It's what holds families and friends together during tough times—caring for a family member, friend, or pet helps us grow.


David Macaulay
J Macaula

While restoring the front of a church, an old plasterer rescues an injured pigeon and nurses it back to health.

Bear Feels Sick

Karma Wilson
Ej Wil

When Bear is too sick to play, his animal friends go to his cave to make him soup and tea and keep him company.

The Birdman

Veronika Charles
Ej Ch

Presents the true story of Noor Nobi, a tailor in Calcutta, India, who spends his earnings on caged birds in order to nurse them to health and set them free.

A Chair for My Mother

Vera B. Williams
Ej Wil

A child, her waitress mother, and her grandmother save dimes to buy a comfortable armchair after all their furniture is lost in a fire.

Great Joy

Kate DiCamillo
Ej Dic

Just before Christmas, when Frances sees a sad-eyed organ grinder and his monkey performing near her apartment, she cannot stop thinking about them, wondering where they go at night, and wishing she could do something to help.

How to Heal a Broken Wing

Bob Graham
Ej Gra

When Will finds a bird with a broken wing, he takes it home and cares for it, hoping in time it will be able to return to the sky.

A Sick Day for Amos McGee

Philip Stead
Ej Ste

Amos McGee, a friendly zookeeper, always made time to visit his good friends: the elephant, the tortoise, the penguin, the rhinoceros, and the owl. But one day--'Ah-choo!'--he woke with the sniffles and the sneezes. Though he didn't make it into the zoo that day, he did receive some unexpected guests.

The Three Questions

Jon Muth
J Mu

Nikolai asks his animal friends to help him answer three important questions: "When is the best time to do things?" "Who is the most important?" and "What is the right thing to do?"

Tight Times

Barbara Shook Hazen
Ej Ha

A small boy, not allowed to have a dog because times are tight, finds a starving kitten in a trash can on the same day his father loses his job.

Uncle Willie and the Soup Kitchen

Dyanne DiSalvo
Ej Di

A boy spends the day with Uncle Willie in the soup kitchen where he works preparing and serving food for the hungry.

Under the Lemon Moon

Edith Hope Fine
Ej Fi

The theft of all the lemons from her lemon tree leads Rosalinda to an encounter with la Anciana, the Old One, who walks the Mexican countryside helping things grow, and to an understanding of generosity and forgiveness.