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Communities and Community Helpers


Are you looking for literature to support classroom instruction about Communities and Community Helpers? Check out Our Editors’ Choices for titles recommended by the Education World team. Then it's your turn to share books that you enjoy or use in your classroom in the Our Readers’ Voices section below. With your help, we will build the best list on the Web of Best Books for teaching about Communities and Community Helpers.



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by Marjorie White Pellegrino
Annie's grandmother used to be lots of fun, but things have changed. Now Grandma is the mayor, and she doesn't have much time to spend with Annie anymore. With Grandma suddenly very busy and important, Annie feels left out. But late one night, after a terrible fire breaks out in a neighborhood apartment building, Annie comes to feel proud of her capable, caring grandmother and of herself, too. Young readers will cheer for Annie as she discovers her own community spirit and the pride and pleasure that come from giving of oneself.

by Faith Ringgold
In this 32-page book we join Cassie, the main character from Ringgold's Caldecott Honor picture book Tar Beach. Cassie takes early readers on a remarkable tour of her 1930s-era Harlem home, school, and neighborhood. The tour serves as a vocabulary jaunt, as dozens of objects are clearly labeled. Ringgold's vibrant art captures the excitement of urban life in an era gone by. Seldom have we seen a word identification book as artful. After reading, students in your class might create a "word quilt" book of their own community.

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by Betty G. Birney
Life in Sassafras Springs has always been predictable, boring even, but one afternoon that changes when Eben McAllister's pa challenges him to find Seven Wonders in Sassafras that rival the real Seven Wonders of the World. Eben doesn't think he'll have any luck -- he can't think of one single thing that could be considered wondrous in Sassafras -- but he's willing to try. Little does he know that the Wonders he'll discover among his neighbors, friends, relatives, and family will give him the adventure of a lifetime... without ever leaving his home.

by Bobbie Kalman, Niki Walker
Let's meet people who make our communities cleaner, safer, more pleasant places to live. This alphabet book includes such helpers as agricultural workers, firefighters, recycling workers, and veterinarians. Part of the Alphabasics series.

by Marc Kielburger, Craig Kielburger
Marc and Craig Kielburger are the founders of Leaders Today, an organization dedicated to helping young people realize their fullest potential and becoming socially involved. Their remarkable work has been profiled on Oprah and on many national news shows. In Take Action!, they provide easy-to-follow guidelines for making a difference in the lives of people all over the globe. By following the valuable tips, strategies, and examples in this book, students will get organized and start tackling important issues in their community.

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