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*Welcome to Green Dove's Peace Book List of Childrens Books. This list is the result of twenty plus years of reading childrens books along with favorites suggested from family and friends, my local librarians, the libraries research catalogs and wandering around in store book collections.

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A Band of Angels: A Story Inspired by the Jubilee Singers by Deborah Hopkinson.
A biography of the Mississippi share cropper who became a civil and voter rights leader during the 1960's.
Adventures in Peacemaking: A Conflict Resolution Activity Guide for School-Age Programs
by William J. Kreidler, Lisa Furlong - Avg. Customer Rating - Ages 6-11:
A Gift for Mama by Ester Hautzig (1981) Poland, FICTION
The story of how Sara earns money to buy her mother a pair of satin slippers is lovingly told and reminds children that effort and imagination are two of the most important elements in a gift. The book also depicts the interactions of a close-knit family in the town of Vilna, Poland more than fifty years ago.
A Group of One written by Rachna Gilmore. Henry Holt and Company, 2001. A handbook of ideas, activities and resources for empowering children to care about themselves, others and the world.
A Handful of Seeds by Monica Hughes, Lester Publishing, UNICEF Canada 1983, $16.95.
After her grandmother dies, a young girl is forced to leave for the city. She has taken seeds from her grandmother's garden with her and plants a garden in the city. The girl faces huge challenges in her efforts to nurture her garden, including its destruction. She meets other children who are homeless and struggling. The story is one of hope and perseverance in spite of hardship. K-5
Ahyoka and the Talking Leaves: The Story of the Cherokee Alphabet by Connie and Peter Roop (1992) Native American, BIOGRAPHICAL FICTION
Certain that the white man's ability to read gave him a distinct advantage, Sequoyah, with the help and encouragement of his daughter Ahyoka, created the first Cherokee alphabet.
All for the Better: A Story of El Barrio by Nicholasa Mohr (1993) Puerto-Rican-American, BIOGRAPHY
Due to poverty, Evelin Lopez's mother sends her from Puerto Rico at age eleven, to live with her relatives in New York City's Spanish Harlem in 1933. Although she was ridiculed by classmates, she studied and did well and later fought for school reform and led a nonviolent protest against the closure of public libraries in her area.
All Her Paths Are Peace: Women Pioneers in Peacemaking (Kumarian Press Books for a World That Works)
by Michael Henderson
All the Colors of the Earth
by Sheila Hamanaka
American printing of The Barefoot Book of Buddhist Tales, published in England, 1997.
 
Amber Was Brave, Essie Was Smart written and illustrated by Vera B. Williams. Greenwillow Books / HarperCollins, 2001
Amos and Boris by William Steig, Doubleday Canada 1971.
A mouse who loves the sea falls off his boat and is saved by a whale. Years later, the whale is beached in a storm and the mouse can return the favour. K-4
 
A Million Visions of Peace: Wisdom from the Friends of Old Turtle
by Jennifer Garrison, Andrew Tubesing
Annie…Anya - A Month in Moscow by Irene Trivas, Orchard Books, New York 1992, $19.95.
A young girl visits Moscow with her parents, who, as doctors, have signed up to work in Moscow for a month. Annie finds everything strange and unfamiliar. A Russian girl, Anya, she meets at a daycare helps her learn Russian and discover the good in the strangeness. A story of friendship and generosity. 2-5
 
At the Crossroads by Rachel Isadora, Greenwillow Books 1991, 105 Madison Ave New York NY 10016. (available at the Ottawa Public Library, children's picture books).
A picture book in which South African children gather to welcome home their fathers who have been away for several months working in the mines. K-3
 
Amos and Boris by William Steig, Doubleday Canada 1971.
A mouse who loves the sea falls off his boat and is saved by a whale. Years later, the whale is beached in a storm and the mouse can return the favour. K-4
A New Coat for Anna
Harriet Ziefert and Anita Lobel
Dragonfly, 1986
Angel Child, Dragon Child
M. M. Surat,
Carnival, 1983
Annie…Anya - A Month in Moscow by Irene Trivas, Orchard Books, New York 1992, $19.95.
A young girl visits Moscow with her parents, who, as doctors, have signed up to work in Moscow for a month. Annie finds everything strange and unfamiliar. A Russian girl, Anya, she meets at a daycare helps her learn Russian and discover the good in the strangeness. A story of friendship and generosity. 2-5
A Separate Peace by John Knowles, Bantam, 1981, "is not only beautifully written but it deals with the psychological inner wars which develop into external wars, and it does so in a very readable manner, easily understood by anyone from the early teens up." A wonderful book. Secondary
 
