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Children & Homelessness

Nonfiction

Bringle, Jennifer
Homelessness in America Today
j HV4505.B69 2011
From the causes of homelessness to how it affects families and children, Bringle does a good job in discussing a difficult topic. Text is clear, brief and touches upon job loss, poverty, and hunger while ending with suggestions on ways to help and resources to learn more.
 
Chalofsky, Margie, Glen Finland and Judy Wallace
Changing Places: A Kid's View of Shelter Living
Mt. Rainier, MD: Gryphon House, 1992.
Eight homeless children ages six to thirteen tell what it's like to live in a shelter
 
Stearman, Kaye
Homelessness
j HV4493.S73 1999
The author explores the roots of homelessness and the experiences of the homeless around the world.
 

Fiction

Chapter Books

Myers, Walter Dean
Darnell Rock Reporting
New York: Delacorte, 1994
On a whim, thirteen-year-old Darnell joins the staff of the school newspaper and becomes involved in the plight of the city's homeless.
 
O'Connor, Barbara
How to Steal a Dog
New York: Frances Foster Books, 2007.
To help her family, currently living in the family car, Georgina decides to steal a dog and claim the reward money.
 

Picture Books

Bunting, Eve
December
Illustrated by David Diaz
San Diego: Harcourt Brace & Company, 1997
Simon and his mom live in a home made from cardboard boxes. On Christmas Eve they share their meager home with an elderly stranger who might not be what she appears.
 
Bunting, Eve
Fly Away Home
Illustrated by Ronald Himler
New York: Clarion Books, 1991
The story depicts the hardships of a father and son who are living in an airport.
 
Gunning, Monica
A Shelter in Our Car
Illustrated by Elaine Pedlar
San Francisco: Children's Book Press, 2004
Zettie and her mama live in their car on the city streets, dreaming of the home they left behind in Jamaica. Mama hunts for work and Zettie attends school, enduring the taunts of the other children. Gunning portrays the pair's hardships and determination in a realistic, yet hopeful manner.
 
Sweet, Melissa
Tupelo Rides the Rails
New York: Houghton Mifflin, 2008
Tupelo the dog has been abandoned by the side of a road. He joins up with a pack of fellow canines and a homeless man named Garbage Pail Tex. Tex regales the dogs with tales of dog heroes and sings them to sleep.