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Intermediate Civics (3-4)
Theme Addressed: Values and Principles

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Values and Principles in Children's Literature Grades: K-2 | 3-4 | 5-6 | Literature Index

Title Author Subject Brief Description
A Children's Chorus* Dutton (Publisher) Values Illustrates the principles on which the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of the Child were based.
All for the Better: A Story of El Barrio* Nicholasa Mohr Immigration; the Depression; One person can make a difference An eleven-year-old Puerto Rican girl living in New York's Spanish Harlem in 1932 encounters prejudice and hardships.  With determination and patience she finds success and makes a positive difference in her community.
Calooh! Callay! and
O Frabjous Day!
Myra Cohn Livingston Holidays and democratic values Two collections of poems that help students recognize importance of democratic values as well as cases where our nation/society has fallen short of living up to those values.
Hanna's Cold Winter Trish Marx Selflessness in the face of personal adversity Hanna is a hippo at the zoo in Hungary. During WWII, the town became occupied by Germans and the people and zoo creatures began to starve. However, the entire town began taking their straw mats and shoes to the starving hippos in order to keep them alive during the cold winter and German occupation.
Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King* Jean Marzollo Values and principles MLK fought for Offers accessible biography of Dr. King's life and accomplishments. Outlines the values he stood for and concludes with his assassination.
I Have A Dream** Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King Values and principles enunciated in the "I Have a Dream" speech 15 award winning artists illustrate MLK's speech. Artists also give their impressions about MLK's speech.
In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson** Betto Bao Lord American values (teamwork, equal opportunity, ability to change things for the better) Based on author's own immigrant history, the main character develops love of baseball. Teacher uses that to give class a civics lesson.
Let it Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters* Andrea Davis Pinkney Black Freedom fighters and civil rights. This book is a compilation of short biographies about black women who fought for their rights and the rights of other people. The women covered in this book are; Sojourner Truth, Biddy Mason, Harriet Tubman, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, Mary McLeod Bethune, Ella Josephine Baker, Dorothy Irene Heights, Rosa Parks, Fannie Lou Hamer, and Shirley Chisholm. Illustrated by Stephen Alcorn.
Mayfield Crossing Vaunda Micheaux Nelson Values in everyday life
(Tolerance and equality of opportunity)
Students from Mayfield must attend another school because their school closes. Students are not treated fairly by students in new school because of where them come from and because some of them are African American.
Neve Shalom/Wahat Al-Salam: Oasis of Peace Laurie Dolphin Acceptance of others and getting past the fear of those who are not like you Story of two young boys, one Jewish and one Arab. Parents decide to send their sons to remarkable school where Arab and Jewish teachers together teach Arab and Jewish children. At school, they learn about each other's customs, history, and language. The two boys foster a friendship.
Oh, Freedom! Kids Talk About the Civil Rights Movement with the People Who Made it Happen Casey King and Linda Barrett Osborne Civil rights movement values and principles Middle school students conducted interviews with 34 individuals who were active on both sides during the Civil Rights Movement (even including one former KKK member who is in jail for bombing a Jewish person's house). Photos of the interviewer and interviewee also accompany the interviews. The interviews are organized into three sections: life under segregation, the movement to end legalized segregation, and the struggle to end poverty and discrimination.
People* James Spier Diversity Celebrates diversity as an American value and transmits message that life would be very dull if everyone were the same.
The Copper Lady Alice Ross and Kent Ross Values/principles represented by the Statue of Liberty Young Parisian boy becomes fascinated with the making of the Statue of Liberty in Paris in the 1880s. He stows away on the ship when the statue is transported to New York in order to learn more about America. Also gives a lot of details about the making of the Statue.
When I Left My Village* Maxine Rose Schur Religious oppression and forced migration Young boy, Menelik, is a Jew in Ethiopia. True story of the forced flight of thousands of Ethiopian Jews in the late 1980s to Israel. Tells the harsh story of what their escape and journey was like for Menelik .

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