Books for Teaching Kids to Give Back and Help Others

For young kids (and even for older ones) learning the importance of giving back and helping others is difficult. It isn’t really until about age 5 that kids are able to have empathy and understand how someone else might be feeling even if they have never felt that way before. This is an important distinction. At age 3, children understand what it means when a friend feels mad, because they know what mad feels like. When talking about important issues like homelessness, poverty and the like, for many children, it is difficult to imagine what this really means and how it feels. Books are a wonderful way to open these discussions, and help children at a young age have that compassion and empathy that they might otherwise have a harder time with. This selection of books for teaching kids to give back and help others is for a range of kids from preschool to elementary and tween, and includes some real life examples of kids that have made a difference.

This selection of books for teaching kids to give back and help others is for a range of kids from preschool to elementary and tween, and includes some real life examples of kids that have made a difference.

Books for Teaching Kids to Give Back and Help Others

For PreK and Up

This selection of books for teaching kids to give back and help others is for a range of kids from preschool to elementary and tween, and includes some real life examples of kids that have made a difference.

The Giving Tree

The Berenstain Bears Think of Those in Need

The Berenstain Bears and the Joy of Giving

Mama, Ill Give You the World

The Spiffiest Giant in Town

The Nice Book

Uncle Willie and the Soup Kitchen

Tight Times

Giving

The Doorbell Rang

 

For Kindergarten/1st and up

This selection of books for teaching kids to give back and help others is for a range of kids from preschool to elementary and tween, and includes some real life examples of kids that have made a difference.

The Giving Book: Open the Door to a Lifetime of Giving

Can We Help?: Kids Volunteering to Help Their Communities

Boxes for Katje

One Hen: How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference

Mimis Village: And How Basic Health Care Transformed It

Each Kindness Jane Addams Award

Silver Packages: An Appalachian Christmas Story

The Quiltmakers Gift

City Green

For 3rd Grade and Up

This selection of books for teaching kids to give back and help others is for a range of kids from preschool to elementary and tween, and includes some real life examples of kids that have made a difference.

Evie and the Volunteers, Book 1: Animal Shelter

Evie and the Volunteers, Book 2: Nursing Home

Evie and the Volunteers, Book 3: After-School Program

A Kids Guide to Giving

One Well: The Story of Water on Earth

The Red Bicycle: The Extraordinary Story of One Ordinary Bicycle

The Good Garden: How One Family Went from Hunger to Having Enough

An Orange for Frankie

Non-Fiction Books of Kids Who Made a Difference and Ideas for Young Volunteers

This selection of books for teaching kids to give back and help others is for a range of kids from preschool to elementary and tween, and includes some real life examples of kids that have made a difference.

The Kids Guide to Service Projects: Over 500 Service Ideas for Young People Who Want to Make a Difference

Real Kids, Real Stories, Real Change: Courageous Actions Around the World

Kids with Courage: True Stories About Young People Making a Difference

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