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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.
Aida* Leontyne Price Values (i.e. nobility, strength and courage) African-American opera star retells the story of the opera, Aida, and how it has been a source of inspiration for her both on and off the stage.
Calooh! Callay! and
O Frabjous Day!
Myra Cohn Livingston Holidays and democratic values Two collections of poems that help students recognize the importance of democratic values as well as cases where our nation/society has fallen short of living up to those values.
Children of the Fire Harriette Gillem Robinet Values (i.e. nobility, strength and courage), values of everyday life, acceptance of others and getting past the fear of those who are not like you, and injustice and racial tension. This is a story about a young girl, Hallelujah, who lives with a foster family after her mother died escaping to Chicago from a plantation in the South. Through the events surrounding the three day fire, Hallelujah learns about people of all colors and classes. She learns to value herself, and that all people are equal.
Crash Jerry Spinelli Democratic values in everyday lives Main character, Crash, an unruly and bullying seventh-grader, experiences an "about-face" in attitude when he begins to understand and respect the causes his sister and neighbor champion.
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.
Music from a Placed Called Half Moon Jerrie Oughton Diversity/Ethnic Conflict Main female character, Edie Jo, lives in small town in NC. Father is very religious and other whites in town therefore shun family. Native Americans taunt Edie Jo and her brother. Grandmother's house is burned down. Edie Jo decides she hates all other people who are different from her until she develops close friendship with a Native American boy.
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 this school, they learn about each other's customs, history, and language. The two boys foster a friendship.
The Book of Virtues for Young People**
William Bennett Values A collection of stories, fables, and poems around democratic values.
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.
The Royal Kingdoms of Ghana, Mali and Songhay: Life in Medieval Africa* Patricia and Frederick McKissack Values and principles in medieval Africa This book accurately describes what life was like in Medieval Africa, including multiple historical points of view. In addition to recounting the past, the books explains the process of archaeological and historical research. (For more advanced readers.)
The Well* Mildred D. Taylor Injustice and racial tension Short novel that recounts lives of two African-American boys in the South during the early 1900s. When the drought strikes, the African-American family shares well water with the entire town except for bigoted white family. Tensions rise between the boys of both families with the sheriff's office siding with the white family.
Toussaint L'Ouverture: The Fight for Haiti's Freedom* Walter Dean Myers Fight for freedom against imperial powers Story of L'Ouverture's revolt against the French and Spanish oppressors in Haiti in 18th century. L'Ouverture was a great military strategist who led a slave revolt.
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. Relates the harsh story of what their escape and journey was like for Menelik and his family.

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