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Books for Children About Homelessness

One of the best ways to start a discussion with your child or class about homelessness is to read a book about it together. Here are just a few suggestions to get you started:
the Teddy BearThe Teddy Bear by David McPhail
A teddy bear, lost by the little boy who loves him, still feels loved after being rescued by a homeless man.

Fly! By Christopher Myers
On the roof of his building, lonely Jawanza meets a homeless man who teaches him how to make friends with the sparrows and pigeons up there.

The Lady in the Box by Ann McGovern
When Lizzie and Ben discover a homeless lady living in their neighborhood, they must reconcile their desire to help her with their mother’s admonition not to talk to strangers.

How to Steal a Dog by Barbara O’Connor
Living in the family car in their small North Carolina town after their father leaves them virtually penniless, Georgina, desperate to improve their situation and unwilling to accept her overworked mother’s calls for patience, persuades her younger brother to help her in an elaborate scheme to get money by stealing a dog and then claiming the reward that the owners are bound to offer.

For even more suggestions, please visit this wonderful annotated bibliography created by students in the Masters of Education program at the College of William and Mary.