10 Children's Books For Teaching Persuasive Writing

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Are you looking for some engaging children’s books for teaching persuasive writing? You’ll inspire your students to be as convincing as they possibly can during persuasive writing with our top ten books for persuasive writing. These children’s books highlight some of the most entertaining persuasive language features.

Students will love listening to these stories and studying the persuasive language devices used!


The Best Books for Teaching Persuasive Writing

(1) Eat Your Peas – By Kes Gray

It’s dinnertime! Daisy knows what her mum is going to say even before she says it…”Eat your peas!!!”

This is the cutest little story where Daisy’s mum needs to persuade Daisy to eat her peas!

Daisy Eat Your Peas Book to Teach Persusaive Writing to Kids


(2) I Wanna Iguana – By Karen Kaufman and David Catrow

Alex is desperate to adopt his friend’s baby iguana. Through a cute exchange of notes, Alex and his mum use persuasive language to support their side of the argument!

This is another must-read during the teaching of persuasive writing!

I Wanna Iguana - Book to Teach Persuasive Writing


(3) Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus – By Mo Willems

In this adorable story, the bus driver takes a break and gives the reader one instruction…”Don’t let the pigeon drive the bus!”

But, boy…that pigeon is a cheeky persuasive little thing!

Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Busy - Persuasive Children's Book


(4) Hey, Little Ant – By Phillip and Hannah Hoose

What would you do if the ant you were about to step on looked up and started talking? In this adorable story, that is exactly what happens!

The ant states a compelling persuasive case for its survival while the kid’s friends gather around to taunt him for hesitating!

Hey, Little Ant - Persuasive Book to Teach Persuasive Writing


(5) I Wanna New Room – By Karen Kaufman and David Catrow

This is the funny companion to ‘I Wanna Iguana!’ Ever since their baby sister came along, Alex has been forced to share a room with his little brother Ethan, and it’s not going so well!

Alex wants a new room!

I Wanna New Room - Persuasive Writing Book for Kids


(6) The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs – By Jon Scieszka

There are two sides to every story, and when the Big, Bad Wolf, takes the stand he finally gets his say. He tries to persuade everyone that he is the victim in this whole story!

Students in my class absolutely loved this story! So much discussion!!

The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs - Persuasive Text


(7) Otto Runs for President – By Rosemary Wells

In this children’s story, it’s election time, and as the title suggests Otto runs for President! 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!

Otto Runs for President - Persuasive Text


(8) The Perfect Pet – By Margie Palatini and Bruce Whatley

Elizabeth really, really wants a new pet! She campaigns with her parents to find the right pet!

Until Doug comes along – the most unusual, perfect pet of all!

The Perfect Pet - Persuasive Book for Kids


(9) What Pet Should I Get? – By Dr. Seuss

This is a great storybook that leads to a discussion with your class about what pet the characters in this book should get. With cute rhymes and catchy phrases, the story follows Jay and Kay in their attempts to buy a pet!

But, which pet should they get?

What Pet Should I Get - Persuasive Book for Kids


(10) Be a Friend to Trees – By Patricia Lauber

A non-fiction option to discuss persuasive language. A fantastic story that discusses the importance of trees as sources of food, oxygen, and other essential things!

Your students can develop a poster or write a letter using this story about why we should be friends with trees!

Be a Friend to Trees - Persuasive Storybook


We would love to hear from you about what children’s books you use in the classroom to help teach persuasive writing!

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  • tahnee K
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    I LOVED this book as a child. What a great suggestion.

    • Janeen
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      Hi Tahnee Thank you for your feedback! We're glad to hear you like the resource!

    • Janeen
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      Hi Tahnee Thank you for your feedback! We're glad to hear you like the resource!

  • Shaun Thompson
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    Another fantastic blog from Holly. Thanks :)

    • Holly (Teach Starter)
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      Why thank you, Mr. Thompson!

  • Taylor Hunter
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    What sorts of activities did you do for 'I wanna Iguana' with year 6? Thanks in advance!

  • Bella Dang
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    Very good

    • Paul (Teach Starter)
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      Thanks, Bella!

  • E Jones
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    Great selection of books. Thank you

    • Paul (Teach Starter)
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      You're most welcome!

  • Lina Stravens
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    Awesome choices of books, I’ve used 4 of the ones mentioned. Do you guys have any recommendations of persuasive texts for the upper years 5/6? Thanks in advance

    • Paul (Teach Starter)
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      Hi Lina, I used 'I Wanna Iguana' and 'Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus' with a Year 6 class and they loved it! Picture books are still useful and engaging even for older kids. We'll definitely keep an eye out for more books for the upper years and keep you posted! Thanks for taking the time to give us your lovely feedback!

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    wonderful

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      one thing in my messages it won't load please help

    • Janeen
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      Hi Lily I'm so pleased to hear that you've found this blog helpful. Kind regards Janeen

  • Anastasia Moutzouris
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    Great book, One of my favourite, Can see how this would be a great book.

  • Jeannette Tolomeo
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    A suggested age guide for the recommended books would be great. Thanks for sharing these great book ideas!!!

    • Kristian
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      Hi Jeanette, Thank you for your lovely comment. I am so glad you are enjoying our resources.

  • Therese Rowley
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    Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late by Mo Willems

    • Holly (Teach Starter)
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      Thanks for your suggestion, Therese!

  • Laura Chaffey
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    Here are some more texts we use when teaching persuasive writing: A Pig Parade is a Terrible Idea Earrings A Fine, Fine School The Great Kapok Tree

    • Holly (Teach Starter)
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      Awesome! Thanks for the suggestions, Laura!

  • Sarah Cartwright
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    The Day the Crayons Quit The Day the Crayons Came Home

    • Holly (Teach Starter)
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      Thanks for your suggestion, Sarah! That certainly is a good book to read during a persuasive unit.

  • Landis Cuningham
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    Grandpa's Slippers By Joy Watson. Another good story to use.

    • Holly (Teach Starter)
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      Thanks for your suggestion, Landis. I'll definitely add it to my list of books!

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