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Books on Peace and Equality
September 11, 2002

"Patriotism is not a short and frenzied outburst of emotion but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime." —Adlai Stevenson


Scott Bilstad ran across an interesting web site, "Eat the State: Politics with Bite" (www.eatthestate.org). The site contained an article, entitled "Back to School Reading", by Terry Binky. Here is her complete article:

I've compiled a list of school-age books that speak of peace and equality between peoples. Perhaps you know a young mind that could benefit from visiting the local library and reading one of these volumes. The adults of our planet are not doing a very good job of bringing peace into international affairs. Perhaps if we begin with children, it might be realized through them.

Books on Peace and Justice (Grade level indicated in parenthesis)

Amistad Rising: Story of Freedom, Veronica Chambers, Harcourt Press, 1998, (3-6)

Amos and Boris, William Steig, Doubleday, 1971, (K-4)

Animal Farm, George Orwell, Prentice Hall 1996, (4-12)

Autumn Street, Lois Lowry, Dell, 1980 (3-6)

Behind the Bedroom Wall, Laura Williams, Milkweed Editions, 1996, (3-10)

Big Book for Peace. Ann Durrel, Dutton, 1990 (3-7)

Blue and Beautiful Planet Earth, Ruth Rocha, UNAC, 1990, (K-7)

Blue and Green Ark, Brian Patten, Scholastic Trade, 2000, ( K-6)

Brother Against Brother, William Davis, Time - Life, 1983 (3-6)

Butter Battle Book, Dr. Suess, Random House, 1984, (1-4)

Cat Who Went to Heaven, Elizabeth Coatsworth, Scholastic, 1930 (4-6)

Cherry Tree, Daisaka Ikeda, Oxford University Press, 1991, (K-4)

Conrad's War, Andrew Davies, Dell, 1986, (5-9) Day Gogo Went to Vote, Elinor Batezat, Little, Brown & Co., 1999, (4-12)

Dawn of Fear, Susan Cooper, Aladdin, 1989 (5-9)

Deucalion, Brian Caswell, University of Queensland, 1995, (5-12)

Devil's Arithmetic, Jane Yolen, Puffin, 1988 (5-9)

Drummer Hoff, Ed Emberly, Prentice Hall, 1967, (K-3)

Encounter, Jane Yolen, Harcourt Brace, 1992 (all ages)

Faithful Elephants: True Story of Animals, People and War, Tomoko Dykes, Houghton Mifflin, 1951 (4 - adult)

Freedom Child of the Sea, Richardo Keens-Douglas, Annick Press, 1994, (1-6)

Gandhi, Kathryn Spink, Hamish Hamilton, 1984, (3-7)

Generation React: Activism For Beginners. Danny Seo, Ballentin Books, 1997, (3-12)

Good Planets Are Hard to Find, Earth Beat Press, 1990, (2-8)

Harald and the Giant, Donald Carrick, Clarion, 1982, (K-3)

Hating Book, Charlotte Zolowtow, Harper and Row, 1969 (2-5)

Hiroshima No PiKa, Toshi Maruki, Lothrop, 1982 (5-9)

How Many Days to America?, Eve Bunting, Clarion, 1988, (PK-1)

I Am David, Anne Holm, Irwin Pub., 1965, (6-12)

I Can Make My World a Safer Place, Paul Kivel, Hunter Gouse, 2001, (5-8)

I'm Always in Trouble, Carol Cummings, Edmonds, 1991 (1-3)

I Never Saw Another Butterfly, Hana Volavkova, Pantheon Books, 1993, (3-8)

It's Mine, Leo Lionni, Alfred Knopf, 1986, (K-4) It's Our World, Phillip Hoose, Little Brown, 1993 (4 - adult)

It's So Nice to Have a Wolf Around the House, Harry Allard, Doubleday, 1977, (2-6)

Jip, His Story, Katherine Paterson, Lodestar Books, 1996, (3-7)

Just Not the Same, Addie Lacoe, Houghton Mifflin, 1993, (1-5)

Kestral, Lloyd Alexander, Dutton, 1982, (7-12)

Kids Creating Circles of Peace, Anne Witchger Kids With Courage, Barbara Lewis, Free Spirit, 1992 (4-12)

Knight and the Dragon, Tomie dePaola, Putnam and Sons, 1980, (K-4)

Let It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters. Andrea Moore Thomas, Albert Whitman Co., 1998, (5-8)

Little Engine That Could, Watty Piper, Putnam, 1930 (PK-2)

Lorax, Dr. Seuss, Random House, 1971, (PK-5)

Martin's Big Words, Doreen Rappaport, Jump At The Sun Publications, 2001 (PK-4)

Metropolitan Cow, Tim Egan, Houghton, 1996, (K-3)

Million Visions of Peace, Jennifer Garrison, Pfeifer Hamilton Pub., 2001, (PK-2)

Mrs. Katz and Tush, Patricia Polacco, Bantam, 1992, (K-4)

Mud Pony--Traditional Skidi Pawnee Tale, Caron Lee Cohen, Scholastic, 1988 (K-3)

