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Bibliography

This bibliography is a collection of homelessness related books for children and adults that we have collected with a great contribution from the National Coalition for the Homeless and the Iowa Department of Education. If we can adjust the format to make more useful for your use, please let us know. Sections of this bibliography include:

Children's Literature on Homelessness

  • Ackerman, Karen. The Leaves in October. New York: Atheneum, 1991.

    Livvy’s father looses his job and her mom left them. While her dad goes out to look for a job, her brother and her stay in at the shelter and make friends. Her dad promises them that they will live in a real home in October.

  • Amoore, Susannah and Mary Fedden. Motley the Cat. New York: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated, 1997.

  • Asch, Frank. Goodbye House. New York: Tandem Library Books, 1989.

    Baby Bear says goodbye to his house; to the rooms, the walls, the floors, the yard. Actually a book about moving, not about being homeless, but the experience of losing a home is similar.

  • Ayer, Eleanor H. Homeless Children. New York: Lucent Books, 1996.

    Young people make up 15% of the homeless population in the US. These children face the normal hardships of being a child, but they have to worry about finding an education and making sure they get adequate food.

  • Ballard, Robin. Good-Bye, House. New York: HarperCollins, 1994.

    A book of a child moving to a new house, and it talks about her transition.

  • Barbour, Karen. Mr. Bow Tie. New York: Harcourt Children's Books, 1991.

    Parents and their two children help a homeless man find his family.

  • Barclift, Betty. Gypsy Summer: A Novel. Minneapolis: Kregel Publications, 2003.

    Katie is a 13-year-old girl who wants to have a normal childhood. Her parents make her pick up all her belongings to move to Washington from Kansas. Having no one else to blame, Katie blames God. This book is used to teach children to reach out to those who are less fortunate then themselves.

  • Barclift, Betty. Stormy Fall : A Novel. Minneapolis: Kregel Publications, 2004.

    This is the sequel to Gypsy Summer. Katie sets aside her personal problems and helps a friend who was accused of stealing from the local church. Katie is unsure whether or not her friend is guilty.

  • Barre, Shelley. Chive. New York: Simon & Schuster Group, 1993.

  • Beckelman, Laurie. The Homeless. New York: Crestwood House, 1989.

    This book talks about the problems that the homeless face in big cities and about the services available to them. It discusses the increase in homeless throughout the US and the misconceptions that people believe about the homeless.

  • Berck, Judith and Robert Coles. No Place to Be : Voices of Homeless Children. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company Trade & Reference Division, 1992.

    The stories and poems of actual homeless children – including fourteen-year-old Kareem, who lives in a city shelter – depict the reality of homelessness in America, illustrating what it means to be deprived of the things most people take for granted.

  • Bernstein, Sharon C. and Karen Ritz. A Family That Fights. Ed. Abby Levine. Boston: Albert Whitman & Company, 1991.

    Henry's parents are in a stressful situation which causes them to fight often. Sometimes his father even hits his mom. This brings a lot of turmoil to Henry, and he is confused on how to handle his situation. This book gives a description for children on how to handle abusive situations.

  • Bial, Raymond. Tenement : Immigrant Life on the Lower East Side. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company Trade & Reference Division, 2002.

    A story about a group of immigrants that are too poor to afford appropriate housing, so they live in a building complex on the Lower East Side. Since the laws do not adequately protect immigrants, they could not argue with their tenants, and the tenants took advantage of them. Too many people were allowed to live in too little space; therefore, some of them were forced to move onto the streets. Those who did not and were able to maintain their place in the building complex were lucky enough to see their future generations have a better life in the US.

  • Brenner, Summer. Ivy: Tale of a Homeless Girl in San Francisco. Berkeley, CA: Creative Arts Book Company, 2000.

  • Brenner, Summer; illustrated by Brian Bowes. Ivy, Homeless in San Francisco. Oakland, CA: PM Press; Sec. Ed., 2011.

  • Brown, Marcia. Stone Soup. North Mankato: Live Oak Media, 1987.

  • Bunting, Eve and David Diaz. December. New York: Harcourt Children's Books, 1997.

    A young boy and his mom live in a cardboard box and have very little; one thing that they have is a Christmas angel, named December. He wakes up to see December alive and questions the possibility.

  • Bunting, Eve and Ronald Himler. Fly Away Home. New York: Clarion Books, 2004.

    A homeless boy who lives in an airport with his father, moving from terminal to terminal and trying not to be noticed, is given hope when he sees a trapped bird find its freedom.

  • Bunting, Eve and Ronald Himler. Train to Somewhere. New York: Clarion Books, 2000.

    Marianne is an orphan who travels on a train with 14 other children hoping that her mother will be at the station waiting for her. At every stop, she looks for her mother, but she is no where to be found. The train finally pulls up to the final stop, Somewhere, and Marianne looks one last time for her mother.

  • Butcher, Kristin. The Runaways. New York: Kids Can P, Limited, 2002.

    A young boy, named Nick, faces a lot of problems at home and decides to run away to escape them. Upon his quest for a new life, he meets Luther, a homeless man, who has also ran away to escape his troubles. They spend a lot of time together talking about their problems, and they realize that there are better ways to deal with their problems rather than running away.

  • Carey, Janet L. The Double Life of Zoe Flynn. New York: Atheneum, 2004.

    When Zoe's family has to live in their van for months after moving from California to Oregon so her father can find work, Zoe tries to keep her sixth-grade classmates from discovering that she is homeless.

  • Carlson, Natalie S. and Garth Williams. The Family under the Bridge. New York: HarperCollins, 1958.

    This is about Armand and his children’s struggle with being homeless. Armand cannot provide an adequate lifestyle for his children; they live under a bridge. Throughout the book, the children learn to make friends with other homeless folks in order to work together to overcome their misfortune.

  • Carmi, Giora. A Circle of Friends. New York: Star Bright Books, Incorporated, 2003.

    A young boy shares his snack with a homeless man; his good dead initiates a circle off good will.

  • Chalofsky, Margie. Changing Places : A Kid's View of Shelter Living. New York: Gryphon House, Incorporated, 2004. MIDDLE SCHOOL

    Written by staff members of a homeless shelter in Virginia, this book was originally intended to be a resource in helping the children in that shelter understand and deal with their feelings. Changing Places is based on the stories and words of eight children who stayed in the shelter with their families. With large lettering and black and white illustrations, it simply but poignantly offers the reader a glimpse at some of the true feelings of homeless children. This book is appropriate for older school-aged children and adults, housed as well as homeless.

  • Chinn, Karen, Cornelius Van Wright, and Ying-Hwa Hu. Sam and the Lucky Money. New York: Lee & Low Books, Incorporated, 1997.

    A young boy is given money from his grandparents for the Chinese holiday, but he realizes it is not as much as he would have liked. He is unappreciative until he meets a homeless man who has so much less.

