How to Teach Asking Questions Using Picture Books in 2023

A highly effective strategy for how to teach asking questions to elementary students is to read aloud a picture book that lends itself to teaching this reading strategy. Reading aloud a picture book facilitates a learning experience where you can model how to use asking questions to better understand the text and engage students in their learning by asking related questions. Below is a list of 3 books for teaching how to ask questions while reading. Check out the full list, as well as the teaching resources that go with them!

3 Books for Teaching Asking Questions

Below are 3 of our favorite books for teaching asking questions to elementary students. Learn more about them below!

1. Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig 

One day, Sylvester the donkey came across a fiery red pebble. He realized that if he is holding the pebble, any wish he makes will come true! As he was walking home, a lion appeared. Sylvester panicked, and wished he was a rock to be safe. He quickly learned that by being a rock, he would be unable to wish himself back to a donkey. This book is an excellent mentor text for social and emotional lessons, as well as asking questions. While reading, students will be able to ask questions about Sylvester’s decisions, the effects of his decisions, and if he will ever be able to join his family again! Check out these Sylvester and the Magic Pebble activities!

Sylvester and the Magic Pebble book cover

2. Strictly No Elephants by Lisa Mantchev

This story is about a boy with a tiny pet elephant. He is very excited for Pet Club Day, and is shocked when he sees a sign on the club door that says strictly no elephants. The boy runs into a girl who was also turned away from the club because of her pet skunk. The boy and girl decide to form their own club, and state that all are welcome. This story will encourage students to ask questions and have meaningful conversations around inclusivity, character traits, and conflict resolution! Check out these Strictly No Elephants activities!

Strictly No Elephants book cover

3. Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty

Ada wonders about the world around her and tries to find answers to her questions, specifically, what the cause of a bad smell might be. As she conducts experiments to answer her questions, her parents get very frustrated with her. Eventually the whole family gets involved with Ada’s curiosity and they work together to find answers to Ada’s questions. This story is sure to inspire young readers to ask questions about the world around them and find answers to their own questions. Check out these Ada Twist, Scientist activities!

Ada Twist, Scientist book cover

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