Children’s Literature and Guided Questions


Picture Book for K-3

Beatrice’s Goat by Page McBrier and illustrated by Lori Lohstoeter (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2001)


Beatrice’s family obtains a goat that helps her family get out of poverty. 

Questions for K-3

1.       How did one goat change the lives of Beatrice and her family?

2.       What do you feel like when you’re very hungry? How do you act?

3.       What other animals would help a family with food?  

4.       Do you think there people as hungry here in North America as there are in Africa and Asia?

5.       How do we help people get food who don’t have it?   Have you ever heard of the Heifer project?


Picture Book for 4-6

The Good Garden: How One Family Went from Hunger to Having Enough by Katie Smith Milway and illustrated by Sylvie Daigneault  (Kids Can Press, 2010)

Summary:  Maria takes over the garden when her father leaves to work to get more money for the family.  Maria’s teacher helps her understand how to make the garden more sustainable and how to be more self-reliant and independent.

Questions for 4-6

1.       What are some things Maria learns from her teacher about how to make a better garden?

2.       Why do you think people try and take advantage of poor people?

3.       The book is set in Honduras.  What do you know about the country?   Do you think a similar story could happen here in the US/Canada?

4.       Why do you think the author used people with coyote heads in the book?

5.       Why don’t people who have more than enough food and money share it with those who don’t?

Other Worthy Books

Cycle of Rice, Cycle of Life—Jan Reynolds (Lee and Lowe Books, 2009)  Grades 3-6  How rice sustains the people of Bali

Uncle Willie and the Soup Kitchen (Reading Rainbow Book) Paperback by Dyanne Disalvo-Ryan (Harper Collins, 1997) Grades K-2  A not overly sentimental but real look at a soup kitchen.

Hungry Planet: What the World Eats by Faith D’Aluisio (Material World, 2005) Grades 4 and up  Information book about eating around the world.

A Kid’s Guide to Hunger and Homelessness:  How to Take Action by Cathryn Berger Kaye (Free Spirit Publishing, 2007) Grades 1-6  What other kids have done globally around the issues.

Maddi’s Fridge by Lois Brandt and illustrated by Vin Vogel (Flashlight Press, 2014) K-4 One friend learns her new friend doesn’t have much to eat.

Poverty and Hunger by Louise Spilsbury  and illustrated by  Hanane Kai (B.E.S. Publishing, 2017)  K-5 How poverty and hunger affect people, often when things are out of people’s control

Stone Soup (Many versions and authors)  K-3  How one with no food can make a meal for everyone.