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Styling Librarian: PYP Profile Books: Thinker

I decided to focus on PYP Profile connected books first since that is usually what schools initially focus on when introducing PYP to their students. One of my favorite PYP Profile book links is this one: http://pyplibrary.wikispaces.com/ I decided to separate them into 10 posts for profile and attitude lists instead. This will be an ongoing series. Hope it will be useful for my PYP educator friends.

BOOKS TO REINFORCE UNDERSTANDING OF PROFILES:

Thinker:

Westlandia – Paul Fleischman – Goodreads Summary: “Enter the witty, intriguing world of Weslandia! Now that school is over, Wesley needs a summer project. He’s learned that each civilization needs a staple food crop, so he decides to sow a garden and start his own – civilization, that is. He turns over a plot of earth, and plants begin to grow. They soon tower above him and bear a curious-looking fruit. As Wesley experiments, he finds that the plant will provide food, clothing, shelter, and even recreation. It isn’t long before his neighbors and classmates develop more than an idle curiosity about Wesley – and exactly how he is spending his summer vacation.”
Lovely book to lead students in discussion on being creative, inventing new things, being original, and thinking out what you would like to do… Good fit for many different discussions. There are fantastic lesson ideas below:

http://trumpetclub.com/primary/activities/weslandia.htm

Frederick – Lio Lionni – Goodreads Summary: “While the other field mice work to gather grain and nuts for winter, Frederick sits on a sunny rock by himself. “I gather sun rays for the cold dark winter days,” he tells them. Another day he gathers “colors,” and then “words.” And when the food runs out, it is Frederick, the dreamer and poet, whose endless store of supplies warms the hearts of his fellow mice, and feeds their spirits during the darkest winter days.”
Love how Frederick is a thoughtful community member who finds how to help others…
http://vimeo.com/46036360

Frederick (1986) from waanaki on Vimeo.
http://www.randomhousekids.com/brand/leo-lionni/
http://www.teachingchildrenphilosophy.org/wiki/Frederick

A Couple of Boys have the Best Week Ever – Marla Frazee – Goodreads Summary: “When James and Eamon go to a week of Nature Camp and stay at Eamon’s grandparents’ house, it turns out that their free time spent staying inside, eating waffles, and playing video games is way more interesting than nature. But sometimes things work out best when theydon’t go exactly as planned.”

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Bamboo Girl- Anthony K. Johnson – Publisher Summary: “Meri leaves her village home for Accra full of confidence. Mma has promised to give her a sewing machine and to teach her how to use it. Mma is lying. Instead she sends Meri out into the city to carry heavy loads. Is there a way out for Meri?”

Baseball Bats for Christmas – Michael Kusuqak – Goodreads Summary: “Never having seen trees, the children in Repulse Bay decide that the funny things sent them one year must actually be baseball bats. An autobiographical tale from Michael Kusugak’s childhood tells a story of life in the arctic, and easily different cultures can interpret things differently.”

Best Friends for Frances – Russell Hoban – Goodreads Summary: “The irrepressible Frances teaches Albert, the badger next door, about friendship.”

Bridge to Terabithia – Katherine Paterson – Novel – Goodreads Summary: “Jess Aarons’ greatest ambition is to be the fastest runner in his grade. He’s been practicing all summer and can’t wait to see his classmates’ faces when he beats them all. But on the first day of school, a new girl boldly crosses over to the boys’ side and outruns everyone.
That’s not a very promising beginning for a friendship, but Jess and Leslie Burke become inseparable. Together they create Terabithia, a magical kingdom in the woods where the two of them reign as king and queen, and their imaginations set the only limits.”

Caps for Sale – Esphyr Slobadkina – Goodreads Summary: “Caps for Sale is a timeless classic, in print for over fifty years, and beloved by generations of readers. This easy-to-read story about a peddler and a band of mischievous monkeys is filled with warmth, humor, and simplicity. Children will delight in following the peddlers efforts to outwit the monkeys in this new, enlarged, and redesigned edition, and will ask to read it again and again.”

