Participation in Civic Life in Children's Literature Grades: K-2
| 3-4 | 5-6
| Literature Index
||Little girl is falsely accused of shoplifting; her
hurt and fear is illustrated until she is proven innocent.
|Gus and Grandpa and the Christmas Cookies
||Homelessness and giving
||Young boy and his grandfather spend the day making
Christmas cookies and realize that they can take their surplus
cookies to the children in the homeless shelter.
|Jamaica Louise James*
||Story of young girl who creates a series of paintings
to brighten up the subway station where her grandmother works.
As a result of her paintings, everyone becomes friendlier and
happier and the mayor recognizes the young girl's efforts.
||Military duty/civic duty
||Child misses her mother who is in the South Korean
Army fighting the North Korean communists. Discusses sacrifices
made by citizens serving in the military.
||Environmental disaster/community response
||An oil tanker spills oil on a part of the beach where
Peter loves to play and feed the animals. Peter and others work
nonstop for days to save the wildlife.
|Uncle Willie and the Soup Kitchen
||Compassion and homelessness
||Tells the story of a young boy who is frightened
by homeless people in his neighborhood until he helps his Uncle
Willie out one day at the soup kitchen. The boy gains a new perspective
|Where Once there was a Wood**
||Loss of environment/community projects
||Tells the story of the loss of wildlife habitat to
human homes and what people can do to create new wildlife habitats.