PYP Learner Profile Books

Teaching students to embody the various IB Learner Profiles helps build a more well-rounded student and person. The following books can be used at the primary level to help give examples and context when teaching the learner profiles.

Inquirer

  • Hugo The Happy Starfish – One Step at a Time by Liebermann, Suzy. Happy Language Kids LLC., 2011.
  • A Fine, Fine School by Sharon Creech Pictures by Harry Bliss
  • Counting on Frank by Rod Clement
  • The Day of Ahmed’s Secret by Florence Parry Heide illustrated by Ted Lewin
  • More Than Anything Else by Marie Bradby 1995
  • Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Jan Brett 1989
  • The Mitten by Jan Brett
  • Odd Boy Out; Young Albert Einstein by Don Brown 2004
  • Verdi by Janell Cannon 1997
  • Are You My Mother? by Eastman, P.D. 1998
  • Olivia …. and the Missing Toy by Falconer, Ian 2003
  • Stella, Queen of the Snow by Gay, Marie-Louise 2000
  • Around the World- Who’s Been Here? by George, Lindsay Barrett 1999
  • In the Snow: Who’s Been Here? by George, Linsday Barrett 1995
  • The Snowy Day by Keats, Ezra Jack 1962
  • Anancy and the Haunted House by Keens-Douglas 2002
  • Sam Goes to School Labatt, Mary 2004
  • The Librarian Who Measured the Earth by Lasky, Kathryn 1995
  • Why Explore? by Lendroth, Susan 2005
  • What the Animals Were Waiting For by London, Jonathan  2001
  • The Name of the Tree by Lottridge, Celia Barker  1989
  • Snowflake Bentley by Martin, Jacqueline Briggs 1998
  • The Three Questions by Muth, Jon J. 0439199964 c2002
  • How Much, How Many, How Far, How Heavy, How Long, How Tall is 1000? by Nolan, Helen and Walker, Tracy  1995
  • Peg and the Yeti by Oppel, Kenneth  2004
  • Meteor! by Polacco, Patricia 1987
  • The Subway Mouse by Reid, Barbara  2003
  • Curious George Visits the Library (or other choice) by Rey, Margret & H. A. 2003
  • Starry Messenger by Sis, Peter 1996
  • Transformed; How Everyday Things Are Made by Slavin, Bill (Canadian) 2005
  • From One to One Hundred by Sloat, Teri 1995
  • Yellow & Pink by Steig, William 1984
  • Where are you going, Manyoni? by Stock, Catherine 1993
  • How much is a Million? by Swartz, David M 1985
  • Jumanji by Val Allsburg, Chris 1981
  • From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs Basil E Frankwiler. by Konigsburg, E.L. Atehneum Books, 1967
  • Bridge to Terabithia. by Paterson, Katherine.Scholastic Inc., 1977.
  • What Happened to Patrick’s Dinosaurs by Carrick, Carol. Clarion Books, 1986.

Thinker

  • Best Friends for Frances by Russell Hoban
  • I will not ever never eat a tomato by Lauren Child
  • When Jessie Came Across the Sea by Amy Hest illust by P J Lynch
  • Leonardo and the Flying Boy by Anholt, Laurence 2000
  • Elephants Can Paint Too! by Arnold, Katya 2005
  • It Ain’t Gonna Paint No More! by Beaumont, Karen 2005
  • Cricking by Cannon, Janell 2000
  • Emily’s Art by Catalanotto, Peter 2001
  • The Library by Stewart, Sarah 1995
  • Voices of Ancient Egypt by Winters, Kay 2003
  • Heckedy Peg by Wood, Audrey 1987
  • Rachel. The story of Rachel Carson by Ehrlich, Amy 2003
  • Westland by Fleischman, Paul
  • Dog’s Night by Hooper, Meredith 2000
  • Galimoto by Karen, Lynn 1991
  • Baseball Bats for Christmas by Kusuqak, Michael  1993
  • The Librarian Who Measured the Earth by Lasky, Kathryn 1994
  • Alexander Graham Bell: an inventive life by MacLeod, Elizabeth
  • Katie Meets the Impressionists by Mayhew, James 2000
  • The Dot by Reynolds, Peter 2003
  • Starry Messenger by Sis, Peter 1996
  • The Genius of Leonardo by Visconti, Guido 2000
  • The Naked Lady by Wallace, Ian  2002
  • The Librarian of Basra: A True Story from Iraq by Winter, Jeanette 2005
  • Catkin. by Barber, Antonio and Lynch, Patrick. Candlewick Press, 1994.
  • Swimmy. by Lionni, Leo. A. Knopf, 1987. (two copies)
  • Kensuke’s Kingdom. by Morpurgo, Michael. Scholastic, 1999.
  • Caps for Sale. by Slobadkina, Esphyr. W.R. Scott, 1947.

