Children’s Books about Building a Sense of Community
These children’s books about community show positive examples of community building. Your students will see how they can work together to support others and make a difference, including within your classroom community.
Why Read Children’s Books About Community Building?
Reading children’s books about community and belonging will give your students examples of how community building lead to positive outcomes, including:
- improving the quality of life of those living in the community
- understanding their role within a community
- community members working together
- compassionate attitudes towards those in need
- supporting each other and embracing those from outside the community
- making social connections with others
- getting support for personal challenges
- providing a sense of identity and belonging
Building a Positive Classroom Community
There are many benefits to building a positive classroom community, particularly when using picture books. These benefits include:
- Feeling a sense of belonging
- Feeling safe and a valued member of the classroom community
- Strengthening relationship skills and decreasing loneliness
- Improving negotiating skills
- Self-management of emotions
- Teamwork and cooperation
- Trust and understanding of other students
- Increasing responsibility
- Developing new interests
- Having support for personal and academic growth
Questions for Children’s Books About Community
- What is a community? Why is belonging to a community important?
- What communities do you belong to?
- How is our classroom a community?
- What do we need to build a positive/respectful community? (listening, etc)
- What can we do if there is a disagreement within a community?
- What do you expect from a community?
- How did working together help [character] feel like they were part of a community?
- Why was being part of a community important to [character]?
- Why do you think [character] was reluctant to ask [community] for help?
- How did [character] feel before and after being part of a community? Why did they change?
- Why did [character] do [action] when there was a disagreement? Did this strategy work?
- Why do you think [community] helped/supported [character]?
- What would have happened to [character] if they didn’t have [community] support?
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Children’s Books About Community
111 Trees: How One Village Celebrates the Birth of Every Girl by Rina Singh
Blackout by John Rocco
Change Sings: A Children's Anthem by Amanda Gorman
The Colour of Home by Mary Hoffman
Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut by Derrick Barnes
Digging for Words: José Alberto Gutiérrez and the Library He Built by Angela Burke Kunkel
Dreamers by Yuyi Morales
Du Iz Tak? by Carson Ellis
The Extraordinary Gardener by Sam Boughton
The Great Realisation by Tomos Roberts
Harlem Grown: How One Big Idea Transformed a Neighborhood by Tony Hillery
The Invisible by Tom Percival
Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña
The Librarian of Basra by Jeanette Winter
The Librarian's Stories by Lucy Falcone
Magic Trash: A Story of Tyree Guyton and His Art by J. H. Shapiro
Marvelous Cornelius: Hurricane Katrina and the Spirit of New Orleans by Phil Bildner
Outside, Inside by Leuyen Pham
The Red Prince by Charlie Roscoe
Smoky Night by Eve Bunting
Sofia Valdez, Future Prez by Andrea Beaty
Something Beautiful by Sharon Dennis Wyeth
A Symphony of Whales by Steve Schuch
Thank You, Omu! by Oge Mora
Under My Hijab by Hena Khan
We Are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom
What Is Given from the Heart by Patricia C. McKissack
When the Rain Comes by Alma Fullerton
Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox
You Hold Me Up by Monique Gray Smith
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How do you build a positive classroom community? What are your favourite books to use to promote a sense of community?
Have you found it more important than ever to build a sense of community since Covid and lockdowns?