Learning to Give, Philanthropy education resources that teach giving and civic engagement


3-5 Resources

ABC Quilts Staff. Kids Making Quilts for Kids. CA: The Quilt Digest Press, 1992. ISBN: 0-913327360
Contains instructions for making quilts to be given to children suffering from AIDS or problems related to substance abuse. Also includes a section of facts and myths about these conditions.

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Adams, Patricia and Jean Marzollo. Helping Hands Handbook: A Guidebook for Kids Who Want to Help People, Animals, and the World We Live In (The). Random House, 1992. ISBN: 679828168
A detailed resource for young people who want to participate in social actions. Introduces more than one hundred volunteer projects to fit every interest.

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Adler, David A. Lou Gehrig: The Luckiest Man. Gulliver Books, 1997. ISBN: 152005234
Traces the life of Lou Gehrig. Lou was a baseball player who became ill. He helped others, even while sick, by working with troubled youth through the New York Parole Commission. He wanted to give back to the city that had given him so much.

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Aliki. William Shakespeare and the Globe. Harpercollins Juvenile Books, 2000. ISBN: 64437221
The author opens up the world of Shakespeare and the Globe Theatre to children and teachers.

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American Heritage Children's Dictionary (The). Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1998. ISBN: 395857392
This illustrated reference book for children in grades 3 through 6 includes special features such as a thesaurus and synonyms, word histories, phonics, prefixes, suffixes and more. Contains over 800 vivid and colorful photographs and illustrations for readers of all ages to enjoy.

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Anholt, Laurence. Camille and the Sunflowers: A Story about Vincent Van Gogh. Barrons Juveniles, 1994. ISBN: 812064097
Despite the derision of their neighbors, a young French boy and his family befriend the lonely painter who comes to their town and begin to admire his unusual paintings.

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Armstrong, William H. Sounder. HarperTrophy, 1972. ISBN: 64400204
A devoted dog, Sounder, brings courage to a boy whose father is put in jail because of stealing food for the family. Themes of caring, fairness, respect, and civic virtue.

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Bains, Rae. Gandhi: The Peaceful Warrior. Troll Associates, 1990. ISBN: 816717680
Biography of the Indian leader whose nonviolent passive acts of rebellion influenced other leaders all over the world.

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Banks, J.A. and J. Craven. Communities Near and Far. New York: Macmillan/McGraw-Hill School Publishing Company, 1995.
A textbook surveying the world around us.

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Beckwith, Kathy. Playing War. NTilbury House, 2005.
Illustrated story about understanding what war can be like for families, and that war is not a game. It's also a sensitive story about the power of friendship and how children can learn from one another.

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Berry, Joy. Every Kid's Guide to Laws That Relate to Kids in the Community (Living Skills). Children's Press, 1988. ISBN: 516014234
Discusses laws which protect and help children and parents, laws that restrict parents' control, and laws that emancipate children from parents. Core Democratic Values.

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Blume, Judy. Superfudge. Puffin Books, 2003 ISBN: 014240098X
The birth of another baby, a younger brother and a move to a new town make life hectic for a fifth grade boy. A look inside a real-life family and how they work through these circumstances.

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Blume, Judy. Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing. Puffin Books, 2003 ISBN: 0142401013
A boy has a two year old brother who just won’t go away, which makes him feel like a fourth-grade nothing. Reports day-to-day adventures of learning to deal with life's challenges.

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Brumbeau, Jeff. Quiltmaker's Gift. Scholastic Trade, 2001. ISBN: 439309107
Tells the tale of a greedy king who finds happiness in generosity after a quiltmaker decides to show him kindness and compassion through the making of a quilt.

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Bunting, Eve. Smoky Night. Voyager Books (Reprint), 1999. ISBN: 152018840
Neighbors and even their cats don't get along. When riots occur in their neighborhood, they learn that they must all work together get through these difficult times.

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Canfield, Jack, and Mark Victor Hansen. Chicken Soup for Little Souls: The Best Night Out with Dad. Florida: Health Communications, Inc., 1997. ISBN: 1558745084
A young boy meets a friend in line for the circus. His friend cannot afford tickets to the circus so the boy gives his tickets to his friend. The boy and his father go play basketball instead of going to the circus.

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Canfield, Jack, and Mark Victor Hansen. Chicken Soup for Little Souls: The Goodness Gorillas. Florida: Health Communications, Inc., 1997. ISBN: 155874505X
Classmates spread kindness throughout their class and community. The children even teach a mean bully how wonderful it feels to be good.

