Best Children’s Homelessness & Poverty Books

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1. Esperanza Rising (Scholastic Gold)

Author: by Pam Muñoz Ryan
043912042X
Scholastic (May 1, 2002)
English

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Esperanza Rising joins the Scholastic Gold line, which features award-winning and beloved novels. Includes exclusive bonus content! Esperanza thought she’d always live a privileged life on her family’s ranch in Mexico. She’d always have fancy dresses, a beautiful home filled with servants, and Mama, Papa, and Abuelita to care for her.

But a sudden tragedy forces Esperanza and Mama to flee to California and settle in a Mexican farm labor camp. Esperanza isn’t ready for the hard work, financial struggles brought on by the Great Depression, or lack of acceptance she now faces.

When Mama gets sick and a strike for better working conditions threatens to uproot their new life, Esperanza must find a way to rise above her difficult circumstances-because Mama’s life, and her own, depend on it.


2. Crenshaw

Author: by Katherine Applegate
Square Fish
English
272 pages

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In her first novel since The One and Only Ivan, winner of the Newbery Medal, Katherine Applegate delivers an unforgettable and magical story about family, friendship, and resilience. Jackson and his family have fallen on hard times. There’s no more money for rent.

And not much for food, either. His parents, his little sister, and their dog may have to live in their minivan.Again.Crenshaw is a cat. He’s large, he’s outspoken, and he’s imaginary. He has come back into Jackson’s life to help him.

But is an imaginary friend enough to save this family from losing everything? Beloved author Katherine Applegate proves in unexpected ways that friends matter, whether real or imaginary. This title has Common Core connections.


3. Last Stop on Market Street

Author: by Matt de la Peña
0399257748
English
32 pages

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#1 New York Times Bestseller A USA Today Bestseller Winner of the Newbery Medal A Caldecott Honor Book A Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book This award-winning modern classica must-have for every child’s home libraryis an inclusive ode to kindness, empathy, gratitude, and finding joy in unexpected places, and celebrates the special bond between a curious young boy and his loving grandmother.

Every Sunday after church, CJ and his grandma ride the bus across town. But today, CJ wonders why they don’t own a car like his friend Colby. Why doesn’t he have an iPod like the boys on the bus? How come they always have to get off in the dirty part of town?

Each question is met with an encouraging answer from grandma, who helps him see the beautyand funin their routine and the world around them. This energetic ride through a bustling city highlights the wonderful perspective only grandparent and grandchild can share, and comes to life through Matt de la Pea’s vibrant text and Christian Robinson’s radiant illustrations.

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The Benefits of Being an Octopus: A Novel

Author: by Ann Braden
Sky Pony (May 4, 2021)
English
312 pages

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NPR Best Book of 2018, Bank Street List for Best Children's Books of 2019, Named to the Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fisher List, Maine’s Student Book Award List, Louisiana Young Reader’s Choice Award List, Rhode Island Middle School Book Award 2020 List, 2020 Oklahoma Sequoyah Book Award Nominee, 2021 South Carolina Junior Book Award Nominee, 2020-2021 Truman Award (Missouri) Nominee, Middle School Virginia Readers’ Choice Titles for 20202021, Charlie May Simon Award 20202021 List, 20212022 Young Hoosier Book Award Nominees.

Some people can do their homework. Some people get to have crushes on boys. Some people have other things they’ve got to do. Seventh-grader Zoey has her hands full as she takes care of her much younger siblings after school every day while her mom works her shift at the pizza parlor.

Not that her mom seems to appreciate it. At least there’s Lenny, her mom’s boyfriendthey all get to live in his nice, clean trailer. At school, Zoey tries to stay under the radar. Her only friend Fuchsia has her own issues, and since they’re in an entirely different world than the rich kids, it’s best if no one notices them.


5. Those Shoes

Author: by Maribeth Boelts
Candlewick
English
40 pages

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“In this witty, wise picture book, Boelts presents a kid’s-eye view of a consumer fad that rages through school at gale force.” Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (starred review)All Jeremy wants is a pair of those shoes, the ones everyone at school seems to be wearing.

Though Jeremy’s grandma says they don’t have room for “want,” just “need,” when his old shoes fall apart at school, he is more determined than ever to have those shoes, even a thrift-shop pair that are much too small. But sore feet aren’t much fun, and Jeremy soon sees that the things he has warm boots, a loving grandma, and the chance to help a friend are worth more than the things he wants.


