Top 10 Problem Solving Books

    The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear
    7.0
    01
    The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear
    Written and illustrated by Audrey Wood and Don Wood
    To the Sea
    6.4
    02
    To the Sea
    Written and illustrated by Cale Atkinson
    Dough Knights and Dragons
    6.3
    03
    Dough Knights and Dragons
    Written by Dee Leone & illustrated by George Ermos
    Rosie Revere, Engineer
    6.1
    04
    Rosie Revere, Engineer
    Written by Andrea Beaty & illustrated by David Roberts
    Solutions for Cold Feet
    6.0
    05
    Solutions for Cold Feet
    Written and illustrated by Carey Sookocheff
    The Big Ideas of Buster Bickles
    5.9
    06
    The Big Ideas of Buster Bickles
    Written and illustrated by Dave Wasson
    The Paper Bag Princess
    5.8
    07
    The Paper Bag Princess
    Written by Robert Munsch & illustrated by Michael Martchenko
    Duncan the Story Dragon
    5.8
    08
    Duncan the Story Dragon
    Written and illustrated by Amanda Driscoll
    Beautiful Oops!
    5.8
    09
    Beautiful Oops!
    Written and illustrated by Barney Saltzberg
    The Whale in My Swimming Pool
    5.8
    10
    The Whale in My Swimming Pool
    Written and illustrated by Joyce Wan

Whenever my son encounters a problem—be it building block pieces that won't fit together the way he wants them to, a door he can't open, or a bucket on the playground his friend won't share—my mom heart immediately leaps to help him. I want to solve his problems for him, to help him be happy and make life easy . . . but the truth I know deep down is that if I always help him, I'm not helping him at all. By allowing him opportunities to problem solve himself when a problem of appropriate difficulty arises, while it may be painful for both of us at the moment, I know he's developing crucial problem-solving skills, and problem-solving is one of those essential skills that, once developed, will serve children their entire lifetime. To help showcase different techniques for problem-solving, and hone metacognition for kids, we've collected here on this list the very best books for teaching problem solving through children's literature! Reading these problem-solving books with your child provides an unparalleled opportunity to have shared references to help you as a team through a learning moment when it arises, plus you'll get to enjoy the bonding moment of reading together! Some books are absolute classics, such as "The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry and the Big Hungry Bear," that take a more humorous approach to problem-solving; others are popular titles you may be familiar with that take a more direct approach to flexible thinking techniques, such as New York Times Bestseller "What To Do With a Problem"; and some are hidden gems you may be discovering for the first time. There are books that teach social problem solving, highlight out-of-the-box thinking in innovation, speak to the role of teamwork in overcoming obstacles, and address the very real possibility that problem-solving may be needed to cope with failure at many stages of the process. Because problem solving is important in all of life's stages, this list includes board, picture and chapter books. Board books are best for infants and toddlers. Picture books are excellent for toddlers and also include stories for kindergarten and early elementary students (although we think picture books are great for all ages!). Chapter books are great for elementary- and middle school-age readers. If you know your target age group, feel free to filter to a single category, or just browse the entire list. Without further ado, enjoy this problem-solving list, and let us know what titles you would include!

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5.8
Gus's Garage
5.5
The Templeton Twins Have An Idea
5.5
Oliver and the Seawigs
5.4
Stuck
5.3
Lulu's Party
5.1
Oliver's Tree
5.1
Henry's Bright Idea
5.0
Ernest, the Moose Who Doesn't Fit
4.8
Monster Trouble
4.5
Princess Smartypants
4.4
A Little Stuck
Off & Away
6.1
Malala's Magic Pencil
5.8
Marsha Is Magnetic
5.6
experimentsbeing yourselfmaking friends
The Little Green Hen
5.4
Circle
5.3
Somewhere Else
5.3
So Light, So Heavy
5.3
Tiny T. Rex and the Very Dark Dark
5.0
What Do You Do with a Problem?
5.6
The Book of Mistakes
5.5
Black Dog
5.4
Journey
5.4
Papa's Mechanical Fish
5.3
Charlie's Boat
5.1
The Most Magnificent Thing
5.0
Appleblossom the Possum
5.0
Raj and the Best Day Ever
4.5
Phileas's Fortune
The Little I Who Lost His Dot
6.5
Cinder Edna
6.0
The Girl Who Thought in Pictures: The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin
5.5
Baghead
5.5
A Dragon's Guide to the Care and Feeding of Humans
5.3
This Moose Belongs to Me
5.2
What Does an Anteater Eat?
5.0