Building Better Communities

by Morgan

What makes a community? Take a look at these books to find out about communities around the world and how you can help make your community a better place.

All the world

Elizabeth Garton Scanlon

jE Scanlon
Kids, Picture Books

Follow a circle of family and friends through the course of a day from morning till night as they discover the importance of all things great and small in our world, from the tiniest shell on the beach, to warm family connections, to the widest sunset sky.

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This is such a peaceful quiet story that emphasizes the connections we all have to each other. -Morgan

One love

Cedella Marley

jE Marley

In this illustrated version of Bob Marley's song, a young girl enlists her friends, family, and community to transform their neighborhood for the better.

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Growing peace : a story of farming, music, and religious harmony

Richard Sobol

j334.683373 Sobol
Kids, Nonfiction

On the morning of September 11, 2001, J.J. Keki, a Ugandan musician and coffee farmer, was in New York, about to visit the World Trade Center. Instead, J.J. witnessed the terrorst attack on the Twin Towers. He came away from this event with strong emotions about religious conflict. Why should people be enemies because of their religions?

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I love the message of this book. By focusing on what unites them, instead of what divides them, this village has created an example of religious tolerance and harmony for the world -Morgan

It takes a village

Hillary Rodham Clinton

jE Clinton

A community coming together--believing in each other, helping each other, and sharing burdens and joys--can make a difference.

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Pocket change : pitching in for a better world

Michelle Mulder

j339.47 Mulder
Kids, Nonfiction

This book explores how growing a cabbage can fight poverty, how a few dollars can help ten families start their own businesses, and how running errands for a neighbor can help you learn to become a bike mechanic. It asks the question "What if you could meet all your consumer needs while, at the same time, get to know your neighbors and protect the environment?

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Great ideas for being more sustainable consumers abound in this book. Growing your own food, bartering as a way of growing community, and sharing resources in libraries of all types are a just a few of those ideas. Pick up the rest of the titles in the “Orca Footprints” series for more ways you can help the world. -Morgan

Do something in your community

Amanda Rondeau

j307 Rondeau
Kids, Nonfiction

Highlights how people can make a difference in their communities.

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Can we help? : kids volunteering to help their communities

George Ancona

j302.14 Ancona
Kids, Nonfiction

Describes how children can help their communities in different ways, from tending a community garden and training service dogs to volunteering to help people with disabilities and mentoring younger students.

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Green city : how one community survived a tornado and rebuilt for a sustainable future

Allan Drummond

jE Drummond
Kids, Picture Books

"The story of Greensburg, Kansas, a town that rebuilt completely green after a deadly tornado"--

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