Service Learning Resource


Aging and Elderly

Ages 0-8

Annie and the Old One / by Miska Miles
Y PZ7.M5944 An

Grumpy Grandpa / by Heather Henson
Y PZ7.H39863 Gru 2009

Henry and Mudge and the Great Grandpas / by Cynthia Rylant
Y PZ7.R982 Heamg 2005

How Does it Feel to Be Old? / by Norma Farber
Y PZ8.3.F224 Hm 1979

The Memory Box / by Mary Bahr
Y PZ7.B1434 Me 1992

Miz Berlin Walks / by Jane Yolen
Y PZ7.Y78 Mk 1997

Mrs. Katz and Tush / by Patricia Polacco
Y PZ7.P75186 Mr 1992

Verdi / by Janell Cannon
Y PZ7.C1725 Ve 1997

Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge / by Mem Fox
Y PZ7.F8373 Wi 1989x

Ages 9-12

Amos Fortune, Free Man / by Elizabeth Yates
Y E185.97.F73 Y3 1989

The Gawgon and the Boy / by Lloyd Alexander
Y PZ7.A3774 Gaw 2001

General Butterfingers / by John Reynolds Gardiner
Y PZ7.G174 Ge 1993

Makeovers by Marcia / by Claudia Mills
Y PZ7.M63963 Mak 2005

Old People, Frogs, and Albert / by Nancy Hope Wilson
Y PZ7.W69745 Ol 1997

Animal Welfare

Ages 0-8

Dasher Gets Adopted: A Story of Love, Trust, and Family / by Julie Hatley
Y PZ7.H283 Da 2001x

Let's Get a Pup!, Said Kate / by Bob Graham
Y PZ7.G751667 Le 2001

Ages 9-12

Animal Rights: Stories of People Who Defend the Rights of Animals / by Patricia Curtis
Y HV4725.U33 C87

In Defense of Animals / by J.J. McCoy
Y HV4764 .M23

The Magic Squad and the Dog of Great Potential / by Mary Quattlebaum
Y PZ7.Q19 Mag 1997

Shiloh / by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Y PZ7.N24 Sg 1991

Wringer / by Jerry Spinelli
Y PZ7.S75663 Wr 1997


Ages 0-8

Bein' With You This Way / by W. Nikola-Lisa
Y PS3564.I375 B45 1994

A Castle on Viola Street / by DyAnne DiSalvo
Y PZ7.D6224 Cas 2001

Smoky Night / by Eve Bunting
Y PZ7.B91527 S1 1994

Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch / by Eileen Spinelli
Y PZ7.S7566 So 1992

What Zeesie Saw on Delancey Street / by Elsa Rael
Y PZ7.R1235 We 1996

Ages 9-12

Any Small Goodness / by Tony Johnston

Cliques, Phonies & Other Baloney / by Trevor Romain
Y BF723.I646 R65 1998

Hands Around the World: 365 Creative Ways to Build Cultural Awareness & Global Respect / by Susan Milord
Y GN357 .M55 1992

The Hundred Dresses / by Eleanor Estes
Y PZ7.E749 Hu

Ola Shakes it Up / by Joanne Hyppolite
Y PZ7.H9897 Ol 1998


Amazing Grace / by Jonathan Kozol

Behind the Mountains / by Edwidge Danticat

The House on Mango Street / by Sandra Cisneros
PS3553.I78 H6 1991

Our America: Life and Death on the South Side of Chicago / by LeAlan Jones and Lloyd Newman

The Environment

Ages 0-8

A Brand-New Day with Mouse and Mole / by Wong Herbert Yee
Y PZ7.Y3655 Br 2008

A River Ran Wild: An Environmental History / by Lynne Cherry
Y F72.N37 C44 1992

The Salamander Room / by Anne Mazer
Y PZ7.M47396 Sal 1991

Why Are the Ice Caps Melting?: The Dangers of Global Warming / by Anne F. Rockwell
Y QC981.8.G56 R63 2006

Ages 9-12

The Beasties / by William Sleator
Y PZ7.S6313 Be 1997

Brother Eagle, Sister Sky: A Message from Chief Seattle / by Chief Seattle
Y E98.L3 S39 1991

Common Ground: The Water, Earth, and Air We Share / by Molly Bang
Y GE195.5 .B36 1997

Just a Dream / by Chris Van Allsburg
Y PZ7.V266 Jv 1990

A Tree in a Forest / by Jan Thornhill
Y QH541.5.F6 T53 1992x


Hoot / by Carl Hiaasen
Y PZ7.H52 Ho 2002

An Inconvenient Truth: The Crisis of Global Warming / by Albert Gore
Y QC981.8.G56 G668 2007

Health and Safety

Ages 0-8

The Busy Body Book: A Kid's Guide to Fitness / by Lizzy Rockwell
Y QP37 .R653 2004

Good Enough to Eat: A Kid's Guide to Food and Nutrition / by Lizzy Rockwell
Y QP141 .R536 1999

