+ A Tree for Peter by Kate Seredy - This is a short, classic novel that can be read in a few sittings. It's the story of Peter, a young boy who lives in a shantytown, who is visited by a mysterious friend bearing the gift of a small tree and spade. This is a feel-good story that inspires hope and faith and one I would (and do) happily read every year.
+ The Family Under the Bridge by Natalie Savage Carlson - This is the story of Armand, a homeless man who lives on the streets of Paris. One day, he comes back to his spot under the bridge to find a family of three small, hungry children. He makes it his mission to find them a real home. This one awakens empathy in children and I couldn't be more grateful for that.