  • Colman, Hila. Rich and Famous Like My Mom. (New York: Random House, 1988).

    This is about a daughter who struggles to aspire to everything her mother was.

  • Coman, Carolyn. What Jamie Saw. (Honesdale: Lemniscaat, 1991).

    Jamie's little sister is abused by another member of his family. He does not know what to do to handle his situation, and his mom is also confused. Together they work together to find out the best possible solution.

  • Criswell, Sara Dixon. Homelessness (Lucent Books, 1998). MIDDLE SCHOOL

  • Curtis, Christopher Paul. Bud, Not Buddy. (New York: Random House Children’s Books, 1999).

    Bud, a young boy who is unhappy with his home situation and wants to discover who his real father is. He packs up his bags and begins his long journey trying to run into his father. Since he is just a young boy, he is not completely ready to face the hardships of living on the streets; however, he works through them and comes to his ultimate conclusion.

  • Dahl, Roald and Sally Reid. Fantastic Mr. Fox. (Boston: Dramatic Company, 1985).

  • DiSalvo-Ryan, DyAnne. A Castle on Viola Street. (New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 2001).

    Andy is so used to his family's small, run-down apartment that he has never imagined living anywhere else– especially not in a new house with a garden and a porch. Such houses seem like castles to him. But when he hears about an organization that turns abandoned houses into homes, he discovers that his castle isn't in the clouds – it's on Viola Street. And with some hard work and community caring, it could be his very own.

  • DiSalvo-Ryan, DyAnne. Uncle Willie and the Soup Kitchen. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 1991.

    A young boy volunteers at a soup kitchen and meets a homeless man, who he forms a close bond with.

  • Dorros, Arthur. This Is My House. New York: Scholastic, Incorporated, 1992.

    This book teaches children about the different houses located around the world. It shows them the similarities and the differences between the cultural setup. It is a great way for children to then turn to their own country, such as the US, and notice the multitude of houses and social class.

  • Duncan, Tonya. Lend a Hand—Help the Homeless. Carl J. Humphrey, 1990.

    A coloring book with the theme of eliminating homelessness.

  • Eisenson, Adam. Hope. Minneapolis: Lone Star Publications, 2005.

    This is a story about a girl named Hope is who homeless and is unaccepted by her classmates. Some girls in the class tease her until she breaks down. She is assigned a project with Chantell, who suggests doing their topic on homelessness. Hope feels embarrassed and uncomfortable. Chantell later realizes that Hope was homeless, and has a greater understanding of what homelessness is. Hope transfers school, as do many other homeless children. Soon after, another girl transfers into their school, and Chantell refuses to let her feel left out, as Hope did.

  • Evans, Douglas. So What Do You Do? Honesdale: Lemniscaat, 1993.

    Two students realize that their teacher is living on the streets; they try to figure out what they should do for her.

  • Fenner, Carol. The King of Dragons. New York: Aladdin, 2000.

    Ian's father is a Vietnam War Veteran and homeless; they have been homeless for most of Ian's life, but his father has finally found a home for them—an abandoned city courthouse. Soon after moving into their new home, Ian's father disappears, and Ian has to support himself. Not too long after this, the local museum begins setting up an exhibition in the courthouse. The conclusion decides whether or not the kites will affect Ian in a positive or negative way.

  • Fox, Paula. Monkey Island. New York: Yearling, 1993.

  • Friedman, Rainey L., and Betsy Dill. Monsters in Your Bed... Monsters in Your Head. New York: DreamDog P, 1999.

    A story about a little girl who sees monsters and is frightened by them. Her dog shows her that she is imagining them, and they go away.

  • Frost, Jonathan. Gowanus Dogs. New York: Farrar, Straus, & Giroux, 1999.

    This is a story about a mother dog and her three puppies and a homeless man. They live right next door to one another, but rarely interact, until one day when one of the puppies gets sick. The man takes care of the puppy, which leads to a chain of positive actions. The vet that the man takes the puppy to offers the man a job. The man finds a home and adopts the puppy, and other workers adopt the other dogs.

  • Fuchshuber, Annegert. Carly. Trans. Florence Howe and Heidi Kirk. New York: Feminist P at The City University of New York, 1997.

    This is about a girl who wanders the outskirts of her town in search of food and shelter, but no one is willing to give it to her. She tries going into town, but no one has anything to spare. She ends up encountering mysterious creatures. Finally she encounters someone who will let her stay with him in his tree house; she is grateful and they begin to form a bond together.

  • George, Jean Craighead. The Missing 'Gator of Gumbo Limbo. New York: Harper Trophy, 1993.

    A young girl finds it a blessing to be able to live outdoors in a tropical region of Florida. She has a yellow tent in the middle of the forest that she sleeps in with all of the erotic animals. There is an alligator in a nearby water region, that’s life is being threatened. Liza does everything she can do to save his life. When she goes searching for him to help him, she realizes he is no longer in his normal hiding spot. Liza is scared and has to find a way to save his life after he has always protected hers.

  • Grace. Holiday Blues: The Story of the Blue Santa. The Art of Grace, 1998.

    About a boy who's given a blue Santa suit. The boy leaves home and becomes homeless. On his travels he spreads happiness to people by distributing gifts and story telling. He meets up with Santa, and becomes the head story teller for Santa. He visits homeless shelters to spread the message that everyday is a Holiday, and that “no matter how sad you may feel or how little you may have, you must never loose your sense of goodwill for others.”

  • Greenberg, Keith Elliot. Erik is Homeless. Lerner Publications, 1992.

    A photographic essay about a nine-year-old boy who is homeless in New York City.

  • Greenberg, Keith Elliot and Carol Halebian. Runaways. Minneapolis: Lerner Publications, 1995.

    This book talks about the hardships young people face and what caused them to become homeless. It specifically talks about the homeless shelter: Noah's Ark.

  • Griffin, Peni R. Hobkin. New York: Atheneum, 1992.

    Liza and her sister's step father sexually abuses them; they finally run away to escape from him. They live on their own until their mom comes to get them and starts a new life with her daughters.

  • Groth, Bonnie L. and Kimiko Krogh. Home Is Where We Live : Life at a Shelter Through a Young Girl's Eyes. New York: Cornerstone P Chicago, 1995.

    Life in the Cornerstone Community Outreach Center, a shelter for women and children in Chicago, is presented through the eyes of a young girl who has just arrived. Through very simple language; short, declarative sentences; and a montage of photographs presented in quasi-collage format, she offers her impressions of shelter life.

  • Grove, Vicki. The Fastest Friend in the West. New York: Putnam Group, 1990.

  • Gunning, Monica and Elaine Pedlar. A Shelter in Our Car. New York: Children's Book P, 2004.