Autumn Street by Lois Lowry, Dell 1980, ISBN 0 440 40344 8.
This novel is the partially autobiographical tale of life in a small town in central Pennsylvania during the war years. It's also a story about racism and the death of an innocent child. 4-8
A Weed Is a Flower : The Life of George Washington Carver
Aliki
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Battles, Hassles, Tantrums and Votes: Strategies for Coping with Conflict and Making Peace at Home
Susan Beckman and Jeanne Holmes
Hearst Books, 1993
Believe in Me: A book of Affirmations
by Connie Bowen
This uplifting and life-affirming book will affirm your child's inner greatness in main' ways. The illustrations are awesome!
Buddhist Ganeri, Anita.. New York : Children's Press, 1997.
The Barefoot Book of Buddhist Tales
The Big Book for Peace. New York, Dutton Children's Books, 1990 Durell, Ann. written by Lloyd Alexander, Natalie, Babbitt, John Bierhorst, Jean Fritz, Jean Craighead George, Thacher Hurd, Steven Kellog, Myra Cohn Livingston, Lois Lowry, Milton Meltzer, Katherine Patterson, Marilyn Sachs, Yoshiko Uchida, Mildred Pitts Walter, Nancy Willard, Charlotte Zolotow
Behind the Bedroom Wall by Laura Williams, Milkweed Editions, 1996 ISBN 1 57131 606 X.
This novel is about the hiding of Jews during World War II. Korinna is a loyal German child, part of the Hitler Jungmadel, who discovers that her parents have been hiding Jews behind her bedroom wall. The story brings home the tragedy of the Jews in Europe.
Book of Black Heroes, Vol. 2: Great Women in the Struggle
Blue and Beautiful: Planet Earth, Our Home by Ruth Rocha and Otavio Roth UNAC* 1990, 48 pages $14.95.
A beautifully illustrated children's book about our planet Earth and protecting the environment. It
describes the role each person must play to keep the planet Earth "blue and beautiful".
Bone from a Dry Sea by Peter Dickinson (1992) Africa FICTION
This novel takes place in two time periods. "Now" is contemporary Africa and "then" is prehistoric times and both center on an ingenious girl. A collection of fossils is found in Now time and the stories reach across time to merge into an absorbing narrative that raises its own questions about evolution.
Brother Against Brother. Alexandria, Time-Life Books, 1983. Davis, William C.
Buntin, Eve. The Wall. New York, Clarion Books, 1990.
Buddha. New York: Henry Hold and Co., 1996.
 
Butterfly by Patricia Polacco
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Candles in the Dark
Carlsson-Paige, Nancy and Diane E. Levin
The Children We Remember. New York, Greenwillow Books, Abells, Chana Byers. 1986.
Christmas Tapestry by Patricia Polacco (Hardcover)
Chicken Sunday Patricia Polacco
Caught in the Middle, by Kathleen Cleland Moyer, 1991, NICR*, script $8.
A one-act play using drama, comedy, music and dance to explore an adolescent school conflict and its resolution. Gr 7-8
 
Children of the River by Linda Crew (1989) United States and Cambodia, FICTION
Sundara escapes with her aunt's family when the Khmer Rouge army sweeps through Cambodia. In the United States, Sundara must negotiate between the rigid expectations of her aunt who expects her to follow Cambodian traditions and the looser social customs of her new country.
Children's Songs for a Friendly Planet compiled by E.Weiss, P. Prutzman, N.Silben, 1986, CCRC*, 112 pp $13.50.
Over 100 songs and an article on how CCRC uses singing in its classroom activities. The book is produced jointly by CCRC, the Riverside Church Disarmament Program, and Educators for Social Responsibility
Columbus: His Enterprise, Exploding the Myth
Come With Us: Children Speak for Themselves
Communication
Aliki
Green Willow, 1993
Conrad's war by Andrew Davies, Dell 1986 paper $2.25US.
In this powerful fantasy, a young boy's infatuation with war games takes on a nightmarish quality when he finds himself back in time piloting a plane during the Nuremberg raids. 5-9
Corazon Aquino, President of the Philippines
Cowtails and Cobras II: A Guide to Games, Initiatives, Ropes Courses, & Adventure Education, by Karl Rohnke, Project Adventure 1989, ESR*, 210 pages,$20.00.
Following an adventure-based learning approach, this guide aims to increase each participant's sense of personal confidence, build mutual support within a group, develop an increased level of agility and physical coordination, and foster an increased joy in one's physical self and in being with others. The guide includes sample curriculum materials and a chapter on leadership and debriefing. K-Adult.
Creative Conflict Solving for Kids
F. Schmidt and A. Friedman
Peace Education Foundation, 1985
Curriculum and resource guide for six 2 hour sessions with a group of families, adaptable for an individual family or for groups of children.
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Darkness over Denmark: The Danish Resistance and the Rescue of the Jews
Daughter of the Mountains by Louise Rankin (1948) Tibet and India, FICTION
Momo, who lives with her family in a village on the Khyber Pass, courageously travels to Calcutta to reclaim her stolen dog. The variety of the terrain and people Momo confronts offers an amazing view of the land, lifestyles, and religions of this area just before the end of British rule.
 
