35 of the Best Communication Books for the IB Learner Profile
Browse 35 of the best communication books for children to promote communication in the classroom. They emphasise effective communication techniques to avoid misunderstanding and build trust.
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Communication and the IB Learner Profile
The IB Learner Profile states good communicators “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.”
Effective communication avoids misunderstandings, builds trust and healthy relationships. The two sides of effective communication in the classroom involve sharing opinions and listening to the ideas of others. Non-verbal communication, what you don’t say, is as important as what you say.
As mentioned, communication is not only important for getting our thoughts across. It is about listening carefully to others and responding appropriately. In the classroom, we want to prevent gossiping, teasing, bragging, and an aggress tone. Communication with kindness and sensitivity will promote what your students are saying is important.
For teaching resources check out Children’s Communication Resources for the IB Learner Profile. You will find books, videos and online resources related to communication in the classroom.
Books To Promote Communication in the Classroom
This collection of the best communication books highlight different communication methods. You will find characters:
- getting their ideas across to others in effective ways.
- being an effective listener, communicator, and collaborator.
- using different communication methods, including speaking, listening and writing.
- listening attentively to responses and responding appropriately.
You will also find characters who are not effective communicators. They may use negative methods which leads to misunderstandings and hurt feelings.
The Boy Who Loved Words by Roni Schotter
Click, Clack, Moo Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin
The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt
Drawn Together by Minh Lê
Exclamation Mark by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Kamishibai Man by Allen Say
Marianthe's Story: Painted Words by Aliki
Max's Words by Kate Banks
My Name is Yoon by Helen Recorvits
Phileas's Fortune: A Story about Self-Expression by Agnes de Lestrade
The Quiet Place by Sarah Stewart
Seven Blind Mice by Ed Young
That Fruit is Mine! by Anuska Allepuz
Why Am I Me? by Paige Britt
Communicator Discussion Questions
- What does it mean to be an effective communicator?
- What are different ways to communicate?
- Describe how [character] was an effective communicator?
- Why is being a good listener important to being a good communicator?
- How did being an effective communicator make [character’s] situation better?
- What were the consequences of [character’s] poor communication skills?
- Why was it important for [character] to consider other perspectives?
- In what ways could [character] be a more effective communicator?
- What strategies could [character] try to better communicate?
- What good strategies does [character] use to be an effective communicator?
Remember to check out Children’s Communication Resources for the IB Learner Profile.
What books do you use to promote communication in the classroom? Add them to the comments!