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Styling Librarian PYP Profile Books Balanced

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.


Balanced: IBO Definition: “We understand the importance of balancing dierent aspects of our lives—intellectual, physical, and emotional—to achieve well-being for ourselves and others. We recognize our interdependence
with other people and with the world in which we live.”

Recipe for perfect planet pie – Kim Michelle Toft – Publisher Summary: “Recipe For Perfect Planet Pie reads like a recipe, each ‘ method’ using natural resources which need to be nurtured and sustained. Using cooking terms , it’s a fun way to look at solutions to ‘greening’ the planet.” Great connections to earth studies, writing recipes, and solutions for a balanced approach to treating earth better… Here’s part of the text: “To prepare the base. sift the rich chocolate earth and crystallised minerals together. Make a well and pour in one cloud of rain.”

A Fine, Fine School – Sharon Creech – Goodreads Summary: “One day, Mr. Keene called all the students and teachers together and said, “This is a fine, fine school! From now on, let’s have school on Saturdays too.”And then there was more. School all weekend.School on the holidays. School in the SUMMER! What was next . . . SCHOOL AT NIGHT? So it’s up to Tillie to show her well-intentioned principal, Mr. Keene, that even though his fine, fine school is a wonderful place, it’s not fine, fine to be there all the time.” Lesson connected to A Fine Fine School –

Bread and Jam for Frances – Russell Hoban – Goodreads Summary: “Frances, one of children’s best-loved characters for over 30 years, now springs to life even more in Bread and Jam for Frances,beautifully reillustrated in sparkling full color by Lillian Hoban. In this memorable story, Frances decides that bread and jam are all she wants to eat, and her understanding parents grant her wish’at breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even snacktime. Can there ever be too much bread and jam?”

Where in the World – Simon French – Goodreads Summary: “Ari has an extraordinary gift for music. But he is also an ordinary boy with everyday things to think about – he has moved to a new country, he is getting to know new people, and he has had to leave his beloved Opa behind. Despite these changes, Ari never forgets that music means more than getting the notes right. Music not only makes things happen in the present, it also helps him remember the past. This is an unforgettable story about finding your place in the world.”

Song and Dance Man – Karen Ackerman – Goodreads Summary: “”In this affectionate story, three children follow their grandfather up to the attic, where he pulls out his old bowler hat, gold-tipped cane, and his tap shoes. Grandpa once danced on the vaudeville stage, and as he glides across the floor, the children can see what it was like to be a song and dance man. Gammell captures all the story’s inherent joie de vivre with color pencil renderings that leap off the pages. Bespectacled, enthusiastic Grandpa clearly exudes the message that you’re only as old as you feel, but the children respond–as will readers–to the nostalgia of the moment. Utterly original.”–(starred) Booklist.”

Me, all alone, at the end of the world – M.T. Anderson – Goodreads Summary: “The boy lives alone at the End of the World, hunting treasure with old maps, finding fossils, whistling tunes, playing ball by the drop. It’s a peaceful, contemplative life, and the boy is content. Until, that is, a self-styled Professional Visionary arrives and puts up a sign: CONSTANTINE SHIMMER’S GALVANO-MAGICAL END OF THE WORLD TOURS. FUN ALL THE TIME! Soon men with machines come to pave a clearing for the inn and theme park, and the touring children seem nice, but still. . . .”

I like myself – Karen Beaumont – Goodreads Summary: “High on energy and imagination, this ode to self-esteem encourages kids to appreciate everything about themselves–inside and out. Messy hair? Beaver breath? So what! Here’s a little girl who knows what really matters.”

The Village of Round and Square Houses – Ann Grifalconi – Goodreads Summary: “The village of Tos is like no other village in the world, for in this village the women live in round houses and the men live in square ones. The story of how this came to be is told from the point of view of a young girl who grew up there.”

One of Each – Mary Ann Hoberman – Goodreads Summary: “Oliver lives alone in a one-of-each house — “One plum and one apple, one pear and one peach.” But he discovers that two of each is even better because sharing makes room for friends. A “Publishers Weekly” Best Book. Full-color illustrations.”

