Children's Literature

 

Arnold, Carolyn. What is a Community? Photos by Carole Bertol. Franklin Watts, 1982.

This book answers the very questions the title poses. It helps children gain a fundamental grasp on the community concept. The specifics of their own community can be discussed during and through out this book.

 

Arnold, Caroling. Where do you go to school? Photos by Carole Bertol. Franklin Watts, 1982.

This book helps children to understand a little more about some of the different jobs and responsibilities there are in a community. They will gain a better understanding of the strength/workforce it takes for their daily living to function.

 

Arnold, Caroline. Who works There? Photos by Carole Bertol. Franklin Watts, 1982.

This book helps children to understand a little more about some of the different jobs and responsibilities there are in a community. They will gain a better understanding of the strength/workforce it takes for their daily living to function.

 

Arnold, Todd. The Simple People. Dial Books for Young Readers, 1992.

This is also a book that will help children to understand more about how their communities function, what it takes and who these people are.

 

Bester, Roger. Fireman Jim. Crown Books for Young Readers, 1988.

Teaches why towns are set up so carefully, and why mapped out. How in an emergency, would you get help?

 

Drew, David. Somewhere In The Universe. Illustrated by Dorothy Dunphy and Donna Rawlingas. Rigby. 1989. ISBN: 0 7312 1035 2. Big Book.

This wonderful oversized book helps children to comprehend where they are at in relation to the universe. It is put into simple terms and begins large, but ends simply: universe, world, America United States, Utah, Logan, Street, Home!

 

Fisher, Leonard Evertt. Pumpers, Boilers, Hooks, and Ladders. Simon & Schuster Trade, 1995.

Everyone has a different job in our community. Everyone is valuable.

 

Fleischman, Paul. Westlandia. Illustrated by Kevin Hawkes. Candlewick Press, 1999.

How would you create a society if you had the chance? What would you do differently than where you live? What would you do the same?

 

Frandin, Dennis B. Utah in Words and Pictures. Illustrated by Richard Wahl, maps by Len Meents. Children's Press 1980.

Helpful when trying to incorporate culture diversity into the classroom! There is an agriculture emphasis, but it will help children to think about food production. What foods do their community produce, and who participates?

 

Hartmann, Wendy. All the Magic in the World. Dutton's Children's Books, 1993.

The children who play in the street laugh at the odd-job man Joseph for picking up string and other junk, until the shows them that magic can be found in even the simplest of things. Talk about keeping community clean, and respecting everything.

 

Henkes, Kevin. Once around the Block. Illustrated by Victoria Chess. HarperCollins Children's Book Group, 1987.

This book helps children to gain a broader sense of what a community is by becoming more familiar with examples and non-examples. They can also compare similarities and differences in their own communities.

 

Henwood, Simon. The Troubled Village. Farrar, Straus & Giroux, Incorporated, 1991.

Villagers unite to solve their problem by taking turns holding the blue disk of sky in place with a long pole, they stop bragging about their troubles. What kinds of troubles does our community have? How can we help make it better?

 

Hickman, Martha Whitmore. My Friend William Moved Away. Illustrated by Bill Myers, Abingdon, 1979.

Talk about how it must be for William to move to a new place and fit in their community. What are some of the possible differences? How might we help people moving into our community?

 

Miller, Margaret. On My Street. Simon & Schuster Children's, 1998.

Talk about the children's own experiences of things that happen in their neighborhood. Ask if there are similarities or differences from the character in the story.

 

Sipiera, Paul P. I can be a geologist.

Teach children landforms and instill in them a desire or at least the possibility that they can be geologists. Hopefully they will listen even closer.

 

Yorinks, Arthur. Whitefish Will Rides Again..

Talk about how laws are enforced, and how officers help in our town. What are other options?

 

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