The holiday season is an exciting time for children – and adults! – of all ages. However, this time of year can also be used as a time to encourage sharing and generosity. The following books can help families learn about and discuss the spirit of giving.
The Mine-O-Saur – Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen
A group of dinosaur friends are enjoying their morning at school – until the Mine-O-Saur arrives! With his roaring cries of “Mine! Mine! Mine!” the Mine-O-Saur believes taking things from others will make him happy. Ultimately, the little dino realizes that what he truly wants is friends. Will the other dinosaurs forgive him? Great for Preschool – 1st Grade.
The Giving Book – Ellen Sabin
The Giving Book is a journal, activity guide, and keepsake to help children develop a lifelong tradition of charity and giving. Preschool – 2nd Grade.
Beatrice’s Goat – Page McBrier
Based on a true story, Beatrice’s Goat tells the story of Beatrice, a girl in an African village who cannot afford to go to school. One day, the family is given the gift of a goat and their lives begin to transform for the better. Printed by Heifer International, it encourages children to think about how a small gift can have a big impact on others. Beatrice’s Goat can also serve as the beginning of a class or family fundraising project to purchase an animal for a family in need. Kindergarten – 2nd Grade.
A Chair For My Mother – Vera B. Williams
After a fire destroys their home, Rosa, her mother, and grandmother save their coins for a chair that they all can enjoy. With more than a million copies sold, A Chair For My Mother is "A superbly conceived picture book expressing the joyful spirit of a loving family."—The Horn Book. Kindergarten – 3rd Grade.
An Orange For Frankie – Patricia Polacco
On Christmas Eve, the Stowell is eagerly awaiting Pa’s arrival – and with it, the nine Christmas oranges that decorate the mantel. However, a snowstorm threatens to delay both Pa and the oranges. When youngest child Frankie sees a hobo walking by in the cold, he gives the man his favorite sweater to help him stay warm. This unexpected act of kindness has a surprising – and heartwarming – ripple effect through the Stowell family. 1st – 5th Grade.