Problem Statement: Although poverty affects all age groups, children are especially affected because they are dependent for their survival on adults. Many children from around the world feel the impact of poverty on their lives and the lives of their families and friends. Images of poverty found in books can influence children's belief systems. Children's visions of themselves, the world, and their place in the world have been greatly impacted by the literature. Picture books are useful tools for teaching many abstract and complex concepts of the social studies at the elementary level. Therefore, books about poverty create opportunities for adults and children to talk about some tough issues.