Teaching Service
with the best children's books

Teaching service and helping others can't be done through direct instruction. Children learn these traits through the examples of others and their own experiences helping others, then seeing the good that comes from it.  To help children develop a spirit of service, helping others, and self-sacrifice, teachers and parents can set up ways to help their students engage in service activities.

Or... you can can share positive examples of service via stories in great children's books. Most powerful: do both! :)  The children's books listed below are helpful for teaching self- sacrifice, service, and helping others. We hope to add more, so please share.

Great Books for Teaching Service


The Mitten Tree
by Candice Christiansen
Preschool - Grade 1

The Cats in Krasinski Square
by Karen Hesse
Grade 3 - Grade 5



Is There Really a Human Race
By Jamie Lee Curtis
Kindergarten - Grade 3

A Castle on Viola Street
by DyAnne DiSalvo
Kindergarten - Grade 3



The Giving Tree
by Shel Silverstein
great for all ages

The Trees of the Dancing Goats   by Patricia Polacco
Kindergarten - Grade 4



Angelo
by David Macaulay
Grade 2 & Up

The Lady in the Box
by Ann McGovern
Grade 2 - Grade 4



How to Heal a Broken Wing
by Bob Graham
Kindergarten - Grade 2



Chapter books with stories of service


In My Hands
Memories of a Holocaust Rescuer
by Irene Gut Opdyke
Grade 5 & Up

A Single Shard
(Newbery Winner)
by Linda Sue Park
Grade 5 - Grade 8



A Picture of Freedom
The Diary of a Slave Girl
(Dear America series)
Grade 4 - Grade 6






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