Being a Good Citizen

A kids' guide to community involvement

From the Series Start Smart ™ — Community

  • Interest Level: Grade 1 - Grade 3
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

Whether it’s raising money for a charity or cleaning up a park, getting involved in your community is a great way to help others and feel good about yourself.

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Interest Level Grade 1 - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Social Studies
Copyright 2016
Publisher Red Chair Press
Imprint Red Chair Press
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2015-08-01
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
BISACS JNF038000, JNF053200, JNF052000
Dewey 307
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 6.5 x 9
Lexile 510
Guided Reading Level N
ATOS Reading Level 3.8
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 175615
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Charts/Graphs/Diagrams, Glossary, Glossary words bolded within text, Index, Reviewed, and Sidebars

Author: Rachelle Kreisman

Rachelle Kreisman is the author of several children's books and hundreds of Weekly Reader classroom magazines. When Rachelle is not writing, she enjoys being active in her community.

Illustrator: Tim Haggerty

Tim Haggerty has been doing cartoons and humorous illustration for over 20 years. His work has been featured in books and magazines, from Highlights to MAD.


School Library Journal, Series Made Simple

“A useful series that deals with community issues in an engaging way.”—School Library Journal


The Start Smart: Community series offers readers a way to think about where they live, who helps them, and what it means to be an effective part of their communities. Being a Good Citizen explains in simple language hwo their world is arrange and advises kids on how to find way to help their communities, including volunteerism and environmentalism. People Who Help covers the usual suspects: firefighters, medical personnel, and crossing guards. Teachers and librarians seem an odd omission, though. Places We Go invites readers to take a look inside the local buildings that are a part of their everyday lives. The importance of the institutions is paired with information about those who work there. Things We Do offers a boatload of activities, though not all may be available in every community—and most do cost money: movies, live theater, parks, sporting events, and museums. All the books contain straightforward text sprinkled with “fun facts” and a colorful design with resources.