Books that teach us about hunger

As part of your involvement in Caritas’ “Food for All” campaign, take time to share a book with your child, or a group of children or adults, and discuss the needs of hungry people.


Books for Children

Chamberlin, M., Chamberlin, R., & Cairns, J. (2005). Mama Panya’s pancakes: A village tale from Kenya. Cambridge, MA: Barefoot Books.

Hughes, M., & Garay, L. (1996). A handful of seeds. New York: Orchard Books.

DeFelice, C. C., & U’Ren, A. (2006). One potato, two potato. New York: Farrar Straus Giroux.

DiSalvo, D. A. (1991). Uncle Willie and the soup kitchen. New York: Morrow Junior Books.

Rosen, M. J. (1994). The greatest table: A banquet to fight against hunger. San Diego, CA: Harcourt Brace.

Rawlings, M. K., Dillon, L., & Dillon, D. (2011). The secret river. New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers.

Brandt, L., & Vogel, V. (2014). Maddi’s fridge. Brooklyn, NY: Flashlight Press.

Bromley, A. C., & Casilla, R. (2010). The lunch thief. Gardiner, Me: Tilbury House.

Charlesworth, M. L. (1859). Ministering children: A tale dedicated to childhood. New York: R. Carter.

Brown, M., & Charles Scribner’s Sons. (1947). Stone soup: An old tale. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons.


Books for Adults

Buck, Pearl. The Good Earth (1931). New York: Washington Square Press

Dinesen, Isak (Karen Blixen). Babette’s Feast (1950). London: Penguin

Markandaya, Kamala. Nectar in a Sieve (1954). New York: J. Day Co.


Children’s book list compiled by Steve Herro, Manager of Mission Resources and Data, Catholic Charities USA



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