Kay E. Vandergrift


Throughout the semester, we have shared books that celebrate all the world's children. Not all of their stories have been happy ones, but overall they have been positive and hopeful. Perhaps this is itself astonishing in a country in which so many children go to bed cold and hungry and get up, still cold and hungry, to go to schools that are dirty, decrepit and without adequate resources.

Some of these children don't even have homes or parents who love them.

Even in these circumstances, however, there is hope. Just as we now have picture books representing many other cultures, we are beginning to have stories of children in dire economic straits. For this module, we will discuss the books below and add others to this list.

Please read carefully the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child. Note when the US accepted the convention.

Please examine Children in the States: 2003 data.


Baylor, Byrd. The Table Where Rich People Sit. Ilus. by Peter Parnall. New York: Charles Scibner's, 1994.

Bunting, Eve. A Day's Work. Illus. by Ronald Himler. New York: Clarion, 1994.

Bunting, Eve. December. Illus. by David Diaz. San Diego, CA: Harcourt Brace, 1997.

Bunting, Eve. Fly Away Home. Illus. by Ronald Himler. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin, 1991.

De Veaux, Alexis. Na-ni. New York: Harper & Row, 1973.

Disalvo-Ryan, Dyanne. A Castle on Viola Street. New York: HarperCollins, 2001.

Disalvo-Ryan, Dyanne. Uncle Willie and the Soup Kitchen. Mulberry Books, 1997.

Frost, Jonathan. Gowanus Dogs. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1999.

Komaiko, Leah. Lenora O'Grady. Illus. by Laura Cornell. New York: HarperCollins, 1992.

McBrier, Patricia. Beatrice's Goat . Illus. by Lori Lohstoeter.New York: Atheneum, 2001.

McGovern, Ann. The Lady in the Box. Illus. by Marni Backer. Turtle Books, 1997.

McCully, Emily Arnold. The Bobbin Girl. New York: Dial, 1996.

Merriam, Eve. The Inner City Mother Goose. Illus. by David Diaz. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1996. (earlier editions 1969, 1985)

Sendak, Maurice. We Are All in the Dumps with Jack and Guy. New York: HarperCollins, 1993.

Williams, Vera B. A Chair for My Mother. New York: Greenwillow, 1983.

Williams, Vera B. Something Special for Me. New York: Greenwillow, 1983.


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