Recommended Readings | 来自UISZ的冬日暖心书单推荐

“Let’s be reasonable and add an eighth day to the week that is devoted exclusively to reading.” 

– Lena Dunham 

It’s Okay To Be Different
by Todd Parr

It’s okay to need some help.
It’s okay to be a different color.
It’s okay to talk about your feelings.

This is the bestselling author Todd Parr comes a reassuring book about being who you are.
Told with Todd Parr’s signature wit and wisdom, It’s Okay to Be Different cleverly delivers the important messages of acceptance, understanding, and confidence in an accessible, child-friendly format.This book will inspire kids to celebrate their individuality through acceptance of others and self-confidence–and it’s never to early to develop a healthy self-esteem.

It’s Okay to be Different is designed to encourage early literacy, enhance emotional development, celebrate multiculturalism and diversity, and promote character growth.

PYP Learner profile:

Open Minded, Thinker, Courageous. 

托德-帕尔 著






Beautiful Oops!
by Barney Saltzberg

We all make mistakes – grown-ups and children alike. But little kids sometimes have trouble dealing with their mistakes, whether it’s a piece of artwork they’ve torn by accident, or juice they’ve spilled on their favorite drawing.

In this book, every page begins with a ‘mistake’ that ultimately unravels, lifts out, or pulls up to become a surprising work of beauty. Kids see firsthand as they go through the book that any smudge, smear or stain can lead to something absolutely marvelous – with a little imagination.

Inspiring and inventive, this interactive board book teaches a valuable lesson: ‘When you think you have made a mistake, think of it as an opportunity to make something beautiful!’

PYP Learner profile: 

Open-Minded, Courageours,  Thinker,  Inquiring, Reflective. 

巴尼-萨尔茨伯格 著


在这本书中,每一页都从一个 “错误 “开始,最终解开、提升或停下来成为一个令人惊讶的美丽作品。




The Koala Who Could
by Rachel Bright 

A funny rhyming story about dealing with change and overcoming worries, from the bestselling creators of The Lion Inside.

In a wonderful place, at the breaking of dawn, where the breezes were soft and the sunshine was warm, a place where the creatures ran wild and played free … A Koala called Kevin clung to a tree.

Meet Kevin. A koala who likes to keep things the same. Exactly the same. But sometimes change comes along whether we like it or not… And, as Kevin discovers, if you step outside your comfort zone and try new things, you might just surprise yourself!

WINNER of the Sainsbury’s Book Award and the Evening Standard Oscar’s Book Prize!

Learner Profile:

Open Minded, Courgeours, Thinker,  Blanced. 

雷切尔-布莱特 著 





Flight School
by Lita Judge 

Some are born to run; little Penguin believes he was “hatched to fly.” 

Although little Penguin has the soul of an eagle, his body wasn’t built to soar. But Penguin has an irrepressible spirit, and he adamantly follows his dreams to flip, flap, fly! Even if he needs a little help with the technical parts, this penguin is ready to live on the wind.

Learner profile: 
Caring, Open-Minded, Courageours.

莉塔-贾奇 著

有些人生来就是为了奔跑,而小企鹅认为他是 “为了飞翔而被孵化”。



What Do You Do with a Problem?
by Kobi Yamada 

This is the story of a persistent problem and the child who isn’t so sure what to make of it. The longer the problem is avoided, the bigger it seems to get. But when the child finally musters up the courage to face it, the problem turns out to be something quite different than it appeared. This is a story for anyone, at any age, who has ever had a problem that they wished would go away. It’s a story to inspire you to look closely at that problem and to find out why it’s here. Because you might discover something amazing about your problem]] and yourself.

What are problems for? They challenge us, shape us, push us, and help us to discover just how strong and brave and capable we really are. Even though we don’t always want them, problems have a way of bringing unexpected gifts.

So, what will you do with your problem?

This book is encourage student engage the imagination to explore new possibilities, formulate and articulate ideas.

PYP Learner profile: 
Thinker, Open – Minded, Reflective, Inquirer.

科比-山田 著







Milo Imagines the World
by Matt de la Pe a

Milo Imagines the World is a beautiful story that opens up a conversation about bias and empathy. Illustrator Christian Robinson based Milo’s story on his own life. When Robinson felt overwhelmed as a child, drawing gave him a sense of control.

The story is about Milo on a long subway ride with his older sister. To pass the time, he studies the face around him and imagines what their lives are like and draws pictures of them in his sketchbook. He assumes things about them based on the way they are dressed, drawing on cultural stereotypes and expectations.

