Using picture books to engage students with science

Mary Lovelace asserts that “Picture books can be used to engage students with science, and introducing the key aspects of investigating in science. They can be a great launching pad to help students to not only build a foundation for understanding their world, but also to make links between scientific knowledge and their decisions and actions….” (p.41)

Lovelace uses the example of The Man Who Walked Between the Towers, demonstrating how this text can be used for scientific exploration and understanding. She describes how models can be made to test out theories of balancing. The questioning and discussion that surrounds use of the text is evidently key.

I particularly liked the questions she posed under the subheading ‘Reflecting on the Nature of Science’, though: “How have we behaved like scientists in investigating balancing? What are our ideas now? How, and why have they changed? Were there any patterns in what we found out? and What questions do you have now about your balance object?” (p.42)

Lovelace also points us to: and

Ref: Mary Lovelace (2012) Picture books open door to investigating science New Zealand Science Teacher 129, pp.41-42


About backyardbooks

This blog is a kind of electronic storage locker for ideas and quotes that inform my research... literary research into fiction for young adults (with a special focus on New Zealand fiction). Kiwis are producing amazing literature for younger readers, but it isn't getting the academic appreciation it deserves. I hope readers of this blog can make use of the material I gather and share by way of promoting our fiction. Cheers!
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