In my opinion, books are the best accessory.
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.
Open-Minded: PYP Definition: “Students appreciate their own cultures and personal histories and are open to the perspectives, values and traditions of other individuals and communities.”
One green apple – Eve Bunting – This is one of my favorite books to share. Both characters learn to be open-minded and care about one another. Beautiful and powerful. Goodreads Summary: “Farah feels alone, even when surrounded by her classmates. She listens and nods but doesn’t speak. It’s hard being the new kid in school, especially when you’re from another country and don’t know the language. Then, on a field trip to an apple orchard, Farah discovers there are lots of things that sound the same as they did at home, from dogs crunching their food to the ripple of friendly laughter. As she helps the class make apple cider, Farah connects with the other students and begins to feel that she belongs.”
Good for talking about conflict and cultural differences as well…
Lesson Resource: http://twowritingteachers.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/smith_crafttable_one-green-apple.pdf
Carmen Learns English – Judy Cox – seeing life through another person’s eye’s is invaluable. Loved how Judy made this story about a little girl moving to a new place and learning English. Available on Tumblebooks for those who have the subscription. Goodreads Summary: “The first day of school can be scary, especially when no one else speaks your language. With a little encouragement from la Senora, Carmen teaches the class Spanish words and numbers, and she in turn learns English from her new friends.”
Amazing Grace – Mary Hoffman – Goodreads Summary: “An amazing girl…an amazing book…and now amazing paper dolls! Grace can do or be anything she wants to be! Now Grace’s aspirations come to life with paper dolls that make it possible for children — and adults — to dress her in many of the roles she plays in the best-selling book Amazing Grace.”
Black? White! Day? Night! – Laura Vaccaro Seeger – Goodreads Summary: “Through a series of ingenious die-cut pages, the reader discovers things that are the opposite of what they seem: A black bat transformed into a white ghost, a sunny day that becomes a starry night.”
Free fall – David Wiesner – Goodreads Summary: “When he falls asleep with a book in his arms, a young boy dreams an amazing dream-about dragons, about castles, and about an unchartered, faraway land. And you can come along.”
Gregory Cool – Caroline Binch – Goodreads Summary: “When Gregory wakes up on his first day in Tobago with his grandparents, his heart sinks. The food is strange, the sun too hot, his cousin Lennox is on another wave length and there are none of the televisions, video games and other high-tech gadgets that a cool city-boy takes for granted.”
Hana’s Year – Carol Talley – Goodreads Summary: “The beautiful seasons of a mountainside in Japan are the setting of Hana’s Year, where a little girl learns to accept responsibility for her own actions. Follow the tale of Hana and a mischievous monkey named Tampopo.”
Hazel Green – Odo Hirsch – 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.”
Henry and the Kite Dragon – Bruce Edward Hall – Goodreads Summary: “Everyone knows that kids from Chinatown don’t go to the park when the kids from Little Italy are there. They’re rough, they’re big, and they don’t like Chinese kids. That’s okay-Henry doesn’t like them, either. But what Henry does like are kites. He loves them. Even more, he loves to help his friend Grandfather Chin make them, and fly them over Chinatown and the park. But when Tony Guglione and his friends from Little Italy keep throwing rocks and destroying their beautiful creations, Henry and his friends decide enough is enough!”
Hooway for Wodney Wat – Helen Lester – Goodreads Summary: “Poor Rodney Rat can’t pronounce his R’s and the other rodents tease him mercilessly. But when Camilla Capybara joins Rodney’s class and announces that she is bigger, meaner, and smarter than any of the other rodents, everyone is afraid. It seems she really is bigger, meaner, and smarter than all of the rest of them. Until our unwitting hero, Wodney Wat, catches Camilla out in a game of Simon Says. Read along with Wodney as he surprises himself and his classmates by single-handedly saving the whole class from the big bad bully. Children will delight as shy Rodney Rat triumphs over all and his tiny voice decides the day, R’s or no R’s.”
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 H. 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.””