Mama One, Mama Two / by Patricia MacLachlan
Y PZ7.M2225 Mam 1982

Officer Buckle and Gloria / by Peggy Rathmann
Y PZ7.R1936 Of 1995

Swimmy / by Leo Lionni
Y PZ10.3.L6465 Sw68x

Too Far Away to Touch / by Lesléa Newman
Y PZ7.N47988 To 1995

Ages 9-12

Flapjack Waltzes / by Nancy Hope Wilson
YPZ7.W69745 Fl 1998

A Wind in the Door / by Madeleine L’Engle
Y PZ7.L5385 Wi


The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time / by Mark Haddon
Y PZ7.H1165 Cu 2003

Far and Beyon’ / by Unity Dow

Stop Pretending: What Happened When My Big Sister Went Crazy / by Sonya Sones
YPZ7.S6978 St 1999

Hunger, Poverty, and the Homeless

Ages 0-8

Fly Away Home / by Eve Bunting
Y PZ7.B91527 Fl 1991

Uncle Willie and the Soup Kitchen / by DyAnne DiSalvo-Ryan
Y PZ7.D6224 Un 1991

Ages 9-12

Come the Morning / by Mark Jonathan Harris
Y PZ7.H24229 Cn 1989

Father Flanagan, Founder of Boys Town / by Charles Parlin Graves
Y HV876.F4 G73

Holes / by Louis Sachar
Y PZ7.S1185 Ho 1998

Monkey Island / by Paula Fox
Y PZ7.F838 Mn 1991

One Thousand Tracings: Healing the Wounds of World War II / by Lita Judge
Y D809.U5 J84 2007


Asphalt Angels / by Ineke Holtwiji

The Grapes of Wrath / by John Steinbeck
PS3537.T3234 G8 2006

Kids Without Homes / by Joan Johnson
Y HV4505 .J64 1991

Nickel and Dimed: On (not) getting by in America / by Barbara Ehrenreich
HD4918 .E375 2002x

Of Mice and Men / by John Steinbeck
PS3537.T3234 O2 1994

Same Kind of Different as Me / by Ron Hall and Denver Moore

Welfare Brat: A Memoir / by Mary Childers

Literacy and Education

Ages 0-8

Just Kids: Visiting a Class for Children with Special Needs / by Ellen B. Senisi
Y PZ7.S4726 Ju 1998

Read for Me, Mama / by Vashanti Rahman
Y PZ7.R1272 Rf 1997x

Ages 9-12

6th Grade Can Really Kill You / by Barthe DeClements
Y PZ7.D3584 Si 1985

All Joseph Wanted / by Ruth Yaffe Radin
Y PZ7.R1216 Al 1991

Just Juice / by Karen Hesse
Y PZ7.H4364 Ju 1998

The View from Saturday / by E.L. Koigsburg
Y PZ7.K8352 Vi 1996

Promoting Justice

Ages 0-8

Nabulela: A South African Folk Tale / by Fiona Moodie
Y PZ8.1.M775 Nab 1997

The Whispering Cloth: A Refugee’s Story / by Pegi Deitz Shea

Ages 9-12

The Case of the Goblin Pearls / by Laurence Yep
Y PZ7.Y44 Cas 1997

Frindle / by Andrew Clements
Y PZ7.C59118 Fr 1996

In Re Gault (1967): Juvenile Justice / by Susan Dudley Gold
Y KF228.G377 G65 1995

Journey to the Soviet Union / by Samantha Smith
Y DK29 .S62 1985

Matilda / by Roald Dahl
Y PZ7.D1515 Mat 1988

The Moon Over Crete / by Jyotsna Sreenivasan
LRC LT4370.S45 M6 1996

One Peace: True Stories of Young Activists / by Janet Wilson
Y JZ5535 .W54 2008x


Before We Were Free / by Julia Alvarez

Dream Freedom / by Sonia Levitin

Great Peacemakers: True Stories from Around the World / by Ken Beller and Heather Chase

In the Time of the Butterflies / by Julia Alvarez

Not on Our Watch / by Don Cheadle

Peace / by Tucker Shaw

Other Works

Ages 9-12

Art Against the Odds: from slave quilts to prison paintings / by Susan Goldman Rubin

The Heaven Shop / by Deborah Ellis

The Misfits / by James Howe

Tuck Everlasting / by Natalie Babbitt
Y PZ8.B2 Tu 1985x


Animal Farm / by George Orwell
PR6029.R8 A7 1974x

Big Mouth and Ugly Girl / by Joyce Carol Oates

Fahrenheit 451 / by Ray Bradbury

All Ages

The Librarian of Basra, A true story from Iraq / by Jeanette Winter
Y Z720.B24 W56 2005

This list was compiled with help from:

Lend a Hand: Exploring service-learning through children’s literature / by Diane Findlay
LRC LT 1110.U689 L4 2003

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