Picture Books By Topic: volunteerism

Albert the Fix-It Man

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By: Janet Lord
Illustrated by: Julie Paschkis
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Description: Elder valued in community, neighborliness, active older man
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Grandpa’s Soup

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By: Eiko Kadono
Illustrated by: Satomi Ichikawa
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Description: After the death of his wife, an old man gradually realizes that making the soup she used to cook and sharing it with friends eases his loneliness. His resilience and generosity are inspiring.
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Last Stop on Market Street

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By: Matt de la Peῆa, Christian Robinson
Description: Multi-cultural (Af. Am.), grandson and grandma, city living, jealousy, thankfulness, volunteerism
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Mr. McGinty’s Monarchs

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By: Linda Vander Heyden
Illustrated by: Eileen Ryan Ewen
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Description: Mr. McGinty and his dog Sophie love checking in on the monarch caterpillars and butterflies on their walks. But one day Mr. McGinty they find all the milkweed in town has been mowed down! And monarch caterpillars can’t survive without milkweed. Can Mr. McGinty come up with a plan to save the monarchs?
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Shoebox Sam

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By: Mary Bridgid Barrett
Illustrated by: Frank Morrison
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Description: Shoebox Sam is an older man who lives above his shop--he has paying customers, but also gives away shoes, socks and food. Delia and Jesse visit on Saturdays to help, and learn about giving and sharing.
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Stand Up and Sing!: Pete Seeger, Folk Music & the Path to Justice

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By: Susanna Reich
Illustrated by: Adam Gustavson
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Description: Using his musical talents over his long life, Pete Seeger encouraged others to rally behind causes that mattered--fighting for Civil Rights, ending the Vietnam War, or cleaning up the Hudson River. For Pete, no challenge was too great, and what started out as a love for music turned into a lifetime of activism and change. (adapted from World Cat)
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The Teacher Who Would Not Retire

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By: Sheila Sustrin, Letty Sustrin
Illustrated by: Thomas H. Bone III
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Description: First in a series about a dedicated teacher; forced, but active retirement; ongoing involvement with first grade classroom and kids. The School Rules force Mrs. Belle into reluctant retirement, but rather than stay home and rest she dons creative disguises to slip back into the school. A is for Aging book review below includes 3 sequels in the series.
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