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Styling Librarian: PYP Profile Books: Reflective

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.



Highlighted books:
What you know first – Patricia MacLachlan – Goodreads Summary: “‘A child comes to terms with the fact that she and her family are leaving the prairie. . . . As she talks herself into acceptance, her Mama helps her let go, commenting that the baby will need someone to tell him where he came from. So the girl gathers mementoes—a bag of earth and a piece of cottonwood tree. . . .A novel hides in these few pages. As with Sarah, Plain and Tall, the subext vibrates. So much is told in each perfectly chosen phrase. The story is deep and specific, but the pain and denial of a child leaving a known and loved place is all too universal.”
Lesson idea for What you know first:  How did Patricia MacLachlan get the idea to write this book? Check this out:
From this website: comes this thought on ideas in writing:
“Ideas are the heart of writing. If given the opportunity, children will ask an author where they get their ideas, and author’s will answer – from everywhere. We must teach children to tune in to their world and open up their eyes and ears. Ideas can come from life experiences, family stories, books, news events, art, music, tidbits of conversation, and many other places. The picture books listed here are excellent resources for helping children to discover ideas for their own writing. It’s always a good idea to discuss where an author might have gotten their ideas after reading a book. Anytime you have a chance to make a note of where an author got their idea (sometimes they tell you on their website or when they present or in interviews) to share with the children. Children can keep “idea” lists in their writer’s notebooks. You can make an “idea” box for children to utilize when they are fresh out of ideas. Try to help children understand that there are not any new topics, only fresh ways of exploring the topic. One way to teach ideas is to read a lot of books on one theme and discuss how each author wrote about the same thing but in a different way.”
So how do we connect this to being reflective? I hope you see already, students reflect on life, things, important moments, and write or discuss or interpret their ideas…

Zen Shorts – Jon J. Muth – Goodreads Summary: “”Michael,” said Karl. “There’s a really big bear in the backyard.” This is how three children meet Stillwater, a giant panda who moves into the neighborhood and tells amazing tales. To Addy he tells a story about the value of material goods. To Michael he pushes the boundaries of good and bad. And to Karl he demonstrates what it means to hold on to frustration.”
Basic teaching ideas from Scholastic on Zen Shorts:
Some other good teaching ideas for Zen Shorts are here:

Banjo bounces back – Lachie Hume – Publisher Summary: “Banjo was a starBut one day Banjo flew too high… and took a terrible tumble. Banjo the horse loves hoofball. He practices every day with his friend Bella, and they play together every Saturday wit their team, the Whinnies. But when Banjo has a fall, the doctor orders him not to play for six weeks. Bedridden, Banjo plays on his Haystation and eats molasses. When he is finally allowed to play hoofball again, he is overweight and unfit, and nothing feels right. Discouraged, he gives up the game – until something happens to Bella that makes him realise how much his friends, his team, and hoofball all mean to him. He realises that if he wants to keep playing he needs to get fit again.”

Christmas Tapestry – Patricia Polacco – Goodreads Summary: “When a bad leak ruins the sacristy wall in his father’s church, Jonathan Jefferson Weeks thinks his family’s first Christmas Eve service in Detroit will be ruined, too. But then he and his father find a beautiful tapestry for sale in a secondhand shop. Just the thing to cover the damaged wall and give the church a festive look! But then, amazingly, an old Jewish woman who is visiting the church recognizes the beautiful cloth. It is her discovery that leads to a real miracle on Christmas Eve.”

Elsina’s Clouds – Jeanette Winter – Goodreads Summary: “A Basotho girl’s prayer to the ancestors. “When can I paint a wall, Mama?”
“When the rains come and wash away my designs, Elsina. Then you can paint the walls,” she says. For hundreds of years Basotho women in southern Africa have decorated the walls of their houses as prayers for rain. Bold, colorful art based on traditional African motifs and lyrical prose tell the story of a young girl who paints her first house and waits for the ancestors to hear her.”

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

Flour babies – Anne Fine – Novel – Goodreads Summary: “Eleven days into The Great Flour Baby Experiment, the rest of the boys are ready to drop-kick their six-pound flour “babies” into the creek, but not Simon. Simon’s flour baby is helping him figure out his own life–why his father walked out on him and how strong his mother is, raising him alone.”

