We can all make a difference in the world. Empowering students to do just that at an early age will carry over and impact the rest of their lives too. Share these books for kids about people making a difference in the world of education and literacy development in the world.
You can even extend the discussion about education and literacy during a Family Dinner Book Club. See how-to below.
Books About Education and Literacy
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Beatrice’s Goat by Page McBrier is the story of how a gift of a goat provided a family with enough money to send a child to school plus provide nutrient-rich milk to feed the family.
In some countries and communities, girls are not expected to attend school. In Virgie Goes to School with Us Boys by Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard, a family decides that their daughter will attend school with the boys.
Armando and the Blue Tarp School by Edith Hope Fine is the story of a teacher who doesn’t need walls to teach. Based on a true story, a teacher travels to help a poor community get an education. Even with challenges, the power of learning can shine through.
Ten Cents a Pound by Nhung N. Tran-Davies showcases the struggle that some working families have in finding the time and resources to pursue higher education.
Biblioburro: A True Story from Colombia by Jeanette Winter is the story about a courageous person who brings books to communities in Colombia via donkeys.
Little Libraries, Big Heroes by Miranda Paul is the story of how the amazing Little Free Libraries came to be. It’s a great lesson in that just a few people at the grassroots level can make a difference. A story of inspiration, hope, and love of reading.
The Book Rescuer by Sue Macy is the story of Aaron Lansky who did not want to see the world’s Yiddish books disappear so he rescued them and created a home for them.
Dear Mr. Rosenwald by Carole Boston Weatherford inspires us to join with our community to help make it better. The series of poems walk us through communities that came together with the bigger community to build schools for black children.
For most of us, walking to school is not a dangerous routine. But, in Walking to School by Eve Bunting, a young girl has to walk through a dangerous area of Ireland. Because of her religion, she is a target for bullying. However, kindness can still shine through.
Neema’s Reason to Smile by Patricia Newman is the story of a Kenyan girl who dreams of being able to afford school one day. And a girl with a plan can make a dream come true.
Kids can make a difference at school by planting a school garden. Not only does the garden provide food for many, but it also is full of learning possibilities. Learn more in Our School Garden! by Rick Swann.
Printable Book List and Conversation Starters
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Create a Family Dinner Book Club
What is a Family Dinner Book Club?
- On the first of each month, we provide all the details for your dinner.
- Sarah from Chef Sarah Elizabeth shares a themed menu to compliment the theme for the month.
- Laura from Sunny Day Family shares an activity that relates to the theme.
- And, I share a book list that compliments the themes, conversation starters, and a family service project.
Books and Conversation Starters
For our theme of EDUCATION AND LITERACY, you have found the book list and discussion starters on this page. (see above)
Check out the themed menu you can eat with your family from Chef Sarah Elizabeth. —>Get the Menu
Book Related Activity
And, visit Sunny Day Family for an activity to do with the theme.—>Inspirational Bookmarks
Family Service Project
Celebrate National Family Literacy Day in November.
Start a Little Free Library in your neighborhood or school to pass on a love of literacy and free access to books.
Donate to the Pajama Program which brings books and pajamas to children in need.
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