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Catkin – Antonio Barber – Goodreads Summary: “Catkin is a tiny cat given by the Wise Woman to protect the human child Carrie. One day Carrie is taken under the hill by the Little People. Sent to bring her back, Catkin finds his courage and cleverness tested to the full.”

Crickwing – Janell Cannon – Goodreads Summary: “Artistic flair and the spirit of cooperation save the day! Crickwing never set out to be a bully. All he wants is to create his art in peace. But it’s not easy being different–a cockroach with a cricked wing and a flair for sculpture is a ready target for the bigger creatures in the forest. Crickwing just wants to even the score, and leafcutter ants are so easy to pick on… Big mistake. INobody/I angers the leafcutter queen and gets away with it.
In this epic adventure beneath the foliage, Crickwing and the leafcutter ants go head-to-head. Then a swarm of ferocious army ants threatens, and suddenly everyone is in danger. Crickwing has to do something, but what? He’s an artist, not a fighter. What the leafcutters need is a hero. Or, maybe, a cockroach with a really clever idea…”

Dog’s Night – Meredith Hooper – Goodreads Summary: “Once a year, the dogs in the paintings in London’s National Gallery have an exciting night out. For a few hours, they escape their gilded frames and are free to run up and down the grand staircases, chase each other round the marble halls, and explore the other exhibits. But four of the dogs overindulge and sleepily climb back into the wrong paintings. When the mix-up is discovered, the museum’s popularity soars!”

Elephants can paint too! – Katya Arnold – Goodreads Summary: “I teach in two schools. One is in the city. The other is in the jungle. Some of my students have hands. Others have trunks.
Elephants live in Asia. They eat three hundred pounds of food a day. They spray water out of their trunks. Even so, they are a lot like you. They like to eat cookies and hang out with their friends. They even like to paint pictures. In this true story you’ll learn about an amazing class of elephants that are taught to become artists by an amazing teacher.”

Emily’s Art – Peter Catalanotto – Goodreads Summary: “”What a gorgeous painting,” exclaimed the judge of Ms. Fair’s first-grade art contest. “What a beautiful rabbit!” For Emily, the words are a shock. Her painting is of her dog, Thor. Not a rabbit. But instead of thinking: What’s wrong with this judge? Emily takes the words, and the judgment, to heart. Just as she takes her art. Not everyone, not Ms. Fair, or even Emily’s best friend, Kelly, can see that. At first.”

From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankwiler – E.L. Konigsburg – Novel – Goodreads Summary: “When suburban Claudia Kincaid decides to run away, she knows she doesn’t just want to run from somewhere, she wants to run to somewhere — to a place that is comfortable, beautiful, and, preferably, elegant. She chooses the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Knowing her younger brother Jamie has money and thus can help her with a serious cash-flow problem, she invites him along. Once settled into the museum, Claudia and Jamie find themselves caught up in the mystery of an angel statue that the museum purchased at auction for a bargain price of $225. The statue is possibly an early work of the Renaissance master, Michelangelo, and therefore worth millions. Is it? Or isn’t it?  Claudia is determined to find out. Her quest leads her to Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, the remarkable old woman who sold the statue, and to some equally remarkable discoveries about herself.”

Galimoto – Lynn Karen – Goodreads Summary: “Kondi is determined to make a galimoto — a toy vehicle made of wires. His brother laughs at the idea, but all day Kondi goes about gathering up the wire he needs. By nightfall, his wonderful galimoto is ready for the village children to play with in the light of the moon.”

Heckedy Peg – Audrey Wood – Goodreads Summary: “In this story, seven sweet children are transformed by an evil witch into specific types of food.”

Henrietta and the Golden Eggs – Hanna Johansen – Goodreads Summary: “The persistence of Henrietta, one of 3,333 chickens on a chicken farm, leads to a better life for them all.”

I will never not ever eat a tomato – Lauren Child – Goodreads Summary: “Lola is a fussy eater. A very fussy eater. She won’t eat her carrots (until her brother Charlie reveals that they’re orange twiglets from Jupiter). She won’t eat her mashed potatoes (until Charlie explains that they’re cloud fluff from the pointiest peak of Mount Fuji). There are many things Lola won’t eat, including – and especially – tomatoes. Or will she?”

