For Kids

Me First, by Helen Lester (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1995). Pinkerton Pig is pushy and greedy but overcomes his selfishness when he learns that being first isn't always the best. Ages 2 to 4.

The Selfish Giant, by Oscar Wilde (NewYork: Putnam, 1995). A wonderful tale about a once selfish giant whose heart finally melts when he helps a small boy. Ages 5 to 8.

Number the Stars, by Lois Lowry (New York: Dell, 1989). Based on the true, compassionate story of a young Danish girl who displays the epitome of selflessness: she sacrifices her life to save her friend from the Nazis. Ages 9 to 12.

Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck (New York: Penguin, 1993). Explores the friendship between two stirring characters: mentally handicapped and warm-hearted Lenny and his protector, George. Heartbreaking moments depicting a world that can sometimes be cruel and selfish make for ripe moral discussions.The movie version of Steinbeck's book is also highly recommended (MGM, 1992). For teenagers.

The Kids Can Help Book, by Suzanne Logan (New York: Perigee Books, 1992).A wonderful compilation of ways kids can volunteer and make a difference in the world with their unselfishness.Ages 8 to 13.

Whipping Boy, by Sid Fleischman (New York: Harcourt, 1993).Young self-centered Prince Brat runs away with his whipping boy in this briskly told tale of high adventure that won the Newbery Medal. Ages 10 to 13.

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