Supporting Executive Function Through Books
Engaging stories that support children’s attention, working memory, and flexible thinking skills
Executive function skills play a critical role in our ability to control impulses, develop working memory, and think flexibly to solve problems. These are skills that children will use throughout their lives. We’ve curated a set of books that foster these skills in fun and engaging ways.
I Got The Rhythm
Written by Connie Schofield-Morrison and illustrated by Frank Morrison, this story features a girl who discovers the rhythm throughout her neighborhood. She taps, shakes, and snaps to the rhythms all around her!
The Curious Garden
Written and illustrated by Peter Brown, this is the story of a little boy who cares for a very unique garden over many years.
Written by Tami Charles and illustrated by Jacqueline Alcántara, this is the story of a little girl who helps her grandmother make their family’s special soup. As they cook, the grandmother shares the soup’s history in a very vivid and captivating way.
Chimpanzees for Tea
Written and illustrated by Jo Empson, this story is about a boy who goes shopping for his mother. But when he loses the grocery list, Vincent has a hard time remembering what he needs to buy!
Not a Box
Written and illustrated by Antoinette Portis, this book is about a bunny whose imagination and creativity turns a box into everything but a box!
All of Baby, Nose to Toes
Written by Victoria Adler and illustrated by Hiroe Nakata, this book invites young children to actively participate to identify different body parts.
Hide and Seek
Written and illustrated by Taro Gomi, this book supports young children to develop working memory by providing visuals to refer back to as they look for objects hidden within the illustrations.
From Head to Toe
Written and illustrated by Eric Carle, this book encourages children to think flexibly as they pretend to be different animals.
TEACHING THROUGH BOOKS