    When her father died, Zettie and her mother left their warm and comfortable home in Jamaica for an uncertain future in the United States. Zettie's mother can't find a steady job so they are forced to live in their car. But her mother's unwavering love, support, and gutsy determination give Zettie the confidence that, together, she and her mother can meet all challenges. Monica Gunning's moving and authentic story about homelessness in an American city and Elaine Pedlar's strong and lively illustrations bring this moving story to life.

  • Guthrie, Donna and Dennis Hockerman. A Rose for Abby. New York: Abingdon P, 1997.

    Abby has been used to a basically privileged lifestyle; her dad was a preacher. One day, when she is looking outside, she sees someone rummaging through the garbage can. She uses this as her inspiration to make a change, and to begin helping those less fortunate then her.

  • Hahn, Mary Downing. December Stillness. New York: HarperCollins, 1990.

    Kelly is extremely unhappy with how her life is going and slowly distances herself from those who used to be closest to her. She instead, begins taking interest in a homeless Vietnam veteran. She originally began interviewing him for class work, but soon it became a personal relationship—she would buy him food and clothes. She is quite confused as to why this war has caused this man so much turmoil, and wonders if it has caused the same pain to her father.

  • Hammond, Anna and Joe Matunis. This Home We Have Made/Esta Casa Que Hemos Hecho. Crown, 1993.

    Written in both Spanish and English. A young homeless girl imagines a parade of animals, magical creatures, and musicians who help her create a building where she can live. The art work comes from a mural painted by formerly homeless children in New York. Doesn't deal directly with homelessness, but a good example of the power of art and imagination in helping children deal with difficult life events.

  • Harris, Mark Jonathan and Marrisa Rosa. Come the Morning. New York: Wayne State UP, 2005.

    This book tells the story of the Gibson's, who live in Texas. The father of the family abandons them to go to LA and find a better life, but not too long after he sends an envelope with money home to his wife. She takes this as an invitation to join him in LA with their children, but once she arrives, she realizes that has to fight for herself. Her son steps up and takes the place as the man of the family, and tries to find an adequate place for them to live.

  • Harrison, Jean. Home. North Mankato: Smart Apple Media, 2004.

  • Hathorn, Elizabeth. Way Home. New York: Crown, 1994.

    A young boy turns to living on the streets and struggles to support himself. On his journey, he finds a kitten, who he adopts and places within his jacket.

  • Haverfield, Mary. Harriett the Homeless Raccoon. New York: Bright Sky P, 2005.

  • Herzig, Alison C. Sam and the Moon Queen. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1992.

    Sam encounters a homeless girl and her puppy and does everything he can to help her reform her life.

  • Holman, Felice. Secret City, U.S.A. Simon & Schuster Childrens Group, 1991.

    Benno and his friends live in the projects and struggle to meet their basic necessities.

  • Holman, Felice. Slake's Limbo. New York: Aladdin, 1986.

    There is a boy is 13 years old, and he has no where else to live, other than the New York Subway tunnels. He sleeps there and tells this story about his experiences.

  • Holman, Felice. Wild Children. New York: Tandem Library Books, 1985.

    Alex's entire family is arrested during the Bolshevik Revolution, and he is left to fend for himself. The only way he can survive is to join a gang of children facing the same problems as him.

  • Homes for the Homeless. Color Your World. 1994.

  • Howe, James. Dew Drop Dead : A Sebastian Barth Mystery. (New York: Atheneum, 1990).

    Sebastian and his friends scavenge around the local inn, only to find a dead body, or at least what they suspect to be a dead body. But when they bring the police back with them to investigate, the body’s gone. The police say they must have seen a homeless person, but the boys are determined and continue to investigate into the missing body.

  • Hubbard, Jim. Lives Turned Upside Down : Homeless Children in Their Own Words and Photographs. (New York: Simon & Schuster Children's, 1996).

    As part of a project in which homeless children are given cameras and taught photography, four young people document their lives through their images and interviews with the author.

  • Hubbard, Jim. Shooting Back : A Photographic View of Life by Homeless Children. Ed. Jim Hubbard. New York: Chronicle Books LLC, 1991.

    A collection of photographs taken by homeless children, creating stories told by these children "in their own words". The tables are turned on traditional images of homelessness as the children themselves define the area in which they live and the content of their lives. The result is a moving collection of images of homelessness that challenge dominant modes of visualizing poverty and homelessness.

  • Hughes, Dean. Family Pose. New York: Atheneum, 1989.

    An 11-year-old runs away from his foster home and takes to living on the streets.

  • Hurwitz, Sue, and Eugene Hurwitz. Coping with Homelessness. New York: Rosen Group, Incorporated, The, 1997.

    Discusses the issues homeless teens face and how they cope with them.

  • Hurwitz, Sue, and Eugene Hurwitz. Working Together Against Homelessness. New York: Rosen Group, Incorporated, The, 1994.

  • Isaacsen-Bright. The Journal of Jenny September. Boston: Royal Fireworks Company, 1996.

    This is from an assignment that a teacher required her students to do; she asked them to keep a journal of their everyday lives. Jenny's shocked her; Jenny's mother had left her and her father, causing them to become homeless. They resort to many different makeshift homes to live in, including a VW bug and a self-storage unit. Jenny struggles to get all of her homework done while remaining homeless. One of her classmates opens up to her and shares his stories of homelessness with her; this provides her with someone to discuss her problems with.

  • Jimemez, Francisco. The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company Trade & Reference Division, 1999.

    This is story is about a young boy whose parents choose to move from Mexico to California in search of a better life. However, once they reach California, they still run into many problems, including poverty. The story is told through the eyes of a young boy, whose only desire is to have a place to call home, rather than numerous living spots.

  • Johnson, Jerrilyn J. Mommy, Are We Homeless? Winston-Salem: PSG Printing Services of Greensboro, Inc., 2003.

    This is a story about a young girl whose entire life changes when she becomes homeless. She still goes to the same school, but she now lives in a shelter. She is unaware of the other children like her, until she meets a girl on the school bus one day. They talk and Molly discovers that she is not unique and she makes new friends but also keeps her old ones.

  • Johnson, Lindsay Lee. Soul Moon Soup. Honesdale: Lemniscaat, 1998.

    Phoebe and her mom are homeless and travel from soup kitchen to soup kitchen trying to survive on the streets. Their only belonging is a suitcase filled with everything in their possession. Her mom sends her to her grandmother's while she tries to straighten things out back home. Her mom finds a key for a place in the city to live in.

  • Jones, Adrienne. Street Family. New York: HarperCollins Children's Books, 1987.

    This book talks about when individual homeless people come together and live in a common environment, they form a close family-like bond.

  • Kaufman, Curt, Gita Kaufman, and Kaufman Curt. Hotel Boy. New York: Atheneum, 1987.

    The story is about a boy and his brother who live in hotel in NYC while their mother searches for a job to support them.