Frog is frog – Max Velthuijs – Goodreads Summary: “Through Frog’s adventures, he learns that his friends love him for being himself—an ordinary green frog.”




From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler – 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.”

Grandfather’s Journey – Allen Say – Goodreads Summary: “Lyrical, breathtaking, splendid words used to describe Allen Say’s Grandfather’s Journey when it was first published. At once deeply personal yet expressing universally held emotions, this tale of one man’s love for two countries and his constant desire to be in both places captured readers’ attention and hearts. Fifteen years later, it remains as historically relevant and emotionally engaging as ever.”

Hitler’s daughter – Jackie French – Goodreads Summary: “It began on a rainy morning in Australia, as part of a game played by Mark and his friends. It was a storytelling game, and the four friends took turns weaving tales about fairies and mermaids and horses. But Anna’s story was different this time: it was not a fairy tale or an adventure story. The story was about a young girl who lived during World War II. Her name was Heidi, and she was Hitler’s daughter.
As Anna’s story unfolds, Mark is haunted by the image of Hitler’s daughter. He wonders what he would have done in her place if he had known his father was an evil man leading the world into a war that was destroying millions of lives. And if Mark had known, would he have had the power and determination to stop him?”

Kamishabi Man – Allen Say – Goodreads Summary: “The Kamishibai man used to ride his bicycle into town where he would tell stories to the children and sell them candy, but gradually, fewer and fewer children came running at the sound of his clappers. They were all watching their new televisions instead. Finally, only one boy remained, and he had no money for candy. Years later, the Kamishibai man and his wife made another batch of candy, and he pedaled into town to tell one more story—his own. When he comes out of the reverie of his memories, he looks around to see he is surrounded by familiar faces—the children he used to entertain have returned, all grown up and more eager than ever to listen to his delightful tales.”
Different Kamishibai Man example:

Last tree in the city – Peter Carnavas – Publisher Summary: “Edward is sad after he finds the last tree in the city is no longer standing. After some reflection, he finds a way to make things better.”




Lone Pine – Susie Brown – Goodreads Summary: “From a battlefield at Gallipoli, a soldier sends a pine cone home to his mother. Little does he know that his simple gift will become a national symbol of history and remembrance. Susie Brown and Margaret Warner’s sensitive text is evocatively illustrated by Sebastian Ciaffaglione, and tells a story that is about both personal experience and a nation-defining event.”

Many Moons – James Thurber – Goodreads Summary: “A wise tale of a little princess who wanted the moon and got it.”




Marianthe’s Story: Painted Words and Spoken Memories – Aliki – Goodreads Summary: “Returning to her own childhood for inspiration, Aliki has created an exceptional sixty-four-page book that presents Marianthe’s story — her present and her past. In Painted Words, Marianthe’s paintings help her to become less of an outsider as she struggles to adjust to a new language and a new school. Under the guidance of her teacher, who understands that there is more than one way to tell a story, Mari makes pictures to illustrate the history of her family, and eventually begins to decipher the meaning of words. In Spoken Memories, a proud Mari is finally able to use her new words to narrate the sequence of paintings she created, and share with her classmates her memories of her homeland and the events that brought her family to their new country.”

Me- Jane – Patrick McDonnell – Goodreads Summary: “In his characteristic heartwarming style, Patrick McDonnell tells the story of the young Jane Goodall and her special childhood toy chimpanzee named Jubilee. As the young Jane observes the natural world around her with wonder, she dreams of “a life living with and helping all animals,” until one day she finds that her dream has come true.”

Memorial – Shaun Tan, Gary Crew – Goodreads Summary: “A Moreton Bay Fig tree, planted as a memorial to Australian soldiers killed in World War I, is slated to be cut down by the local council. A young boy tells the moving story of the tree, as related by his great grandfather, grandfather, and father, each of whom has participated in wars over the years.”

Michael Rosen’s Sad Book – Michael Rosen and Quentin Blake – Goodreads Summary: “Sometimes I’m sad and I don’t know why. It’s just a cloud that comes along and covers me up.”





