AmeriCorps Book Club for Kids
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!
- GenerationOn – Project Ideas (features a diverse list of ideas and related service books on the type of service)
- Learning to Give (Numerous lessons and units to help teach literacy while combining the learning with service. Each lesson is aligned to the academic standards of all fifty states as well as the Common Core Standards. )
- HandsOn Blog – I Spy You Spy Young Readers
Let us know what are some of your favorite service oriented books for young readers in the comments below!