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Canfield, Jack, and Mark Victor Hansen. Chicken Soup for Little Souls: The Never-Forgotten Doll. Florida: Health Communications, Inc., 1997. ISBN: 1558745076
A young girl finds a favorite doll, lost by her babysitter years ago, in a store. The girl saves money and then promises the storeowner to work for the rest of the payment toward a present for the babysitter

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Carter, Rosalyn. Kids Random Acts of Kindness. Conari Press, 1994. ISBN: 943233623
Children express, in their own words, times when they have acted in kindness or witnessed others being kind.

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Cherry, Lynne. A River Ran Wild. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1995. ISBN: 395732409
The banks of the river Nashua was a wonderful and fertile land when the native people settled there. Laws have now been passed, through the efforts of Marion Stoddart and the Nashua River Watershed Association, that have served to restore this river and protect all rivers.

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Cherry, Lynne. Great Kapok Tree: A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest (The). Voyager Picture Books, 2000. ISBN: 152026142
A man begins chopping down a tree in the forest, until he decides to take a nap. When he awakes, for the first time he notices the beauty around him and the animals that consider the Kapok tree their home. He drops his ax leaves the forest as it was. Appropriate for exploring competing self-interest, responsibility to community.

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Christelow, Eileen. What Do Authors Do? Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1997. ISBN: 395866219
In this informative and humorous book, the reader follows the authors through every stage of the bookmaking process. We watch as they hunt for a publisher, put the book to print and then tackle the labor-intensive task of promoting their work.

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Clifford, Eth. Remembering Box (The). New York: HarperTrophy, 1992. ISBN: 688117775
Grandma passes on stories of her life and heritage while showing her grandson items in her memory box. The philanthropy themes are family traditions, friendship, caring, respect, and that families socialize children.

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Cobb, Mary. Quilt-Block History of Pioneer Days with Projects Kids Can Make (The). Brookfield: The Millbrook Press, 1995. ISBN: 1-56294-485-1
Easy-to-follow paper craft projects illustrate the daily lives and experiences of the American Pioneers. This book links history and art, showing how the quilt patterns reflected life during that time period.

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Coerr, Eleanor. Josefina Story Quilt (The). New York: HarperTrophy, 1989. ISBN: 0064441296
While traveling west with her family in 1850, a young girl makes a patchwork quilt chronicling the experiences of the journey and reserves a special patch for her pet hen Josefina. Philanthropy themes are families supporting and socializing children, as well as traditions.

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Coerr, Eleanor. Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes. New York: Puffin, 1999. ISBN: 698118022
Hospitalized with the dreaded atom bomb disease, leukemia, a child in Hiroshima races against time to fold one thousand paper cranes to verify the legend that by doing so a sick person will become healthy. She had folded 644 cranes when she died at the age of twelve; Sadako's classmates finished the cranes after her death. Philanthropy themes of stewardship, pooled resources, and giving time, talent, and treasure.

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Cohen, Barbara. Molly’s Pilgrim. New York: HarperTrophy, 1998. ISBN: 688162800
A young girl’s classmates tease her about how her mother dresses her favorite doll. The teacher sees this and tells the children that the girl’s mother dressed her doll in Russian clothing because her mother is from Russia and a “modern Pilgrim.” Philanthropy themes of family traditions and family and schools supporting each other.

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Cone, Molly. Come Back, Salmon: How a Group of Dedicated Kids Adopted Pigeon Creek and Brought It Back to Life. Sierra Club Juveniles (Reprint), 1994. ISBN: 871564890
The true story of a fifth grade class that adopts a portion of Pigeon Creek. They stocked a nearby aquarium with eggs and when hatched, were released into the creek. They students wait excitedly to see if the salmon will later return to spawn.

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Coy, John. Strong to the Hoop. Lee & Low Books, 1999. ISBN: 1880000806
A young tagalong who dreams of playing basketball with his brother and his friends is finally invited to play. He feels triumphant as he competes with these players and wins the game with his last shot. Philanthropy theme: overcoming difficulties.

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Darian, Shea. Grandpa's Garden. Nevada City: Dawn Publications, 1996. ISBN: 1883220416
On Saturdays Grandpa and his granddaughter share special time working together in the garden. When Grandpa becomes ill she is grateful for their time spent and is joyful when he can return to share that time again.

