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Learner Profile in Lower Elementary: Home

A guide to the IB learner profile for Lower Elementary

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Learner Profile Books in the library


Available from the Junior Library at AISS

Prepared August 2010


They show empathy, compassion and respect towards the needs and feelings of others. They have a personal commitment to service, and act to make a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment.

 Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge - Fox, Mem

Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge is a little boy who lives beside a nursing home. He has many friends there but his favourite is Miss Nancy Alison Delacourt Cooper because she has four names just like he does. When Miss Delacourt loses her memory, Wilfrid develops a plan to help her find it. (5-8yrs.)

Koala Lou - Fox, Mem

Koala Lou decides to enter the Bush Olympics. Her mother has become so busy that she forgets to tell Koala Lou how much she loves her. Koala Lou hopes to win her mother’s love and a medal all at the same time. (5-8yrs)

Just the two of us - Smith, Will

Love You Forever - Robert Munsch
The mother sings to her sleeping baby: "I'll love you forever / I'll love you for always / As long as I'm living / My baby you'll be." She still sings the same song when her baby is 2-year-old, 9-year-old, and then a teenager. When her son grows up and leaves home, she still sings the same song to him. Then, inevitably, the day comes when she's too old and sick to hold him, and the roles are at last reversed. (Ages 4 to 8)

The Kissing Hand - Penn, Audrey
When Chester the raccoon is reluctant to go to kindergarten for the first time, his mother teaches him a secret way to carry her love with him.


They approach unfamiliar situations and uncertainty with courage and forethought, and have the independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas and strategies. They are brave and articulate in defending their beliefs.

The Important Book - Brown, Margaret Wise

Points out how all things, from an apple to a spoon, and from the sky to a shoe, have certain important qualities that are special about them, and that the most important thing about you is that you are you. (4-8 yrs.)

Sunday Chutney by Aaron Blabey

Sunday Chutney is always starting new schools because her family shifts frequently to different places round the world.  This has many advantages which Sunday lists, but she can’t help hating her first days at a new school even though she has developed her own idiosyncratic ways of coping with this.  I think that kids would love to give their own thoughts about Chutney’s life and her quirky views on life.      (7 – 10 years)


They give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and analyse their personal strengths and weaknesses in a constructive manner.

 I wish my brother was a dog  - Shields, Carol Diggory

 The Day of Ahmed's Secret - Florence Parry Heide illustrated by Ted Lewin

Ahmed is very pleased with himself as he goes about Cairo's bustling streets delivering gas bottles to his many customers who call out his name and greet him. He is very much a part of the life of this colourful and noisy city and he is proud that he is helping earn money to support his family. And his secret is that he has learned to write his name.


They understand the importance of intellectual, physical and emotional balance to achieve personal well-being for themselves and others.

 A Fine, Fine, School - Creech, Sharon

When Mr. Keene, the exemplary principal of this fine, fine school extends school to include Saturday, the entire weekend and eventually the summer break, Tillie has to reestablish some balance between school life and other loves. (5-9 yrs.)

Bread and Jam for Frances - Russell Hoban illus by Lillian Hoban
This story is a classic. Frances does not like to try anything new in her food. She likes to stay with bread and jam but when she is given bread and jam for every meal, even she finally tires of it and wants to try a variety of foods.

Gifts - Bogart, JoEllen
A grandmother travels the world bringing back mementos from everywhere she has been. Barbara Reid illustrates the text with plasticine illustrations. In rhyming text the author describes the diverse interests of the grandmother. (5-7 yrs)

The Keeping Quilt - Polacco, Patricia
A homemade quilt ties together the lives of four generations of a Jewish immigrant family, remaining a symbol of their enduring love and faith. (4 - 7 years)


 They understand and appreciate their own cultures and personal histories, and are open to the perspectives, values and traditions of other individuals and communities. They are accustomed to seeking and evaluating a range of points of view, and are willing to grow from the experience.

 Ish - Reynolds, Peter

Ramon is devastated one day when his older brother laughs at his drawings. He is frustrated by trying to make them look just right until his little sister’s enthusiasm allows him to look at his art in a new way. (5-9yrs.)

Stellaluna - Cannon, Janell

When a baby bat is knocked out of her mother’s safe arms, she lands in a bird’s nest. Stellaluna must learn to adapt to the lifestyle of a bird, even though she finds their habits very peculiar. She discovers that even though they are very different, they are very much alike. (5-8yrs.)

The Brand New Kid - Couric, Katie

Laslo, the new boy in second grade, speaks and dresses differently than the other students. Instead of welcoming him the children taunt and tease him, and exclude him from their games. Ellie finally realizes that his life is miserable and invites him to play, discovering that he is not that different from her. She then invites her friends to try to get to know him. (6-9yrs.)

Oliver Button is a Sissy - De Paola, Tomie

Oliver Button is teased and ostracized because he prefers to dance and read and paint rather than play sports. When he participates in a contest and loses, he is disappointed until his classmates recognize him. (5-8yrs.)