This story tell us that we can’t really know/judge anyone just by looking at them.

马特-德拉-佩 A 著





Who Moved My Cheese? for Kids
by Spencer Johnson 

This is a fun story of the four little characters, Sniff, Scurry, Hem and Haw, who make their way through a maze looking for the Magical Cheese that makes them happy.

The story revolves around how each character react when an unexpected “change” in circumstances deprives them of the cheese that they loved so dearly.

As children follow these friends through the maze of change, they can try to figure out which character they’re most like-or which they most admire-and what their own Magical Cheese might be.

The very core message of the book is this: things constantly change so we must adapt. The quicker we adapt a change the more satisfied will be with an A-Mazing way to deal with Change in our Work and in our Life.

斯宾塞-约翰逊 著

故事围绕着每个人物在意外的 “变故 “中被剥夺了他们深爱的奶酪时如何反应。

Everywhere, Wonder
by Matthew Swanson 

“Open your eyes and open your window and let your story out into the world. It is a little gift from you to me.”
In this heartfelt picture book, readers are taken on a stunning journey into the imagination of a young boy–who explores everything from the pyramids of Egypt to a dusty footprint on the moon–and then back out again to the wonderful world right in front of him. From a lost balloon to an endless road, there are stories to discover, to dream about, and to share.

Everywhere, Wonder explores the wonder in the world, while encouraging young minds to discover the extraordinary in the ordinary, and creatively share their stories with others.

马修-斯旺森 著


American Born Chinese
by Gene Luen Yang 

American Born Chinese is a graphic novel explores themes around identity, stereotypes, friendship, and self-acceptance through these three interweaving stories threads, the author`s purpose is to encourage young adults to accept themselves for whom they really are.

Learner profile: Thinker, Open Minded, Reflective. 

杨振宁 著


The Alchemist
by Gene Luen Yang 

The Alchemist is a classic novel in which a boy named Santiago embarks on a journey seeking treasure in the Egyptian pyramids after having a recurring dream about it and on the way meets mentors, falls in love, and most importantly, learns the true importance of who he is and how to improve himself and focus on what really matters in life.

The Alchemist reinforced this desire in me to never be afraid to think big. Santiago’s journey never came without its challenges, but he never gave up. In a way, we are all like Santiago, on our own journey of self-discovery.

保罗-科埃略 著 



Ender’s Game 
by Orson Scott Card

The novel tells the story of a young boy, Ender Wiggin, who is sent to a training academy named Battle School, located in orbit above the Earth, built to train people to become soldiers that will one day battle against a vast alien race known as “Buggers”

Compassion is the theme that runs through Ender’s life. It is the defining feature of his existence. The reason that he plays the games so well is his ability to understand the enemy and to inspire loyalty. More than that, it is compassion that saves Ender.

奥森-斯科特-卡德 著

小说讲述了一个小男孩恩德-维金被送到一所名为 “战斗学校 “的训练学院,该学院位于地球上空的轨道上,旨在训练人们成为士兵,有朝一日与被称为 “巴格 “的庞大外星种族作战。慈悲是贯穿埃德的生活的主题。这是他存在的决定性特征。他之所以能把游戏玩得这么好,是因为他有能力理解敌人并激发出忠诚。不仅如此,是同情心拯救了埃德尔。

Things Fall Apart 
by Chinua Achebe

“Things Fall Apart” tells the story of Okonkwo, a leader in an Igbo village in Nigeria in the 1890s, as he deals with his own personal struggles as well as the impact of British colonialism. The book describes the rich culture and complexities of Igbo society, articulating an insider’s sense of the African experience.

Students can learn from these leaders, take the good and ignore the bad, It is important to make each leadership experience an opportunity to learn so as to become a better leader.

奇努阿-阿切贝 著



The Count of Monte Cristo 
by Alexandre Dumas

The Count of Monte Cristo is an adventure story that takes place during the historical events of 1815 to 1838. This piece tells the tale of a man who seeks revenge after his escape from prision and deals with the central themes of vengeance, justice, forgiveness, and mercy.

The moral of the story is repeated in a letter from the Count to Valentine and Morrel as follows: “Live and be happy, beloved children of my heart, and never forget that, until the day comes when God will deign to reveal the future to man, all human wisdom is contained in these words: Wait and hope!”

大仲马 著


by Bram Stoker

Dracula comprises journal entries, letters, and telegrams written by the main characters. It begins with Jonathan Harker, a young English lawyer, as he travels to Transylvania. Harker plans to meet with Count Dracula, a client of his firm, in order to finalize a property transaction.

布拉姆-斯托克 著