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Service and Giving Book Selections for kids – 01/19/12

Posted on: Thursday, January 19th, 2012

Monday was the Martin Luther King holiday, a day of sharing.  This week’s book selections tell stories of sharing and caring.  Good introduction for the whole family to a life that includes service to others.

Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge (Public Television Storytime Books) by Mem Fox is for kids age 4 and up.  “Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge, a rather small boy, lives next door to a nursing home in which resides Miss Nancy Alison Delacourt Cooper, his favorite friend, because she has four names as well.  When Miss Nancy “loses” her memory, the intrepid Wilfrid sets out to find it for her.” Review from Amazon

The Kid’s Guide to Service Projects: Over 500 Service Ideas for Young People Who Want to Make a Difference by Barbara A. Lewis for ages 8 and up.  “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.” About the Author Barbara A. Lewis is a former public school teacher and sought-after speaker. She has received many awards for excellence in writing, teaching, and leading youth in service projects and social action. She and her students were honored for community contributions by President Clinton and have been featured nationally in many magazines and newspapers, in The Congressional Record, and on television. Barbara’s books also include What Do You Stand For? (For Kids and For Teens), Kids with CourageThe Kid’s Guide to Social Action, and The Teen Guide to Global Action. She lives in Park City, Utah.” Review from Amazon

The Giving Book: Open the Door to a Lifetime of Giving by Ellen Sabin.  The Giving Book: Open the Door to a Lifetime of Giving is truly a gift for young readers ages 6 to 11 — inspiring, teaching and engaging them to give back to the world. It is a unique, interactive process that allows parents, teachers or friends to help children understand giving and participate in a stimulating experience. The 64 page, spiral-bound, hardcover book combines colorful illustrations and entertaining narrative with fun learning activities. The book helps them record their ideas, dreams and wishes for the world –making them the authors of their stories and creating a “scrapbook” of their journey into compassion, philanthropy and the power of their actions.”  Review from Amazon

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