7 Children’s Audiobooks About Global Poverty


SEATTLE, Washington — Audiobooks are wonderful and a great way to discuss global poverty with children. You can listen to them while you are in the car, doing chores, getting children ready for bed or while doing a myriad of other activities. This article is a compiled list of children’s audiobooks about global poverty.

7 Children’s Audiobooks About Global Poverty

  1. “On Our Street: Our First Talk About Poverty” by Dr. Jillian Roberts and Jaime Casap. This is a nonfiction children’s audiobook about global poverty that provides a gentle introduction to discussions of poverty. The book is in a question and answer format. Further, the book poses a question about common aspects of poverty and then provides an answer to the question. “On Our Street” covers topics such as homelessness, mental illness and refugee status in a way that is digestible for kids. Consequently, this book serves as a great way to start conversations about poverty with children. 
  2. “The Red Pencil” by Andrea Davis Pinkney. This children’s audiobook about poverty is inspired by true tales of life in Sudan. After the destruction of Amira’s village, this book tells the story of her long journey afoot to a refugee camp. Finally, when about to lose hope in this journey, Amira finds a red pencil that changes everything and opens her mind to new possibilities.  
  3. “Crenshaw” by Katherine Applegate. This is a middle-school-age book about Jackson’s relationship with his imaginary cat, Crenshaw. Crenshaw came back to help him amidst his family struggling to make ends meet, which causes them to live in a mini-van. One of the biggest questions of the book is whether Jackson’s relationship with Crenshaw is enough to save his family from losing everything. This tale does not sugar-coat poverty, but it discusses it compassionately. 
  4. “Rickshaw Girl” by Mitali Perkins and Jamie Hogan. “Rickshaw Girl” is set in Bangladesh and is about the talented painter Naima. Naima draws on her artistic talents to get her family out of poverty.
  5. “Nory Ryan’s Song” by Patricia Reilly Giff. This work of fiction is set in Ireland. It is about Nory Ryan’s family’s struggle with hunger after terrible blight attacks the potatoes that the family relies on for food. 
  6. “Crossing the Wire” by Will Hobbs. When falling crop prices threatened his family with starvation, 15-year-old Victor Flores makes a dangerous journey across the U.S.-Mexico border so he can find work and ease the finances at home. 
  7. “June Peters, You Will Change the World One Day” by Alika R. Turner. June Peter is only 10 years old. June is determined to make a difference in the world. She gives away her lunch money and learns valuable lessons about talking to strangers. Similarly, this book motivates everyone to make a difference and discusses how acts of kindness are perceived by others.

In conclusion, teaching valuable lessons about global poverty does not have to be boring or unapproachable. Children can learn about a difficult topic in a way that will provide them with knowledge about diverse economic backgrounds. Further, children’s audiobooks about poverty are an engaging way for children to learn about the issues of poverty around the world.

Emily Oomen

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