Community is a wonderful thing! Help your students appreciate and celebrate their own neighborhoods with read alouds. Here is a list of some of my favorite picture books about community to share with your class.
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Hey, Wall: A Story of Art and Community by Susan Verde
In Angel’s neighborhood, there is a big bare wall. He decides that, with the help of his community, they can make something beautiful. A powerful story on building community and showing the value of coming together to support each other.
Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena
A story about a young boy whose Nana helps him to appreciate the community around him, even if it is different than what others experience. She guides him to see the importance in helping his community.
Thank You, Omu by Oge Mora
Omu’s stew smells so wonderful, that everyone stops by to enjoy some of it. But what is Omu going to have for dinner? She shared her meal with everyone else and now it is gone! A wonderful story about how food brings a community together.
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Maybe Something Beautiful by F. Isabel Campoy
Mira is a little girl who loves to create art and change things, but her art is too small to make big changes. Then she meets a man who is creating murals and allows Mira to help him. Together, they and their community, fill their gray neighborhood with color. This story would pair well with Hey, Wall!
What are some other picture books about community that you read aloud in your classroom?
Check out this blog post for more picture books about social awareness skills!
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