United Way | Imagination Library of Middle Tennessee
We teach our children to say please and thank you, to pick up their toys and to brush their teeth before bed. But just as important as manners is teaching children the value in philanthropy, of giving and being generous members of our community.
We can start this at an early age. At Imagination Library of Middle Tennessee, we select books that promote giving in abundance and encourage us to look inside ourselves—beyond the material things in life—for joy and fulfillment. Grab these books off your shelves to get the giving conversation going.
“The Spiffiest Giant in Town” by Julia Donaldson
This lively tale reminds readers that sometimes it’s what’s inside a person—or a giant—that matters most.
“Coat of Many Colors” by Dolly Parton
This book tells the story of a young girl whose mother sews her a coat made of rags. The girl is mocked by classmates for being poor—but true to Parton’s positivity—she realizes that her coat is special because it was made with love “in every stitch.”
“Daniel Finds a Poem” by Micha Archer
This story’s rich art and incredible details show that poetry can be found everywhere and in everyone; we just have to look and listen for it.
“The Night Is Yours” by Abdul-Razak Zachariah
This glowing, empowering picture book about a nighttime hide-and-seek game celebrates blackness and self-confidence.
But maybe the greatest way we can teach children the importance of giving is by example. Here are a few ways you can share the gift of literacy with your child:
- Give books your child has outgrown to friends, neighbors or local nonprofits and schools.
- Sponsor a child’s Imagination Library books from birth to age five. Get started here.
- Visit hon.org to look for ways to give your time to support education and literacy in our community.