Mirror = Mira’t – Jeannie Baker – Goodreads Summary: “An innovative, two-in-one picture book follows a parallel day in the life of two families: one in a Western city and one in a North African village. Somewhere in Sydney, Australia, a boy and his family wake up, eat breakfast, and head out for a busy day of shopping. Meanwhile, in a small village in Morocco, a boy and his family go through their own morning routines and set out to a bustling market. In this ingenious, wordless picture book, readers are invited to compare, page by page, the activities and surroundings of children in two different cultures. Their lives may at first seem quite unalike, but a closer look reveals that there are many things, some unexpected, that connect them as well. Designed to be read side by side — one from the left and the other from the right —these intriguing stories are told entirely through richly detailed collage illustrations.”

Miss Rumphius – Barbara Cooney – Goodreads Summary: “Barbara Cooney’s story of Alice Rumphius, who longed to travel the world, live in a house by the sea, and do something to make the world more beautiful, has a timeless quality that resonates with each new generation. The countless lupines that bloom along the coast of Maine are the legacy of the real Miss Rumphius, the Lupine Lady, who scattered lupine seeds everywhere she went.”

Only Opal, The Diary of a Young Girl – Barbara Cooney – Goodreads Summary: “A lyrical adaptation of the writings of Opal Whiteley, a young girl growing up in the early twentieth century, describes Opal’s love of nature and her life in an Oregon lumber camp at the turn of the century.”

Queen Nadine – Maryann Kovalski – Goodreads Summary: “Nadine is as content as a cow can be. Her life on Pete’s farm is perfect. She loves to wander off on her own to smell the breezes, visit favorite spots, and search for stones for her collection. The other cows snicker at her solitary ways, so when Nadine finds an egg and naively assumes it’s a stone, no one bothers to enlighten her. Instead, the other cows urge her to take great care of it. One day the whole herd is sold to another farm and Nadine’s perfect life is shattered. No Pete, no beloved farm and worst of all, no stone to care for. Unless Pete rescues her and takes her home, Nadine will never know of the miracle taking place to her precious stone.”

Red scarf girl: a memoir of the Cultural Revolution – 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.”

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.”

Sarah’s Questions – Harriet Ziefert – Goodreads Summary: “Why do cats purr?
Why do bees buzz?
Why do birds sing?
Why do squirrels have bushy tails?

Come, take a walk on a sun-splashed summer’s day and play “I Spy” with Sarah and her mother. You may have as many questions as Sarah about the things there are to see along the way.”

Secrets in the Fire – Henning Mankell – Novel – Goodreads Summary: “It is the wise old woman of the village who teaches young Sofia about the secrets in the fire. Within the flames hide all things past and all things yet to be. But not even old Muazena can see the horrors the fire holds for Sofia and her family — not the murderous bandits who drive them from their home, and not the land mine that takes Sofia’s legs…”

Small acts of amazing courage – Gloria Whelan – Novel – Goodreads Summary: “It is 1918, six months after the end of World War I, and Rosalind awaits the return of her father from the war. While it is common practice for British children in India to be packed off to boarding school at the age of 6, Rosalind is unusual because she lives and is schooled in India because her mother insists. The heart of this penetrating story is Rosalind’s coming of age set against the hardship of life for the Indian people, Rosalind’s daily life in India, the rise of Ghandi and Rosalind’s coming to make her own decisions and become her own person.”

Stella by the sea – Ruth Starke – Early Chapter Book – Goodreads Summary: “Stella Seaton longs to live in an ordinary house, with an ordinary backyard. Instead, she lives in a luxury penthouse at the top of Bayview Tower with her mom and dad. When Stella finds the perfect girl-sized playhouse–and tries to make it hers–how far will she go to become an ordinary girl in her extraordinary world?”

Stormy Night – Michele Lemieux – Not a novel, but not a picture book, 240p. – Goodreads Summary: “As a storm rages outside the window, a young girl lies awake at night, her head buzzing with questions: Who am I? Where did we come from? What happens when you die? No answers are provided in Stormy Night. Rather, the questions prompt readers to explore their own place in the world.”

Thank you, world – Alice B. McGinty – Goodreads Summary: “Thank you, breeze, for lifting up my kite wings past treetops tall and proud. Thank you, trees. Your branches are my playhouse. I?m climbing to the clouds!
Eight very different kids, from eight different continents, all go about their day and experience the same moments of happiness: greeting the sun in the morning, swinging on a swing, flying a kite, being tucked in by Mommy at bedtime. Uplifting and visually rich, this book reminds us that the world isn?t as large as it seems, and that life?s greatest pleasures are the simple ones.”

