From School Library Journal
Grade 7 Up—In this inspiring and motivating book, Zeiler challenges teens to make a difference by contributing to charitable causes. Her enthusiastic, personal appeal offers advice on selecting a charity and deciding whether to donate money, useful items, or time. No matter how grand or small the offering, the author stresses the intrinsic and tangible rewards of giving. Sidebars present tips on getting started, checklists for fundraising, positive quotes from teen volunteers, and blurbs on historical nonprofit successes like the March of Dimes. A helpful and lengthy annotated directory of well-established charities is arranged by category ("People," "Animals," and "The Environment") and ranges from Adopt-a-Minefield to the Wilderness Society. Each entry explains the organization's mission, describes how donations are used and monies spent, presents pertinent facts, and provides contact information. This book meshes well with the step-by-step guidelines in Barbara Lewis's The Kid's Guide to Service Projects
(Free Spirit, 2004) and the testimonials of Prudential Award teen volunteers in Susan K. Perry's Catch the Spirit
(Watts, 2000). The increasing school emphasis on community service and global awareness makes Zeiler's title a valuable, consciousness-raising resource.—Gerry Larson, Durham School of the Arts, NC
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From the Publisher
Everyone can make a difference. A Kid's Guide to Giving originated when author Freddi Zeiler decided to donate the money from her piggy bank. There were so many charitable organizations to choose from that she didn't know where to begin--so she set out to research them all. The charitable organizations are divided into 3 categories: People, Animals, and Environment. The book comes with a gift envelope--to get kids started on the road to giving.