Doing Good Together September 2010 Newsletter

Doing Good Together September 2010 Newsletter: Learn and Reflect with Reading

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  • Resonate with Reading
  • Books that Build Kindness
  • Inspiration
  • News From DGT

  • Stories can be powerful teachers. When you read to your children about caring, compassion and service, you can expose them to other ways of life, challenge stereotypes, help them understand need, inspire conversations about how others are reaching out, and prompt action. Below you'll find book suggestions that are sure to stimulate family discussions about giving, kindness and service.

    Jenny Friedman, Executive Director

    Resonate with Reading

    Make a Difference...

    What adult doesn't enjoy the pleasure of a good picture book? Reading out loud is especially rewarding when the stories focus on making a positive difference. Here are a few of our top picks - picture books that we think are both engaging and inspiring. Check out the more extensive resource list on our website. Join the conversation on Sarah's blog (also on the DGT website) as she seeks out books (and activities!) that entertain as well as educate her young children about giving and serving.

    Books that Build Kindness
    DGT Book Collage

    Learn About It...

    Lady in the Box by Anne McGovern (Turtle Books, 1999). Two young kids befriend a homeless woman in their neighborhood. When they see her at the soup kitchen where they volunteer, they realize the reasons behind the work they do and the difference they can make.

    Listen to the Wind by Greg Mortenson (Dial; first edition, 2009). A story for young readers about Mortenson's experience in Pakistan and his drive to support the education of its children.

    The Lorax by Dr. Seuss (Random House Books for Young Readers, 1971). This classic Dr.Seuss story, filled with silly characters and whimsical illustrations, communicates a powerful environmental message.

    Miss Tizzy by Libba Moore Gray (Aladdin, 1998). A joyful elderly woman has a following among an ethnically diverse group of neighborhood children. When she becomes ill, the children get creative about how they can express their love.

    Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch by Eileen Spinelli (Simon and Schuster Children's Publishing, 1996). A lovely story about a grumpy, lonely man who discovers the importance of friendship when he receives an unexpected package from an admirer.

    Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox (Kane/Miller Book Publishers, 1989). A sweet and funny story about a young boy who befriends the residents at the nursing home next door, with benefits to young and old alike.

    Talk About It...

    Whenever you read picture books with your children, pose questions like these:

  • Did you like this book? Why or why not?
  • Did you notice that one of the characters was having a hard time with something? What was it?
  • What do you think about how they faced the situation and what they decided to do about it?
  • What would you do if you had to solve a problem like the one the character in the book had to deal with?
  • Inspiration

    To read without reflecting is like eating without digesting.

    -- Edmund Burke, Irish statesman, author and philosopher

    News From DGT


    You're invited to the 5th annual celebration for Doing Good Together on November 12, 2010; 6-9 pm in Bloomington, Minnesota.

    The event will feature wine, hors d'oeuvres, desserts, a live auction and our popular "big wall of wine" raffle. Although this is a fundraiser for Doing Good Together, no minimum donation will be requested.

    Please join us and invite your friends. More details to follow!

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