Children’s Literature and Guided Questions


Making Change               

Picture Books for K-3

Click, Clack, Moo (Cows That Type)-by Doreen Cronin and illustrated by Betsy Lewin (Simon Spotlight, 2016)

Summary:   The cows want change from the farmer.   Duck helps make it happen.


1.       How did the animals help make change? Why do you think the farmer agreed to make the change?

2.       If only one cow had wanted to be warm, do you think she would have gotten a blanket? Why would it be different?

3.       Do you think the ducks will get a diving board? What advice would you give to the ducks to help them get it?

4.       What’s a change you’d like to see in the world?  What can the story teach us about how to best help make this happen?

5.       If the cows wanted to make another change, and didn’t have a typewriter, what could they do?


For Grades 4-7

Gandhi—by Demi (Margaret K McElderry Books, 2001)


The life story of Ghandi who helped bring great change to India and the world.


1.       What events in Gandhi’s own life do you think made him work so hard for change?

2.       When bad things happened, why did Gandhi not fight back physically? Why do you think he decided to resist through nonviolence?

3.       Why do you think Gandhi had so few possessions when he died?

4.       “He began to look on every difficulty as an opportunity to serve others.”   This line from the book exemplifies how he thought about change.  What are some difficulties you’ve faced or someone you know has faced, that also are problems a lot of people face?

5.       “Be the change you wish for the world” is  perhaps the most famous quote of Gandhi’s.  Can you think of way in which you be the change you wish for the world?


Other worthy books:

Josephine:  The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker by Patricia Hruby Powell and illustrated by Christian Robinson (Chronicle Books, 2014)   Grades 2-5  The life story of the performer and civil rights advocate.] who came from slums to leave a mark on the world.

Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers' Strike of 1909 by Michelle Markel and illustrated by Melissa Sweet (Balzer and Bray, 2013)  Grades K-3  A young Ukranian immigrant leads the largest walkout by  women factory workers in US History

Warriors Don’t Cry by Melba Patillo Beals  (Simon Pulse, 2007)  Grades 4-up  The story of the Little Rock Nine desegregating Central High School in Little Rock, AR, as told by one of the nine students who did

The Hunger Games (all three books) by Suzanne Collins (Scholastic, 2010, 2013,2014) Grades 4-up  How a revolution is orchestrated.

Thank You, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco (Philomel Books, 2012)  Grades K-3  A student is grateful for the teacher who helped her with her dyslexia

The Gospel According to Larry by Janet Tashjien (Square Fish, 2014)  Grades 5-up  A young adult, Josh, tries to deal with rampant consumerism anonymously through a website