  • Kaye, Cathryn B. A Kids' Guide to Hunger & Homelessness : How to Take Action. New York: Free Spirit, Incorporated, 2007.

    This is a book used to teach children about what causes homelessness. They are also taught what they can do to help the homeless in their neighborhoods. It gives ideas and facts on how to better the current situation.

  • Kids Livin' Life. The Homeless Hibernating Bear. New York: Gold Leaf P, 1993.

    Someone mistakes this bear for a homeless person; therefore he is placed in jail. Some homeless children miss his presence and find a way to get him released from jail.

  • Kroll, Virginia L. and Jan N. Jones. Shelter Folks. Boston: William B. Eerdmans Company, 1995.

    Joelle is embarrassed that her family has to move into a shelter, but when she gets to know the other people living there and they come to see her in a school play, she no longer feels ashamed.

  • Lachenmeyer, Nathaniel. Broken Beaks. Melbourne: Michelle Anderson Publishing, 2003.

    This is a story that uses an analogy to form its point. It demonstrates how a sad little sparrow with a broken beak is similar to a homeless man with a broken heart. Both were devastated on their own, but together they formed a great pair and they helped each other out. the story ends with the two sleeping on a park bench snuggled together, holding onto their only friend in the world.

  • Lambert, Matthew and Victoria V. Bruck. Joey's Birthday Wish. Austin: Raintree, 1995.

    Joey comes to a realization of how blessed he is when he sees how homeless people have to live their lives.

  • Landau, Elaine. Homeless. New York: Pocket, 1987.

    Discusses the topic of homelessness in the US today.

  • Landowne, Youme. Selavi, That Is Life : A Haitian Story of Hope. New York: Cinco Puntos P, 2005.

    People would come into towns and kidnap families, burn their homes, and leave the children to fend for themselves. Selavi experiences this, and turns to other children to form a bond to overcome the hardships he faces in his life.

  • London, Jonathan. Where's Home? New York: Viking Juvenile, 1995.

    This is about a young boy and his father who struggle to find a real home, so they constantly travel between shelters.

  • MacKall, Dandi Daley and Karen A. Jerome. Silent Dreams. Boston: William B. Eerdmans Company, 2003.

    Camille faces many struggles of being a homeless orphan and her only way to overcome the sadness of being alone is to escape to going to her aunts and seeing movies in the movie theatres. Whenever she sees the movies on the big screen, she envisions herself living their life with all their surplus of opportunities.

  • Martin, Chia and Jewel Hernandez. Rosie: The Shopping Cart Lady. New York: Hohm P, 1996.

    This is about a young boy who meets a homeless woman, and struggles to understand why she is facing so many hardships in her life. They form a close bond.

  • Mazer, Harry. Cave Under the City. New York: Harper and Row, 1986.

    After a father leaves the family, the mother ends up in the hospital, and her two sons have to live on the streets of New York City.

  • McCauslin, Mark. Update: Homelessness. New York: Crestwood House, Macmillan Publishing Co, 1994.

    Talks about current problems in the US and emphasizes homelessness.

  • McCourt, Lisa and Tim Ladwig. The Braids Girl. Danbury: Health Communications, Incorporated, 1998.

    Izzy helps her grandfather serve at the local shelter, and she meets a young girl who somehow influences her life in a profound way.

  • McGovern, Ann and Marni Backer. The Lady in the Box. New York: Turtle Books, 1999.

    This is about two young children who are compassionate towards the homeless. The children were raised in a household where their good deeds were encouraged and supported.

  • McPhail, David. The Teddy Bear. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 2005.

    This story is about a homeless man who adopts a teddy bear which he finds that belongs to a little boy. Soon, the boy realizes that his teddy is missing and sees the homeless man with it, but he realizes how happy the homeless man is and lets him keep the teddy bear.

  • Myers, Walther Dean. Mop, Moondance and the Nagasaki Knights. New York: Broadway Books, 1994.

    A group of boys try to perfect their baseball game in order to go to Japan on a tour.

  • Nelson, Theresa. The Beggars' Ride. New York: Orchard Books, 1992.

    Clare leaves a sad life back home and chooses to live on the streets. She joins a group of children with similar histories and they discuss their reasons for choosing to be homeless over staying in their sad / abusive homes.

  • Neufeld, John. Almost a Hero. New York: Atheneum, 1995.

    Ben volunteers at a children's day care facility for the homeless. He soon realizes that one of the children that he is working with is being abused by their parents and takes action.

  • Nichelson, Margery G. Homeless or Hopeless? Minneapolis: Lerner Publications, 1994.

  • Nunez, Ralph de Costa. and Simon Madeline. Cooper's Tale. Danbury: Homes for the Homeless, Incorporated, 2000.

    There's a mouse who lived with an old man in a cheese shop for most of his life. All of a sudden, Cooper realizes that the man left and he has no where to live. He makes friends with these homeless children, and they let him live with them at the shelter. On a walk one day, Cooper, the mouse, runs into the old man. The old man gives his cheese shop to the children's mother and Cooper.

  • Nunez, Ralph de Costa., Jenna Mandel, and Madeline Gerstein. Our Wish. Danbury: Homes for the Homeless, Incorporated, 1997.

    About a family of rabbits whose home is ran over by a trailer, and they move into a homeless shelter. After this experience, they find a house in apple orchard.

  • Nunez, Ralph de Costa., Karina Kwok, and Gerstein-Simon Madeline. Saily's Journey. Danbury: Homes for the Homeless, Incorporated, 2002.

    It follows the journey of a snail who lost his shell and is searching for a new home. He meets friends who help him to find his way back home.

  • Nunez, Ralph de Costa., Jesse A. Ellison, and Madeline G. Simon. Voyage to Shelter Cove. Danbury: Homes for the Homeless, Incorporated, 2005.

    A story about homeless animals whose reef was destroyed, and they seek refugee at the local shelter. Eventually, all the animals find a safe home to live in and reflect on their positive experience at the shelter.

  • Polacco, Patricia. I Can Hear the Sun. New York: Philomel, 1996.

    Fondo's life is sad and lonely until he meets Stephanie Michele. She takes care of the geese who live on the shore of Lake Merritt, and when Fondo shows up there one day, she lets him help. But now the geese are preparing to fly south for the winter, and Fondo says that they've invited him to join them. Is hope enough to accomplish a miracle? Patricia Polacco masterfully intertwines themes of friendship, homelessness, and faith to create a beautiful modern myth.

  • Powell, E. Sandy. A Chance to Grow. New York: Carolrhoda Books, 1992.

    Joe lives with his mother and baby sister. When their apartment goes condo, they are evicted. The family lives in their van until it is destroyed in an accident. Then they live in shelters and on the street. The mother finally finds a job as a cleaner that includes a room to live in. This is a simply told story; the mother helps her children maintain a spark of optimism in the face of unbearable conditions. Powell effectively conveys the problems of the homeless in a realistic manner and manages to temper harshness with hope.

