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


6-8 Resources

Altman, Susan. Extraordinary Black Americans: From Colonial to Contemporary Times. Chicago: Children's Press, 1989. ISBN: 516405810
Presents short biographies of ninety-five black Americans from colonial to contemporary times, highlighting their personal achievements and their resulting contributions to the growth of American Society.

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Angelou, Maya. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. New York: Bantam, 1983. ISBN: 553279378
The remarkable autobiography of poet Maya Angelou, who grew up in a small town in Arkansas. Her story provides poignant insights into racial problems and personal obstacles that she had to overcome.

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Asante, Molefi Kete. African American History: A Journey of Liberation. Maywood: The Peoples Publishing Group, Inc., 1995. ISBN: 1562569031
The only African American History textbook for the schools that is written by an African American scholar from an authentic, insider's perspective. For the first time, center yourself in African American history.

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Bennett, Lerone. Before the Mayflower. Johnson Publishing Company, 1982. ISBN: 0-14-017822-8
From the origins in western Africa to the civil rights movement and life today, this book traces black history.

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Charlesworth, Liza. African Americans Who Made A Difference: 15 Plays for the Classroom. New York: Scholastic, Inc., 1997. ISBN: 590535463
This book is a compilation of plays about famous African Americans including background information, photos, and scripts.

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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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Greenfield, Eloise. Under the Sunday Tree. New York: HarperTrophy, 1991. ISBN: 64432572
A collection of poems and paintings evoke life in the Bahamas.

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Hall-Russell, Cheryl and Robert H. Kasberg. African American Traditions of Giving and Serving. Bloomington: Indiana University, 1997.
History and culture of African-American philanthropy, including traits and traditions of giving practices. Offers a perspective for the future of giving within this people group.

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Hansen-Harding, Alexandra. Great American Speeches (comp.). New York: Scholastic Trade, 1997. ISBN: 590898108
A compilation of twenty speeches delivered by men and women throughout history who have made a positive contribution to society. Diverse cultures and ethnic backgrounds are represented.

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Lester, Julius. To Be A Slave. New York: Scholastic Paperbacks, 1998. ISBN: 590424602
Experiences of slavery told by former slaves. A Newberry Honor Book, An ALA Notable Children’s Book, School Library Best Book of the Year, Lewis Carroll Shelf Award, Horn Book Fanfare Honor List, New York Times Outstanding Book of the Year.

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Levine, Karen. Hana's Suitcase. Albert Whitman & Company, 2003. ISBN: 978-0807531471
A biography of a Czech girl who died in the Holocaust, told in alternating chapters with an account of how the curator of a Japanese holocaust center learned about her life, after Hana's suitcase was sent to her. A story of compassion and healing and one woman's dedication to find the truth.


Levitin, Sonia. Dream Freedom. Silver Whistle, 2000. ISBN: 152024042
Marcus and his classmates learn about the terrible problem of slavery in present-day Sudan and raise money to help buy the freedom of some of the slaves. Alternate chapters tell the stories of the slaves.

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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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Mazer, Ann (Editor). America Street: A Multicultural Anthology of Stories. New York: Persea Books, 1993. ISBN: 892551917
A collection of fourteen stories by American authors with different cultural and ethnic perspectives. Inspirational ideals are depicted.

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Mills, Lauren. Rag Coat (The). Boston: Little, Brown & Company, 1991. ISBN: 316574074
A child's account of life in the Appalachian Mountains. After the death of the father, a coat is needed for school but the family cannot afford it. Neighbors known as the Quilting Mothers generously construct a coat of rags which becomes a coat of memories.

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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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Parks, Rosa and Gregory J. Reed. Dear Mrs. Parks: A Dialogue with Today’s Youth. Lee and Low Books, 1997. ISBN: 1880000458
Children from all over the United States wrote to Rosa Parks. She returns their letters in this inspirational novel. NAACP Image Award

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Paterson, Katherine. Jip: His Story. Puffin Paperback, 1998. ISBN: 140386742
Orphaned Jip lived in a Vermont poor farm during 1850s and 1856. When a lunatic, Put, is brought to the farm and kept in a cage during his spells, a deep friendship develops between the two and Jip discovers that Put is intelligent and articulate. When a stranger comes to town searching for Jip, his origins are gradually revealed: he is the son of a biracial slave and her master. When Jip and Put board the Underground Railroad, Jip eventually finds freedom in Canada.

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Paulsen, Gary. Nightjohn. Laurel Leaf, 1995. ISBN: 440219361
Nightjohn, a slave, escaped to freedom but came back to teach other slaves how to read. Nightjohn teaches a young child to read even though it may mean penalties for everyone.

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Smith, Jennifer, Slvia Shue, Jennifer Lisa Vest & Joseph Villared. Philanthropy in Communities of Color. Bloomington & Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 1999. ISBN: 0-253334934
A compilation of philanthropic influences in communities of colored people.

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Taylor, Mildred. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. New York: Puffin Books, 1991. ISBN: 014034893X
An inside look at African-American culture from the inside, exploring cultural diversity through the eyes of a young girl.

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Taylor, Theodore. Cay (The). Yearling Books, 2002. ISBN: 0440416639
A young prejudiced boy is shipwrecked and struck blind. He learns to care for others and to be non-judgmental when a West Indian named Timothy cares for him.

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Walgren, Judy. Lost Boys of Natinga: A School for Southern Sudan’s Young Refugee (The). Houghton Mifflin Co., 1998. ISBN: 395705584
Describes daily life at Natinga, a refugee camp and school established in 1993 in southern Sudan for boys forced from their homes by that country's Civil War.

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Zephaniah, Benjamin. Refugee Boy. Bloomsbury Publishing. ISBN: 0747550867
The story of Alem, a 14-year-old refugee who has come to live in England and gains support of friends to advocate for his citizenship. His mother is Eritrean and his father Ethiopian, and with both countries at war, he is welcome in neither place. This story shows youth that they have the power to make a difference through advocacy and teamwork.