Feathers and Fools - Fox, Mem

This is a contemporary fable about a flock of peacocks and a flock of swans who fear each other because of their perceived differences. Over time their fears escalate and the flocks begin to fight; killing until every bird is dead. There is hope for peace in the future when two surviving eggs hatch and the baby birds notice how very much alike they are. (6- 8yrs.)

Amazing Grace - Hoffman, Mary

Although a classmate says that Grace can not play the part of Peter Pan in the school play because she is black and a girl, Grace decides, that she will try. Grace discovers, with the help and support of her family that she can do anything she sets her mind to do. (6- 9yrs.)

The potato people by Pamela Allen

Greetings from Sandy Beach - Bob Graham
Bob Graham is able to bring into a simple picture book about a family trip to the beach wonderful observations about family life, the difference between the city and the country and also some of our preconceived ideas concerning people and the way they look.

Dr Xargle's Book of Earthlets - Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross
A hilarious look at human babies or "earthlets" from the point of view of an alien teaching his class of alien children. Truly a very different perspective that will ensure that babies will never look quite the same again.


They act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for the dignity of the individual, groups and communities. They take responsibility for their own actions and the consequences that accompany them.

Bad Case of Stripes - Shannon, David

Camilla Cream loves lima beans, but she refuses to eat them because she is willing to do anything to fit in with her friends. When Camilla arrives at school she begins to take on the appearance of everything around her. The problem escalates until an old woman encourages her to eat some lima beans. Camilla learns that appearances aren’t as important as being true to oneself. (6-8yrs.)

Reginald - Newman, Jeff

A humorous story about a bull named Reginald, who lives in the jungle with some very unwelcoming animals. Reginald is always true to himself and ignores the threats, taunts, and teasing of the other jungle residents. By being consistently friendly and helpful, he eventually earns their respect. (5-7yrs.)

The Empty Pot - Demi

The Chinese Emperor announces that his heir will be the child who can grow the best flower. The children do not realize that all of the seeds distributed to the children have been boiled and cannot grow. When young Ping admits to the Emperor that he is unable to grow anything, his honesty is rewarded with the Emperor’s entire kingdom. (6-9yrs.)

Farmer Duck - Martin Waddell illus by Helen Oxenbury
This Award winning book has overtones of Animal Farm for littlies. The animals use their initiative and take over the running of the farm from a domineering, lazy and bossy farmer.

Don't do that! - Amos, Janine

This is Our House - Michael Rosen illus by Bob Graham
George has decided that he is the only one who can play in the big cardboard house but the other children are determined that everyone shall play in it. A charming and humorous picture book about sharing and cooperation. (4 - 8 years)

Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse - Henkes, Kevin
Lilly loves everything about school, especially her teacher, but when he asks her to wait a while before showing her new purse, she does something for which she is very sorry later.


They understand and express ideas and information confidently and creatively in more than one language and in a variety of modes of communication. They work effectively and willingly in collaboration with others.

 Diary of a Wombat - French , Jackie

Few words are used to describe the antics of a wombat’s every day life. (5-7yrs)

Click Clack Moo - Cronin, Doreen

The farm animals communicate to Farmer Brown by typing and writing their demands. (7-9yrs)

Diary of a Spider - Cronin, Doreen

This book is a simple and comical journal from a young spider’s perspective. (6-9yrs)

Diary of a Worm - Cronin, Doreen

This book is a simple and comical journal from a young worm’s perspective. (6-9yrs)

Marianthe's Story: Painted Words and Spoken Memories by Aliki
Aliki returns to her own childhood for the inspiration for this exceptional book. In Painted Words, Marianthe struggles to learn English and adapt to a culture very different from her own. A supportive teacher encourages her to communicate through her drawings. In Spoken Memories, Marianthe has learnt English and is able to tell the class the story of her life before the family came to the United States. (6 - 10 years)

Dear Mrs. LaRue, Letters from Obedience School - Teague, Mark 2002
This hilarious book is comprised of letters that Ike the dog writes to his owner, Mrs.
LaRue, of why he has wrongfully sent to obedience school.


They exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to recognize and approach complex problems and make reasoned, ethical decisions.

The Dot - Reynolds, Peter

This is the tale about the creative spirit in all of us. Vashti is a little girl who can’t draw. Her teacher’s invitation to “make a mark and see where it takes you”, leads Vashti on a surprising journey. (5-9yrs.)

Katie and the Mona Lisa - Mayhew, James

Katie is invited into one of the most famous paintings in the world, the Mona Lisa, by the Mona Lisa herself. Together they visit other artists of the Italian Renaissance. (8-11yrs.)

Best Friends for Frances by Russell Hoban illus by Lillian Hoban
When Albert tells Frances that girls can't come along on a wander and can't play baseball with him and Harold because baseball is a no-girls' game, she uses her considerable ingenuity and efforts of persuasion to show him how friendship should work.