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Davidson, Margaret. Helen Keller’s Teacher. New York: Scholastic Paperbacks, 1996. ISBN: 590446525
Annie Sullivan grew up in a poorhouse and was partially blind. At twenty years old, she began teaching Helen Keller, a girl who was both blind and deaf. She taught her how to read, write, and love herself and others.

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de Saint-Exupery, Antoine. Little Prince (The). Harvest Books, 2000. ISBN: 0156012197
The Little Prince describes his journey from planet to planet, seeking to find the secrets of life. He finds many who exemplify greed and futility, and by the end, the Little Prince has learned that the most important things in life are the bonds of friendship and the privilege of responsibility. Philanthropy themes: giving, responsibility, and love.

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Dee, Katherine. Kid Heroes of the Environment. Bathroom Readers Press, 1991. ISBN: 1879682125
Real-life stories about kids who are doing great things for the environment. Each story contains a description of a project, as well as interviews and a listing of sources for further information.

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dePaola, Tomie. Charlie Needs a Cloak. Macmillian/McGraw Hill School Div., 1993 ISBN: 0021462178
A shepherd shears his sheep and spins the wool, then weaves and dyes the cloth, finally to sew a much-needed beautiful, new red cloak. Philanthropy has economic dimension: natural resources, human capital, capital equipment.

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dePaola, Tomie. Charlie Needs a Cloak. Macmillian/McGraw Hill School Div., 1993 ISBN: 0021462178
A shepherd shears his sheep and spins the wool, then weaves and dyes the cloth, finally to sew a much-needed beautiful, new red cloak. Philanthropy has economic dimension: natural resources, human capital, capital equipment.

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DiSalvo-Ryan, DyAnne. Uncle Willie and the Soup Kitchen. Mulberry Books, 1997. ISBN: 688152856
A boy wonders about the people he sees on his city's streets. His uncle works at a soup kitchen. One day the boy goes to the soup kitchen with his uncle. A child can make a difference.

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Druick, Douglas and Peter Kort Zegers. Van Gogh and Gauguin: The Studio of the South. New York: Thames & Hudson, 2001. ISBN: 500510547
The Studio in Southern France, where van Gogh and Gauguin lived and worked together for a brief but inspiring period, was home to the beginning of a friendship which ended in turmoil but seemed to further each man's creativity.

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Ellison, Elaine and Diana Venters. Mathematical Quilts: No Sewing Required. Key Curriculum Press, 1999. ISBN: 155953317X
A book filled with patterns that evolve from the Pythagorean theorem and other mathematical theories, fit for geometry or algebra classes.

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Ernst, Lisa Campbell. Sam Johnson and the Blue Ribbon Quilt. New York: HarperTrophy, 1993. ISBN: 0688115055
Sam discovers that he enjoys sewing but when he asks his wife if he can join her quilting group he is called silly and told it is for women. In response, he organizes his own sewing circle. Philanthropy themes: philanthropy as American tradition.

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Estes, Eleanor. Hundred Dresses (The). Voyager Books, 1988. ISBN: 0156423502
A girl is teased because she wears the same dress to school every day. One day she is no longer attending the school. One of the classmates feels bad and goes to look for her, but she has moved.

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Faber, Doris. Eleanor Roosevelt: The First Lady of the World. New York: Puffin Books, 1996. ISBN: 140321039
A biography of Eleanor Roosevelt emphasizing her work for human rights.

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Fair, Sylvia. Bedspread (The). New York: William Morrow and Company, Inc., 1982. ISBN: 0-688-00877-1
Two elderly sisters embroider the house of their childhood at either end of a while bedspread, each as she remembers it, with results that surprise them. Philanthropy themes: philanthropy as American tradition.

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Fox, Mem. Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge. New York: Kane/Miller Book Pub., 1985. ISBN: 916291049
An introduction to genealogy, covering traditional and blended families.

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Franklin, Benjamin. Poor Richard’s Almanac. New York: Peter Pauper Press, 1983. ISBN: 0-88088-918-7
This compendium was first published by Benjamin Franklin in 1732 when he was a young man of 26, which became very popular among readers of that time period. It contains many original proverbs, recipes, jokes, aphorisms and weather predictions.

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Fredrick, Elizabeth. Leah's Pony. Boyds Mills Press, 1996. ISBN: 1563971895
Before the Great Depression, Leah and her parents are doing well on the farm and she received a pony. The stock market crashed and drought caused farmers, including Leah's family, to face hardships. When their farm when up for auction, Leah chose to sell her pony so she could buy back her father's tractor.

