Linking Children’s Literature to PYP Profile/Attitudes

“The aim of all the IB programmes is to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world.” (Making the PYP Happen)

The IB Learner Profile Attributes and Attitudes are relevant to both students and adults in a PYP school. By modelling and including them in all aspects of the school, students become more aware of them and build an appreciation for them.

IB Learner Profile

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IB Attitudes

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Teachers should look for authentic demonstrations of the Profile Attributes and Attitudes in the daily lives of the students in order to help students reflect on and develop their own set of values.

Using children’s literature has always been a valuable resource in classroom instruction. Children often are able to connect to the characters, situations, etc. that come alive when being read aloud a book or when reading independently. A lot of international schools have generated library lists linking various texts to the IB Learner Profile Attributes and Attitudes for teachers to utilize in the classroom.

Bleagh! A book about values is a new children’s book by Leana Doray, a former PYP teacher. I’ve already had the privilege of reading this new release and am excited to share it with my class this coming August. It will provide a nice link to the ongoing discussions and vocabulary in my PYP classroom.

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As a lot of international students have experience with, Bleagh is the new student, or Monster, at school! He is on a journey to learn important values and make new friends.

As you can see from this sample page, there is a clear link to some of the IB Profile and Attitudes throughout Bleagh’s first day of school.



Visiting the Bleagh Website will provide more information on the book as well as offer learning engagements and resources related to the book. Click here to go directly to the website. 

Bleagh! A book about values is available at all Kinokuniya outlets, online at Kinokuniya’s website and all Times Bookstores. For international readers, “BLEAGH!” is now available as an eBook on the Amazon Kindle and will soon be available on Barnes & Noble Nook, and Apple iBook platforms.

I hope to share a future blog post after I use the book with my G3s in August.

Does your school have any relevant/favorite titles they use to support a specific IB Learner Profile or Attitude?

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2 Responses to Linking Children’s Literature to PYP Profile/Attitudes

  1. Lydia says:

    Hi Sharyn,

    I’m IB trained now so I finally familiar with the IB terminology. I spotted a series of books that highlight social and emotional issues on Amazon by an American author, Cheri J Meiners. The publishers have a website called Hope all is well! Lydia

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