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The Kid’s Guide to Service Projects

Over 500 Service Ideas for Young People Who Want to Make a Difference
(Updated 2nd Edition)


Are you looking for ways to connect kids with inspiring, high-quality community service projects? Do you want fresh ideas and suggestions for how to get kids involved in service learning? This second edition of Barbara Lewis’s classic youth service guide contains hundreds of up-to-date service projects and ideas presented in an engaging, kid-friendly format. This guide has something for everyone who wants to make a difference. Features and benefits include:

  • Over 500 service learning project ideas, from simple to large scale
  • Fourteen thematic chapters covering topics commonly selected for community service such as animals, the environment, literacy, seniors, people with special needs, health and wellness
  • The “Ten Steps to Successful Service Projects”
  • Step-by-step instructions for creating flyers, petitions, press releases, and more
  • Endorsed by Youth Service America

Each chapter includes important facts and statistics related to each topic, a host of diverse service project ideas, and listings of service organizations’ contact information. National award-winning author Barbara Lewis provides the ideas, tips, resources, and information kids need to get out there and make a difference today!

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Paperback $14.99 23388 Paperback 23388 $14.99
ISBN: 978-1-57542-338-8
Reading Level: Grade 6
Interest Level: Ages 10 & up
Guided Reading Level: W
Lexile Measure: 850L
Illustrated: two-color, illust., photos
Trim Size: 6" x 9"
Page Count: 160

Praise for The Kid’s Guide to Service Projects
“Highly recommended, affordably priced, and ready to be used, this workbook starts in the hands of teachers, parents, and youth group leaders. It goes from there into the hands of students.”—Robert Schmidt, Ph.D., associate professor and service-learning coordinator, Utah State University

“Outlines numerous community activities that children can initiate . . . Use this book before a brainstorming session to get your students’ ideas flowing.”—Curriculum Connections

“It was a delight to read a book that exemplified its message both in the content and in the book publishing practices.”—The Green Mama

Praise for the first edition
“A gold mine for kids who want to make a difference.”—NEA Today

“An outstanding choice.”—School Library Journal

“Indispensable for students and their teachers. The quality and breadth of service ideas are remarkable.”—The Children’s Book Council

“A good, not-too-preachy idea book for kids with a social conscience.”—USA Today

  • VOYA Nonfiction Honor List

Awards for the first edition:

  • The National Parenting Center’s Seal of Approval
  • Parents’ Choice Recommended
  • Endorsed by Youth Service America
  • Books for the Teen Age, New York Public Library
  • Notable Children’s Trade Books—The Children’s Book Council

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  • Common Core State Standards


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