Five children's books about peace...
Updated: Nov 2
It's International Day of Peace today, a global event observed each year all across the world. The event is commemorated on 21st of September each year. It is a day that was set aside by the United Nations General assembly for everyone around the world to devote to keeping peace, despite any differences they may have, as well as play a part in building a peace culture that will last for generations to come. Parts of the world may not recognize the urgency of the need for peace right now, but as parents watching our children grow up in a world that feels more than a little unstable right now, we do.
Let's start our children learning about this young, here's our five favourite books for children about peace.
I've got peace in my fingers
Susan Salidor, illustrated by Natalka Soiko
Age suitability 1 - 6 Years
Susan Salidor's first book for young children is based on her song, I've Got Peace In My Fingers. The joyous, evocative pictures beautifully illustrate the idea that all of us, even the youngest among us, can be makers and messengers of peace. The book includes an empowering .
The book can be read, chanted or sung, and the interwoven stories told in pictures give children opportunities to imagine how they, too, can help the world be a kinder, gentler place.
by Davide Cali and Serge Bloch
Age suitability 6 and up
In this moving picture book, award-winning collaborators Davide Cali and Serge Bloch present a fable for our time about two lonely soldiers facing each other across a barren battlefield. What each discovers, as the story unfolds, is that the enemy is not a faceless beast, but rather a real person with family, friends, and dreams. This is a strong anti-war book and will open up conversations about conflict and differences. Although it's great for older children too, as soon as children hit the gun battles and superhero phases, learning about dealing with conflict, is never going to be a waste of time.
The Peace Stick
by Nidhi Midra
Age suitability 2 - 5
Maska and Taima are two Native American boys who enjoy playing with sticks. When one special stick causes an argument between them, they learn about a different stick that is even more special. This new stick can actually solve arguments!--- The story is inspired by the native American legend of The Talking Stick. It can be used as a tool by parents and teachers to demonstrate to children how to use a Talking Stick to listen and communicate peacefully. Widely used in yoga classes for children and Montessori Schools.
What does peace look like
by Vladimir Radunsky
Age suitability 5 and up
What does that word really mean? Ask children from around the world, and this is what they say....This is a lovely book based on the actual answers of children from around the world.
Salaam Alaikum - a song of peace
by Harris J illustrated by Ward Jenkins
Age suitability: 4-8 years
Salam Alaikummeans “Peace be upon you.” It is the greeting that Muslims around the world use to say “hello” and “good-bye.” International music sensation Harris J has taken that greeting and created a call to action.
Using the lyrics to the hit song of the same name, and accompanied by heartwarming illustrations that depict the power of paying it forward, this sweet and charming picture book celebrates kindness and community.
"Spread peace on the earth…
Treasure the love, let it surround us
Always be kind, always remind one another
Peace on the earth every day"
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