Communicator

  • Diary of a Spider by Cronin, Doreen 2005
  • Diary of a Worm by Cronin, Doreen 2004
  • Click Clack Moo by Cronin, Doreen 2003
  • Dear Tooth Fairy by Durant, Alan 2003
  • Diary of a Wombat by French, Jackie 2003
  • The Cow that went OINK by Moot, Bernard 2003
  • Sitti’s Secrets by Nye, Naomi Shihab 1994
  • Dear Baby, letter from your big brother by Sullivan, Sarah 2005
  • Dear Mrs. LaRue, Letters from Obedience School by Teague, Mark 2002
  • Detective LaRue; Letters from the Investigation by Teague, Mark 2000
  • The Colour of Home by Mary Hoffman illustrated by Karin Littlewood
  • Howling Hill. by Hobbs, by Will. Morrow Junior Books, 1998
  • Hooway for Wodney Wat. by Lester, Helen. Houghton Mifflin, 1999.

Risk Taker

  • Hugo The Happy Starfish – One Step at a Time by Liebermann, Suzy. Happy Language Kids LLC., 2011.
  • A Fine, Fine School by Sharon Creech Pictures by Harry Bliss
  • This is Our House by Michael Rosen illus by Bob Graham
  • Watch Out for the Chicken feet in Your Soup by Tomie dePaola
  • Another Important Book by Brown, Margaret Wise 1999
  • The Important Book by Brown, Margaret Wise 1949
  • The Yellow Star: the Legend of King Christian X of Denmark by Deedy, Carmen Agra 2000
  • Roller Coaster by Frazee, Marla 2003
  • The Man Who Walked Between the Towers by Gerstein, Mordicai 2003
  • Courage to Fly by Harrison, Troon  2002
  • Sheila Rae, the Brave by Henkes, Kevin 1987
  • Alfie Gets in First by Hughes, Shirley 1991
  • Mirette on the High Wire by McCully, Emily Arnold 2002
  • Name of the Child by Reynolds, Marilyn  2002
  • Brave Irene by Steig, William 1986
  • Suki’s Kimono by Uegaki, Chieri 2003
  • Ira Sleeps Over by Waber, Bernard 2000
  • Courage by Waber, Bernard 2002
  • Don’t Let Go by Willis, Jean 2002
  • The Night Pirates. by Harris, Peter. New York : Scholastic Press, 2006.
  • Amazing Grace. by Hoffman, Mary. Dial Books for Young Readers,1991.
  • Sarah, Plain and Tall. by MacLachlan, Patricia. Scholastic Inc., 1985.
  • Secrets in the Fire. by Mankell, Henning. Allen and Unwim, 2000.
  • There’s a Nightmare in my Closet. by Mayer, Mercer. Dial Books for Young Readers, 1990.

Knowledgable

  • Mary Anning and the Sea Dragon by Atkins, Jeannine 1999
  • One Grain of Rice by Demi 1997
  • My Great-Aunt Arizona by Houston, Gloria 1992
  • The Librarian Who Measured the Earth by Lasky, Kathryn 1994
  • Why Explore? by Lendroth, Susan 2005
  • What You Know First by MacLachlan, Patricia 1995
  • How to Dig a Hole to the Other Side of the World by McNulty, Faith 1979
  • The Bee Tree by Polacco, Patricia 1993
  • Officer Buckle and Gloria by Rathman, Peggy 1995
  • The Houdini Box by Selznick, Brian 1991
  • Ibn Sina (Avicenna) Prince of Physicians by Shah-Kazemi, Reza 1997
  • If the World Were a Village by Smith, David J. 2002 (updated 2003)
  • Tops and Bottoms by Stevens, Janet 1995
  • Heckedy Peg by Wood, Audrey 1987
  • When Morning Comes. by Hirschi, Ron. Honesdale, Pa. : Caroline House, c2000
  • The day Gogo went to vote. by Sisulu, Elinor. 1st paperback ed. Boston : Little, Brown, c1996.
  • Clever sticks by Ashley, Bernard.

