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Poverty Book List

Poverty Book List

There is little favorable to be said about poverty, but it was often an incubator of true friendship. Many people will appear to befriend you when you are wealthy, but precious few will do the same when you are poor. If wealth is a magnet, poverty is a kind of repellent. Yet, poverty often brings out the true generosity in others.

Picture books are a great way to promote an understanding of poverty and homelessness. For many children, the only glimpse they may see of these is people living on the street. For other children living in poverty is a daily reality. The books below will spark sensitive discussion about poverty. They provide information about what it is like to be hungry and be without a permanent home. A struggle experienced by many in the current economic climate. The books also show the kindness of strangers to people who struggle.

Further Reading

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These resources relate to the book, author and illustrator. The number of resources varies subject to subject. Please check they are appropriate for your specific needs before using them with children. If you have any suggestions please get in touch!

General Information
Heifer International: How to Teach Kids about Hunger
Child Fund International: Poverty and Education
Educational Articles and Lesson Plans
Oxfam Education: Educational Resources
Shelter Classroom Kit: Homelessness activities
Learning to Give: Day in the lIfe of a Homeless Person
Framework: Opening doors to homeless and vulnerable people: Curriculum-led education pack for Primary Schools 
National Coalition for the Homeless: Teaching resources

Poverty Book List

More Books to Explore

The Children’s Library Lady has over 400 picture books on large variety of topics. You will find specific book, author and illustrator information, as well as resources. You can also browse themed books lists and explore all the books on the website. Click on the book covers below to start exploring what the website has to offer.

Poverty Book List

Complete Book List

Explore over 450 picture books. Each book title has a synopsis, resources and relevant links.

Themed Picture Book Lists

Find lists of picture books organised by different subjects, including separate lists for teachers.


Find links to a selection of book and magazine publishers. You will find the companies have different offers at different times so have a browse.

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These picture books will spark sensitive discussion and promote an understanding of poverty and homelessness. They provide information about what it is like to be hungry and be without a permanent home.