Cover: YMCA



How do nonprofits and charities work? What problems do they need to solve? In YMCA, readers will discover the ways this organization contributes positively to the world. Sidebars and backmatter ask questions for text-dependent analysis. Photos, a glossary, and additional resources are included.


  • Level: Grade 2 - Grade 5
  • Dewey: 267/.3
  • Graphics: Full-color photographs
  • Reinforced book (9781634710565): 8.25 x 8.25, 24 pages, © 2017
  • Paperback (9781634712545): 8.25 x 8.25, 24 pages, © 2017
  • PDF (9781634711555): 8.25 x 8.25, 24 pages, © 2017
  • Hosted ebook (9781634713535): 8.25 x 8.25, 24 pages, © 2017
  • Subject: Professional, Social Studies
  • Series: Community Connections
  • Subseries: How Do They Help?


  • Lexile® Measure: 860
  • Guided Reading Level: S
  • Accelerated Reader® Quiz: 183848
  • Accelerated Reader® Reading Level: 4.9
  • Accelerated Reader® Interest Level: LG
  • Accelerated Reader® Points: 0.5

BISAC Subjects

Table of Contents

  • Pushing for Positive Change
  • From the Past to the Present
  • Supporting Success
  • Glossary
  • Find Out More
  • Index
  • About the Author


School Library Journal - YMCA

With a broader scope than most (the United States and Canada are represented), this set discusses various social advocacy groups. Each organization’s history and their ongoing efforts to carry out their missions are discussed. Funding and educational efforts, as well as statistical information regarding their societal impacts, are described. A unique feature is the way this set encourages readers to come to their own conclusions—a useful tie-in to Common Core curricula in which information synthesis is vital. Each spread features text accompanied by a visual with sidebars promoting activities and questions to encourage critical thought. The photos mostly feature children and are a mix of stock and organization-provided images. VERDICT A useful tool with Common Core applications that introduces humanitarian aid organizations.


Author: Katie Marsico


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