Picture Books about Being Knowledgeable and Well-Informed
These picture books about being knowledgeable focus on applying knowledge to develop an in-depth understanding of ideas, issues and concepts. They cover student learning in a range of subjects.
Why Use Picture Books about Being Knowledgeable?
The IB learner profile states that knowledgeable students “develop and use conceptual understanding, exploring knowledge across a range of disciplines. They engage with issues and ideas that have local and global significance.”
Knowledge is understanding and being aware of something. This could be information, skills and facts through learning and life experiences. Knowledge is a continual process that never ends.
The suggested knowledgeable books are great for showing examples of how your students can produce, acquire and apply knowledge. They also promote the fact that being knowledgeable is not just about repeated facts and figures, but about having a deeper understanding.
The benefits of being knowledgeable and understanding include:
Picture Books about Being Knowledgeable
These picture books encourage children to think about how they acquire and apply knowledge to develop an in-depth understanding of ideas, issues, and concepts. They will read about characters who:
- gain, apply and share knowledge
- look at different perspectives
- consider all factors involved
- ask questions to challenge and deepen their understanding
- reflect and analyse their knowledge
- show curiosity and search out information
- understand failure is part of gaining knowledge
Your students will also read about characters who:
- lack critical thinking skills
- look at things from their own perspective
- speak more than they listen
- experience anxiety and embarrassment
- experience jealousy of other people
- achieve disappointing grades
- lack the understanding to perform important tasks
- consider only the most obvious factors
- are self-conscious about asking questions to increase their knowledge
- completes work quickly without analysis or reflection
Questions to Use With Picture Books about Being Knowledgeable
- Did [character’s] knowledge impact their actions? How?
- How did [character’s] knowledge affect other characters and/or events?
- How did [character’s] curiosity help or hinder events?
- How did [character] analyse and evaluate the new information they discovered?
- What is the connection between curiosity and being knowledgeable?
- Why does failure help us become more knowledgeable?
- How does being reflective increase knowledge?
- How can you become more knowledgeable?
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Picture Books about Being Knowledgeable and Well-Informed
Ada's Ideas: The Story of Ada Lovelace, the World's First Computer Programmer by Fiona Roberton
Alec's Primer by Mildred Pitts Walter
Alec Turner, born into slavery in Virginia, was forbidden to learn to read. The granddaughter of his owner taught him so and he eventually become a free man. He joined the Union army during the Civil War before settling in Vermont. Every night he told his family of his story and their heritage. Based on actual events.
The Antlered Ship by Dashka Slater
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba
A severe drought in Malawi caused 14-year-old Kamkwamba to drop out of school to save his family money. He researched how he could bring electricity to his village and built a working windmill from scraps.
The Boy Who Knew Nothing by James Thorp
Claire Malone Changes the World by Nadia L. King
Claire Malone takes on the burden of addressing problems in the world. She does all she can to make changes, but it doesn’t work out the way she wants. Before burning out from the worry, she decides to work on issues closer to home and even learns to have fun.
Click, Clack, Moo Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin
Farmer Brown’s cows type him a letter demanding electric blankets. They go on strike when he refuses their demands. Duck takes an ultimatum from Farmer Brown to the cows and they agree to exchange the typewriter for the blankets. But, the next day Farmer Brown gets a note from the ducks demanding a diving board for their pond!
Code Breaker, Spy Hunter: How Elizebeth Friedman Changed the Course of Two World Wars by Laurie Wallmark
Elizebeth Smith Friedman changed code-breaking forever with her intelligence, analytical thinking and problem-solving skills. She established code-breaking techniques and strategies that help capture spies and break the most complex of codes during WWI and WWII.
Dreamers by Yuyi Morales
Yuyi Morales recalls her own experiences of migrating from Mexico to America with her young son. They face many cultural challenges, including learning a new language and new customs. Her local library offers an opportunity to learn about this strange, new country and find a new career.
The Girl and the Wolf by Katherena Vermette
While picking berries with her mother, a little girl wanders too far into the woods. A large grey wolf makes a sudden appearance between some distant trees. Using his sense of smell, he determines where she came from and decides to help her. Through a series of questions from the wolf, the little girl realizes she had the knowledge and skill to navigate herself–she just needed to remember that those abilities were there all along.
The Girl with Big, Big Questions by Britney Winn Lee
A young girl asks lots of big questions to everyone she meets, but when her classmates ask her to stop, she stays silent. When there is a crisis in her community, she understands how important her questions are to solving problems and making a difference.
The Hard-Times Jar by Ethel Footman Smothers
Hello, Mr Dodo! by Nicholas John Frith
When Martha finds a dodo she keeps the discovery a secret. But when her secret is revealed she has to think quickly to keep the dodo safe from the public attention. After, Martha finds out the bird has been keeping its own secret.
Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth by Oliver Jeffers
Travel over mountains and oceans, space and constellations, and the animals and people who populate the Earth. The handwritten facts throughout the book are a gentle plea to care for the planet and each other.
Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
The Incredible Book Eating Boy by Oliver Jeffers
Last: The Story of a White Rhino by Nicola Davies
Sudan, a white rhino, lives in a gray, city zoo in the Czech Republic. It remembers his life before its captivity, including his mother and the smell of the earth and rain. Sudan believes he is the last white rhino. When he is rescued and released back into the wild, Sudan discovers there are more like him and he is no longer alone.
Read to start discussions on conservation, freedom, extinction and hope.
Little Wise Wolf by Gijs van der Hammen
The Mermaid and the Shoe by K. G. Campbell
According to Neptune, Minnow isn’t ‘remarkable’ like her 49 sisters. She is a curious mermaid with a thirst for knowledge. She wants to know what is beyond her father’s kingdom. When she comes across a red shoe, she finds the opportunity to answer all her questions.
Ocean Speaks: How Marie Tharp Revealed the Ocean's Biggest Secret by Jess Keating
Marie Tharp faced sexism at every turn on her way to becoming the first person to map the Earth’s underwater mountain ridge. Women weren’t welcome in STEM fields and were considered too unlucky to be on research ships. Tharp fought gender stereotypes and used her resilience and problem-solving skills to be successful.
One Grain of Rice by Demi
In this Indian folktale, a young girl tricks a Raja into giving up his rice during a time of famine. She asks for one grain of rice that doubles for 30 days, resulting in billions of grains for her hungry village.
Secret Engineer: How Emily Roebling Built the Brooklyn Bridge by Rachel Dougherty
Shark Lady by Jess Keating
Eugenie Clark, the Shark Lady, came across prejudice from people who thought women shouldn't be scientists and who believed sharks were scary. She devoted her life to learning about sharks and sharing her discoveries about these beautiful animals.
Starry Messenger: Galileo Galilei by Peter Sis
Galileo Galilei explored new ideas and challenged scientific beliefs. He discovered that the Earth was not the centre of the Universe and revolved around the Sun. His results were shocking as they challenged the accepted view of the earth held since ancient times.
Tomas and the Library Lady by Pat Mora
The Tomorrow Book by Jackie French
Wolves by Emily Gravett
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