Questions–Kids Have ‘Em, Can you Answer Them?
Lila Prap is one of my favorite picture book authors/illustrators for nonfiction picture books. I hope I am preaching to the choir, but a great nonfiction picture book is as good, compelling, interesting and fun to kids as a storybook, and Lila Prap proved the point with her first book Why? and now again with cat whys?
Each 2-page spread contains a questions, such as,”Why do cats purr?” A large and fun illustration accompanies each question as well as one or more possible (made-up) answers and this is where the fun comes in. Cats purr because they are growling in their sleep or perhaps because they have a built-in fan to keep them cool. Under the fun answers, a short, true answer is given.
So, if you have kids in your life, Ms Prap’s books serve three functions: 1)They are fun, 2)They do not require any pre-knowledge by adults and are informative in a non-textbook way, and 3) They invite kids to ask questions–a very important skill to have throughout a lifetime.