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Theme Addressed: Participation in Civic Life

 
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Participation in Civic Life in Children's Literature Grades: K-2 | 3-4 | 5-6 | Literature Index 

Title Author Subject Brief Description
Children of the Fire Harriette Gillem Robinet Children helping other children, community involvement, and compassion, civility, kindness and learning 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, help others, and that all people are equal.
It's Our World Too: Young People Who Are Making a Difference* Phillip Hoose Citizen Action and extraordinary people Nonfiction account of 13 individuals and 3 groups efforts to work for causes larger than themselves.
Kids Making Quilts for Kids ABC Quilts Children helping other children Basic information about how children can make quilts for children who are HIV-positive. Gives facts about AIDS and suggestions for adult-led discussions about the disease and how we can help those affected by it.
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.
Man and Mustang George Ancona Ecological issues and community involvement by prison population Describes the way that the Bureau of Land Management rounds up mustang horses and then turned over to prisons to be "broken." After they are, families adopt the horses.
On the Wings of Peace New York: Clarion 

(1995)

Citizen Action Number of writers and artists have donated their work to teach young readers about peace and have raised money through book sales for organizations working for peace.
Save the Earth: An Action Handbook for Kids Betty Miles Environmental issues and community participation Handbook outlining young people's efforts to become involved in environmental issues. Each chapter gives detailed projects, factual background information, and accounts of relevant youth efforts taking place across the nation.
Seedfolks* Paul Fleischman Community involvement and sense of community Young Vietnamese girl plants bean seedlings in garbage-strewn lot. Story takes place in poor urban neighborhood. Elderly woman in the neighborhood begins to help the girl with her fledgling garden and soon the entire neighborhood joins in. Now the neighbors who were once fearful of each other begin to talk to one other and transform their neighborhood.
The View from Saturday** E.L. Konigsburg Compassion, civility, kindness and learning Tells the story of a 6th grade teams Academic Bowl triumph and how then create a small community around their paraplegic teacher.
Until Whatever* Martha Humphries Tolerance, compassion and community activism Karen, a high school student, decides not to follow the crowd and renews a friendship with a fellow classmate who has AIDS. Karen's friends shun her because she is friendly with the student suffering from AIDS. Karen turns to the press to make a plea for tolerance.
We Want Jobs! A Story of the Great Depression* Robert J. Norrell The Great Depression; Community activism The Steel factories of Pittsburgh close and thousands of people lose their jobs.  Other businesses close from lack of customers, and more lose their jobs.  This true story is about one man who becomes a community activist and makes a difference in the lives of the people of his community.
Who Cares? Millions DoA Book About Altruism Milton Meltzer Citizen Action Primarily examines large organizational efforts such as Habitat for Humanity and stresses how ordinary people can become involved or start their own organizations.
Women of Peace: Nobel Peace Prize Winners Anne Schraff Extraordinary Women Extraordinary women who have promoted common welfare and won the Nobel Peace Prize

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