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.
Books for Teaching Kids to Give Back and Help Others
For PreK and Up
For Kindergarten/1st and up
For 3rd Grade and Up
Non-Fiction Books of Kids Who Made a Difference and Ideas for Young Volunteers