International Day of Peace books

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A Bowl Full of Peace

Title: A Bowl Full of Peace
By: Carol Stelson and Akira Kusaka
Published: 2020

Sachiko Yasui's story of surviving the atomic bombing of Nagasaki and her message of peace to a young audience is deeply moving. Sachiko's family home was about half a mile from where the atomic bomb fell on August 9, 1945. Her family experienced devastating loss. When they returned to the rubble where their home once stood, her father miraculously found their serving bowl intact. Age Range: 6 years and up

Call Number: xBiog Yasui.S Stels.C

Can You Say Peace?

Title: Can You Say Peace?
By: Karen Katz
Published: 2006

International Peace Day is September 21st. On this day and every day throughout the year, children all over the world wish for peace. Karen Katz takes readers on a bright and colorful journey around the globe to meet some of these children and learn about the many ways to say peace! Age Range: 4 - 7 years

Call Number: JPicture Katz.K

Grandfather Gandhi

Title: Grandfather Gandhi
By: Arun Gandhi with Bethany Hegedus
Published: 2014

Arun travels to India to live in Grandfather Gandhi’s village. Like all children, Arun sometimes gets frustrated and erupts in anger. Ghandi teaches his grandson that anger is human and how to turn darkness into light. Grandfather Gandhi is a touching personal account carrying a message of peace, brought to life by unique three-dimensional mixed-media collages by Evan Turk. Age Range: 4-8 years

Call Number: xBiog Gandhi Gandh.A

Green Lizards Vs. Red Triangles

Title: Green Lizards Vs. Red Triangles
By: Steve Antony
Published: 2015

The green lizards and the red rectangles are at war. Can there ever be a way to live peacefully together? Age Range: 3 - 6 years

Call Number: JPicture Anton.S

Hiawatha and the Peacemaker

Title: Hiawatha and the Peacemaker
By: Robbie Robertson
Published: 2015

Born of Mohawk and Cayuga descent, musical icon Robbie Robertson learned the story of Hiawatha and his spiritual guide, the Peacemaker, as part of the Iroquois oral tradition. Hiawatha, a Mohawk, shared a message of unity with the five warring Iroquois nations during the 14th century. The message united the tribes and changed how the Iroquois governed themselves—a blueprint for democracy that would later inspire the authors of the U.S. Constitution. Age Range: 4- 8 years

Call Number: J Rober.R

How to Heal a Broken Wing

Title: How to Heal a Broken Wing
By: Bob Graham
Published: 2008

In a spare urban fable, Bob Graham brings us one small boy, one loving family, and one miraculous story of hope and healing. "No one saw the bird fall."
n a city full of hurried people, only young Will notices the bird lying hurt on the ground. Wistful and uplifting, here is a tale of possibility. Age Range: 3 - 7 and up (parents will understand the pictorial references to the backdrop of the war and can point them out to kids if appropriate)

Call Number: JPicture Graha.B

I am Peace, A book of mindfulness

Title: I am Peace, A book of mindfulness
By: Susan Verde
Published: 2017

Mindfulness means being fully in the present moment. Children can learn how to manage their emotions, make good choices, and balance their busy lives by learning to be mindful, expressing emotions through speech, finding empathy through imagination, and wondering at the beauty of the natural world. Includes a guided meditation. Age Range: 4 - 8 years

Call Number: JPicture Verde.S

A Little Peace

Title: A Little Peace
By: Barbara Kerley
Published: 2007

The book juxtaposes photographs from around the world with a simple, reflective message about our responsibilities for finding and keeping peace on the planet.All the photography is reproduced in miniature at the back of the book with geographic, historic, and cultural context and details explained. A world map leads readers to the location of each image. A Little Peace offers a vital lesson for children everywhere. Age Range:

Call Number: JPicture Kerle.B

Mama Miti: Wangari Maathai and the Trees of Kenya

Title: Mama Miti: Wangari Maathai and the Trees of Kenya
By: Donna Jo Napoli and Kadir Nelson
Published: 2010

The story of Wangari Maathai, who in 1977 founded the Green Belt Movement, an African grassroots organization that has empowered people to mobilize and combat deforestation, soil erosion, and environmental degradation. In 2004 she was the first African woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Age Range: 4 - 8 years

