There are so many great books out there that share lessons on goodness, charity and giving. These are some of our favorites. If you have a recommendation you think we should add to our list, please comment below and let us know!
by Carol McCloud
Through simple prose and vivid illustrations, this heartwarming book encourages positive behavior as children see how rewarding it is to express daily kindness, appreciation, and love. Bucket filling and dipping are effective metaphors for understanding the effects of our actions and words on the well being of others and ourselves.
by Nicole Bouchard Boles
Want to help make your community, your town–your world–a better place, but don’t know where to begin? How To Be An Everyday Philanthropist shows you the way. A handbook, a resource guide, a call to action, and an inspiration, it offers 330 concrete, direct ideas for making a difference–all of which have nothing to do with the size of your checkbook and everything to do with using the hidden assets that are already a part of your life. Whether you’re shopping, working, exercising, or surfing the Web, there are hundreds of ways to slip small but deeply meaningful acts of philanthropy into your life, using over 600 of the most innovative and effective charitable organizations around.
by Barbara A. Lewis
This new edition of Free Spirit’s best-selling youth service guide includes a refreshed “Ten Steps to Successful Service Projects” plus hundreds of up-to-date ideas for projects—from simple to large-scale. At a time when U.S. President Barack Obama has called for increased participation in community service, this revitalized book is sure to find a whole new audience of eager young change-makers.
by Freddi Zeiler
In this inspiring and motivating book, Zeiler challenges youths to make a difference by contributing to charitable causes. Her enthusiastic, personal appeal offers advice on selecting a charity and deciding whether to donate money, useful items, or time. No matter how grand or small the offering, the author stresses the intrinsic and tangible rewards of giving.
by Wendy Smith
This book not only contains remarkable, inspiring stories of how small donations are making an extraordinary difference in the lives of millions both here in the United States and around the world, but also lays out where and how to start giving today.
from Serena & Lily
This is a fun and interactive way for kids to learn all about ways that they can help repair the world. This kit includes a 205-page guidebook, passport with ink pad + four activity stamps to help kids track their journey, reminder stickers to spread the positive message.
by Shel Silverstein
The little literary classic was one of my favorite books when I was a child and remains a favorite today for children of all ages. Shel Silverstein has created a moving parable for readers of all ages that offers an affecting interpretation of the gift of giving and a serene acceptance of another’s capacity to love in return.