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Styling Librarian: PYP Profile Books: Principled

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: 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.


Principled: Defined by IBO: “Principled: Students act honestly and with a strong sense of fairness, justice, and respect for the dignity of the individual, groups, and communities.”

Simple definition: “Doing what is right. Even if it is challenging.”

My lovely friend Tanja @tgaletti mentioned to me that one of her ideal picture books that shows principled actions is:
Baby Dragon by Amy Ehrlich, illustrated by Will Hillenbrand – Goodreads Summary: “Baby Dragon knows he must wait for his mother by the red fern. He knows she’ll be back by morning. So he counts his claws, draws in the sand, takes a nap, and otherwise bides his time, never budging even when friends coax him to run off and play. But as night falls, Baby Dragon starts to worry. What if his mother doesn’t come back? Should he climb on sly Crocodile’s back and try to find her? Blending just the right amount of excitement and apprehension, this deeply satisfying story confronts a child’s common fear, and offers the ultimate comfort.”

The Wishing Tree by Roseanne Thong, illustrated by Connie McLennan – 2nd grade and up – Touching book which shows how different people act principled, think about others, and are caring. Quite a touching story. This is set in Hong Kong about a Wishing Tree family tradition! If you could make a wish, what would it be? This is a beautiful picture book celebrating tradition, culture, and family. I appreciate how forgiveness and appreciation pop up within the book as well. Goodreads Summary: “Every New Year, Ming and his grandmother visit the Wishing Tree, and every year his wish comes true– until he makes his most important wish of all.”

We are all born free: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Pictures – John Burningham – Since I’ve shared about teaching human rights and responsibilities in the past, thought this was a good book to reflect on discussing being principled. This book is quite beautiful and additionally has the declaration of human rights introduced throughout. Goodreads Summary: “The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on December 10, 1948. Compiled after the horrors of World War II, its purpose was to state and protect the rights of all people. This beautiful commemorative edition celebrates each declaration with an illustration by an internationally renowned artist or illustrator, including Jackie Morris, Satoshi Kitamura, Catherine Anholt and Laurence Anholt, Marie-Louise Gay, Jessica Souhami, Peter Sis, Mick Manning and Brita Granström, Hong Song-Dam, and many others. A testament to freedom and the human spirit, it is a thoughtful gift for children and adults alike.”

A Penny’s Worth of Character – Jesse Stuart – Goodreads Summary: “Shan Shelton is going to the store for his mother. If he had a dime, he could buy his favorite treat, a chocolate bar and a lemon soda pop. Shan knows that Mr. Conley, the storekeeper, pays a penny each for good used paper sacks returned to the store. There are ten sacks at home, but Shan’s mother tells him to take only nine to Mr. Conley, because the tenth sack has a hole in it. Shan wants a chocolate bar and a lemon soda pop so much, he disobeys his mother and takes the tenth sack. He carries the sack with the hole in it concealed among the nine good sacks, hoping Mr. Conley won’t notice it. Mr. Conley overlooks it, but Shan, eating his chocolate bar and drinking his lemon soda pop, discovers something is wronginside him and all around him.”

Abdullah’s Butterfly

Abdullah’s butterfly – Janine M. Fraser – Goodreads Summary: “Abdullah works in the weaving workshop, but wants to catch the beautiful jewel-winged butterfly to help his family.”

Arthur and the True Francine

Arthur and the True Francine – Marc Brown – This is my favorite Marc Brown book, actually have the copy he autographed for me when I was 7 years old! He autographed just a few years ago for me and that was quite special. I loved the message that was shared in this book… Goodreads Summary: “Francine and Muffy are good friends until Muffy lets Francine take the blame for cheating on a test.”

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.”

Dovey Coe – Frances O’Roark Dowell – Novel – Goodreads Summary: “My name is Dovey Coe and I reckon it don’t matter if you like me or not. I’m here to lay the record straight, to let you know them folks saying I done a terrible thing are liars. I aim to prove it, too. I hated Parnell Caraway as much as the next person, but I didn’t kill him.  Dovey Coe says what’s on her mind, so it’s no secret that she can’t stand Parnell Caraway. Parnell may be the son of the richest man in town, but he’s mean and snobby, and Dovey can’t stand the fact that he’s courting her sister, Caroline, or the way he treats her brother, Amos, as if he were stupid just because he can’t hear.
So when Parnell turns up dead, and Dovey’s in the room where his body is discovered, she soon finds herself on trial for murder. Can the outspoken Dovey sit still and trust a city slicker lawyer who’s still wet behind the ears to get her out of the biggest mess of her life?”

