Giving and Generosity

Giving and Generosity

Generosity is the willingness to give or to share, and the quality of being kind, understanding, and not selfish. These books teach the values of generosity and giving.

"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not."––Dr. Seuss, The Lorax


Compiled by:
Ellen Arnholter
Boxes for Katje

Candace Fleming
Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Fl

After a young Dutch girl writes to her new American friend in thanks for the care package sent after World War II, she begins to receive increasingly larger boxes.


A bus called Heaven

Bob Graham
Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Gra

An abandoned bus appears in front of Stella's house one day, with a sign on front marked "Heaven", and it brings positive changes in the outlook of Stella and all who pass by in the community.


City green

DyAnne DiSalvo
Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Di

Marcy and Miss Rosa start a campaign to clean up an empty lot and turn it into a community garden.


The doorbell rang

Pat Hutchins
Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Hu

Each time the doorbell rings, there are more people who have come to share Ma's wonderful cookies.


Extra yarn

Mac Barnett
Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Bar

With a supply of yarn that never runs out, Annabelle knits for everyone and everything in town until an evil archduke decides he wants the yarn for himself.


Feathers for peacock

Jacqueline Jules
Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Jul

Relates how through the generosity of birds of all shapes and sizes Peacock was given the biggest, most colorful feather coat of all.


A gift from Abuela

Cecilia Ruiz
Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Rui

"The first time Abuela held Niña, her heart overflowed with tenderness. And as Niña grows up, she and Abuela have a lot of fun doing simple things. Abuela decides that she wants to buy Niña a special treat, so she saves a little bit of her money every week. But then something terrible happens, and Abuela's dream of a surprise for Niña seems impossible. Luckily, the time they spend together and the love they have for each other are the best gifts of all."-- Provided by publisher.


Loretta's gift

Pat Zietlow Miller
Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Mil

Loretta tries hard to come up with the perfect gift for her beloved baby cousin, Gabe, but on his first birthday she learns she has already given him something special.


Maddi's fridge

Lois Brandt
Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Bra

Maddi's fridge is almost empty, while Sophia's fridge is full of food. How can Sophia help her friend Maddi without breaking her promise not to tell anyone?


Mama Panya's pancakes : a village tale from Kenya

Mary Chamberlin
Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Cha

Mama Panya has just enough money to buy ingredients for a few pancakes, so when her son Adika invites all their friends to join them, she is sure there will not be enough to go around.


Papa gave me a stick

Janice Levy
Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Lev

After seeing a mariachi band, Antonio wants a guitar of his own but his father cannot afford one and gives Antonio a stick, instead, which leads Antonio to perform a series of good deeds, each of which provides a seemingly useless reward. Includes glossary of Spanish terms.


Rabbit's gift : a fable from China

George Shannon
Juvenile Nonfiction - J 398.2 Rab Sha

Woodland animals, each thinking of his neighbor, share a turnip left on their doorstep.


Red Knit Cap Girl and the reading tree

Naoko Stoop
Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Sto

Red Knit Cap Girl and her animal friends create a library inside a mighty oak tree, where they can read and exchange books.


The runaway rice cake

Ying Chang Compestine
Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Co

After chasing the special rice cake, Nian Gao, that their mother has made to celebrate the Chinese New Year, three poor brothers share it with an elderly woman and have their generosity richly rewarded.


Strega Nona's harvest

Tomie DePaola
Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Dep

After helping Strega Nona plant her vegetable garden just so, Big Anthony takes some extra seeds and sows another garden willy nilly, then must find a way to deal with the consequences.


Thank you, Omu!

Oge Mora
Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Mor

When the aroma of Omu's homemade stew fills the air, her neighbors arrive, one by one, for a taste until all is gone except for her generous spirit.