Children’s picture books offer a wonderful tool for inspiring reverence and wonder and introducing important concepts and issues to younger (and sometimes even older) children. Here’s a list of seven we’ve added to our Resource Center recently.

The Patchwork Garden/Pedacitos de Huerto by Diane de Anda
Toña loves her grandmother’s stories and the patchwork quilts she makes. When Abuela expresses a wish for a garden, she and Toña get the idea to use little patches of land around the neighborhood to grow vegetables. When others want to get involved, they form The Patchwork Garden Club.


A Child’s Garden: A Story of Hope by Michael Foreman
When a young boy discovers a tiny green shoot amidst the rubble and ruin that has become his home after a violent conflict, he nurtures the plant (a grapevine), until it grows so large that it covers the fence that separates him from the soldiers and people on the other side. It becomes an oasis for animals and children. Although soldiers from the opposite side of the fence destroy the beautiful vine, the green shoots on both sides of the fence leave the boy, and a girl on the other side a reason to hope and to rebuild the oasis.

Maggie’s Second Chance by Nancy Furstinger
Nearly read to give birth, Maggie the dog is discovered abandoned by her family. When her puppies are all adopted out but Maggie is scheduled to be killed, a group of students band together to inspire their community to build an animal shelter. But can Maggie be saved in time?

How to Heal a Broken Wing by Bob Graham
“No one saw the bird fall.” In a busy city, a pigeon breaks her wing and tumbles to the pavement. No one notices … except Will. Will and his family take the bird home, care for her until she heals, and then release her to fly again.


Call the Horse Lucky by Juanita Havill
When Mel and her grandmother happen upon a neglected horse while riding their bikes in the country, a call to the humane society leads to a new home for Lucky as a therapy horse.


Arrowhawk by Lola Schaefer
Based on a true story, a Red-tailed Hawk is shot with a poacher’s arrow. He struggles to survive the next several weeks with an arrow lodged in his thigh and tail. Eventually, on the verge of starving, he is captured by wildlife rehabilitators and nursed back to health, until he can once again be released into the wild.


Gift Days by Kari-Lynn Winters
Nassali longs to go to school like her older brother, but since their mother died, Nassali must stay home taking care of her younger siblings and doing all the many chores, day after day. When Nassali complains that it’s not fair she can’t go to school, too, she is told, “That is the way it is. That is the way it’s always been.” Nassali vows to find a way to get an education, and eventually her brother helps her get her wish.


Find more of our suggested children’s books in our Resource Center.