Open-minded

  • Dr Xargle’s Book of Earthlets by Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross
  • Watch Out for the Chicken feet in Your Soup by Tomie dePaola
  • Herb, the Vegetarian Dragon by Bass, Jules 2001
  • Old Henry by Blos, Joan 1990
  • Stellaluna by Cannon, Janell 1993
  • The Camel’s Lament by Carryl, Charles  2004
  • The Brand New Kid by Couric, Katie 2000
  • Snow in Jerusalem by Da Costa, Deborah 2001
  • Oliver Button is a Sissy by De Paola, Tomie 1979
  • The Sissy Duckling by Fierstein, Harvey 2002
  • Feathers and Fools by Fox, Mem 2000
  • How My Parents Learned to Eat by Friedman, Ina 1987
  • Teammates by Golenblock, Peter C1990
  • Henry and the Kite Dragon by Hall, Bruce Edward 2004
  • Amazing Grace by Hoffman, Mary 1991
  • The Most Magnificent Mosque by Jungman, Ann 2004
  • Hope by Monk, Isabell 2004
  • Wanda’s Monster by Spinelli, Eileen 2002
  • Pug dog by U’Ren, Andrea 2001
  • Odd Velvet by Whitcomb, Mary 1998
  • The Other Side by Woodson, Jacqueline 2002
  • Share the Sky by Ye, Ting-xing 1999
  • Gregory Cool. by Binch, Caroline. Dial Books for Young Readers, 1994.
  • All the Colours of the Earth. by Hamanka, Sheila. Mantra Publishing, 1996.
  • When Pigasso Met Mootise. by Laden, Nina. Chronicle Books, 1998.
  • The Widow’s Broom. by Van Allsburg, Chris. Houghton Mifflin, 1992.
  • William’s Doll. by Zolotow, Charlotte.Harper & Row, 1972.
  • Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell.  c2005.

Principled

  • Farmer Duck by Martin Waddell illus by Helen Oxenbury
  • Rose Blanche by Ian McEwan illustrated by Roberto Innocenti
  • Rose Meets Mr Wintergarten by Bob Graham
  • This is Our House by Michael Rosen illus by Bob Graham
  • When Jessie Came Across the Sea by Amy Hest illust by P J Lynch
  • Pinky Promise by Brava, Vanita.
  • Arthur and the true Francine by Brown, Marc Tolon.
  • Liar, liar, pants on fire by De Groat, Diane.
  • Abdullah’s Butterfly by Fraser, Janine. Harper Collins, 1996.
  • I Can Tell the Truth by Guntley, Jenette.
  • Jamaica’s Find by Havill, Juanita. Houghton Mifflin, 1986.
  • Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse by Henkes, Kevin. GreenWillow Books, 1996.
  • Trustworthiness by Lauren, Emily
  • Sarah, Plain and Tall by MacLachlan, Patricia. Scholastic Inc., 1985.
  • Secrets in the Fire by Mankell, Henning. len and Unwim, 2000.
  • I know you cheated by Lenighan, Valjean. s That True? by Nettleton, Pamela Hill.
  • Milo and the Magical Stones by Pfister, Marcus. NorthSouth Books, 1997.
  • Chicken Sunday by Polacco, Patricia. New York: Philomel Books, c1992.
  • Honesty by Raatma, Lucia
  • Walter the Wolf by Sharmat, Marjorie Weinman. ; Oechsli, Kelly,; (Illustrator – ill.).
  • A Penny’s Worth of Character by Stuart, Jesse. Jesse Stuart Foundation, 1993.
  • Honesty by Thoennes Keller, Kristin.
  • The Empty Pot by Demi. Henry Holt and Company, 1990.

Balanced

  • A Fine, Fine School by Sharon Creech Pictures by Harry Bliss
  • Bread and Jam for Frances by Russell Hoban illus by Lillian Hoban
  • Song and Dance Man by Ackerman, Karen 2003
  • Me, all alone, at the end of the world by Anderson, M.T. 2005
  • I like Myself by Beaumont, Karen 2004
  • Gifts by Bogart, JoEllen 1994
  • The Village of Round and Square Houses by Grifalconi, Ann 1986
  • One of Each by Hoberman, Mary Ann 0316367311 c1997
  • Cinder Edna by Jackson, Ellen 1998
  • The Gift of Nothing by McDonnell, Patrick 2005
  • Roxaboxen by McLerran, Alice 1991
  • Little Pea by Rosenthal, Amy Krouse 2005
  • The Greedy Triangle by Burns, Marilyn. Scholastic, 1994.
  • The Black Cauldron, The Book of Three by Alexander, Lloyd . New York : H. Holt, 1999
  • Attila the Angry by Sharmat, by Marjorie Weinman.