Journey to the river sea – Eva Ibbotson – Goodreads Summary: “Sent in 1910 to live with distant relatives who own a rubber plantation along the Amazon River, English orphan Maia is excited. She believes she is in for brightly colored macaws, enormous butterflies, and “curtains of sweetly scented orchids trailing from the trees.” Her British classmates warn her of man-eating alligators and wild, murderous Indians. Unfortunately, no one cautions Maia about her nasty, xenophobic cousins, who douse the house in bug spray and forbid her from venturing beyond their coiffed compound. Maia, however, is resourceful enough to find herself smack in the middle of more excitement than she ever imagined, from a mysterious “Indian” with an inheritance, to an itinerant actor dreading his impending adolescence, to a remarkable journey down the Amazon in search of the legendary giant sloth.”
Marty McGuire – Kate Messner – Goodreads Summary: “Marty McGuire would rather spend recess catching frogs in the pond than playing dress-up with the other girls in third grade. So when her teacher casts Marty as the princess in the class play, Marty’s absolutely, positively sure that there’s been a huge mistake. But after a special lesson in the art of improvisation, Marty comes up with her OWN plan to IMPROVE the play: Why use stuffed-animal frog onstage when a live one would be so much better? In the end, Marty’s one-of-a-kind performance makes for an unforgettable show. Maybe Marty CAN live happily ever after, after all!”
Mrs. Katz and Tush – Patricia Polacco – Goodreads Summary: “Larnel doesn’t know his neighbor, Mrs. Katz, very well, until he asks her to adopt an abandoned kitten. Mrs. Katz agrees on one condition: that Larnel help her take care of the kitten she names Tush. When Larnel starts spending more and more time with Mrs. Katz to help with Tush, Mrs. Katz tells him stories about coming to America from Poland and about the good times she spent with her late husband. As Larnel grows to love Mrs. Katz, he also learns about the suffering and triumph black history shares with the Jewish heritage.”
My librarian is a camel : how books are brought to children around the world – Margriet Ruurs – Goodreads Summary: “When we think of a library, we picture a building on a street or perhaps a room in a school. But some libraries aren’t kept behind four walls. Some move from place to place in the most remarkable ways: by bus, by boat, by elephant, by donkey, by train, even by wheelbarrow. These unusual mobile libraries are often the only way that books can be brought to people in remote areas, such as the mountains of Thailand, the Gobi Desert of Mongolia, or rural areas of Zimbabwe. In places such as these, the arrival of the libraries is a major and much anticipated event. But the books would never reach the people without the hard work of dedicated librarians and volunteers.”
Odd Velvet – Mary Whitcomb – Goodreads Summary: “Velvet is odd. Instead of dolls that talk and cry, Velvet brings a milkweed pod for show and tell. She wins the class art contest using only an eight-pack of crayons. She likes to collect rocks. Even her name is strange-Velvet! But as the school year unfolds, the things Velvet does and the things that Velvet says slowly begin to make sense. And, in the end, Velvet’s classmates discover that being different is what makes Velvet so much fun.”
Old Henry – Joan Blos – Goodreads Summary: “The neighbors aren’t too happy about Henry and his beat-up old house. Why doesn’t he clean it up, and weed his garden and sweep his walk? Henry’s got better things to do. Tired of being bothered, he finally gets fed up and moves away. The funny thing is, nobody’s really happy when he does–not the neighbors, and not Henry. Here is a wise and witty tale about different kinds of people learning to get along.”
Oliver Button is a Sissy – Tomie De Paola – Goodreads Summary: “A little boy must come to terms with being teased and ostracized because he’d rather read books, paint pictures, and tap-dance than participate in sports.”
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.”
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 – 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.”
Ruby’s Wish – Shirin Yim Bridges – Goodreads Summary: “Ruby is unlike most little girls in old China. Instead of aspiring to get married, Ruby is determined to attend university when she grows up, just like the boys in her family.”
Sky color – Peter Reynolds – Goodreads Summary: “Marisol loves to paint. So when her teacher asks her to help make a mural for the school library, she can’t wait to begin! But how can Marisol make a sky without blue paint? After gazing out the bus window and watching from her porch as day turns into night, she closes her eyes and starts to dream. . . .”
Stella by the sea – Ruth Starke – 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?”
