Picture Books Library < Skills
Picture books that encourage young children to develop important life skills such as getting dressed for themselves, learning to swim, learning to use the potty or toilet, and washing themselves.
Books which encourage children to dress themselves. Some promote the idea that getting dressed can be fun, while other books help children to make decisions on what type of clothing is appropriate for different situations.
Books about learning to swim or visiting a swimming pool. These books may also be useful for children who have a fear/phobia of water.
Books which help children through the transition from nappies to using a potty or toilet. Many books acknowledge that accidents are part of the process and are not something to be ashamed of.
While some children really look forward to bath time and never have to be nagged to look after their teeth, others will go to any lengths to avoid having to wash, comb their hair, or brush their teeth.
Inquisitive children who love to help will engage with Edie. They will be able to relate to her, and understands what she is doing. Furthermore, readers can be encouraged to look closely at the pictures, to see how any help Edie is giving might be received, and to think of ways in which their own helping strategies might be improved. This book affectionately explains a child’s thought processes, and reminds the adult reader that perhaps what might sometimes be seen as “naughtiness” is often just a small person’s way of helping.