Farmer Duck – Martin Waddell – Goodreads Summary: “Farmer Duck isn’t your average duck. This duck cooks and cleans, tends the fields, and cares for the other animals on the farm–all because the owner of the farm is too lazy to do these things himself. But when Farmer Duck finally collapses from exhaustion, the farmyard animals come to the rescue with a simple but heroic plan.”

First Apple

First Apple – Ching Yeung Russel – Goodreads Summary: “Ying works to save enough money to buy an apple for her grandmother’s birthday.”

Hazel Green – Odo Hirsch – Novel – Goodreads Summary: “Each year, on Frogg Day, a parade fills the streets and children are not allowed to take part, but it hasn’t always been that way and it certainly doesn’t seem fair to Hazel Green. So she decides to rally the children of the Moody Building to build a float for the parade. But things go awry when she is accused of stealing a recipe from her favorite baker and giving it to his rival. At the same time, the children ban her from participating in the parade because she tried to convince them that their float would topple. But with the help of her friend Yakov, a.k.a. “The Yak,” Hazel proves her innocence and leads the children to glory on Frogg Day.”

I like being me – Judy Lalli – Goodreads Summary: “From the author of Make Someone Smile, this delightful collection of 26 rhyming poems is perfect for reading aloud.
The themes—being kind, solving problems, learning from mistakes, telling the truth, dealing with feelings, making decisions, being a friend, and more—are clear, understandable, and relevant to the everyday lives of young children.”

Jamaica’s Find – Juanita Havill – Goodreads Summary: “Jamaica finds a stuffed dog at the playground and after taking him home without trying to find the owner discovers her conscience as well. Jamaica’s honest and appealing character inspired five more books, each about a childhood ethical dilemma.”

Liar, liar, pants on fire – Diane De Groat – Goodreads Summary: “This story, featuring Gilbert the beloved opossum, is a wise and funny tale of truth and liesand butterflies!”

Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse – Kevin Henkes – Goodreads Summary: “Lilly loves everything about school, especially her cool teacher, Mr. Slinger. But when Lilly brings her purple plastic purse and its treasures to school and can’t wait until sharing time, Mr. Slinger confiscates her prized possessions. Lilly’s fury leads to revenge and then to remorse and she sets out to make amends.”

Not my fault – Leif Kristiansson – Goodreads Summary: “Written from the perspective of the schoolyard, this simply illustrated tale stimulates thought on issues of responsibility. When the classmates of a young boy who has been bullied all deny blame for the incident, they offer many common excuses why they declined to step in on their peer’s behalf. The familiar, first-person narration of the young characters begs the question, Does it really have nothing to do with me?The story closes with a series of powerful images of global strife, making the connection between simply not stepping in to help someone and standing by while wider atrocities go on.”

Number the Stars – Lois Lowry – Novel  – Goodreads Summary: “Ten-year-old Annemarie Johansen and her best friend Ellen Rosen often think of life before the war. It’s now 1943 and their life in Copenhagen is filled with school, food shortages, and the Nazi soldiers marching through town. When the Jews of Denmark are “relocated,” Ellen moves in with the Johansens and pretends to be one of the family. Soon Annemarie is asked to go on a dangerous mission to save Ellen’s life.”

Only one you – Linda Kranz – Goodreads Summary: “There’s only one you in this great big world. Make it a better place. Adri’s mama and papa share some of the wisdom they have gained through the years with their eager son. Their words, simple and powerful, are meant to comfort and guide him as he goes about exploring the world. This exquisitely illustrated book explodes with color and honest insights. Kranz’s uniquely painted rockfish, set against vibrant blue seas, make an unforgettable and truly special impression. Only One You will inspire parents and children of all ages as they swim through the sea of life.”

Otto Runs for President

Otto runs for president – Rosemary Wells – Goodreads Summary: “It’s election time at Barkadelphia School, and popular kids Tiffany and Charles are already in the running. Unfortunately, they care a bit more about winning than they do about their voters. Before long, little Otto thows his hat in the ring; he doesn’t have a flashy campaign, but he does have a big heart and a great idea — he polls the students and asks them what THEY want for the school. When the ballots are finally counted, Otto wins by a landslide — but he learns that while it’s hard work running for president, it’s even harder work BEING president.”