Sunday Chutney – Aaron Blabey – Goodreads Summary: “Sunday Chutney is not your ordinary every-day girl. Sunday has lived everywhere and been everywhere. The only problem is this means she is always the new girl at school and she never really has a place to call come. But Sunday doesn’t mind, not really. After all, she doesn’t care WHAT people think, she LOVES her own company, she has HEAPS of imaginary friends, so MANY important interests that keep her very busy…and travelling is SO glamorous. What more could Sunday Chutney want?”
Teammates – Peter Golenblock – Goodreads Summary: “This is the moving story of how Jackie Robinson became the first black player on a Major League baseball team when he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in the 1940s, and how on a fateful day in Cincinnati, Pee Wee Reese took a stand and declared Jackie his teammate. Illustrated with a blend of historic photographs and eloquent watercolors by Paul Bacon.”
The A+ Custodian – Louise Borden – Goodreads Summary: ““Mr. Carillo is our A+ Custodian!” John Carillo, Dublin Elementary School’s custodian, has a big job. He mops and sweeps, polishes and scrubs, changes lightbulbs, washes windows, fixes pipes, moves furniture, and more! The teachers, students, parents, and principal all count on Mr. Carillo, and he never lets them down. Now his early-bird helpers, Gracie and Zach, want to do something to show Mr. Carillo how important he is to them. But showing him how much they appreciate everything he does will take lots of planning, some hard work, and the help of everyone in the whole school!”
The Brand New Kid – Katie Couric – Goodreads Summary: “Ellie McSnelly and Carrie O’Toole were running and laughing-their first day of school was today! And they wondered just what was in store. Would this be a good year? Would school be a bore?
Everyone remembers feeling excited and nervous each fall on the first day of school. It’s no different for Ellie McSnelly and Carrie O’Toole. But this year, there’s not only a new teacher to meet, but a brand new kid as well. Lazlo S. Gasky doesn’t look or speak quite like the other kids, and no one is sure what to make of him. In fact, they respond to his arrival at Brookhaven School by taunting and teasing him. But when Ellie realizes how tough it is for Lazlo, she reaches out, and after school one day they share an afternoon of soccer, strudel, and chess. Besides making a new friend, she and Lazlo teach their classmates an important lesson-one that isn’t in their schoolbooks-about accepting people who are different…and in getting to know Lazlo, the kids learn that people aren’t that different from each other after all.”
The Camel’s Lament – Charles Carryl – Goodreads Summary: “THE POOR CAMEL! While most creatures are prized, pampered, or at least tended to (down to the lowly pig!), the camel is our beast of burden, left to thirst, forage, and sleep in the merciless desert. This beautiful, comical picture book is for anyone who has ever thought the “grass is greener”!”
The Other Side – Jacqueline Woodson – Goodreads Summary: “Clover’s mom says it isn’t safe to cross the fence that segregates their African-American side of town from the white side where Anna lives. But the two girls strike up a friendship, and get around the grown-ups’ rules by sitting on top of the fence together.”
The Turn-Around Upside-Down Alphabet Book – Lisa Campbell Ernst – Goodreads Summary: “At every turn these letters are full of surprises. Imagine! What other things can you discover hiding in the alphabet?”
To the boy in Berlin – Elizabeth Honey – 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.”
Watch out for the chicken feet in your soup – Tomie dePaola – Goodreads Summary: “Embarrassed to introduce his friend to his old-fashioned Italian grandmother, a young boy gains a new appreciation of her when he finds how well she and his friend get along.”
When Pigasso Met Mootisse – Nina Laden – Goodreads Summary: “When Pigasso met Mootisse, what begins as a neighborly overture escalates into a mess. Before you can say paint-by-numbers, the two artists become fierce rivals, calling each other names and ultimately building a fence between them. But when the two painters paint opposite sides of the fence that divides them, they unknowingly create a modern art masterpiece, and learn it is their friendship that is the true work of art.”
William’s Doll – Charlotte Zolotow – Goodreads Summary: “More than anything, William wants a doll. “Don’t be a creep,” says his brother. “Sissy, sissy,” chants the boy next door. Then one day someone really understands William’s wish, and makes it easy for others to understand, too.”
Zog – Julia Donaldson – Goodreads Summary: “Zog is the keenest dragon in school. He’s also the most accident-prone.Luckily, a mysterious little girl always comes by and patches up his bumps and bruises. But will she be able to help him with his toughest test – capturing a princess?”
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