Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Blog Action Day - Children's Books about Poverty

Today is Blog Action Day and the focus is poverty. Poverty is a harsh reality for many millions of people today. Many steps need to be taken to reduce this pressing need, but the first thing that must be done is that we as individuals must stop turning a blind eye towards those that need help the most. Use this as an opportunity to talk to your kids about those less fortunate than themselves. And, remember to support literacy causes such as First Book and RIF. Literacy can go a long way!!

One book you may want to discuss this holiday season is A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. The major theme of this book is poverty; Dickens was especially concerned about the welfare of poor children.

Some picture books dealing with poverty issues:
Stone Soup (various versions)
Little Match Girl by H. C. Andersen
Great Joy by Kate Dicamillo
Running Shoes by Frederick Lipp and Jason Gaillard
The Magic Beads by Susin Nielsen-Fernlund and Genevieve Cote
Uncle Wille and the Soup Kitchen by Dyanne Disalvo-Ryan


redlobster said...

The book RUNNING SHOES is thankfully on your list on this important day. I wrote this book that just yesterday I was notified received the STORYTELLING WORLD AWARD RESOURCE. I am touched because the story is true about a little girl in Cambodia who needs only a pair of shoes to travel to school. She joins other children whose family makes less than fifty cents a day. Recession? There is no word for this in Cambodia. The kids just want to attend school. Beginning of story.
The book gives children here a chance to look around at the school bus, librarian, teachers, book bag, family and think Wow so much, I'm lucky...really lucky - How can I help others one day?
Thanks for your help,
Fred Lipp