As parents, we like to encourage children to help others, to give to charity and do everything we can so that they grow up to be compassionate global citizens. This can include taking them to shelters, involving them in fundraisers, and other family friendly charity events. While exposing them to charitable causes will motivate them to donate, a lot of learning and inspiration starts at home. These three great family reads will encourage your children to think of others, inform them of the world and become better global citizens.
Four Feet, Two Sandals by Karen Lynn Williams
The story starts starts off with relief workers donating used clothing to a refugee camp in Pakistan, where 10-year-old Lina is staying. After rummaging through the clothes, she finds a sandal that perfectly fits her foot. Unfortunately, another girl finds the matching shoe, but instead of the two girls owning one sandal, Lina and Feroza decide to share the sandals. In their world of fear and uncertainty, the girls manage to come together and share “the true meaning of friendship and sacrifice.”
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Beatrice’s Goat by Page McBrier
This book tells the story of Beatrice, a young African girl, who dreams of going to school, but coming from a family with six children, her parents don’t have enough money to pay for books and a uniform. A gift from a stranger turns her luck around, giving her a goat that produces milk she can sell. This remarkable act gives Beatrice hope that one day her dreams will come true.
Though the book is based on the work by nonprofit organization Heifer Project where they donate livestock to poor communities worldwide, the generosity displayed in the stranger’s act of kindness mirrors the benevolence of those who opt to sponsor children. A small gesture of one euro a day makes a huge difference for sponsored children under Una Kids an organization operating in war torn countries and helping orphans pursue their educational goals. Little acts like this positively influences those living in impoverished conditions.
One Hen: How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference (CitizenKid) by Katie Smith Milway
This book comes from the CitizenKid collection that teaches children to be global citizens. Based on a true story, the book is about a young boy from Ghana who had to give up school when his father died to help his mother maintain their livelihood. After receiving a loan from some of the villager, his mother gave her son Kojo a small portion. With the little amount, Kojo was able to buy a hen, and after a year, one turned into 25. Earnings from the farm give him the chance to go back to school.
Three great stories that will entertain, educate and inspire your children.