Caring

  • Hugo The Happy Starfish “The Secret Of Happiness” by Liebermann, Suzy, 2011
  • Love You Forever by Robert Munsch
  • Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox
  • Thank You Mr. Falker by Polacco, Patricia 1998
  • Koala Lou by Fox, Mem 2001
  • The Colour of Home by Mary Hoffman illustrated by Karin Littlewood
  • The Day of Ahmed’s Secret by Florence Parry Heide illustrated by Ted Lewin
  • When Jessie Came Across the Sea by Amy Hest illust by P J Lynch
  • The A+ Custodian by Borden, Louise c2004
  • Oma’s Quilt by Bourgeois, Paulette
  • The Wednesday Surprise by Bunting, Eve 1989
  • The Mother’s Day Mice by Bunting, Eve c1986
  • The Polar Bear’s Gift by Bushey, Jean  2000
  • Albert Le Blanc by Butterworth, Nick 2003
  • A Circle of Friends by Carmi, Giora 2003
  • Miss Rumpus by Cooney, Barbara 1992
  • Bagels from Benny by Davis, Aubrey  2003
  • Old Thomas and the Little Fairy by Demers, Dominique  2000
  • Crispin the Pig Who had it All by Dewan,Ted 2000
  • Big Ben by Ellis, Sarah (Canadian) 2001
  • The Cat Who Loved Potato Soup by Farrish, Terry 2003
  • Erika’s Story by Innocenti, Roberto 2001
  • Rose Blanche by Innocenti, Roberto 2001
  • Pippin the Christmas Pig by Little, Jean  2003
  • Frog and Toad are Friends by Lobel, Arnold 1970
  • Chicken Sunday by Polacco, Patricia 1992
  • Mrs. Katz and Tusb by Polacco, Patricia 1992
  • Silver Packages by Rylant, Cynthia 1987
  • Whale Brother by Steiner, Barbara 1995
  • Give Maggie a Chance by Wishinsky, Frieda  2002
  • Two Can Do It! by Canizares, Susan.,1999.
  • That’s What Friends Do by Cave, Kathryn.
  • Abdullah’s Butterfly. by Fraser, Janine. 1996.
  • Secrets in the Fire. by Mankell, Henning. Allen and Unwim, 2000.
  • The Lady in the Box. by McGovern, Ann. 1997.
  • Kensuke’s Kingdom. by Morpurgo, Michael, 1999.
  • May I Help You? by Nettleton, Pamela Hill.
  • The Kissing Hand. by Penn, Audrey. Child Welfare League of America, 1993.
  • The Wump World. by Peet, Bill . Houghton Mifflin, 1970.
  • I am Caring by Schuette, Sarah L.
  • Elizabeti’s doll. by Stuve-Bodeen, Stephanie 1998
  • The Trip Back Home. by Wong, Janet S. Harcourt, 2000.
  • My Grandson Lew. by Zolotow, Charlotte.Harper & Row, 1985.
  • Caring. by Ratmaa, Lucia. Mankato, Minn.], c2000.
  • Consideration. by Raatma, Lucia. Mankato, Minn.:2000

Reflective

  • Frog is Frog by Max Velthuis
  • Grandfather’s Journey by Allen Say
  • The Day of Ahmed’s Secret by Florence Parry Heide illustrated by Ted Lewin
  • The Cat Who Walked Across France by Banks, Kate and Georg Hallensleben 2004
  • Miss Rumpus by Cooney, Barbara 1982
  • Only Opal – The Diary of a Young Girl by Cooney, Barbara 1999
  • Queen Nadine by Kovalski, Maryann  C1998
  • Stormy Night by Lemieux, Michele 1999
  • What You Know First by MacLachlan, Patricia 1995
  • Zen Shorts by Muth, Jon J. 2005
  • Christmas Tapestry by Polacco, Patricia 2002
  • Michael Rosen’s Sad Book by Rosen, Michael and Quentin Blake 2004
  • Many Moons by Thurber, James and Louis Slobodkin 1971
  • Elsina’s Clouds by Winter, Jeanette 2004
  • When Sophie Gets Angry—really, really angry. by Bang, Molly. 1999.
  • Secrets in the Fire. by Mankell, Henning. Allen and Unwim, 2000.
  • Kamishabi Man. by Say, Allen. Boston : Houghton Mifflin Company, 2005
  • Sarah’s Questions. by Ziefert, Harriet. Lothrop, 1986
  • Zolotow, Charlotte. Who is Ben? Harper Collins, 1997.