I will not ever never eat a tomato - Lauren Child
Charlie's little sister Lola is a fussy eater. However Charlie works out an ingenious way of encouraging her to eat, even the foods she doesn't like. Charlie says that these are not peas, "of course they are not, these are green drops from Greenland." And "These are not carrots. These are orange twiglets from Jupiter." Lola can't resist just tasting them and finally she joins in the game and asks for the round red moonsquirter (she wouldn't eat a tomato of course but moonsquirters are her favourite.)

Swimmy - Lionni, Leo
Swimmy, a small black fish, finds a way to protect a school of small red fish from their natural enemies.

Caps for Sale - Slobadkina, Esphyr.
A band of mischievous monkeys steals every one of a peddler’s caps while he takes a nap under a tree.

Our Daft Dog Danny - Pamela Allen

Going to the beach with Uncle Peter and his dog Millie should be such fun for the two children but their dog Danny gets overexcited and just wants to bite and hang on to Millie’s tail. And that is no fun for anyone.  They try hot chilli sauce on Millie’s tail but that just makes Danny miserable.  At last Toby has the brilliant idea of getting a long rope which Danny can bite and tug and soon everyone joins in this new game and they all have fun again at the beach.  A very entertaining book with a lively text and exuberant illustrations showing how Toby worked out a great solution to the problem of an over excited dog.      (4 – 9 years)


They explore concepts, ideas and issues that have local and global significance. In so doing, they acquire in-depth knowledge and develop understanding across a broad and balanced range of disciplines.

Tops and Bottoms - Stevens, Janet

Hare and Bear negotiate over the kitchen garden. The deal is one takes the tops and the other takes the bottoms of the veggies. Hare knows his vegetables so he always knows which way to call it in order to stay on top of his game! (7-9yrs) 

One Grain of Rice - Demi

The knowledge of arithmetic enables the young girl to outwit the greedy raja who refuses to share his stored rice with his starving people. (8-10yrs)

If you decide to go to the moon -McNulty, Faith 

Cleversticks - Ashley, Bernard.
Wishing he had something to be clever at like each of the other children in his class, Ling Sung unexpectedly and happily discovers the others admire his prowess with chopsticks.


They develop their natural curiosity. They acquire the skills necessary to conduct inquiry and research and show independence in learning. They actively enjoy learning and this love of learning will be sustained throughout their lives.

Curious George - Rey, H.A. Houghton Mifflin, 1993.
The curiosity of a newly captured monkey gets him into continuous trouble, but he is saved by his friend, the man in the yellow hat.

The Snowy Day - Keats, Ezra Jack

The book follows the adventures of a little boy in the city on a very snowy day. (4-7yrs.)

Olivia….and the Missing Toy - Falconer, Ian

When her best toy mysteriously disappears, Olivia the feisty pig is determined to find out who is responsible. (4-8yrs.)

Counting on Frank - Clement, Rod

A boy and his dog present amusing counting, size comparison, and mathematical facts. (7-12yrs.)

Are You My Mother? - Eastman, P.D.

A little bird who has fallen out of the nest, asks animals, planes, and boats, "Are you my mother?" until he finds his own mother. (4-7yrs.)

The Day of Ahmed's Secret by Florence Parry Heide illustrated by Ted Lewin
Ahmed is very pleased with himself as he goes about Cairo's bustling streets delivering gas bottles to his many customers who call out his name and greet him. He is very much a part of the life of this colourful and noisy city and he is proud that he is helping earn money to support his family. And his secret is that he has learned to write his name.

Mr Archimedes' Bath by Pamela Allen
Mr Archimedes is having a bath with various animals. Every time they get into the bath, water splashes over the side. Pamela Allen has great fun in getting children to think about what is happening. (5 years up)

Picture Books


I wish my brother was a dog by Carol Diggory Shields

Frog is frog by Max Velthuis

Grandfathers journey by Allen say

The day of Ahmed’s secret by Florence Parry Heide

Flour babies by Anne Fine

Hitler’s daughter by Jackie French

Caring, principled

Don’t do that by Janine Amos

Farmer duck by Martin Waddell

Rose Blanche by Ian McEwan

Rose Meets Mr Wintergarten by Bob Graham

The colour of home by Mary Hoffman

Just the two of us by Will Smith


Counting on Frank by Rod Clement

Mr Archimedes’ bath by Pamela Allen

The greatest treasure of Charlemagne the King by Nadia Wheatley

A different sort of real: the diary of Charlotte McKenzie Melbourne 1918-1919 by Kerry Greenwood

Open minded, well balanced

The potato people by Pamela Allen

A fine, fine school by Sharon Creech

Dr Xargles book of earthlets by Jeanne Wills and Tong Ross

Greetings from Sandy Beach by Bob Graham

Nips X1 by Ruth Starke


I want my dinner by Tony Ross

We can get along by Lauren Murphy Payne


Goldie Locks has chicken pox by Erin Dealey

From the mixed-up Flies of Mrs Basil E Frankwiler by E L Konigsburg

Hazel Green by Odo Hirsch