10 Children’s Books For Teaching Persuasive Writing


Written by Holly (Teach Starter)

Inspire your students to be as convincing as they possibly can during 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!

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!

Eat Your Peas

I Wanna Iguana – By Karen Kaufman and David Catrow

Alex is desperate to adopt his friends 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

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 Bus!

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

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

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

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


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 unusal, perfect pet of all!

What Pet Should I Get? – By Dr. Seuss

This is a great storybook that leads into 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?

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!

What Books do You Use?

Would you add any other stories to this list?

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

Comments & feedback

  • Landis Cuningham

    Grandpa’s Slippers By Joy Watson. Another good story to use.

    Comment by Landis Cuningham on June 6, 2018 at 7:48 pm

    • Holly (Teach Starter) Holly (Teach Starter)

      Thanks for your suggestion, Landis. I’ll definitely add it to my list of books!

      Official comment by Holly (Teach Starter) on June 7, 2018 at 7:38 am

    • Anastasia Moutzouris

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

      Comment by Anastasia Moutzouris on February 19, 2019 at 1:26 pm

  • Sarah Cartwright

    The Day the Crayons Quit
    The Day the Crayons Came Home

    Comment by Sarah Cartwright on June 18, 2018 at 4:25 pm

    • Holly (Teach Starter) Holly (Teach Starter)

      Thanks for your suggestion, Sarah! That certainly is a good book to read during a persuasive unit.

      Official comment by Holly (Teach Starter) on June 19, 2018 at 7:29 am

  • Laura Chaffey

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

    Comment by Laura Chaffey on October 11, 2018 at 12:11 pm

    • Holly (Teach Starter) Holly (Teach Starter)

      Awesome! Thanks for the suggestions, Laura!

      Official comment by Holly (Teach Starter) on October 12, 2018 at 9:28 am

  • Therese Rowley

    Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late by Mo Willems

    Comment by Therese Rowley on October 14, 2018 at 4:20 pm

    • Holly (Teach Starter) Holly (Teach Starter)

      Thanks for your suggestion, Therese!

      Official comment by Holly (Teach Starter) on October 17, 2018 at 9:35 am

  • Jeannette Tolomeo

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

    Comment by Jeannette Tolomeo on November 28, 2018 at 9:59 pm

    • Kristian Kristian

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

      Official comment by Kristian on November 29, 2018 at 7:55 am

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