Our world would be such a different place if we all stopped to consider other people’s perspectives on things. Help children develop understanding and empathy with these books that explore looking at different perspectives books for kids.
Books About Different Perspectives for Children
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Look What I See by Judi Barrett is a board book that challenges readers/listeners to imagine how things would look from different perspectives from upside down or through half-closed eyes. It’s a playful and fun book at changing your view for a different perspective.
Rain! by Linda Ashman compares two people- a man who hates the rain and a child who loves the rain. It’s all a matter of perspective!
When we see an untied shoe, we assume that the shoe wearer wants it tied. But, is that what bear wants in the Bear Needs Help by Sarah S Brannen? This is a fun one for making talking about perspective and for discussing assumptions.
In Painting Pepette by Linda Ravin Lodding, we find a young girl in search of an artist in Paris to do a portrait of her beloved stuffed animal. Each artist has a different perspective on how to complete the portraits. Can any of them capture the true essence of Pepette?
A mother and daughter both deal with nerves, hard work, and accomplishments in Home Base by Nikki Tate. We get to see each person experience all of these sides by side in the page spreads. I like that the females are featured in non-traditional roles of playing ball and bricklaying and design.
Winters can feel so gray and dull but sometimes if we seek out the color, our perspective starts to shift. And that’s just what one friend helps another friend see in A Day So Gray by Marie Lamba.
Room on Our Rock by Kate & Jol Temple shows there are two sides to every story. Read the book from front to back and then from back to front for an entirely different perspective.
They All Saw a Cat by Brendan Wenzel is a clever book that has you looking at things from different perspectives. In this book, we get to look through the eyes of different animals as they see a cat. Also check out Wenzel’s book, A Stone Sat Still.
One Snowy Morning by Kevin Tseng is a fun story about the forest animals who discover a snowman but they see the snowman as something else completely.
Time for Bed’s Story by Monica Arnaldo is told from the perspective of the bed! Bed has to put up with kicking and jumping. How do you think bed feels?
In a similar feel to Time for Bed’s Story we have Louis by Tom Lichtenheld. Here we meet a bear who is feeling smothered and is ready to break free.
It’s important to see situations from different perspectives. Beetle learns this lesson when he gives a purple puffy coat to his friend, Stick Bug for his birthday in The Purple Puffy Coat by Maribeth Boelts. Stick Bug isn’t a fan of the present and Beetle finally realizes it when he slows down and thinks.
Would it be better to be on a dessert island or a desert island? The choice isn’t as easy as it seems. Read more in Dessert Island by Ben Zhu.
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