Red scarf girl – Ji-li Jiang – Novel  – Goodreads Summary: “”Ji-li’s deeply moving story should be on the shelf of every person’s library. Her courage in the face of adversity and her steadfast loyalty to her family are truly inspirational for young and old alike.” –Nien Cheng (Author of A Life and Death in Shanghai)”

Rose Blanche – Ian McEwan – Goodreads Summary: “A young German girl watches as the streets of her town fill with soldiers and tanks. Then, one day, she follows a truck into the woods and discovers a terrible secret.”

Rose meets Mr. Wintergarten – Bob Graham – Goodreads Summary: “Rumor has it that Rose’s neighbor, Mr. Wintergarten, has a pet crocodile. Rumor has it he eats children. So when Rose’s ball flies over his fence, she’s scared to retrieve it. But when she bravely sets out to go where no child has gone before, she discovers the startling truth about her neighbor: he’s friendly!”

Rowan of Rin – Emily Rodda – Novel  – Goodreads Summary: “Bravest heart will carry on when sleep is death, and hope is gone.Rowan doesn’t believe he has a brave heart. But when the river that supports his village of Rin runs dry, he must join a dangerous journey to its source in the forbidden Mountain. To save Rin, Rowan and his companions must conquer not only the Mountain’s many tricks, but also the fierce dragon that lives at its peak.”

Sarah, Plain and Tall – Patricia MacLachlan – Novel  – Goodreads Summary: “The novel is set in the midwestern United States (Kansas) during the late 19th century. Jacob Witting, a widowed farmer who is still saddened by the death of his wife several years earlier, giving birth to Caleb, finds that the task of taking care of his farm and two children, Anna and Caleb, is too difficult to handle alone. He writes an ad in the newspaper for a mail-order bride. Sarah, from Maine, answers his ad and travels out to become his wife. But Sarah grows homesick – the prairie grass didn’t substitute for the Maine sea shore. When Sarah leaves for a trip into town, the kids wonder if she would come back. And she did. She had brought back colored pencils so she could show them the beautiful colors and views of Maine and gorgeous sea shore. She, Anna, Caleb, and Jacob have a lot of good times that lead to Caleb loving Sarah even more, but Anna thinks that she will replace her mother. In the end Sarah and Jacob get married.”

The Book of Three – Lloyd Alexander – Novel  – Goodreads Summary: “Taran dreams of adventure, but nothing exciting ever happens to an Assistant Pig-Keeper–until his pig runs away. A chase through the woods leads Taran far from home and into great danger, for evil prowls the land of Prydain. With a collection of strange and wonderful friends whom he meets on his journey, Taran finds himself fighting so that good may triumph over evil–and so that his beloved home will not fall to a diabolical fiend.”

The Empty Pot – Demi – Goodreads Summary: “When Ping admits that he is the only child in China unable to grow a flower from the seeds distributed by the Emperor, he is rewarded for his honesty.”

The Trip Back Home

The Trip Back Home – Janet Wong – Goodreads Summary: “These are the gifts brought across the ocean to Korea: Leather gloves. An apron with pockets like flowers. A book with pictures and simple words. What is given in return? Simple gifts like these–and so much more. Janet S. Wong invites us to join her on the trip back home, revealing that even when family members speak different languages, there is still much they can share.”

The Wump World – Bill Peet – Goodreads Summary: “The Pollutians invade the Wump World and turn the green meadows into a concrete jungle.”

This is our house – Bob Graham, Michael Rosen – Goodreads Summary: “George has a house made from a big cardboard box and he says that no one else in the playground can come in–not Lindy, because she’s a girl; not Freddie, because he’s too small; not Sophie, because she wears glasses. But when George leaves his house for a moment, everyone piles in and, upon his return, George receives a taste of his own medicine!”

To the Boy in Berlin

To the boy in Berlin – Elizabeth Honey – Fiction, 5th grade and up –  Goodreads Summary: “A postcard from Leo Schmidt? I can’t believe it. I’m trying to solve the mystery of a boy called Leopold Schmidt who migrated to Australia years ago. Leopold is long dead, but this new Leo is very much alive and kicking. Henni lives in Melbourne, Leo lives in Berlin. Different countries, different lives, so far apart; but sometimes the person furthest away is just the one you need. Emails fly as they explore the world according to Henni and Leo. It’s friendly and funny, but deadly serious, too. Without Leo, Henni would never unravel the dark secrets from the past. Without Henni, Leo would have to save his friend Felix single-handed.”

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