Ish – Peter Reynolds – Goodreads Summary: “Ramon loved to draw. Anytime. Anything. Anywhere. Drawing is what Ramon does. It¹s what makes him happy. But in one split second, all that changes. A single reckless remark by Ramon’s older brother, Leon, turns Ramon’s carefree sketches into joyless struggles. Luckily for Ramon, though, his little sister, Marisol, sees the world differently. She opens his eyes to something a lot more valuable than getting things just “right.””

I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More! – Karen Beaumont – Goodreads Summary: “A dab of blue here, a splash of red there, a goopy smear of green . . . everywhere. To the tune of “It Ain’t Gonna Rain No More,” one creative kid floods his world with color, painting first the walls, then the ceiling, then HIMSELF! Before this feisty artist is through, he’ll have painted his head, back, hands, legs, feet, and . . . Oh no–here comes Mama!”

Katie and the Mona Lisa – James Mayhew – Goodreads Summary: “Five famous Italian Renaissance paintings come alive for Katie when she steps into the picture frames. What makes the Mona Lisa smile? Katie wants to find out so she climbs into the Leonardo Da Vinci painting. But the Mona Lisa is not really feeling very happy, so Katie tries to cheer her up …with disastrous results!”

Kensuke’s Kingdom – Michael Morpurgo – Novel  – Goodreads Summary: “When Michael is washed up on an island in the Pacific after falling from his parent’s yacht, the Peggy Sue, he struggles to survive on his own. But he soon realises there is someone close by, someone who is watching over him and helping him to stay alive. Following a close-run battle between life and death after being stung by a poisonous jelly fish, the mysterious someone–Kensuke–allows Michael into his world and they become friends, teaching and learning from each other, until the day of separation becomes inevitable. Morpurgo here spins a yarn which gently captures the adventurous elements one would expect from a desert-island tale, but the real strength lies in the poignant and subtle observations of friendship, trust and, ultimately, humanity.”

Leonardo and the Flying Boy –  – Goodreads Summary: “Zoro is a little boy in 17th-century Italy, long before airplanes flew in the sky. But Zoro is also an apprentice to the artist and inventor Leonardo da Vinci–and Leonardo is experimenting with a revolutionary flying machine! This is a title in Barron’s Anholt’s Artists Books for Childrenseries, in which author and illustrator Laurence Anholt recalls memorable and sometimes amusing moments when the lives of the artists were touched by children.”

Planting the Trees of Kenya The Story of Wangari Maathai – Claire A. Nivola  – Goodreads Summary: “Wangari Maathai, winner of the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize and founder of the Green Belt Movement, grew up in the highlands of Kenya, where fig trees cloaked the hills, fish filled the streams, and the people tended their bountiful gardens. But over many years, as more and more land was cleared, Kenya was transformed. When Wangari returned home from college in America, she found the village gardens dry, the people malnourished, and the trees gone. How could she alone bring back the trees and restore the gardens and the people?”



Starry Messenger
– Peter Sis – Goodreads Summary: “In every age there are courageous people who break with tradition to explore new ideas and challenge accepted truths. Galileo Galilei was just such a man–a genius–and the first to turn the telescope to the skies to map the heavens. In doing so, he offered objective evidence that the earth was not the fixed center of the universe but that it and all the other planets revolved around the sun. Galileo kept careful notes and made beautiful drawings of all that he observed. Through his telescope he brought the starts down to earth for everyone to see. By changing the way people saw the galaxy, Galileo was also changing the way they saw themselves and their place in the universe. This was very exciting, but to some to some it was deeply disturbing. Galileo has upset the harmonious view of heaven and earth that had been accepted since ancient times. He had turned the world upside down.”

Swimmy – Leo Lionni – Goodreads Summary: “Deep in the sea there lives a happy school of little fish. Their watery world is full of wonders, but there is also danger, and the little fish are afraid to come out of hiding . . . until Swimmy comes along. Swimmy shows his friends how—with ingenuity and team work—they can overcome any danger.”

