World Food Day is October 16th. How does this relate to books and students? The holiday season is approaching. Have you witnessed parents worrying about how they will feed their families? Does this impact students? Perhaps your school holds Canned Food Drives or Winter Coat Drives. The student council at my school recently planned their activities and chose leaders for both these groups. I decided to have the leaders read Kids Against Hunger by Jon Mikkelsen from Stone Arch books new series WE ARE HEROES. (All proceeds from the sale of this book goes to Kids Against HungerTM )
I wasn’t prepared for the seriousness with which they approached their reviews. They told me that the facts are the same as they hear over and over, but that there was a twist to this book. They told me how the main character’s choice and sacrifice meant something to them. Then they took a look at all the titles in the series to see if any others would be of interest. Finally, one of them said, "You should order all of these because I will read them all and if I’ll read them, then lots of other kids will, too."
My students were very enthusiastic about Kids Against Hunger and asked if they could share this title with different classrooms to help make their food drive a success. Aw, shucks! If you insist, I’ll get more copies of books that help you convince others to do the "right" thing.
What is a hero? Are kids heroes? As a companion to the book, Stone Arch Books has created a social networking web page for educators and students to share their stories on what they’re doing to make the world a better place. Events with friends, classmates, teachers, and parents can be posted at
www.WeAreHeroes.ning.com. Videos, audio clips, photos, and stories are all accepted. Every month, Stone Arch Books will highlight their favorite story on the site.
I wonder if my students or your students will contribute. We already have a "Green Team" of recyclers at my middle school. A small number were chosen from nearly 200 applicants. I wonder what will happen when they realize Stone Arch has a title in this series called The Green Team? I’d better get busy ordering.
The mission of Kids Against Hunger™ is to significantly reduce the number of hungry children in the USA and to feed starving children throughout the world. To learn more visit www.feedingchildren.org and be sure to do your part by purchasing a copy of Kids Against Hunger.