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Freedman, Russell. Immigrant Kids. Puffin Books, 1995. ISBN: 140375945
Text and contemporary photographs chronicle the life of immigrant children at home, school, work, and play during the late 1800's and early 1900's.

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Fritz, Jean. Shh! We’re Writing the Constitution. Putnam Publishing Group, 1998. ISBN: 0698116240
Describes how the Constitution came to be written and ratified. Also includes the full text of the document produced by the Constitutional Convention of 1787.

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Fritz, Jean. You Want Women to Vote, Lizzie Stanton? PaperStar, 1999. ISBN: 698117646
The story of Elizabeth Stanton’s struggle for women's suffrage and tireless fight for equality.

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Frost, Helen. Water: Keeping Water Clean. Capstone Press, 1999. ISBN: 736804080
Simple text and photographs describe water pollution, how it spreads, and its effects.

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Gather Comprehensive Hymnal. Chicago: GIA Publications, 1994.


Giff, Patricia Reilly. Mother Teresa: Sister to the Poor (Women of Our Time). Puffin Books, 1987. ISBN: 0140322256
A biography emphasizing the early years of the nun who is world renowned for her work with the poor, sick, and uneducated in India and in other parts of the world.

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Gipson, Fred. Old Yeller. HarperTrophy, 1990. ISBN: 64403823
A mangy stray proves to be a faithful companion who keeps Travis and his family from the many dangers of the frontier days in the wild West.

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Goble, Paul. Gift of the Sacred Dog: Story and Illustrations (The). Aladdin Paperbacks Reprint Edition, 1984. ISBN: 20432801
In response to an Indian boy's prayer for help for his hungry people, the Great Spirit sends the gift of the Sacred Dogs, horses, which enable the tribe to hunt for buffalo.

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Good News Bible: Today's English Version (The). New York: American Bible Society, 1976. ISBN: 826703518
An easy-reading and understandable version of this best-seller.

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Graff, Stewart, and Polly Anne Graff. Helen Keller: Crusader for the Blind and Deaf. Young Yearling, 1991. ISBN: 440404398
The story of Helen Keller and her crusade for the blind and deaf. She not only raised awareness, but a great deal of money, for schools to teach children who are blind and deaf.

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Guthrie, Woodie. This Land is Your Land. Little Brown & Company, 1998. ISBN: 316392154
This tribute to America takes the reader on a walk from coast to coast of our diverse land, with notations and illustrations to provide details. Philanthropic acts are a US tradition.

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Hall, Donald. Ox-Cart Man. Puffin Books, 1983. ISBN: 140504419
A look into historical America, the story follows a New England family through the every-day events that life brings throughout the changing seasons. Philanthropy in community members supporting each other.

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Hazell, Rebecca. Heroes: Great Men Through the Ages. New York: Abbeville Press, Inc., 1997. ISBN: 789202891
Biographies of twelve men throughout the world and throughout the centuries who have had a positive influence on society today.

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Hazell, Rebecca. Heroines: Great Women Through the Ages. New York: Abbeville Press, Inc., 1996. ISBN: 789202107
Biographies of twelve women throughout the world and throughout the centuries who have had a positive influence on society today.

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Heide, Florence Parry. Sami and the Time of the Troubles. Clarion, 1995. ISBN: 395720850
The life of a boy and his family in a war-torn town. He shows optimism and hope as he goes on about his daily life while spending many hours with his family hiding out in a basement for safety.

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Jeffers, Susan (Illustrator). Brother Eagle, Sister Sky: The Words of Chief Seattle. Dutton Books, 1993. ISBN: 014054514X
A Suquamish Indian chief describes his people's respect and love for the earth, and concern for its destruction.

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Johnson, Angela. When I Am Old With You. Orchard Books, 1993. ISBN: 531070352
A child imagines being old with Grandaddy and joining him in such activities as playing cards all day, visiting the ocean, and eating bacon on the porch. Although time will never allow these two to share old age, they realize that they can enjoy each other and these experiences now. Philanthropy themes: family tradtions, caring, respect, families socialize children.

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Johnston, Johanna. They Led the Way: 14 American Women. Puffin Books, 2004. ISBN: 0142400572
Biographies of women who spent their lives improving society in different ways and by different means.

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Johnston, Tony. Amber on the Mountain. Puffin Books, 1998. ISBN: 014056408X
Isolated on her mountain, Amber meets and befriends a girl from the city who gives her the determination to learn to read and write.

