The Giving Square Selects
The Giving Square Selects raises up beautifully told and illustrated children’s stories that bring readers deeper into the human experience. This designation helps both families and educators identify books that spark meaningful conversations with kids about the myriad ways we can look out for each other.
On behalf of the Children and Youth team at Politics and Prose and an esteemed group of reading specialists and literature experts, we are excited to launch The Giving Square Selects and our 2023 recipients of the designation.
The Proudest Blue
Written by Ibtihaj Muhammad with S.K. Ali
Illustrated by Hatem Aly
Published by Little, Brown and Company
Lubna and Pebble
Written by Wendy Meddour
Illustrated by Daniel Egnéus
Published by Dial Books for Young Readers
Benji, the Bad Day, and Me
Written by Sally J. Pla
Illustrated by Ken Min
Published by Lee & Low Books Inc.
The One Day House
Written by Julia Durango
Illustrated by Bianca Diaz
Published by Charlesbridge
Written and illustrated by Tyler Charlton
Published by Roaring Brook Press
Strictly No Elephants
Written by Lisa Mantchev
Illustrated by Taeeun Yoo
Published by Simon & Schuster
While there is ample supply of children’s literature about giving, there is a wide range of quality and intended messages. We launched The Giving Square Selects to help families and educators identify the books that help readers:
develop empathic connections to pressing social issues
explore their own unique philanthropic capacity
understand the broader responsibility we all have to help each other
connect with a range of challenges that kids and adults might face
Thanks to the experts who participated in the selection process. We especially thank the hundreds of elementary students (Kids for Kids Intro participants) who gave us their honest feedback on several books. We also thank the many advisors and experts who participated in the selection process including Melanie Goldstein, Donna Wells, Maria Salvadore, Heidi Yoon, Nehal Gandhi, Karen Leggett, Rebecca Silverman, and Jean Dugan.