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Habitat for Humanity Picture Books

Habitat for Humanity International, 1996
Grandpa’s Hammer 
Illustrated by Bill Farnsworth

Grandpa has always been a man of strong beliefs. Then one day he suffers a loss, and it nearly costs him his faith. Setting aside his hammer, he retreats deep inside himself. Bringing him back again takes all the love his dranddaughter can muster.

She bakes cookies for him. She reads to him. She gives him hugs. Nothing seems to work until one day they visit a Habitat for Humanity work site. What happens there is a testament to the power of love, and to the strength we gain by helping others.

This is a story of faith, and of a young girl’s devotion to her grandfather. In the end, they learn from each other. If we read with open hearts, we can learn, too.

Raising the Roof 
Illustrated by Jada Rowland

David loves spending time with his mother and father, especially at the park on Saturdays. But one Saturday they can’t go, because his parents have volunteered to help at a Habitat for Humanity building project.

They leave David at the church playground, and though he is surrounded by other children, he doesn’t feel much like playing. Instead, he decides to build something of his own.

As David’s project takes shape, he meets some new friends. In the process, he learns about the fun of sharing and the joy of building things together.

Doorway to the World 
Illustrated by Teresa Flavin

What’s an International Partner? That’s what Ben wants to know, because Habitat for Humanity has selected him to be one, along with his mother and father. Ben’s parents explain that Habitat’s International Partners travel to other countries, live with the people there, and help them build the decent houses they need.

Ben isn’t sure he likes the idea. How can he leave his town? What about all his friends? He goes to bed that night, huddled beneath the covers and worried about what will happen. In the darkness, a wonderful dream takes shape, sending Ben on a trip that changes his life.

With Ben, readers will journey to a world that Habitat is helping to build, where neighbors know each other, where friends come in different colors, and where, by working together, people can have decent houses in which wo live.

Building Friends 
Illustrated by Cornelius Van Wright and Ying-Hwa Hu

Rosa is new to the neighborhood. To make her feeel at home, Rosa’s parents have built a treehouse, and she loves to sit there, safe among the branches, watching the world go by.

One day a boy named Matthew rides his bike onto the empty lot next door, and suddenly things start to get exciting. Matthew helps Rosa fix up her treehouse, and at the same time, some volunteers from Habitat for Humanity begin building a house on the empty lot.

As we get to know Rosa and Matthew, we learn with them that the act of working together enriches all of us. Whether finishing a treehouse or constructing a home, we are not simply putting up structures. We are building friends. 

 

On Top of Old Smoky 

Illustrated by Linda Anderson 
Ideals, 1992

A collection of Appalachian folk songs and stories, edited for children and illustrated by famed folk artist Linda Anderson. Songs and stories are presented on an accompanying audiocassette. 

The Nutcracker 

Illustrated by Rick Reinert 
Ideals, 1985

Enter the magical world of The Nutcracker through the enchanting dreamland of twelve-year-old Clara Stahlbaum. It all begins one night at the first stroke of midnight as Clara discovers a place of brilliant dancers, white horses, and a handsome prince in a magnificent castle.

This timeless story has delighted children all over the world. Now even the young child will enjoy Ronald Kidd’s simply told version. Beautifully illustrated by Rick Reinert, children will be captivated by this whimsical favorite, truly a delightful story children will love reading again and again. 

The Littlest Angel Meets the Newest Angel 

Illustrated by Rick Reinert 
Ideals, 1986

Heaven’s favorite cherub has tumbled headlong into another adventure. Sibling rivalry invades Paradise with the arrival of the Newest Angel. No one pays any attention to the Littlest Angel anymore, not even when he does the backstroke in the Fountain of Eternal Life. But worst of all, he is forced to share the Elysian Fields—his special place—with the intruder. With the Newest Angel’s help, the Littlest Angel learns to share and finds a lifelong friend. 

The Littlest Angel Earns His Halo 

Illustrated by Rick Reinert 
Ideals, 1984

Whatever is the Littlest Angel to do about his dented halo? The answer to this perplexing question is unraveled during an eventful day in Heaven. While everyone prepares for the return of the King, the Littlest Angel pesters all the adult angels for help. 

Pondering how to earn his new halo, the Littlest Angel befriends a tall sad stranger and offers him a bright yellow daisy. This small gesture of friendship and comfort becomes the solution to the Littlest Angel’s dilemma when the identify of the stranger is revealed.