These children’s picture books or tutor texts can be used to teach children how to compare and contrast in reading and writing. Use these picture books as preschool, elementary, and even middle school teacher text models for this thinking strategy and writing structure.
When comparing and contrasting, ask the following questions:
- What does the author compare and contrast?
- What are the similarities between these things (thoughts)? How are they different?
- Are there more similarities or more differences or the same?
- Does the author use transitional words to express comparison?
You can even compare and contrast books of the same author, illustration style, writing style, or two different roles. In fact, if you want to delve into more specific literary elements or writing skills, there are many possibilities.
In this list, you will read picture books that contain comparisons or help you think about similarities and differences.
Children’s picture books teach comparison and contrast
Farewell to winter, hello spring By Kenard Pak
Evocative text and gorgeous illustrations Show a boy and his dog standing first in the darkness of a snowy winter day, and then walking in nature, noticing small signs of spring such as birdsong and melting creeks.
An ordinary day Author: Elana K. Arnold, illustrated by Elizabet Vukovic
On the same street, in two different homes, two different doctors came. One doctor is for people and the other is for animals. One situation is life-a newborn, and the other situation is death-the death of a beloved pet. Parallel stories with important themes will bring readers a lot of discussion.
Feathered bird gardener bird and me Author: Susan L. Roth
Beautiful collage illustrations illustrate these interesting comparisons between collage artists and gardener birds, they have more in common than you might think. This is a very out-of-the-box idea, and you will like it as much as I do. Use this wonderful book to teach children how to make art with the objects they find, and to compare and contrast the similarities and differences.
Up in the garden and down in the dirt Kate Messner, painting by Christopher Silas Neal
Look at what happened above and below, because a little girl and her grandmother worked in the garden from the beginning of the spring planting season to the cold snow in the fall. This is a huge book with wonderful illustrations and juicy descriptions. “In the soil, the water soaks deeply.Drinking from the roots, a long-legged spider stilt walking up and down the stream. ” beautiful!
Moths and butterflies By Dev Petty, illustrated by Ana Aranda
Two good caterpillar friends who have a lot in common went through an amazing process of transformation. Then they pop out of the cocoon-one is a butterfly, the other is a moth. Now they have a new difference. The wings of butterflies are colorful, and the wings of moths are beige. Butterflies fly during the day and moths fly at night. Even so, some things are still the same-they still have cool moves and their friendship.
goodbye friend! Hello friend! Corey Dorfield
These best friends showed us how to say goodbye and say hello. In fact, every goodbye will lead to hello. For example, saying goodbye to mom at the bus stop will lead to greeting new friends at school. “Say goodbye to the snowman…/…Say hello to the puddle!“The sweet examples captured in the gentle and charming illustrations let the children rest assured that the ending can bring a beautiful new beginning.
A little boy explores dimensions when comparing himself (So big, even huge) to different things, such as pebbles or butterflies, so small when he compares himself with animals in the zoo, and so small when compared to waterfalls or mountains. “I’m just fine,” He summed up his thoughts while playing with his little sister.
charming By Jesse Hong
The eye-catching illustration shows “charming”Different people, short, tall, simple, complex, fluffy, sleek, etc. Use this book to teach adjectives, opposites, and appreciation for diversity.
I will fight monsters for you Author: Santi Balmes, illustration by Lyona
This ingenious parallel story tells a young girl (and a young monster) afraid of falling asleep because of the upside-down world of the monster (and human) under (above) the bed. Fortunately, dads will fight monsters for their children, and they will give good advice: “The size of the monster depends on how scared you are. If you feel brave, the monster will shrink and run away” and ” Fear is flexible, just like bubble gum. As you become braver, fear will become smaller and smaller until it disappears.” Creative, reassuring, and refreshing!
What a truck! George Hallowell and Joan Holub, illustrations by Lynne Avril
Stories side by side in the form of diaries and scrapbooks share the experiences of two girls who both moved to the west from Missouri. One story happened in 1846, another story happened today. This is an interesting comparison of the same and different in different environments for each girl.
Inside and outside Authors: Anne-Margot Ramstein and Matthias Aregui
Gorgeous oversized illustrations without text are designed to show readers the inside and outside of things -Things such as inside the anthill (ants) and outside the anthill (anteaters waiting). There is a worm on a page inside Apple. The next page is a larger perspective, showing a lady about to take a bite of an apple. Some illustrations are not very clear, so this book requires thoughtful reasoning and discussion. This is quite profound.
New home Tania De Reger
Parallel story show A little girl and boy who are nervous about moving, One is to move from Mexico City to New York City, and the other is to move from New York City to Mexico City. Each of them will share interesting things about their home that they will miss. When they did this, we noticed how interesting each city is and was sure they might like their new and interesting home. Simple, clear text, such as “But what if I don’t have a place to play in the new city?“Along with fascinating illustrations, these illustrations provide a voice for these children’s experiences.
When the shade of the tree blooms Carla Messinger co-authored with Susan Katz, illustrated by David Kanietakeron Fadden
Compare and contrast Lenni Lenape’s past and present cultural traditions and values. Look at past and present families growing corn, playing games, harvesting crops, telling stories, etc. Learn Lenape’s words about different seasons and lunar cycles in important aspects of nature. A few pages of endorsement explain these words and their meanings.
Up and down mom by Summer Macken
The little girl cordially discussed her mother’s days in bed and her mother’s excitement. She shared that she had many different feelings-and how she was with her grandfather or friends when her mother had to go to the hospital. I was deeply impressed by how much content this book covers in child-friendly and relevant language.