share (Carolrhoda 1997)
Explains what a park is, how and why parks are built or preserved, and why parks are important to us, using examples of different kinds of parks from around the country.

*Lauber, Patricia. Be a Friend to Trees illustrated by Holly Keller (HarperCollins 1994)
Discusses the importance of trees as sources of food, oxygen, and other essential things. (J 582.16 LAU)

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