Mysterious Giant of Barletta, Tomie dePaola, Harcourt, 1984, (1-4)

Nobody Wants a Nuclear War, Judith Vigna, Albert Whitman, 1986, (K-3)

No Pretty Pictures: A Child Of War, Anita Lobel, Camelot Publications, 2000, (5-8)

Oh The Places You'll Go, Dr. Suess, Random House, 1990 (all ages)

Old Turtle, Douglas Woods, Pfeifer, 1992 (all Ages)

On the Wings of Peace: In Memory of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Sheile Hamanaka, Clarion, 1995 (5-12)

Opposing the System, Charles A. Reich, Crown Publications, 1995, ( 5-12)

Peace Begins With Me--a Non Violent Values Cirriculum, Ronaele Whitington, Smith Somerset, 1989, (2-5)

Peace Begins With You, Katherine Scholes, Time Warner, 1994, (PK-5)

Peace Book, Bernard Benson, Bantam, 1982, (5-12)

Peace Is a Circle of Love, Joan Angluns, Harcourt, 1993, (PK-4)

Peace Mandala, Monique Mandali, Mandali Publications, 2000, (5-12)

Peace Talks, Margaret Read MacDonald, Linnet Books, 1992, (3-10)

Peace Trek Family Coloring Book, Joel & Diane Schatl, Lotus Press, 1998, (PK-5)

People, Peter Spier, Bantam Doubleday, 1980, (K-4) Pepito series, John Moore, UNAC, (2-6)

Planet Champions: Adventures in Saving the World, Jack Yost, Bridgecity Books, 1999 (5-12)

Quarreling Book, Charlotte Zolowtow, Harper and Row, 1963 (2-5)

Rain of Fire, Marion Bauer, Clarion Books, 1983, (5-8)

Ring and the Window Seat, Amy Hest, Scholastic, 1995, (3-10)

Rose Blanche, Roberto Innocenti, Creative Editions, 1986 (5-8)

Rose Meets Mr. Wintergarden, Melina Marchetta, Pearson Learning, 2001, (PK-5)

Runaway, Margaret Wise Brown, Harper Row, (PK-2)

Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes, Eleanor Coerr, Dell, 1997, (3-8)

Salina and the Bear Paw Quilt, Barbara Smucker, Stoddart, 1996, (2-6)

Search for Delicious, Natalie Babbit, Farrar, 1982, (3-5)

Seeds of Peace, Laura Berkeley, Barefoot Books, 1999, (2-5)

Separate Peace, John Knowles, Bantam, 1981, (6-12)

Short Tree and the Bird Who Could Not Sing, Dennis Foon, Groundwood, 1986, (K-4)

Silence in the Mountains, Liz Rosenberg, Orchid Books, (PK-4)

Silver Bullets: Guide to Initiative Problems, Adventure Games and Trust Activities, Karl Rohnke, Project Adventure, 1984, (K-adult) Sloan and Philomena, Patty Stern, Dutton, 1979, (K-4)

Somewhere Today: A Book of Peace, Shelly Moore Thomas, Albert Whitman & Co., 1998, (PK-4)

Stand for Children, Marian W. Edelman, Hyperion Press, 1998, (3-8)

Stand Up For Your Rights, Peace Child International, 998, (3-8)

Strange Tomorrow, Jean Karl, Dutton Press, 1986, (1-4)

Story of Ferdinand, Munro Leaf, Puffin, 1936 (1-3)

Talking Wells, Margy Burns Knight, Tilbury House, (3-8)

Tell All The Children Our Story, Tonya Bolden, Harry N. Abrams, 2002, (4-8)

Universal Declaration of Human Rights, An Adaptation for Children, Ruth Rocha, UNAC, 1989, (3-9)

Wall, Eve Bunting, Clarion Books, 1990 (2-6) War, Paul Bennett, Barrons Press, 2002, (4-8)

War and the Pity of War, Neil McCurd Philip, Houghton Mifflin, 1998. (5-8)

We Are All Alike. We Are All Different, Cheltenbaum School Children, Scholastic, (K-adult)

We Can Do It: A Peace Book for Kids of All Ages, United Nations Association of Canada, (K-4)

We Shall Not Be Moved: Women's Factory Strike of 1909, Joan Dash, Scholastic Paperbacks, 1998, (6-12)

What Do You Stand For?, Barbara A. Lewis, Free Spirit Publications, 1997, (5-8)

Witches and Witch Hunts, Milton Meltzer, Blue Sky Press, 1999, (4-8)

Wolf of Shadows, Whitley Strieber, Knopf, 1985, (7-10)

Year of the PandaMiriam Schlein, Scholastic, 1963 (K-3)

Yellow Star: Legend of King Christian X of Denmark, Carmen Agra Deedy, Peachtreee Books, 2000, (3-5)

For ideas on how to introduce peace and equality into your preschool curriculum, check out Hearing Everyone's Voice: Educating Young Children for Peace and Democratic Community at our web site www.ChildCareExchange.com.


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