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AmeriCorps Book Club for Kids

April 2, 2012

She's dreaming of her future AmeriCorps service!

Today is International Children’s Book Day and we’re bringing back AmeriCorps Book Club!

This edition, we are featuring books that you can share with your little future AmeriCorps Alums and inspire them to jumpstart their Lifetime of Service at an early age. Reading is FUNdamental and Research has shown that children, who are read to by adults, have a larger vocabulary and develop their worldviews at an earlier age compared to those that aren’t.

Here’s our Alums approved list of service oriented books that you can read with the kids in your life:

  • The Kids’ Volunteering Book by Arlene Erlbach

This is a great book to introduce your children to volunteer service, as it provides opportunities for young people to get involved and briefly highlights some children who are volunteering in their communities. A fun way to show that volunteering can start at any age.

  • The Lorax by Dr. Seuss

Before you catch the book on the big screen, sit down and read this classic Dr. Seuss book together. We recommend this book for parents/ teachers who are looking to inspire future classes of NCCC classes, especially those little ones looking to one day be in FEMA Corps. One of the best quotes from the book inspires our service spirit:

 “Unless someone like you…cares a whole awful lot…nothing is going to get better…It’s not.

  • Catch the Spirit: Teen Volunteers Tell How They Made a Difference by by Susan K. Perry

Smells like teen (service) spirit! “Catch the Spirit” features real-life stories of teens that have made a difference. Through their volunteer service, these young people have made a positive impact on the lives of others and provided hope in seemingly hopeless situations. A recommended read for inspiring service to those in the middle and high school range.

  • The Berenstain Bears and Too Much TV by Stan and Jan Berenstain

Not directly tied to service, but a great conversation starter you can have with your family on how to get off the couch and be more involved in the community around you. Written by the late Stan & Jan Berenstain, this classic children’s book reveals what happens when Mama Bear puts on a ban on television for one whole week. Papa, Brother and Sister feel bored initially, but they all find creative ways to have fun without the tube.

  • The Kid’s Guide to Service Projects: Over 500 Service Ideas for Young People Who Want to Make a Difference by Barbara A. Lewis and Pamela Espeland

With over 500 Service ideas, this guide has something for kids who want to make a difference – everything from simple projects to large scale commitments. Readers can choose from a variety of project topics, including animals, crime fighting, the environment, hunger, literacy, politics and government, and transformation. If the list of topics seems a bit overwhelming to start, there’s a refreshed “Ten Steps to Successful Service Projects” to help your kids start planning out their service!

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Let us know what are some of your favorite service oriented books for young readers in the comments below!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Barb Cooke permalink
    April 2, 2012 6:49 pm

    Ha! Really enjoyed this— took me back more than a few years—had totally forgotten about the Bears’ Too Much TV!

  2. April 3, 2012 11:17 am

    I grew up reading the Berenstain Bears, too! Such great life lessons to be learned.

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