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Johnston, Tony. Quilt Story (The). New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1985. ISBN: 0-399-21009-1
A pioneer mother lovingly stitches a beautiful quilt which warms and comforts her daughter Abigail; many years later another mother mends and patches it for her little girl.

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Keister, Douglas. Fernando's Gift/ El Regalo De Ternando. Sierra Club Books for Children, 1998. ISBN: 871569272
A young boy narrates his life in the tin-roofed house his father built in the rain forest of Costa Rica. When he finds his friend's favorite climbing tree cut down, surprises her by giving her a new tree to plant and preserve in a secret place in the forest.

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Knight, Amelia Stewart. The Way West:Journal of a Pioneer Woman. Aladdin.1999. ISBN: 689825803
An adaptation of a diary of Amelia Stewart Knight written while she, her husband, and seven children journeyed from Iowa to the Oregon Territory. Philanthropy themes: opportunity costs and benefits to giver of philanthropic acts; time, talent, and treasure; meeting needs.

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Konigsburg, E.L. From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. Aladdin Paperbacks, 1998. ISBN: 689711816
This is the story of a sister and brother who run away to live in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Philanthropy theme: families supporting each other, responsibility for actions, giving.

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Kraus, Robert. Leo, the Late Bloomer. HarperTrophy, 1994. ISBN: 006443348X
Leo was a sad tiger. He could not do anything that his friends could do. Then one day, along with the flowers, Leo bloomed. He could draw and eat neatly. Leo and his family were thrilled.

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Leedy, Loreen. Who's Who in My Family. Holiday House, 1995. ISBN: 823411516
An introduction to genealogy, covering traditional and blended families.

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Lepscky, Ibi. Albert Einstein. Barrons Juveniles, 1993. ISBN: 812014529
The biography of young Albert Einstein and how he struggled with school yet had the support to become one of the most noted physicists of all time.

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Lesko, Wendy Schaetzel. No Kidding Around: America's Young Activists Are Changing Our World and You Can Too. Kensington, MD: infoUSA, Inc., 1992. ISBN: 1878346105
A resource guide in addition to stories about young citizens who acted as activists.

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Lewis, Barbara A., and Pamela Espeland. Kid’s Guide To Service Projects: Over 500 Service Learning Ideas for Young People Who Want to Make a Difference (The). Free Spirit Publishing, 1995. ISBN: 915793822
Guide for young people to more than 500 service projects and organizations.

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Lied, Kate. Potato: A Tale From the Great Depression. National Geographic Society, 2002. ISBN: 792269462
During the Great Depression, a family seeking work finds employment for two weeks digging potatoes in Idaho. Philanthropic actions.

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Lovejoy, Sharon. Roots, Shoots, Buckets & Boots: Gardening Together with Children. Workman Publishing Co., 1999. ISBN: 761110569
This book is sure to instill a lifelong fascination with gardening. Written specifically to involve children, learn how to make a pizza garden, a moon garden, many delicious recipes and much more. This book encourages imagination, creation and an appreciation of the earth.

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MacLachlan, Patricia. Sarah, Plain and Tall. HarperTrophy, 2004. ISBN: 64402053
Although Sarah is homesick for Maine, she grows to love two youngsters. She shows them the beauty of Maine through her illustrations. Philanthropy themes: families supporting each other.

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MacLachlan, Patricia. Through Grandpa's Eyes. Harper Trophy, 1983. ISBN: 64430413
A young boy learns a different way of seeing the world from his blind grandfather.

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Madden, Don. Wartville Wizard (The). Alladin (Reprint), 1993. ISBN: 689716672
This lesson on ecology tells of a tidy old man who spent his time cleaning up after the people of Wartville. When he realizes he has the ability to teach the people to be more tidy and get rid of all of the trash forever, Wartville is a changed place.

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Manternach, Janaan and Carl J. Pfeifer. This Is Our Faith. Parsippany: Silver Burdett Ginn, Inc., 1998. ISBN: 382304969
Religious education book highlighting facets of the Catholic faith.

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McGovern, Ann. Aesop's Fables. New York: Scholastic, 1963. ISBN: 590438808
A collection of 67proverbial tales attributed to a Greek slave named Aesop, humorously depicting the virtues and failings of our human nature.

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McGovern, Ann. If You Lived 100 Years Ago. New York: Scholastic, 1999. ISBN: 590960016
Depicts life in the late 1800's in New York City, the largest city in the U.S. at the time
McGovern, Ann. Stone Soup. Scholastic Trade Books, 1987. ISBN: 0590416022
When the little old lady claims she has no food to give him, a hungry young man proceeds to make a soup with a stone and water.

