A Kids’ Guide to Hunger and Homelessness

Last Friday I reviewed a picture book for children about homelessness, Lily and the Paper Man, by Rebecca Upjohn.  Today I’m following up with a brief review of a hands-on workbook for kids and how they can be part of the solution.

Hunger Guide9781575422404_p0_v1_s260x420A Kids’ Guide to Hunger & Homelessness: How to Take Action

Cathryn Berger Kaye, M.A.

Free Spirit Publishing, 2007

Suitable for Ages: 10 -17

Themes:  Homelessness, Hunger, Understanding the problems, Taking action

Book OverviewKids explore what others in the world (including young people) have done and are doing to address the issues, find out what their community needs, and develop a service project. The workbook includes facts, quotations, real-life examples, write-on pages, resources, a note to adults—and a lot of inspiration to get out there and make a difference in the world. Includes exclusive interviews with author and activist Francis Moor Lappé, and Lindsey Lee Johnson, author of Soul Moon Soup, the story of a girl living on the streets with her mother.

Why I like this guide:  Children are caring and compassionate and want to help when they see a need. Cathryn Berger Kaye, M.A.,  has carefully designed this exceptional guide to show four major stages children must learn to be of service: Preparation, Action, Reflection and Demonstration.  Children first learn all they can about hunger and homelessness in the Preparation stage. Once they prepare themselves they are encouraged to think about whether their Action is direct, indirect, advocacy or research. The third stage involves Reflection on what they have learned to decide what they want to do. The final stage, kids Demonstrate what they want to accomplish and what unique skills they have to give to the project.  This is an excellent workbook for parents, teachers and  youth group leaders to use at home, in the classroom, at church and in youth service programs. It will help children focus on both local and global issues. We are living during a time when the face of hunger and homelessness is rapidly changing.  Children may see a family member or a neighbor suddenly hungry and homeless. Kaye’s guide empowers children to look at tough issues and take action.

Other ResourcesFree Spirit Publishing has a How to Take Action! series by Cathryn Berger Kaye. There are guides for climate change and global warming, protecting and caring for animals, service learning, and kids helping kids to read and succeed. There is a teen guide for saving our oceans and waterways. Visit the Free Spirit Publishing website.

About Patricia Tiltonhttps://childrensbooksheal.wordpress.comI want "Children's Books Heal" to be a resource for parents, grandparents, teachers and school counselors. My goal is to share books on a wide range of topics that have a healing impact on children who are facing challenges in their lives. If you are looking for good books on grief, autism, visual and hearing impairments, special needs, diversity, bullying, military families and social justice issues, you've come to the right place. I also share books that encourage art, imagination and creativity. I am always searching for those special gems to share with you. If you have a suggestion, please let me know.

14 thoughts on “A Kids’ Guide to Hunger and Homelessness

  1. Pat,
    The book and thought process to an action step sounds wonderful for a family, class,or school project. I have forwarded your post to our church’s religious Ed department. (And to my older, out of town grandchildren.) Children always want to help! Thank you for sharing this information. Janie

    • Janie, I was impressed with this important workbook/guide for kids. Cathryn Berger Kaye does an outstanding job of educating and preparing youth before they jump into action. She has a number of service workbooks. Great for use at home, school and church. Glad you thought enough of the guide to forward it to your church youth group and family members. Wishing you a speedy recovery

    • Catherine, it is a fabulous guide that can be used by kids with parents and teachers to take action. The author has written a number of guides. Was also intrigued with her oceans/waterways workbook.

  2. Love that all these four important stages have been included. This does look like an amazing resource. Thanks for spotlighting it, Pat. I have been lucky to be able to get teens and young adults involved in homeless projects on various cities in which I have lived.

    • Joanna, I am glad you’ve have gotten students involved in homeless projects. You would like this guide. And, she has written others. I thought of you when I saw her workbooks for teens on saving the ocean and waterways, and on protecting animals.

  3. This is the kind of inspiring grass-roots, ground-up initiative necessary to educate and empower children to become compassionate citizens of the future. This issue is very close to my own heart Patricia.

    • I knew you would find it of interest, Niamh. You have been in the middle of some very important global work for the hungery and homeless. It’s great that authors are writing guides to help kids, teachers and parents.

    • Hi Michael. Glad you liked the workbook/guide. I think it is perfect for kids. But, it’s great to involve parents, teachers and youth group leaders. Really makes kids think.

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