  • Prelutsky, Jack, ed. The Random House Book of Poetry for Children. New York: Random House, Incorporated.

    A collection of poems that are categorized under particular categories and can be used to teach children about issues happening in the US and around the world.

  • Roberts, Willo Davis and Ruth Sanderson. Don't Hurt Laurie. New York: Aladdin, 1988.

    Laurie is physically abused by her mom and cannot figure out how to escape the abuse.

  • Rosen, Michael J., ed. Home: A Collaboration of Thirty Distinguished Authors and Illustrators of Children's Books to Aid the Homeless. New York: Harper Collins Publications, 1992.

    A collection of children stories to help them better understand the homeless.

  • Rylant, Cynthia. An Angel for Solomon Singer. New York: Tandem Library Books, 1996.

  • Salem-Keizer Public Schools. Homeless Children & Families Program. 1997.

    Poems, pictures and other great stuff. A collection of poetry and artwork by homeless children and youth

  • Scott, Christopher. Boxcar Willie. Nashville, TN: Avantage/One, 1987.

    A collection of coloring book pages portraying the life of a homeless person (hobo).

  • Sendak, Maurice, and Maurice Sendak. We Are All in the Dumps with Jack and Guy. New York: HarperCollins, 1993.

    Two significant nursery rhymes made by Mother Goose used to portray homelessness.

  • Seymour-Jones, Carole. Homelessness. New York: Simon & Schuster Children's, 1950.

    Talks about the history of homelessness since 448 BC.

  • Spangler, Ruth. Mandy's House: The story of a homeless family who finds a new place to live. New York, KY: Counsel of Louisville Society of St. Vincent de Paul, 1990.

    This is a story of a young girl whose mother looses her job; therefore leading the family into homelessness. Alice and her family move around a lot until the finally resort to a shelter. Alice is ashamed of her life situation, but soon becomes happy and accustomed to her new life style. Alice's family works their problems out and ends up in an apartment.

  • Spinelli, Jerry. Maniac Magee. New York: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 1999.

    As a young boy, Maniac's parents die, so he is left on his own. He becomes homeless and has to figure out how to survive and find places to sleep.

  • Spohn, Katie. Broken Umbrellas. Viking, 1994.

    This is a story about a woman who is homeless and collects random things found on the streets.

  • Stearman, Kaye. Homelessness. Austin: Raintree, 1999.

    Studies homelessness around the world, and sees how different societies deal with it.

  • Stearman, Kaye. Why Do People Live on the Streets? Austin: Raintree, 2001.

    This educational book explains to children why other children and people do not own homes and why they resort to living on the streets.

  • Stewart, G.B. The Other America: The Homeless. San Diego, CA Lucent Books. 1998.

  • Strasser, Todd. Can't Get There from Here. New York: Simon & Schuster Children's, 2004.

    This is about a group of teens who are in a gang together in order to survive homelessness. New kids continuously join the group, but it still does not account for the fact that many children constantly leave the group—because of violence, addiction, and many other things.

  • Tolan, S. Sophie and the Sidewalk Man. New York Simon & Schuster. 1992.

  • Tresta, Maria and Karen Ritz. Someplace to Go. Boston: Albert Whitman & Company, 1996.

    Davey, his mother, and his older brother are living in a shelter and eating at a soup kitchen. The boys' mother worked in a paper mill "for most of her life" until it closed two years earlier. She has just recently been hired at a hospital laundry. If she can hold her job and 16-year-old Anthony can find work as well, they can begin to think about renting an apartment. After-school hours are challenging for Davey; he passes the time at a neighborhood supermarket, the public library, and walking the streets until the soup kitchen opens.

  • Trottier, Maxine. A Safe Place. Morton Grove: Albert Whitman & Co, 1997.

    Emily had a rough childhood when her mom and dad were together. Her dad would beat her mom, and it was a hard situation for Emily to live in. Finally, her mom and her move out, but Emily is still scared of what will happen to her and her mom.

  • Upjohn, Rebecca and Benoit, Renne. Lily and the Paper Man. New York. Second Story. 2007

    Lily is walking down the street one day, and she runs into a homeless man. Her first reaction is fear, but slowly she begins to worry about him. She realizes that he is living on the street and has nothing to keep him warm. She wonders how he will be able to survive, and her thoughts turn toward compassion.

  • Van Doren, Pat. A Family of Five or Six. Naperville Lions Club, 2008.

    After a storm destroys the family home and separates the family, the mother and children struggle to survive, first doubled-up, then in a tent, and finally in a small trailer. Michael describes the ordeal from a child's point of view, including an encounter with a surprising "bum".

  • Van Doren, Pat. A Place of Our Own. Napervill Noons Lion Club, 2008.

    Sequel to Where Can I Build My Volcano?. Susan grows up, moving and looks forward and backwards at her family's homelessness.

  • Van Doren, Pat. Where Can I Build My Volcano? Naperville Exchange Club, 1999.

    A third grade girl is ashamed of the fact that she is homeless and tries to hide it from her classmates. Finally she tells her best friend she is homeless, and she realizes who her true friends are.

  • Voigt, Cynthia. Homecoming. New York: Fawcett, 1987.

    When times get rough, a mom leaves her four children in a car in a parking lot. She only leaves them a bag of sandwiches and their aunt's number. The children struggle to survive, but they work together.

  • Wallace, Barbara Brooks and Richard Williams. Secret in St. Something. New York: Atheneum, 2001.

    Both of Robin’s parents die, leaving him in the hands of his evil step-father. He has to make the decision of staying with his step-father and doing his dirty work, such as collecting rent from those who cannot afford to pay it, or he can leave and go live on the streets. The main factor that helps him make his decision is the best decision for his baby brother. He needs his brother to remain safe. So he, must make a decision that will not cause anymore harm to him. He finally ends up finding a place on St. Something for the two of them to live.

  • Warner, Gertrude Chandler. The Boxcar Children. Niles: Albert Whitman and Company, 1977.

    This book is about a family of orphans: Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny. They struggle to support themselves, and the only place they can find to live is abandoned train cars. These children form an even closer intimate bond since they all need to look out for one another. They dedicate their lives to helping their siblings.

  • Weitzman, Elizabeth. Let's Talk About Staying in a Shelter. New York: PowerKids P, 2004.

    Briefly describes various kinds of shelters for people without permanent homes and discusses how to deal with living in one.

  • West, Jaclyn and Rachel Huckfeldt. Mommy Says We’re Homeless. 4 Kids By Kids Publishers, 1993.

    It is about a boy who lives in a shelter, and adapts to the ‘shelter life.’ He realizes how upset his parents are about their situation, and they eventually move into an assisted living place. From this experience, the parents are able to organize their finances and buy their very own apartment.

  • Whelan, Gloria. Homeless Bird. New York: HarperCollins, 2001.

