Amsel, Sheri, The Everything Kids Environment Book: Learn how you can help the environment by getting involved at school, at home, and at play. Massachusetts: Adams Media, 2007. This book offers a variety of everyday activities and projects children can implement in order to positively impact our environment.
Bunting, Eve. Our Library. New York: Clarion Books, 2008. This book shows how library patrons come together as a community to save their beloved library from closure.
Carle, Eric. The Very Lonely Firefly. New York: Philomel Books, 1995. Great book for classroom community.
Cooney, Barbara. Miss Rumphius. New York: Viking Press, 1982. This story is about a woman who longs to make the world beautiful and spreads Lupine seeds which bloom year after year. Great book for global community.
Earth Works Group. The New 50 Simple Things Kids Can Do to Save the Earth. Missouri: Andrew McMeel Publishing, 2009. This book discusses environmental challenges our Earth faces and offers ideas on how kids can help out on projects ranging from preservation of natural resources to helping endangered animals.
Fleischman, Paul. Westlandia. Massachusetts: Candlewick Press, 1999. Interesting fantasy about a boy who uses his misfit qualities to create his own civilization.
Henkes, Jim. Chester's Way. New York: Mulberry Books, 1988. Great story to teach appreciation of diversity.
Pfister, Marc. The Rainbow Fish. New York: North-South Books, 1992. Teaches how sharing our unique gifts can build community and avoid isolation.
Polacco, Patricia. The Junkyard Wonders. New York: Philomel Books, 2010. Excellent book to read in order to celebrate diversity and to build classroom community. This story is very emotionally touching. Don't read without tissues!
Polacco, Patricia. The Lemonade Club. New York: Philomel Books, 2007. Depicts students coming together as a community to support a sick friend who feels isolated.
Rabe. Tish. How to help the Earth-by the Lorax. New York: Random House Children's Books, 2012. This catchy rhymed reader narrates suggestions for children on how to live green and save the environment.
Rainia, Al Abdullah. The Sandwich Club. New York: Disney-Hyperion Books, 2010. Great story! Demonstrates how we can overcome differences by celebrating our diversity.
Scarry. Richard. Richard Scarry's Busy, Busy Town. New York: Golden Book Publishing Company, 1994. This book is a great book for students to look for community in a variety of settings in a city or town.
Soentpiet, Christopher. Around Town. New York: Lothrop, Lee, & Shepard Books, 1994. Good book with detailed illustrations to introduce the events and attributes of a city.
Wyeth, Sharon. Something Beautiful. New York: Dragonfly Books, 1998. Promotes local and global community interactions.