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McGovern, Ann. Stone Soup. Scholastic Trade Books, 1986. ISBN: 0590416022
When the little old lady claims she has no food to give him, a hungry young man proceeds to make a soup with a stone and water.

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McPhail, David M. Edward and the Pirates. Little Brown and Co., 1997. ISBN: 316563447
Once Edward has learned to read, books and his vivid imagination provide him with great adventures. In on adventure, he come across some demanding pirates who want his book so they can find a hidden treasure. When Edward finds out they have never learned to read, he kindly offers to read the book to them.

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Mochizuki, Ken. Baseball Saved Us. Lee & Low Books, 1995. ISBN: 1880000199
After the attack on Pearl Harbor, a Japanese boy and his family are forced to live in an internment camp. Father and son use baseball as a way to escape the realities of the camp, even if only for nine innings.


Mobin-Uddin, Asma. My Name is Bilal. Boyds Mills Press, 2005. ISBN: 1590781759
The story of a boy who is able to come to terms with his heritage in a seemingly hostile environment. The story shows how children can stand up to persecution and show respect to others' differences.

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Mochizuki, Ken. Passage to Freedom: The Sugihara Story. Lee & Low Books, 1997. ISBN: 1880000490
In 1940, 5 year-old Hiroki's father was the Japanese consul to Lithuania. When Nazi soldiers approached their town, he wrote life-saving visas for thousands of Jews and Polish refugees. He put conscience and duty to God above duty to his government, which had denied him permission to grant to visas. His family supported him, though all spend 18 months in a Soviet internment camp and he lost his post. He eventually became only Asian to receive the Righteous Among the Nations Award from the Israel Holocaust Memorial.

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Moss, Ellen Feinman. Helping Out is Cool. Ontario: Tumbleweed Press, 1997. ISBN: 0-9680678-5-9
Each scene in this inspiring book exemplifies people helping people by volunteering in their community

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Munsch, Robert. Love You Forever. Firefly Books, 1986. ISBN: 920668372
The touching tale of a loving mother and her son, who will always be her baby. Philanthropy themes: families socialize children.

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Paterson, Katherine. Bridge To Terabithia. New York: Harper Trophy, 1987. ISBN: 64401847
A young boy learns a great deal about himself when he befriends a girl. The girl dies in an accident trying to reach their secret hideaway, Terabithia. Theme of friendship.

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Peck, Richard. A Year Down Yonder. New York: Penguin Putnam, 2000. ISBN: 803725183
During the Depression, a fifteen-year-old girl apprehensively leaves her home in Chicago to spend a year with her intimidating grandmother who lives in rural Illinois. After time she finds herself appreciating and admiring her grandmother's uniqueness and comes to love the small town and its quirks that she dreaded at the start. Philanthropic acts throughout book; community theme, and costs and benefits of philanthropy to giver.

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Perkins, Lynne Rae. All Alone in the Universe. Harper Trophy, 2001. ISBN: 380733021
Being an adolescent is tough enough, but it gets tougher when you lose your best friend to another girl. The story and the black and white pictures touch upon a topic that can happen to you at any age. Theme of friendship.

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Polacco, Patricia. I Can Hear the Sun: A Modern Myth. Puffin (Reprint), 1999. ISBN: 069811857X
Stephanie Michelle, who cares for animals and listens to the sun, believes the homeless child, Fondo, when he tells her that the geese have invited him to fly away with them.

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Polacco, Patricia. Keeping Quilt (The). Silver Burdett & Ginn, 2001. ISBN: 0689844476
A homemade quilt ties together the lives of four generations of an immigrant family, remaining a symbol of their enduring love and faith and a reminder of special occasions.

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Pomerance, Marion Hess. Can-Do Thanksgiving (The). Albert Whitman & Company, 1998. ISBN: 807510548
After a girl donates a can of peas to her school's food drive, she wonders where the can of peas will go. She finds out when she and her classmates help serve Thanksgiving dinner at a local soup kitchen.

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Porter, Eleanor H. Pollyanna. Aladdin, 2002. ISBN: 0689849109
The story of a young girl who moves into a house with her unhappy and cross aunt. She turns her aunt, and the entire town, around with her cheerfulness and generosity.