    Koly is married off at age 13 in India, like many other girls. However, the man her parents choose for her comes from a horrible family, and she does not know how to escape the marriage. She has no other choice other than to marry him, but once she does, she realizes that she needs to escape. She chooses to live with the homeless people on the streets and chants to get food.

  • Wild, M. Space Travelers. Scholastic, Inc., 1993.

  • Wine, Jeanine. Silly Tillie. New York: Good Books, 1990.

    Silly Tillie tries to live in a Laundromat, but the attendant is unsympathetic and kicks him out. Until finally one day, she needs help for herself, and she realizes that she should have been more caring toward his needs.

  • Wittlinger, Ellen. Gracie's Girl. New York: Aladdin, 2002. MIDDLE SCHOOL

    Bess is a young girl who is at they typical age of wanting to be the ‘popular’ girl in school; she goes out of her way to be noticed. She feels that her parents try to ruin her plan by making her work at a soup kitchen. In the beginning, Bess regrets her parents' decision, but soon she meets an elderly woman named Gracie. Bess and Gracie form a relationship, but when the winter months come, Bess wonders how Gracie will survive, and takes steps towards ensuring Gracie has a place to stay.

  • Wojciechowski, Susan. Patty Dillman of Hot Dog Fame. London: Orchard Book, 1989.

    Patty volunteers at a homeless shelter and forms a close bond with one of the tenants. Such a close bond, that she realizes that she may not be meant for the star football player she had always felt was her sole mate. Now, she has found someone more tender and caring for her needs.

  • Wolf, Bernard. Homeless. New York: Orchard Books, 1995. MIDDLE SCHOOL

    A young boy, named Mikey, tells his homeless story firsthand in this book. Mikey has real life photos of himself and his family, which makes this story more personal to the audience. He tells how his family and him have been homeless in New York City and live in a homeless shelter.

  • Wright, L. & Amoore, S. Motley the Cat. New York. Penguin Putnam. 1997.

  • Wyss, Thelma Hatch. Ten Miles from Winnemucca. New York: HarperCollins, 2002.

    Martin hides in an Idaho canyon and finds himself facing many more obstacles than he originally anticipated.

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Sources on Homelessness (non-historical)

  • Baumohl, Jim, ed. Homelessness in America (Phoenix: Oryx Press, 1996).

  • Blau, Joel. The Visible Poor: Homelessness in the United States (New York: Oxford University Press, 1992).

  • Borchard, Jim. A Word on the Street: Homeless men in Las Vegas. University of Nevada Press, 2007 (Paperback).

  • Coates, Judge Robert C. A Street Is Not A Home: Solving America's Homeless Dilemma (Buffalo: Prometheus Books, 1990).

  • Connolly, Deborah R. Homeless Mothers (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2000).

  • Culhane, Dennis P. and Hornburg, Steven P. Understanding Homelessness: New Policy and Research Perspectives (Washington, DC: Fannie Mae Foundation, 1996).

  • Eighner, Lars. Travels with Lizbeth (Paperback 1994).

  • Ferrill, Lisa. A Far Cry From Home: Life In A Shelter for Homeless Women (Noble Press, 1991).

  • Finkelstein, Marni. With No Direction Home: Homeless Youth on the Road and in the Streets. Wadsworth Publishing Company.

    A look at life of homeless youth: their world, their living conditions, and their street experiences. Plus, it takes a hard look at fictive kin experiences and drug addiction in this ethnography textbook.

  • Friedman, Donna Haig. Parenting In Public: Family Shelter and Public Assistance (New York: Columbia University Press, 2000).

  • Gerdes, Louise I. (Author). The Homeless: Opposing Viewpoints. (Greenhaven Press, 2007)

  • Jencks, Chris. The Homeless. (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1994).

  • Hopper, Kim. Reckoning With Homelessness: The Anthropology of Contemporary Issues (Cornell, University Press, 2002).

  • Kozol, Jonathan. Rachel and Her Children: Homeless Families in America (Fawcett Columbine, 1988).

  • Liebow, Elliot. Tell Them Who I Am: The Lives of Homeless Women.

  • Levinson, David (Editor). Encyclopedia of Homelessness, 2 Volume Set.

  • Levinson, David & Marcy Ross (Editors). Homelessness Handbook (Great Barrington, MA: Berkshire Publishing Group, 2007).

  • Morrell, Jessica P. Voices from the Street: Truths about Homelessness from Sisters of the Road. Gray Sunshine.

  • Nilan, Diane D. Crossing the Line: Taking Steps to End Homelessness (Booklocker.com, 2006).

  • Putnam, Robert D. Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2000).

  • Roberts, Joel John. How To Increase Homelessness: Real Solutions to the Absurdity of Homelessness in America.

  • Seager, Stephen, M.D. Street Crazy: America's Mental Health Tragedy.

  • Shipler, David. The Working Poor: Invisible in America.

  • Skalitzky, Karen. A Recipe for Hope: Stories of Transformation by People Struggling with Homelessness (Acta Publications, 2007).

  • Stone, Michael E. Shelter Poverty: New Idea on Shelter Affordability (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1993).

  • Toth, Jennifer. The Mole People: Life in the Tunnels Beneath New York City (Chicago: Chicago Review Press, 1993).

  • Troxell, Richard R. Looking Up At The Bottom Line: The Struggle For the Living Wage! (Austin: Plain View Press, 2010) .

  • Timmer, Doug A.; Eitzen, D. Stanley; Talley, Kathryn D. Paths to Homelessness: Extreme Poverty and the Urban Housing Crisis (Boulder: Westview Press, 1994).

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Conservative Perspectives

  • Baum, Alice S. and Burnes, Donald W. A Nation in Denial: The Truth about Homelessness (Boulder: Westview Press, 1993).

  • Himmelfarb, Gertrude. The Idea of Poverty: England in the Early Industrial Age (New York: Knopf, 1984).

  • Olasky, Marvin. Renewing American Compassion: How Compassion for the Needy Can Turn Ordinary Citizens Into Heroes (New York: Free Press, 1996).
  • Olasky, Marvin. The Tragedy of American Compassion (Washington, DC: Regnery Gateway, 1992).

  • Roleff, Tamara L. The Homeless: Opposing Viewpoints (San Diego: Greenhaven Press, 1996).

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History of Homelessness

  • Agee, James and Walker Evans. Let Us Now Praise Famous Men (1941).

  • Anderson, Nels, Edited by Raffaele Rauty. On Hobos and Homelessness. (Chicago: The Unoversity of Chicago Press, 1998).

  • Anderson, Nels. The Hobo: The Sociology of the Homeless Man (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1923).

  • Barak, Gregg. Gimmie Shelter: A social history of homelessness in contemporary America, 1991

    Based on an analysis of the underlying social and political causes of homelessness in the USA, this study looks at the realities and misconceptions that surround the victims, argues that current public service programmers are inadequate and proposes policy changes that could prove beneficial.

