A Chair for My Mother by Vera B. Williams (Illustrator)
Publication Date: 1982-10-01
After their house is burned, the love, hope, and dreams of a mother and daughter triumph over the tragedy.
A Different Pond by Bao Phi; Thi Bui (Illustrator)
Publication Date: 2017-08-01
Acclaimed poet Bao Phi delivers a powerful, honest glimpse into a relationship between father and son - and between cultures, old and new. A Different Pond is an unforgettable story about a simple event - a long-ago fishing trip. As a young boy, Bao Phi awoke early, hours before his father's long workday began, to fish on the shores of a small pond in Minneapolis. Unlike many other anglers, Bao and his father fished for food, not recreation. A successful catch meant a fed family. Between hope-filled casts, Bao’s father told him about a different pond in their homeland of Vietnam.
Homeless by Bernard Wolf
Publication Date: 1995
A first-person narrative and full-color photographs tell the story of young, hope-filled Mikey and his family and their stay in an emergency shelter and at New York City's Henry Street Settlement Urban Family Center.
Last Stop on Market Street by Matt De la Peña; Christian Robinson (Illustrator)
Publication Date: 2015-01-08
A young boy rides the bus across town with his grandmother and learns to appreciate the beauty in everyday things.
A Shelter in Our Car by Monica Gunning; Elaine Pedlar (Illustrator, Translator)
Publication Date: 2004-01-16
Since she left Jamaica for America after her father died, Zettie lives in a car with her mother while they both go to school and plan for a real home.
The Table Where Rich People Sit by Byrd Baylor; Peter Parnall (Illustrator)
Publication Date: 1994-09-01
A girl discovers that her impoverished family is rich in things that matter in life, especially being outdoors and experiencing nature.
Uncle Willie and the Soup Kitchen by Dyanne Disalvo; DyAnne DiSalvo-Ryan (Illustrator)
Publication Date: 1997-04-24
"A straightforward fictional view of an urban soup kitchen, as observed by a boy visiting it with his 'Uncle Willie,' who works there every day....The difficult lives of those fed (including children)--as well as the friendly, nonintrusive attitude of the kitchen workers toward them--are presented sensitively but without sentimentality.
What Is Given from the Heart by Patricia C. McKissack; April Harrison (Illustrator)
Publication Date: 2019-01-08
Despite their own poverty since Daddy died, Mama tells nine-year-old James Otis they need to help Sarah, seven, whose family lost everything in a fire.