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5 Must-Read Books About the Power of Volunteering

Here are five must-read books about the power of volunteering.
on January 12, 2015

We have shared awesome book lists with you about Martin Luther King, Jr.—book lists for both younger kids and books for older kids. We've shared book lists about civil rights and ways to begin conversations about race with your kids.

This year, I'm excited to share some book ideas about a topic that was very close to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s heart: volunteering.  

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?'"

Each year, many people around the country spend time in January volunteering and helping others. Why not try it with your family this year?

Here are five must-read books about the power of volunteering to get you started:

The Can Man by Laura E. Williams, illustrated by Craig Orback
Readers will see how collecting cans can make a big difference for one person—or many.

The Littlest Volunteers by Danielle Speckhart
Children will learn about the power of volunteering and why it is so important for their community.

The Mitten Tree by Candace Christiansen, illustrated by Elaine Greenstein
What happens when a stranger knits a pair of mittens for a little boy and delivers them via tree? This book demonstrates the power of giving in a sweet and meaningful way.

Uncle Willie and the Soup Kitchen by Dyanne DiSalvo-Ryan and Mira Reisberg
A young boy spends an eye-opening day helping his uncle at a soup kitchen.

If Everybody Did by Jo Ann Stover
Readers will only want to help others after they read this book about what might happen if everybody only thought of himself or herself!

Will you and your children spend time volunteering this month? We'd love to hear how!

Please share your thoughts on the Scholastic Parents Facebook page, or find Amy on Twitter, @teachmama, and let's continue the conversation!

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