The Best Picture Books For Questioning Strategy

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This article showcases our top picks for the Picture Books For Questioning Strategy. We reached out to industry leaders and experts who have contributed the suggestions within this article (they have been credited for their contributions below).

We are keen to hear your feedback on all of our content and our comment section is a moderated space to express your thoughts and feelings related (or not) to this article This list is in no particular order.

Curious by Ian Leslie

This product was recommended by Max Shak from nerDigital

Not only does this book emphasize the importance of curiosity, but it also discusses why it declines and how it can be preserved. According to him, curiosity needs to be cultivated and supported in order to avoid benign neglect. You need to continue practicing it in order to develop it into a habit. It is rare for us to get that kind of practice.


The Socratic Method by Ward Farnsworth

This product was recommended by Samantha Odo from Precondo

This is the best picture book for questioning strategy. It illustrates how to use the Socratic Method to question someone in order to get to the truth. If you are going to learn a questioning strategy, learn it from Socrates.


The Stranger by Chris Van Allsburg

This product was recommended by Michał Laszuk from PhotoAiD

The Stranger by Chris Van Allsburg immediately comes to mind when I’m asked about the best picture book to teach questioning strategy. In the book, a farmer accidentally runs over a stranger and decides to take him home to help him recover. Throughout the story, the stranger’s identity remains a mystery, but the book is filled with subtle clues. At no point is the stranger’s identity confirmed, but there are enough hints to make an educated guess. Thus, it is a perfect title to teach questioning strategy.


The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson

This product was recommended by Adam Enfroy from AdamEnfroy

It uses a simple, but effective, if somewhat unsettling in the twenty-first century, premise to illustrate the power of being able to question, and find a solution to the “accepted” norm, and is a perfect example of lateral thinking and questioning strategy. As ever, Woodson explores a multitude of issues with her work, and this book provides a gorgeously illustrated guide to questioning strategy.


Zoom by Istvan Banyai

This product was recommended by Chris Kowalski from Autopadre

A picture paints a thousand words and poses and prompts a similar number of questions and Banyai’s book uses imagery to inspire creative and strategic thinking and encourages everyone who reads it to question everything that they see.


Tuesday by David Wiesner

This product was recommended by Maciek Kubiak from PhotoAiD

It is a classy, wordless book. With its humor and beautiful pictures, it takes the reader to a whole new world. I honestly can’t imagine a more questioning learning book.


David Friedland

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