Call Number: xBiog Maath.W Napol.D


Title: Peace
By: Baptiste Paul, Miranda Paul and Estelí Meza
Published: 2021

Peace is on purpose. Peace is a choice. Peace lets the smallest of us have a voice.
From a hello and pronouncing your friend’s name correctly to giving more than you take and saying I’m sorry, this simple concept book explores definitions of peace and actions small and big that foster it. Age Range: 5-8 years

Call Number: JPicture Paul.B

The Peace Book

Title: The Peace Book
By: Todd Parr
Published: 2004

"Peace is making new friends
Peace is giving shoes to someone who needs them
Peace is a growing garden
Peace is having enough pizza in the world for everyone"
Enjoy Todd Parr's bright illustrations and wonderful explanation about peace for young children. Age Range: 2 - 5 years

Call Number: JPicture Parr.T

Peace Tales: world folk tales to talk about

Title: Peace Tales: world folk tales to talk about
By: Margaret Read MacDonald
Published: 1992

Peace Tales contains more than three dozen discussion-provoking folktales. Always fun to read, these stories also prompt us to think about the seemingly minor events that lead to war and the little events that can also lead to peace. Age Range: 5 years and up

Call Number: x398.8 Peace

Peace Train

Title: Peace Train
By: Cat Stevens
Published: 2021

Hop aboard the Peace Train in this picture book adaptation of Cat Stevens’s legendary anthem of unity and harmony in time for the song’s 50th anniversary! With illustrations by New York Times bestselling illustrator Peter H. Reynolds. Age Range: 6 and up to adult

Call Number: JPicture Steve.C

Peaceful Pieces Poems and Quilts about Peace

Title: Peaceful Pieces Poems and Quilts about Peace
By: Anna Grossnickle Hines
Published: 2011

In this evocative collection of poems illustrated by beautiful handmade quilts, Anna Grossnickle Hines explores peace in all its various and sometimes surprising forms: from peace at home to peace on a worldwide scale to peace within oneself. Pondering the meaning of peace and its fleeting nature, this book compels each of us to discover and act upon peace ourselves. Age Range: 4 - 8 years

Call Number: x811 Hines.A

Salam Alaikum: a message of peace

Title: Salam Alaikum: a message of peace
By: Harris J
Published: 2017

From “the Muslim Justin Bieber,” (NPR) Harris J, comes a picture book that celebrates spreading peace, love, and happiness throughout the world, using the lyrics of his international YouTube hit of the same name. Salam Alaikum means “Peace be upon you.” It is the greeting Muslims use to say “hello” and “good-bye.” International music sensation Harris J has taken that greeting and created a call to action. Age Range: 4 - 8 years

Call Number: JPicture Harri.J

The Story of Ferdinand

Title: The Story of Ferdinand
By: Munro Leaf
Published: 1936

A true classic with a timeless message, The Story of Ferdinand has enchanted readers since it was first published in 1936. All the other bulls would run and jump and butt their heads together. But Ferdinand would rather sit and smell the flowers. Age Range: 3 - 6 years

Call Number: JPicture Leaf.M
Also available as El Cuento de Ferdinando

Walking Toward Peace: The True Story of a Brave Woman called Peace Pilgrim

Title: Walking Toward Peace: The True Story of a Brave Woman called Peace Pilgrim
By: Kathleen Krull
Published: 2021

She gave up everything: her home, her possessions, even her real name. She called herself Peace Pilgrim, put on her sneakers, and started off on her quest to walk thousands of miles all around America. Step by step, mile after mile, Peace Pilgrim traveled tirelessly, inviting everyone she met to consider a world where each person and each nation chooses peace. Age Range: 3 - 7 years

Call Number: xBiog Peacepi Krull.K

What Does Peace Feel Like?

Title: What Does Peace Feel Like?
By: Vladimir Radunsky and children from around the world
Published: 2004

What does that word really mean? Ask children from around the world, and this is what they say.... Age Range: 4 - 10 years

Call Number: x303.66 Radun.V

Why Do We Fight? Conflict War, and Peace

Title: Why Do We Fight? Conflict War, and Peace
By: Niki Walker
Published: 2013

From culture clashes and trade disputes to disagreements about how to govern, Why Do We Fight? insists that the key to fulfilling humankind's wish for "world peace" lies in how we choose to deal with conflict and provides a genuine cause for optimism in the face of an at-times frightening world. Age Range: 10 and up

Call Number: x303.69 Walke.N

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