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March 2004

Volunteers · Books for Children

Easy Books

Big Al and Shrimpy by Andrew Clements

Big Al and Shrimpy
Andrew Clements
Shrimpy learns that even though he may be small, he can still make a big difference.

Herman the Helper
Robert Kraus
Herman the helpful octopus is always willing to assist anyone who needs his help--old or young, friend or enemy.

Chicken Soup for Little Souls: The Braids Girl
Lisa McCourt
While helping Grandpa Mike do volunteer work at a shelter for less fortunate people, Izzy tries to figure out the best way to help a girl her own age who is staying there.

Somewhere Today: A Book of Peace
Shelley Moore Thomas
Gives examples of ways in which people bring about peace by doing things to help and care for one another and their world.

j Fiction

The Shaking Bag by Gwendolyn Battle-Lavert

The Shaking Bag
Gwendolyn Battle-Lavert
An old African-American woman willingly shares all she has and is repaid with a bag that provides for all her needs.

The Quilt Maker’s Gift
Jeff Brumbeau
When a generous quiltmaker finally agrees to make a quilt for a greedy king but only under certain conditions, she causes him to undergo a change of heart.

Boxes for Katje
Candace Fleming
After a young Dutch girl writes to her new American friend in thanks for the care package sent after World War II, she begins to receive increasingly larger boxes.

Best Enemies Forever
Kathleen Leverich
When Priscilla starts a school club to provide volunteer service to the community, her project comes under fire from her longtime enemy Felicity, who wants to be the only star in the fourth grade.

Dragonsong: A Fable for the New Millenium
Russell Young
As Chiang-An, a small Chinese dragon, travels the world in search of a special enduring gift for his village, he meets four other dragons, each of whom gives him a song, an unusual gift, and words of wisdom.

j Nonfiction

Lucia Raatma
j177.7 R111 2000
Describes caring as a virtue and suggests ways in which caring can be shown, such as recycling, donating to charity, helping others, and listening.

Susan Riley
j177.7 R573h 1999
Simple rhyming text describes how it feels to give and to get help.

Kids’ Volunteering Book
Arlene Erlbach
j302.14 E69 1998
Presents some opportunities for young people to perform volunteer service and briefly profiles some children who are volunteers.

Kids Explore Kids Who Make a Difference
j302.14 K46 1997
Features young people who have made a difference in their own lives and in the lives of those around them.

Amazing Kids!
Paula N. Kessler
j305.230973 K42 1995
Tells the stories of amazing child volunteers.

The Book of Giving: Poems of Thanks, Praise, and Celebration
Kay Chorao, editor
j808.819353 qB724 1995
A collection of poems celebrating the act of giving and the joy of receiving.