  • Bassuk, Ellen and Franklin, Deborah, “Homelessness Past and Present: The Case of the United States, 1890-1925,” New England Journal of Public Policy Vol. 8, No. 1 (1991): 67-85.

  • Baumohl, Jim. Homelessness in America, 1996

    The book contains latest at the time statistics on homelessness and tables, along with an extensive bibliography and an appendix listing national or state advocacy organizations. The topics covered in the book are the causes and prevention of homelessness, national and local advocacy movements, the local regulation of public space, and current policies on employment, income maintenance, and housing.

  • Blau, Joel. The Visible Poor, 1994

    Blau shows that the current crisis was an inevitable result of economic and political changes in recent decades, systematically reviewing the explanations offered by researchers, politicians and pundits, from the deinstitutionalization of mental patients in the1960s to the gentrification of urban neighborhoods in the 1970s to the evisceration of federal spending on social welfare in the 1980s.

  • Bingham, Richard D. The Homeless in Contemporary Society, 1987

    The history of homelessness starts on page 16. The rest of the book addresses the problems of homelessness in two parts. Part One, Understanding Homelessness, outlines the historical context of the `new' homeless. Part Two, Program and Policy Options, discusses the role of government and other institutions in alleviating homelessness.

  • Burt, Martha R. Over the Edge: The growth of homelessness in the 1980's, 1992

    Documents the important happenings of homelessness during the 1980's. The book also looks into the issues of urban housing stock, the employment market, and household composition and how all three lead to the increase in homelessness in the 80's.

  • Cohen, Carl. Old Men of the Bowery: Strategies for Survival Among the Homeless, 1989

    Chapter three highlights the history of homelessness

  • Cresswell, Tim. The Tramp in America. (London: Reaktion Books Ltd, 2001)

  • Daly, Gerald. Homeless, (1996)

    This book is the first comprehensive international study of homelessness. It points the way to new, constructive approaches to this critical social issue.

  • DePastino, Todd. Citizen Hobo: How a century of homelessness shaped America, 2003

    In the years following the Civil War, a veritable army of homeless men swept across America's "wageworkers' frontier" and forged a beguiling and bedeviling counterculture known as "hobohemia."

  • Folsom, Franklin. Impatient Armies of the Poor: The Story of Collective Action of the Unemployed 1808-1942, 1991

    This book documents homeless from 1808 to 1940 by Revealing the connection between homelessness and depression in the job market to today's social landscape.

  • Gordon, Linda. Pitied But Not Entitled: Single Mothers and the History of Welfare 1890-1935 (New York: The Free Press, 1994).

  • Hirsch, Kathleen. Songs from the Alley (New York: Ticknor & Fields, 1989).

  • Hoch, Charles. New Homelessness and Old. 1989

    Presents an examination of the Skid Row single room occupancy hotel (SRO), revealing how communities formed by low-income single-person households have for decades offered the security, personal autonomy, and privacy for the "old" homeless that the "new" homeless lack.

  • Hombs, Mary Ellen. Homelessness in America: A Forced March to Nowhere, 1992

    This book contains one fact sheet for each state. The statistics, from 1991, describe the number of people who were unemployed, lived in poverty, had no health insurance, and were illiterate.

  • Hopper, Kim, Counting the Homeless: An Ethnographic Perspective, New England Journal of Public Policy Vol. 8, No. 1 (1991): 771-791.

  • Hopper, Kim, "The Public Response to Homelessness in New York City—The Last Hundred Years," On Being Homeless: Historical Perspectives (New York: Museum of the City of New York, 1987).

  • Hopper, Kim. Reckoning with Homelessness, 2003

    A recent history of homelessness in which the author argues for the elimination of homelessness.

  • Johnson, Haynes. Sleepwalking Through History: America In the Reagan Years (Anchor Books, Doubleday, 1991).

  • Karr, Ronald Dale, "Shelter the American Way: Federal Urban Housing Policy, 1900-1980," New England Journal of Public Policy Vol. 8, No. 1 (1991): 169-184.

  • Kelso, Robert W. The History of Public Poor Relief in Massachusetts, 1620-1920 (Montclair, NJ: Patterson Smith, 1969).

  • Kusmer, Kenneth. Down and Out, On the Road: Tramps and Vagrants in American Civilization, 1865-1940 (Oxford Press, 2001).

    Covering the entire period from the colonial era to the late twentieth century, this book is the first scholarly history of the homeless in America.

  • Kusmer, Kenneth L., "The Homeless Unemployed In Industrializing America, 1865-1930: Perception and Reality," Amerikastudien 40 (December 1995).

  • Kusmer, Kenneth L., "The Underclass in Historical Perspective: Tramps and Vagrants in Urban America, 1870-1930," Rick Beard, ed. On Being Homeless: Historical Perspectives (New York: Museum of the City of New York, 1987).

  • Lerman, Paul. Deinstitutionalization and the Welfare State (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1984).

  • Levinson, David. Encyclopedia of Homelessness, 2004

    Aims to summarize our knowledge of homelessness, by describing the patterns of homelessness. The encyclopedia focuses on the recent situation in America and a sampling of homelessness around the world.

  • Levinson, David & Marcy Ross, Editors. Homelessness Handbook (Great Barrington, MA: Berkshire Publishing Group, 2007)

    The historical aspect of this handbook is from page 1 to 18, covering the topics of vagrancy, workhouses, poorhouses, hobo and tramp literature, the great depression and the skid row era. The rest of the book contains research and analysis of the leading historians and social scientists in the field of homelessness, the Homelessness Handbook elucidates, motivates, and empowers—making it the ideal reference for students, professionals, activists, and anyone who needs to understand this vexing social problem.

  • Macintyre, Stuart. History for the Homeless, 1995

    Book written about homeless history by professors at the University of Melbourne

  • McElvaine, Robert S. The Great Depression: America, 1929-1941 (New York: Times Books, 1993).

  • Miller, Henry, On the Fringe: The Dispossessed in America (Lexington, MA: D.C. Health, 1991).

  • Patterson, James T. America's Struggle Against Poverty 1900-1980, 1981

    A study of the attitudes of the American population on the issues of poverty from 1900 to 1980. It provides historians with a framework to explore a major transformation of American public life.

  • Robertson, Marjorie J. Homelessness: A National Perspective, 1992

    Discusses the homeless in welfare history (p. 35). This book also analyzes the problem of homelessness from a clinical perspective, focusing on the major health problems found among the homeless, special populations within the homeless, and strategies for improvement and change.

  • Ropers, Richards H. The Invisible Homeless: A New Urban Ecology, 1988

    Looks at the history and the extent of homelessness in the U.S., discusses the causes of this nationwide problem, and considers possible solutions.

