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Home at Last
Children's Books and Curricula

As a better way of communicating the growing problems of family homelessness and poverty to a younger audience, Dr. Ralph da Costa Nunez wrote his first children's book, Our Wish, in 1997.

Our Wish is the first in a six book series that helps children understand what it is like to be homeless. All of the main characters are lovable animals and are used to help children better relate to and comprehend the difficult topic of family homelessness. Our Wish was followed in the series by Cooper's Tale, Saily's Journey, Voyage to Shelter Cove, Mango's Quest, and the most recent release, Ears Up, Ears Down: A dog’s journey home.

ICPH created accompanying activity books for children to interact and connect with both their peers and the characters. In addition, the animated video collection, Home at Last, was created to go along with these books. The animated videos touch on different ways children are affected by homelessness and poverty and include well-known children’s book authors reading several books from the series aloud. All books and supplementary materials are geared toward grade levels K–5.

Our Wish: Activity Book

This activity book is the companion book to Our Wish. Join the rabbits as they look for a new home.


ArtWorks Curriculum - Complete Set

The ArtWorks curriculum is a series of 12 units that integrate language arts, social studies, dance, drama, music, and the visual arts for elementary school students. The academically rigorous units, which are based on national curriculum standards in each of these subjects, use children's fiction and nonfiction books, CDs, DVDs, and videotapes (purchased seperately) to help students understand and appreciate the arts. In some ArtWorks units, mathematics and science curriculum standards are also included. The ArtWorks curriculum units are designed to be taught by regular classroom teachers and by educational staff in after-school and literacy programs in shelters and other community facilities. Art and music specialists, who are in short supply, are not required, as any teacher or staff person can implement this curriculum. The 12 ArtWorks units include four designed for grades K-1, four for grades 2-3, and four for grades 4-5. The units may be purchased as a complete set of 12 or by grade level.


ArtWorks Units for Grades 4-5

Alvin Ailey's "Revelations", Artists Celebrating their Heritages, The Art of World Landmarks, Modern Arts


ArtWorks Units for Grades 2-3

America's Contributions to the Arts, Fairy Tales, People on the Move, How to Tell a Story


ArtWorks Units for Grades K-1

Animals in the Arts, The Four Seasons, Portraits in the Arts, Land and Water


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