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Prelutsky, Jack. We Are Plooters, It's Raining Pigs and Noodles. New York: Greenwillow, 2000. ISBN: 60291958
A collection of humorous poems such as the The Dancing Hippopotami,You Can't Make Me Eat That,My Father's Name is Sasquatch, and Dear Wumbledeedumble.

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Priceman, Marjorie. How to Make Apple Pie and See the World. Dragonfly, 1996. ISBN: 679880836
How can you get the ingredients if the market is closed? Take a trip around the world, from Italy to Vermont, to gather the ingredients and invite your international friends to bake and eat with you. Recipe is included at the end.

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Rappaport, Doreen. Boston Coffee Party (The). Harper Trophy, 1990. ISBN: 64441415
During the Revolutionary War a merchant decides to hoard his sugar until the price is high enough to make a profit. When he decides to hold back his coffee, too, the women of the community decide to take action and have a party of their own. Philanthropy themes: addressing a need, common good.

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Reich, Susanna. Clara Schumann: Piano Virtuoso. Houghton Mifflin Company, 1999. ISBN: 395891191
Beginning at the age of nine and continuing through her adulthood as the mother of eight children, this woman had a love for music that showed in her performances. Music also helped her to cope with many changes in her life.

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Reynolds, Phyllis. Shiloh. Aladdin, 2000. ISBN: 0689835825
A young boy saves an abused dog. He must work for the original owner to pay for the pet he loves. ~ Newberry Medal ~

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Rhoades, Diane. Garden Crafts for Kids: 50 Great Reasons to Get Your Hands Dirty. Sterling Publications, 1995. ISBN: 806909986
This resource and how-to book includes fun projects for kids of all ages. Includes basic plan physiology as well as explanations of garden wildlife.

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Rocklin, Joanne. Strudel Stories. Yearling Books, 2000. ISBN: 440415098
A family is baking apple strudel together, and while they work, they tell each other the cherished stories of their family history.

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Sabin, Ellen. The Giving Book - Open the Door to a Lifetime of Giving. Watering Can Press, 2004. ISBN: 0975986805
Teach children to give back as they create their own "scrapbook" to record their ideas, dreams and wishes for the world. A Teacher's Guide with lesson plans as well as sample pages from the book are available on the publisher's Web site at www.wateringcanpress.com.

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Sabin, Louis. Thomas Alva Edison: Young Inventor. Troll Communications, 1983. ISBN: 893758426
Biography of the early years of the inventor who created the light bulb among other wonderful and useful inventions.

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San Souci, Robert D. Kate Shelley: Bound for Legend. Dial Books for Young Readers, 1995. ISBN: 803712898
The biography of a teenage national heroine who helped sidetrack a train disaster in 1881.

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Schimmel, Schim. Dear Children of the Earth: A Letter from Home. NorthWord Press, 1994. ISBN: 1559712252
The people receive a letter from Mother Earth asking them to take care her for the sake of all living creatures, including themselves.

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Schwartz, Linda. How Can You Help? Creative Volunteer Projects for Kids Who Care. California: The Learning Works, Inc., 1994. ISBN: 0-88160-213-2
This book is filled with easy-to-access ideas for how children can get involved in their community.

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Selden, Bernice. Story of Walt Disney: Maker of Magical Worlds (The). Yearling Books, 1989. ISBN: 440402409
The story of Walt Disney, who spent his life creating, entertaining and enlightening millions of people with fantasy.

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Seuss, Dr. Lorax (The). Random House, 1998. ISBN: 679889108
In his witty way, Dr. Seuss tells us about the dangers of pollution and the chances that the trees may disappear.

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Shange, Ntozake. Whitewash. Waler and Company, 1997. ISBN: 802784917
When a young African-American girl and her brother are attacked by a white gang in an act of racial violence, she is mortified and embarrassed and refuses to leave her house. She is touched when her classmates show overwhelming support and care for her in this confusing time.

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Shevick, Edward. Water Science Gr. 4-8: Active Science with Water. Teaching and Learning Co., Grades 4-8, 1998.
With action labs created to encourage problem-solving and critical thinking, this book of hands-on explorations will put students into action. Offers explanation, advice and encouragement to inspire teachers and learners alike.

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Shura, Mary Frances. Gentle Annie: The True Story of a Civil War Nurse. Apple Paperback, 1997. ISBN: 590435000
A biography of Anna Blair Ethridge, a nurse during the Civil War, from childhood through her four years of service with the Army of the Potomac.

