Delve into a Book on Giving

Delve into a Book on Giving

January 28th, 2010

by Dan A. Schipp

If the youngsters in your life haven’t yet delved into their first book of the New Year, I have a few suggestions to get them off to a great start – and I even threw in a suggestion for your New Year reading, as well.  All three books are on the importance of giving.

For the youngster, I recommend Shel Silverstein’s classic, The Giving Tree, first published in 1964.  This wonderfully written and illustrated book offers children (and adults) an inspiring example of giving generously.  It also has something to say to all of us about trust and selflessness in a relationship.

Another great book for teaching children about sharing and caring for others is one that my colleague, Angela White, mentioned in her blog a few weeks ago – Three Cups by Mark St. Germain.

For you, I suggest Rambam’s Ladder by Julie Salamon, published in 2003 by Workman Publishing.  Salamon’s book, subtitled “A Meditation on Generosity and why it is Necessary to Give”, is a thoughtful reflection on the Ladder of Charity by Maimonides, a twelfth century philosopher and scholar.

May your New Year reading inspire you and your little ones to be great givers and philanthropists.

Let us know how you liked Dan’s suggested readings, or provide your own suggestions by posting in the JGA comments section below.

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