6. A Wish in the Dark

Author: by Christina Soontornvat
English
384 pages
1536204943

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A 2021 Newbery Honor BookA boy on the run. A girl determined to find him. A compelling fantasy looks at issues of privilege, protest, and justice. All light in Chattana is created by one man the Governor, who appeared after the Great Fire to bring peace and order to the city.

For Pong, who was born in Namwon Prison, the magical lights represent freedom, and he dreams of the day he will be able to walk among them. But when Pong escapes from prison, he realizes that the world outside is no fairer than the one behind bars.

The wealthy dine and dance under bright orb light, while the poor toil away in darkness. Worst of all, Pong’s prison tattoo marks him as a fugitive who can never be truly free. Nok, the prison warden’s perfect daughter, is bent on tracking Pong down and restoring her family’s good name.

But as Nok hunts Pong through the alleys and canals of Chattana, she uncovers secrets that make her question the truths she has always held dear. Set in a Thai-inspired fantasy world, Christina Soontornvat’s twist on Victor Hugo’s Les Misrables is a dazzling, fast-paced adventure that explores the difference between law and justice and asks whether one child can shine a light in the dark.


7. How to Steal a Dog: A Novel

Author: by Barbara O'Connor
Square Fish
English
208 pages

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Don’t miss Barbara O’Connor’s other middle-grade worklike Wish; Wonderland; Greetings from Nowhere; Fame and Glory in Freedom, Georgia; The Fantastic Secret of Owen Jester; and more! Half of me was thinking, Georgina, don’t do this. Stealing a dog is just plain wrong.

The other half of me was thinking, Georgina, you’re in a bad fix and you got to do whatever it takes to get yourself out of it. Georgina Hayes is desperate. Ever since her father left and they were evicted from their apartment, her family has been living in their car.

With her mama juggling two jobs and trying to make enough money to find a place to live, Georgina is stuck looking after her younger brother, Toby. And she has her heart set on improving their situation. When Georgina spots a missing-dog poster with a reward of five hundred dollars, the solution to all her problems suddenly seems within reach.

All she has to do is “borrow” the right dog and its owners are sure to offer a reward. What happens next is the last thing she expected. How to Steal a Dog is a 2008 Bank Street – Best Children's Book of the Year.


8. Sticks

Author: by Diane Alber
English
1732934614
978-1732934610

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A heartwarming story about finding your place in the world. Sticks is about a Popsicle that accidentally melts and becomes just a plain stick. He has a hard time adjusting to his new normal but with the help of some new friends (who happen to be sticks too) he realizes that everything happened for a reason and that melting was part of his journey.

Sticks is a story that almost anyone can relate to. It’s about finding yourself in a situation that didn’t turn out like you expected and having your friends and family help you find he courage to pick yourself back up and persevere.


9. Free Lunch

Author: by Rex Ogle
English
208 pages
132400360X

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Winner of the 2020 YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award. Instead of giving him lunch money, Rex’s mom has signed him up for free meals. As a poor kid in a wealthy school district, better-off kids crowd impatiently behind him as he tries to explain to the cashier that he’s on the free meal program.

The lunch lady is hard of hearing, so Rex has to shout. Free Lunch is the story of Rex’s efforts to navigate his first semester of sixth gradewho to sit with, not being able to join the football team, Halloween in a handmade costume, classmates and a teacher who take one look at him and decide he’s troubleall while wearing secondhand clothes and being hungry.

His mom and her boyfriend are out of work, and life at home is punctuated by outbursts of violence. Halfway through the semester, his family is evicted and ends up in government-subsidized housing in view of the school. Rex lingers at the end of last period every day until the buses have left, so no one will see where he lives.

10. A Different Pond (Fiction Picture Books)

Author: by Bao Phi
Capstone Young Readers
English
32 pages

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A 2018 Caldecott Honor Book that Kirkus Reviews calls “a must-read for our times,” A Different Pond is an unforgettable story about a simple event – a long-ago fishing trip. Graphic novelist Thi Bui and acclaimed poet Bao Phi deliver a powerful, honest glimpse into a relationship between father and son – and between cultures, old and new.

As a young boy, Bao and his father awoke early, hours before his father’s long workday began, to fish on the shores of a small pond in Minneapolis. Unlike many other anglers, Bao and his father fished for food, not recreation.

A successful catch meant a fed family. Between hope-filled casts, Bao’s father told him about a different pond in their homeland of Vietnam. Thi Bui’s striking, evocative art paired with Phi’s expertly crafted prose has earned this powerful picture books six starred reviews and numerous awards.