My Great- Aunt Arizona – Gloria Houston – Goodreads Summary: “Arizona was born in a log cabin her papa built in the Blue Ridge Mountains. She grew into a tall girl who liked to sing, square-dance, and—most of all—read and dream of the faraway places she would visit one day. Arizona never did make it to those places. Instead she became a teacher, helping generations of children in the one-room schoolhouse which she herself had attended.”

Cinder Edna – Ellen Jackson – Goodreads Summary: “The famous Cinderella and her neighbor Cinder Edna each worked sunup to sundown for their wicked stepmother and stepsisters. But while Cinderella had the good fortune to be rescued by her fairy godmother, Edna was strong, self-reliant, spunky–and she lived happier ever after!”

Roxaboxen – Alice McLerran – Goodreads Summary: “Marian called it Roxaboxen. (She always knew the name of everything.) There across the road, it looked like any rocky hill — nothing but sand and rocks, some old wooden boxes, cactus and greasewood and thorny ocotillo — but it was a special place: a sparkling world of jeweled homes, streets edged with the whitest stones, and two ice cream shops. Come with us there, where all you need to gallop fast and free is a long stick and a soaring imagination.”

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.””

Little Pea – Amy Krouse Rosenthal – Goodreads Summary: “If Little Pea doesn’t eat all of his sweets, there will be no vegetables for dessert! What’s a young pea to do? Children who have trouble swallowing their veggies will love the way this pea-size picture book serves up a playful story they can relate to.”

The Greedy Triangle – Marilyn Burns – Goodreads Summary: “In this lively introduction to shapes and polygons, a bored triangle is turned into a quadrilateral after a visit to the shapeshifter. Delighted with his new career opportunities–as a TV screen and a picture frame–he decides the more angles the better, until an accident teaches him a lesson.”

The Black Cauldron- The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander – Goodreads Summary: “Taran, the Assistant Pig-Keeper, and his friends are led into a mortal struggle with Arwn and his deathless warriors. Taran must wrest the black cauldron from them, for it is the cauldron that gives them their evil strength. But can he withstand the three enchantresses, who are determined to turn him and his companions into toads? Taran has not foreseen the awful price he will have to pay in his defence of Prydain…”

The Keeping Quilt – Patricia Polacco – Goodreads Summary: “”We will make a quilt to help us always remember home,” Anna’s mother said. “It will be like heaving the family in backhome Russia dance around us at night. And so it was. From a basket of old clothes, Anna’s babushka, Uncle Vladimir’s shirt, Aunt Havalah’s nightdress and an apron of Aunt Natasha’s become The Keeping Quilt, passed along from mother to daughter for almost a century. For four generations the quilt is a Sabbath tablecloth, a wedding canopy, and a blanket that welcomes babies warmly into the world.”

Diamond Life: baseball sights, sounds, and swings by Charles R. Smith, Jr. – Goodreads Summary: “A mix of rhyming verse and lyrical prose bring to life the myriad emotions of young baseball players, and colorful photographs of batters, balls, and, of course, diamonds, capture the essence of our nation’s beloved pastime.”

More – I.C. Springman – Goodreads Summary: “One magpie, lots of stuff, and a few friendly mice show us that less is more. This innovative and spare picture book asks the question: When is MORE more than enough? Can a team of well-intentioned mice save their friend from hoarding too much stuff?”

The three little pigs go camping – Tony Bradman – Goodreads Summary: “The three little pigs are going on a camping trip! The third little pig likes to plan everything – but always misses out on the fun. Perhaps his brothers can help.”

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.”

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.”

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?”

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

Habitats and wildlife in danger – Sarah Levete – Goodreads Summary: “Clearing land to grow crops, pollution from industry, and farming damages habitats at a quick pace and threatens the survival of wildlife. This fascinating book uses real-life examples to explore the destruction of habitats and their wildlife and the ways in which people can reduce their impact on these homes in nature.”

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.”

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