Best Knowledgeable Books to Support Student-Led Learning
Discover knowledgeable books to use in your classroom. They focus on applying knowledge to develop an in-depth understanding of ideas, issues and concepts. They cover student learning in a range of subjects.
Promoting Student Learning
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.” IBO
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.
In a previous post, IB Knowledgeable Resources to Support Student Learning, I put together knowledgeable books, videos and online resources. In this post, I researched a list of over 30 picture books you can use to promote the knowledgeable trait in your classroom.
Knowledgeable Books to Promote Student Learning
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. You will see characters who:
- acquire, apply and share knowledge
- look at different perspectives
- consider all factors involved
- ask questions to challenge and deepen their understanding
- reflect and analyze their knowledge
- show curiosity and search out information
- understand failure is part of gaining knowledge
Knowledgeable Book List
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Scroll to the end of the list for a list of knowledgeable questions to use during a read-aloud session.
Alec's Primer by Mildred Pitts Walter
The Boy Who Loved Words by Roni Schotter
Click, Clack, Moo Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin
The Hard-Times Jar by Ethel Footman Smothers
Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
I Could Do That!: Esther Morris Gets Women the Vote by Linda Arms White
Marvelous Mattie by Emily Arnold McCully
Starry Messenger: Galileo Galilei by Peter Sis
Tomas and the Library Lady by Pat Mora
Wolves by Emily Gravett
Remember to check out IB Knowledgeable Resources to Support Student Learning for knowledgeable books, videos and online resources.
What books do you use to promote the knowledgeable trait in your classroom? Add them to the comments!