For Kids

Fox and Heggis, by Sandra E. Guzzo (Morton Grove, ILLAlbert Whitman & Co., 1983). Fox is eager to buy a special hat, but his generosity to his friends prevents him from getting it. His friends find the perfect way to thank him for his kindness. Ages 3 to 6.

Gratefully Yours, by Jane Buchanan (New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux). A young girl rides the Orphan Train from New York to Nebraska, where she must face a strange new life with a farmer and his wife, who is grief-stricken over the loss of her children.Ages 9 to 12.

Lady in the Box, by Ann McGovern (Hollidaysburg, Pa.: Turtle Books). A young brother and sister bring food and a warm scarf to a homeless woman despite their mother's warning to never talk to strangers.Ages 4 to 8.

The Giving Tree, by Shel Silverstein (New York: HarperCollins, 1964). The story that has become a classic of a boy who grows into manhood and of a tree that gives him special gifts through the years. A wonderful parable about giving for all ages.

The Giver, by Lois Lowry (New York: Laure Leaf, 2002). This thought-provoking novel deals with a twelve year old's struggle to discover the disturbing truth about the hypocrisy in his world.What would it really be like to live in a pain-free world? To do so, one would have to give up humanity. Ages 10 and up.

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