A community is a group of people who have something in common. They may live and work in the same place or they may be dispersed but share interests and values. Community is important for making us feel like we belong and also for celebrating our diversity. When we feel part of a community, we feel supported and part of something bigger.
Being part of a group also allows us to solve problems on a larger scale. When you’re talking to your child about community, you can emphasize how everyone has something to contribute. Your child will feel empowered to give back, whether that’s through a community garden or your local food pantry.
For its 100th anniversary, Scholastic spoke with experts to identify a set of books, articles, and tips that make starting a conversation with your child about community easier. These resources are part of a broader initiative, called the Scholastic Bookshelf, created for Instagram to raise awareness around contemporary issues affecting children today.