Can We Help? Kids Volunteering to Help Their Communities

Book, Social Issues, Work

Can We Help?
Kids Volunteering to Help Their Communities

By: George Ancona
Publisher: Candlewick Press, 2015
Age Level: 5 and up
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-5362-02977 (Hardback), 978-0-7636-73673 (Paperback)


CAN WE HELP! Yes, you can! And it doesn’t matter if you are eight or eighteen years old—you can lend a hand to help  make your community a better place. See how the kids featured in this book volunteer to knit hats and scarves for people without enough warm clothes, pack hot meals to deliver to people who aren’t able to leave their homes, train assistance dogs for people with disabilities, keep roadways clean, mentor younger children, and contribute in many other ways. 

Schools, food banks, recreational areas, farms, and many other places present opportunities for children to give back to their neighborhood or city. And giving back not only helps people in need—it makes you feel good too!






  • Carol D. Reiser Children’s Book Award Winner
  • Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People


Kids don’t often get a chance to help others outside their families in meaningful ways. This book may change that….It’s a sure bet for groups and families focused on doing some community service.
—Kirkus Reviews

This encouraging book presents examples of children volunteering to help others and enjoying the process…Clearly, the answer to the title’s question is an emphatic “Yes!”

A good choice for schools with a strong emphasis on community service.
—School Library Journal

The clear project descriptions and lively photographs show that volunteering is something that any youngster can do, with a little adult supervision. Hopefully it will encourage readers to become active, contributing members of their own communities.
—School Library Connection