  • Riis, Jacob A. How the Other Half Lives: Studies Among the Tenements of New York (New York: C. A. Madison (Designer) (Paperback - June 1971).

  • Rossi, Peter H. Down and Out in America: The Origins of Homelessness (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1989).

    Homelessness is presented here in its historical context, although that is not, as the subtitle suggests, the primary focus of the book. Using recent studies along with his own study of those living in shelters and on the streets in Chicago, Rossi addresses the question: Who are the homeless?

  • Schutt, Russel K. Responding to the Homeless: Policy and Practice, (1992)

    This book contains a segment on the history of homelessness (p. 3).Other topics that the book covers are the problems in homelessness including skid row, mental illness and AFDC. It also covers shelters and services, counseling and case managing and many other aspects of homelessness.

  • Solenberger, Alice Willard. One Thousand Homeless Men (New York: Harvey Associates, 1914).

    First look into homelessness in the 1800’s. Many historical records.

  • Tully, Jim. Beggars of Life (New York: Boni, 1925).

  • VanderStaay, Steven. Street Lives: An Oral History of Homeless Americans, 1992

    A collection of experiences told by homeless individuals and families from all over the country, discussing street life, crises or processes that caused their homelessness and solutions these people are working on to support themselves.

  • Worby, John, The Other Half: The Autobiography of a Tramp (New York: Willey, 1937).

  • Whitlock, Rod Van. Homelessness in America, 1893-1992: An Annotated Bibliography, 1994

    This book contains an annotated bibliography of homelessness research. 140 books and 1,563 articles, book chapters, and dissertations are described.

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Dorothy Day

  • Coy, Patrick G., ed. A Revolution of the Heart: Essays On The Catholic Worker (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1988).

  • Coles, Robert. Dorothy Day: A Radical Devotion (Reading, MA: Perseus Books, 1987).

  • Coles, Robert. Lives of Moral Leadership (New York: Random House, 2000).

  • Coles, Robert. The Secular Mind (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1999).

  • Day, Dorothy. Loaves and Fishes (New York: Harper & Row, 1963).

  • Day, Dorothy. The Long Loneliness: An Autobiography (New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, Inc., 1952).

  • Ellsberg, Robert (Editor), et al. Dorothy Day: Selected Writings (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 1999 7th ed.) [Originally published by Alfred A. Knopf under the title By Little and By Little: The Selected writings of Dorothy Day.]

  • Forrest, Jim. Love is the Measure: A Biography of Dorothy Day (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2000)

  • Kent, Deborah. Dorothy Day: Friend to the Forgotten (Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Edermans Publishing Company, 1996).

  • Miller, William D. A Harsh and Dreadful Love: Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker Movement (London: Darton, Longman & Todd, 1973).

  • Miller, William D. Dorothy Day: A Biography (San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1982).

  • Merriman, Bridget O'Shea. Searching for Christ: The Spirituality of Dorothy Day (Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 1994).

  • O'Connor, June. The Moral Vision of Dorothy Day: A Feminist Perspective (New York: Crossroad, 1991).

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Homeless Themes and Popular Culture

  • O’Connell, Shaun, "Two Nations: The Homeless in a Divided Land," New England Journal of Public Policy Vol. 8, No. 1 (1991): 793-811.

  • Steinbech, John, The Grapes of Wrath, (The Viking Press, 1939).

  • Crane, Stephen. Great Short Works of Stephen Crane. (New York: Harper & Row, 1968).

  • Dickens, Charles. American Notes (1842).

  • Dickens, Charles. Hard Times (Bradbury & Evans, 1854).

  • Ellison, Ralph. The Invisible Man (Random House, Inc. 1952).

  • Grisham, John. Street Lawyer.

  • London, Jack. The Road (New York: MacMillan, 1904).

  • London, Jack, "A Jack London Diary: Tramping with Kelly through Iowa," Palimpsest 8 (1926).

  • Orwell, George. Down and Out In Paris and London (New York: Harcourt Brace & Co., first published 1933)

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Films/Video/Photography

  • Blodgett, Lynn. Finding Grace: The Face of America's Homeless. (San Rafael, CA: Earth Aware, 2007).

  • Gold Rush. Charlie Chaplain. 1925

  • Homeless Home Movie. (Documentary) Pat Hennessey. 1996.

  • Homeless In America. (Documentary Short) Kaya Redford and Tommy Wiseau. 2004

  • Hubbard, Jim. American Refugees. (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1991).

  • Hubbard, Jim. Lives Turned Upside Down : Homeless Children in Their Own Words and Photographs. (New York: Simon & Schuster Children's, 1996).
  • It's A Wonderful Life. Frank Capra. 1946.
  • Lankford, Susan Madden. downTown U.S.A: A Personal Journey with the Homeless. (Humane Exposures Publishing LLC, 2009).
  • Morton, Margaret. The Tunnel: The Underground Homeless of New York City (Architecture of Despair). (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1995).
  • No Good Reason. (Documentary Short) Michael Mierendorf, Larry Marshall. Give US Your Poor, 2009.
  • Skid Row: A Tragic True Story Documented by Pras from the Fugees. (Documentary) 2008.
  • The Fisher King. Terry Gilliam. 1991.
  • The Grapes of Wrath. (film) John Ford. 1940.

  • The Pursuit of Happyness. Gabriele Muccino. 2006.

  • The Saint of Fort Washington. Tim Hunter. 1993.

  • The Soloist. Wright, Joe. 2009

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Service-Learning

  • Albert G. Service Learning Reader: Reflections and Perspectives on Service (Raleigh: National Society of Experimental Education, 1995).

  • Coles, Robert. The Call of Service: A Witness to Idealism. (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1993).

  • Delve, D., Mintz, S.C., Stewart, G.M. Eds. Community Service as Values Education (San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1990).

  • Eyler, Janet; Giles, Dwight E. Jr.; Schmiede, Angela. A Practitioner's Guide to Reflection in Service Learning (Nashville: Vanderbilt University, 1996).

  • Eyler, J. & Giles, D.E., Jr. "The Importance of Program Quality in Service Learning" in Waterman, A., Ed. Service Learning Applications from the Research. (Hilldale, J.J.: Erlbaum and Associates, 1997).

  • Giles, D.E., Jr. & Eyler, J. "The Theoretical Roots of Service Learning in John Dewey: Towards a Theory of Service Learning." Michigan Journal of Community Service-Learning Research, 1(1), 1994.

  • Goldsmith, Suzanne. Journal Reflection: A Resource Guide for Community Service Leaders and Educators Engaged in Service Learning. (Washington, DC: The American Alliance for Rights and Responsibilities, 1995).

  • Stanton, Timothy K.; Giles, Dwight E. Jr.; Cruz, Nadinne I. Service-Learning: A Movement's Pioneers Reflect on Its Origins, Practice, and Future (Jossey-Bass, 1999 paperback).

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