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Silverstein, Shel. Falling Up. Harpercollins Juvenile Books, 1996. ISBN: 60248025
This collection of verses demonstrates word play and idea play along with a host of characters that children will be able to identify with.

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Silverstein, Shel. Giving Tree (The). Harpercollins Juvenile Books, 1964. ISBN: 60256656
A child and a tree share a friendship and life’s changes.

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Smith, David J. If the World Were a Village: A Book About the World's People. Kids Can Press, 2002. ISBN: 1550747797
This book imagines the world as a global village of 100 people and makes comparisons using such topics as age, nationalities, language and basic needs.

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Stevens, Jan Romero. Carols and the Cornfield. Scott Foresman, 1999. ISBN: 873587359
When Carlos rushes to complete his chore of planting corn and leaves some undone, he learns a lesson about responsibility and listening.

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Stevenson, James. Best Wishes, Ed. New York: Macmillan/McGraw-Hill School Publishing Company.
When the island of ice where Ed and his friends play splits in two, Ed finds himself alone on his half and drifting away. When tern sees him write I gave up in the snow, he asks Ed to write more. To thank him, the tern kindly sends a whale to carry Ed back to his friends.


Stewart, Sarah. Gardener (The). New York: Sunburs (Reprint), 2000. ISBN: 374425183
A series of letters relating what happens when, after her father loses his job, Lydia Grace goes to live with her Uncle Jim in the city but takes her love for gardening with her.

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Stroschin, J.H. A Unicorn Named Beulah Mae. Fremont: Henry Quill Press, 1996. ISBN: 1883960142
A story about appreciating ourselves: recognizing our beauty, gifts and uniqueness.

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Sweeney, Joan. Me and My Family Tree. Dragonfly, 2000. ISBN: 517885972
An introduction to genealogy, a little girl describes the relationship of her family members and how she came to be. Includes a family tree with blank spaces for the readers to discover their own family tree.

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Tamar, Erika. Garden of Happiness (The). Harcourt Brace and Co., New York, 1996. ISBN: 0-15-2305823
Marisol and her neighbors turn a vacant New York City lot into a lush community garden.

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Taulbert, Clifton L. Little Cliff and the Porch People. Dial Books for Young Readers, 1999. ISBN: 803721749
A realistic fiction book that describes what happens on the walk by Little Cliff to fetch butter for his Mama, Pearl. As Cliff attempts to make it quickly to Ms.Callie's and back, he is stopped by the porch people who add to the ingredients of the candies potatoes. In the end, Cliff learns about community life and the common good.

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Van Allsburg, Chris. Just a Dream. Houghton-Mifflin Co., 1990. ISBN: 0395533082 – HC
When he has a dream about a future Earth devastated by pollution, Walter begins to understand the importance of taking care of the environment.

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Viorst, Judith. Alexander, Who Used to be Rich Last Sunday. Aladdin, 1978. ISBN: 698118022
Although Alexander and his money are quickly parted, he comes to realize all the things that can be done with a dollar. Philanthropy theme: opportunity costs, decisions.

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Ward, Helene. Tin Forest (The). Puffin Books, 2003. ISBN: 142501565
Every night the old tin man dreamt that he would wake up to a beautiful forest of trees and animals instead of the junkyard where he lives now. After befriending a lost bird, his wish comes true.

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We Are Resourceful!: A Community Problem-Solving Resource Kit for Young People. United Way of America.
Provides examples and instruction on how youth can make a difference in their communities.


Westridge Young Writers Workshop. Kids Explore Kids Who Make a Difference. Mexico: Jon Muir Publications, 1997. ISBN: 1562613545
Written entirely by children in the fourth through sixth grades, this book was created throughout the Westridge Young Writers Workshop. Filled with stories about kids who have volunteered time to helping others, this book also shows other children how to get involved in their own communities.

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White, E.B. Charlotte’s Web. Harper Trophy, 1999. ISBN: 0064400557
Charlotte the spider saves the life of Wilbur the pig by sacrificing her own life.

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Whitford, Ann. Eight Hands Round. New York: Harper Collins Publishers, 1991. ISBN: 0-06-024689-8
Introduces the letters of the alphabet with names of early American patchwork quilt patterns and explains the origins of the designs by describing the activity or occupation they derive from.

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Yolen, Jane. Raising Yoder's Barn. Little, Brown & Co., 2002. ISBN: 0316075930
After a lightening bolt hits a barn, an Amish family suffers a devastating fire. With the help of others a new barn is raised' and the Yoders are blessed.

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