The Clay Ladies – Michael Bedard – Goodreads Summary: “One day, a small girl finds a wounded bird. She knows where to go for help, because on her street live two women known as the Clay Ladies. Their home is an old church full of wonders: half-finished statues and pieces of pottery. The Clay Ladies help bring the bird back to life, just as they infuse pieces of clay with life. Moreover they introduce the girl to the world of clay.”

The Dot – Peter Reynolds – Goodreads Summary: “Her teacher smiled. “Just make a mark and see where it takes you.” Art class is over, but Vashti is sitting glued to her chair in front of a blank piece of paper. The words of her teacher are a gentle invitation to express herself. But Vashti can’t draw – she’s no artist. To prove her point, Vashti jabs at a blank sheet of paper to make an unremarkable and angry mark. “There!” she says.”

The Librarian of Basra: A True Story from Iraq – Jeanette Winter – Goodreads Summary: “Alia Muhammad Baker is a librarian in Basra, Iraq. For fourteen years, her library has been a meeting place for those who love books. Until now. Now war has come, and Alia fears that the library–along with the thirty thousand books within it–will be destroyed forever.
In a war-stricken country where civilians–especially women–have little power, this true story about a librarian’s struggle to save her community’s priceless collection of books reminds us all how, throughout the world, the love of literature and the respect for knowledge know no boundaries. “

The Librarian Who Measured the Earth – Kathryn Lasky – Goodreads Summary: “A colorfully illustrated biography of the Greek philosopher and scientist Eratosthenes, who compiled the first geography book and accurately measured the globe’s circumference.”

The Library – Sarah Stewart – Goodreads Summary: “Elizabeth Brown doesn’t like to play with dolls and she doesnt like to skate. What she does like to do is read books. Lots of books. The only problem is that her library has gotten so big she can’t even use her front door anymore. What should Elizabeth Brown do? Start her own public library, of course!”

Voices of Ancient Egypt – Kay Winters – Goodreads Summary: “Beautiful full-color illustrations and poems tell the stories of different occupations in ancient Egypt, from the farmer to the pyramid builder, from the goldsmith to the embalmer. Based on the latest historical research, Voices of Ancient Egypt conveys a dramatic sense of everyday life in this multicultural civilization.”

Weslandia – Paul Fleischman – Goodreads Summary: “Enter the witty, intriguing world of Weslandia! Now that school is over, Wesley needs a summer project. He’s learned that each civilization needs a staple food crop, so he decides to sow a garden and start his own – civilization, that is. He turns over a plot of earth, and plants begin to grow. They soon tower above him and bear a curious-looking fruit. As Wesley experiments, he finds that the plant will provide food, clothing, shelter, and even recreation. It isn’t long before his neighbors and classmates develop more than an idle curiosity about Wesley – and exactly how he is spending his summer vacation.”

What to do about Alice? – Barbara Kerley – Goodreads Summary: “A witty and stylish biography of a maverick American heroine — the outspoken, irresistible daughter of Teddy Roosevelt. Theodore Roosevelt had a small problem. Her name was Alice. Alice Lee Roosevelt was hungry to go places, meet people, do things! Father called it running riot. Alice called it eating up the world. Whether she was entertaining important White House visitors with her pet snake or traveling the globe, Alice bucked convention and turned every new experience into an adventure!”

When Jessie Came Across the Sea – Amy Hest – Goodreads Summary: “Jessie lives with her grandmother in a poor village in the valleys of eastern Europe. When, to everyone’s surprise, young Jessie is chosen by the village rabbi to travel to America, and to leave her grandmother behind, they both feel their hearts will break.”

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2 comments on “Styling Librarian: PYP Profile Books: Thinker

  1. vst3in
    January 4, 2014

    Such a comprehensive list for Thinker! I appreciate your thoroughness in addressing one Learner Profile at a time. I’ve focused on these, but usually one book at a time. I think this will serve a very useful resource for my teachers.

    • The Styling Librarian
      January 4, 2014

      Thanks, I’m sharing for myself and others, good to know thoroughness is appreciated!

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