11. Coat of Many Colors

Author: by Dolly Parton
Grosset & Dunlap
English
32 pages

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Dolly Parton lends the lyrics of her classic song “Coat of Many Colors” to this heartfelt picture book for young readers. Country music legend Dolly Parton’s rural upbringing in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee provides the backdrop for this special picture book.

Using lyrics from her classic song “Coat of Many Colors,” the book tells the story of a young girl in need of a warm winter coat. When her mother sews her a coat made of rags, the girl is mocked by classmates for being poor.

But Parton’s trademark positivity carries through to the end as the girl realizes that her coat was made with love “in every stitch.” Beautiful illustrations pair with Parton’s poetic lyrics in this heartfelt picture book sure to speak to all young readers.

12. The Magician's Elephant

Author: by Kate DiCamillo
Candlewick
English
224 pages

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A classic tale by Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo, America’s beloved storytellerWhen a fortuneteller’s tent appears in the market square of the city of Baltese, orphan Peter Augustus Duchene knows the questions that he needs to ask: Does his sister still live?

And if so, how can he find her? The fortuneteller’s mysterious answer (an elephant! An elephant will lead him there! Sets off a chain of events so remarkable, so impossible, that you will hardly dare to believe it’s true. With atmospheric illustrations by fine artist Yoko Tanaka, here is a dreamlike and captivating tale that could only be narrated by Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo.

In this timeless fable, she evokes the largest of themes hope and belonging, desire and compassion with the lightness of a magician’s touch. With dreamlike illustrations and a cover by Yoko Tanaka.

13. The Red Pencil

Author: by Andrea Davis Pinkney
English
368 pages
0316247820

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The powerful story of one girl’s triumphant journey, inspired by true tales of life in Sudan – now in paperback. Life in Amira’s peaceful Sudanese village is shattered when Janjaweed attackers arrive, unleashing unspeakable horrors. After losing nearly everything, Amira needs to find the strength to make the long journey on foot to safety at a refugee camp.

She begins to lose hope, until the gift of a simple red pencil opens her mind – and all kinds of possibilities.

14. Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster

Author: by Jonathan Auxier
Harry N. Abrams
English
368 pages

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A 2019 Sydney Taylor Book Award Winner! It’s been five years since the Sweep disappeared. Orphaned and alone, Nan Sparrow had no other choice but to work for a ruthless chimney sweep named Wilkie Crudd. She spends her days sweeping out chimneys.

The job is dangerous and thankless, but with her wits and will, Nan has managed to beat the deadly odds time and time again. When Nan gets stuck in a chimney fire, she fears the end has come. Instead, she wakes to find herself unharmed in an abandoned attic.

And she is not alone. Huddled in the corner is a mysterious creaturea golemmade from soot and ash. Sweep is the story of a girl and her monster. Together, these two outcasts carve out a new lifesaving each other in the process.

Lyrically told by one of today’s most powerful storytellers, Sweep is a heartrending adventure about the everlasting gifts of friendship and wonder.

15. Be Who You Are

Author: by Todd Parr
English
32 pages
0316265233

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In a brand-new companion to his beloved classic It’s Okay to Be Different, New York Times bestselling author Todd Parr encourages kids to be proud of who they are inside.Be who you are! Be proud of where you’re from.

Be a different color. Speak your language. Wear everything you need to be you. Who better than Todd Parr to remind kids that their unique traits are what make them so special? With his signature silly and accessible style, Parr encourages readers to embrace all their unique qualities.

16. Maddi's Fridge

Author: by Lois Brandt
Flashlight Press
English
32 pages

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Winner of:2014 Christopher Award, Books for Young People2014 ILA Primary Fiction Award2015 MLA Mitten Award HonorHuman Rights in Children's Literature HonorWith humor and warmth, this Children's picture book raises awareness about poverty and hungerBest friends Sofia and Maddi live in the same neighborhood, go to the same school, and play in the same park, but while Sofia’s fridge at home is full of nutritious food, the fridge at Maddi’s house is empty.

Sofia learns that Maddi’s family doesn’t have enough money to fill their fridge and promises Maddi she’ll keep this discovery a secret. But because Sofia wants to help her friend, she’s faced with a difficult decision: to keep her promise or tell her parents about Maddi’s empty fridge.

Filled with colorful artwork, this storybook addresses issues of poverty with honesty and sensitivity while instilling important lessons in friendship, empathy, trust, and helping others. A call to action section, with six effective ways for children to help fight hunger and information on antihunger groups, is also included.