Charitable giving is sometimes hard for little ones to understand. However, when introduced with entertaining illustrations and language that is easy to understand, children are more likely to catch on. Here is a short list of books that introduce the concept of giving and generosity to add to your child’s book collection.
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
This short story is a tale about the selfless services an apple tree offers a growing boy. The tree allows the boy to sell her apples for money, use her branches to build a home, and use her as a bench a sit on. Author Silverstein shows children (and adults!) the benefits of selfless giving.
Boxes for Katje by Candace Fleming
After WWII, Rosie, who lives in the United States and Katje, who lives in Holland, become pen pals. Rosie learns about the rough conditions in Holland and sends care packages to Katje, experiencing the joys of international giving.
The Giving Book by Ellen Sabin
An interactive and entertaining book, The Giving Book teaches children about giving and lets them plan their philanthropic journey.
The Berenstain Bears Think of Those in Need by Stan and Jan Berenstain
The Berenstain family decides they need to clean out their house and give away their old belongings. The young bears learn that their outgrown items can benefit others in need.
Rufus and Ryan Give Thanks by Kathleen Long Bostrom
Ryan and his stuffed monkey, Rufus, go on an adventure to learn about gratitude, giving thanks for all the things that make Ryan happy.
Give Me Half! by Stuart J. Murphy
This book is a lesson on fractions but it also teaches little ones about the importance of sharing. To make these two concepts a little easier to comprehend, Murphy uses a piece of pizza to explain math and generosity.
The Spiffiest Giant in Town by Julia Donaldson
George visits a store that has nice clothing, and he transforms from the scruffiest giant in town to the spiffiest giant in town in a matter of minutes. However, George soon learns that there are others in need of his new purchases and quickly learns about the concept of giving.
Mama, I’ll Give You the World by Roni Schotter
In this tale of a mother and her daughter, Mama works hard so that Luisa can go to college and see the world. Wait until you see what Luisa gives Mama in return.
A Kid’s Guide to Giving by Freddi Zeiler
From people to animals to the environment, this inspirational book will teach children how to be charitable givers.
One Hen: How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference by Katie Smith Milway
This is a true story about a young boy who receives a small loan to build his flock of chickens. Because of this small act of kindness, the young boy’s farm becomes the largest in the area. This tale is sure to teach children how even the littlest donations can make a huge difference.
Authored by: Sidney Peterson, Digital Communications & Events Associate