The bear with the sword – Davide Cali – Goodreads Summary: “In this timely and ingenious parable, a bear with a powerful sword goes out into the forest to chop down all of the trees and build on his impregnable home fort. After it is washed away by a flood, he sets out on a journey to find and punish the creature responsible. After accusing an array of unusual creatures—including a pair of beavers, a one-eared pig-deer, a fox who loves archery, and some fruit-loving birds—he finally arrives at the truth: the flood was caused by someone with a sword who chopped down all the trees. The bear’s remorse, and the actions he takes to make good his vandalism, provide all young readers with an important message.”

The bicycle – Cilin Thompson – Goodreads Summary: “THE BICYCLE features separate illustrations from internationally acclaimed artists – including Quentin Blake, Shaun Tan, Tony Ross and Freya Blackwood – which celebrate the liberating joy of two wheels. Sprinkled throughout are delightful quotes from famous people, as well as quotes from Cambodian children such as 14-year-old Dany, who describes his bicycle as his ′best friend′.”



The Book of Three – Lloyd Alexander – Novel – Goodreads Summary: “Taran the Assistant Pig-Keeper wants to become a hero, joined by Eilonwy, the strong-willed and sharp-tongued princess; Fflewddur Fflam, the hyperbole-prone bard; the ever-faithful Gurgi; and the curmudgeonly Doli–all of whom have become involved in an epic struggle between good and evil that shapes the fate of the legendary land of Prydain.”

The Cat Who Walked Across France – Kate Banks – Goodreads Summary: “The cat and the old woman have lived happily together for many years in the stone house by the sea. But when the old woman dies, the cat is packed up with her belongings and sent north to the village where she was born. Soon he is forgotten. He walks the streets aimlessly until, spurred by memories and a longing to return to the place he knows and loves, the cat embarks on a journey to find the home he was taken away from.”

The cocky who cried dingo – Yvonne Morrison – Goodreads Summary: “If Aesop had been born Australian, this is the story he would have written instead of The Boy Who Cried Wolf. As it is, Yvonne Morrisson has done the job for him—telling the raucous tale of a cheeky cockatoo who decides that pulling a few pranks on his fellow birds will liven things up. Of course, the prank backfires when no one believes his cries for help, and a real dingo pins him down by his precious yellow crest. All ends well—and cocky learns his lesson. Or does he?”

The day of Ahmed’s secret – Ted Lewin, Florence Parry Heide – Goodreads Summary: “As Ahmed delivers bottles of propane gas, he treasures a special secret he can’t wait to share with his family.”



The incredible book eating boy – Oliver Jeffers – Goodreads Summary: “Like many children, Henry loves books. But Henry doesn’t like to read books, he likes to eat them. Big books, picture books, reference books . . . if it has pages, Henry chews them up and swallows (but red ones are his favorite). And the more he eats, the smarter he gets—he’s on his way to being the smartest boy in the world! But one day he feels sick to his stomach. And the information is so jumbled up inside, he can’t digest it! Can Henry find a way to enjoy books without using his teeth?”

This is our house – Bob Graham – 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!”

Tiger-tiger, is it true? Four questions to make you smile again – Byron Katie – Goodreads Summary: “Tiger-Tiger, Is It True? is a story about a little tiger who thinks that his whole world is falling apart: his parents don’t love him, his friends have abandoned him, and life is unfair. But a wise turtle asks him four questions, and everything changes. He realizes that all his problems are not caused by things, but by his thoughts about things; and that when he questions his thoughts, life becomes wonderful again.”



When Sophie Gets Angry – really, really angry – Molly Bang – Goodreads Summary: “This thoughtful story addresses one of the most difficult challenges facing parents: what to do when a child become angry.”

Where in the World – Simon French – Goodreads Summary: “Ari’s talent as a musician helps him adjust to his new home in Australia.”





Where’s Jamela? – Niki Daly – Goodreads Summary: “Mama and Gogo are tremendously excited about the new house they are moving to, but Jamela likes where they are and doesn’t want to go. She starts putting her books and school things into a box, but eventually gives up, packs herself away and goes off to sleep. And just when the big truck is about to drive off, Mama suddenly shouts, “Wait, wait! Where’s Jamela?” Mrs Zibi, Greasy Hands and even Christmas the chicken make an appearance in this delightful new African township story in which Jamela finally discovers that there’s no place like home.”


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