Our blog this week looked forward to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service on January 21, 2013. We talked about how your kids can benefit from helping others. This week’s book suggestions are for both parents and kids. They tell stories of how kids helped others and contain suggestions of activities for your kids to experience. All good books in preparation for January 21st and beyond.
Real Kids, Real Stories, Real Change: Courageous Actions Around the World by Garth Sundem is for kids age 9 and up. ““Real Kids, Real Stories, Real Change: Courageous Actions Around the World is an inspirational compendium that profiles thirty different real kids from around the world who used their skills and abilities to make a real difference, improving the world. Divided into five chapters, Real Kids, Real Stories, Real Change presents stories of kids saving the environment, kids standing up for themselves, kids helping others, kids overcoming challenges, and kids using talents and creativity. Examples include a painter of monkeys from China, a girl from India who climbs mountains, a boy in the USA who protects the habitat of endangered turtles, an orphan boy from Romania who champions the cause of other children who are orphaned and alone, an art prodigy from Japan who uses drawings to help heal the world, and more. Real Kids, Real Stories, Real Change is the perfect example of the saying, “A brave heart if a powerful weapon (Rudy Garcia-Tolson, p. 123). Real Kids, Real Stories, Real Change is written at reading level grade 5, and will have appeal for students ages 9–13.”—Midwest Book Review: Children’s Bookwatch: Reviewer’s Choice” 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 is for kids age 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.” Review from Amazon
Doing Good Together: 101 Easy, Meaningful Service Projects for Families, Schools, and Communitiesby Jenny Friedman Ph.D is for the whole family. This book comes with CD. “Schools, workplaces, and organizations are hungry to get families involved in meaningful service opportunities and make an impact in the community. Doing Good Together answers the growing demand for family volunteerism with hands-on service projects focused on easing poverty, promoting literacy, supporting the troops, helping the environment, and more. Each of the 101 self-contained projects provides an overview, time requirements, materials list, step-by-step instructions, debriefing questions, recommended books for kids and teens, and ideas for extending the activity.
The book also features:
- Strategies for attracting families and choosing, planning, leading, and evaluating
successful service projects
- 15 community-building games to help participants get to know each other and to
enrich the family service experience
- A topical index and index by age that highlights projects for families with young
children, elementary and preteen kids, and teens
Who is the book for? Leaders in youth groups, before- and after-school programs, faith communities, family service groups, PTA/PTO and other school-based service initiatives, workplaces, and anyone else eager to promote family service initiatives.” Review from Amazon.