Dawn of Fear by Susan Cooper, Aladdin, 1989 ISBN 0 689 71327 4. Paperback.
A family elects to stay in London during the World War II bombing and their air raid shelter becomes a second home for the children. A mock war between kids erupts and escalates. But the devastating effects of the real war shakes them out of the previous acceptance of things as they are. This is not a difficult book to read but it's a compelling story. 5-9
Day the Earth Was Silent
by Michael McGuffee, Edward Sullivan (Illustrator), Michael McGufee
Deedy and illustrated by Henri Sorensen. Peachtree Publishers, 2000.
Desmond Tutu: Bishop of Peace
Devil's Arithmatic by Jane Yolen (1988) Poland FICTION
Twelve-year-old Hannah finds her Jewish traditional observances boring . Through a fantasy, she opens the door to another time and becomes Chaya who is taken along with the other villagers to a concentration camp and experiences the full horror of the Holocaust.
Devil's Arithmatic by Jane Yolen (1988) Poland FICTION
Twelve-year-old Hannah finds her Jewish traditional observances boring . Through a fantasy, she opens the door to another time and becomes Chaya who is taken along with the other villagers to a concentration camp and experiences the full horror of the Holocaust.
Dorothy Day: Catholic Worker
Dorothy Day: Catholic Worker
Dougy", "Gracey","Angela by James Moloney, Penguin 1988.
These are three linked novels which take an uncompromising look at racism and racial identity in contemporary Australia. The first two won literary awards and were commended by the Australian Human Right Commission. A Bridge to Wiseman's Cove, also by James Moloney, won the Children's Literature Peace Prize and the Family Award.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: Seeds of Freedom
Dragonwagon, Crescent. I Hate My Brother Harry. New York, Harper & Row, 1983.
Dragonwagon, Crescent. I Hate My Sister Maggie. New York, Macmillan, 1989.
Drummer Hoff by Barbara and Ed Emberley, Prentice-Hall 1967
The Emberleys cleverly adapt an old cumulative folktale about the firing of a cannon; the final spread, showing the unused cannon surrounded by flowers, offers an intriguing springboard for discussion with young children. K-3
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Effie by Beverley Allinson, Summerhill Press 1990.
Effie, an ant, has a loud voice that irritates her fellow ants. She sets out to seek some other creature who will listen to her, but everyone runs. Her voice comes in handy when an elephant walks through the neighborhood. She becomes friends with the elephant and soon elephants from all over are taking care where they step. K-4
Emir's Education in the Proper Use of Magical Powers by Jane Roberts, Stillpoint Publishing, 1979
The Golden Goose King: A Tale Told by the Buddah Chapel Hill: Ernst, Judith. Parvardigar Press, 1995
Everyone Wins: Cooperative Games and Activities, by S. and J.Luvmour,
An easy to use reference guide.More than 150 cooperative games and activities for encouraging conflict resolution, communication skills and building self-esteem. Tested and graded according to age level and group size.
Eye of the Hurricane: Tales of the Empty-Handed Masters (Martial Arts for Peace Series) by Terrence Webster-Doyle, Rod Cameron (Illustrator)
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The Faithful Friend
Fair Is Fair : World Folktales of Justice - Sharon Creeden
Faithful Elephants: a true story of animals, people and war by Yukio Tsuchiya (ISBN 0-395-46555-9) - a moving story based on Tokyo Zoo during WW2.
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Games Manual, Sports Manual and Cooperative Games: For Indoors and Out , by Jim Deacove, Family Pastimes, $3.75 each plus GST, PST in Ont. Simply produced booklets: Games Manual has over 100 cooperative games for Pre-school-Gr 9, and Sports Manual has cooperative sports, games and athletics for Gr 6-12.
R.R. 4, Perth, ON K7H 3C6, ph 888-267-4414, fax 888-267-6717, http://www.familypastimes.com
Family Peacemaking
Fighting Fair for Families
Flight of the Golden Eagle: Tales of the Empty-Handed Masters (Martial Arts for Peace) by Terrence Webster-Doyle, Rod Cameron (Illustrator)
For the Life of Laetitia by Merle Hodge (1993) Trinidad , FICTION
Laetitia is the first in her family to be picked to go to secondary school in La Puerta, the nearby town. However, this opportunity involves dealing with a tyrannical father and teachers who tend to be racist and elitist.
Freedom Child of the Sea by Richardo Keens-Douglas, Annick Press, Toronto 1994,
This picture book, beautifully illustrated by Julia Gukova, tells the story of a mythical boy born of a drowning woman from a slave ship. He carries the pain and the hopes of all people. 1-6
Friendly Story Caravan, The
Frog and Toad are Friends by Arnold Lobel, Harper Row 1970.
Tales of friendship, mutual support and understanding. JK-2
Gandhi by Kathryn Spink, Hamish Hamilton 1984.
A children's biography. 3-6
Gifts by Jo Ellen Bogart, illus. By Barbara Reid, North Winds Press / Scholastic 1994.
A girl's grandmother travels the world and sends gifts of originality and whimsy from the places she visits. The gifts demonstrate her grandmother's enthusiasm and respect for the variety of peoples and places around the world. 1-6
Giving
Shirley Hughes
Candlewick, 1993
The Giver - Lois Lowry
Good Planets are Hard to Find! Earth Beat Press, UNAC* 1990, 41 pages $6.00.
An environmental guide, dictionary, and action book for children in early primary school. The information is also useful for adults seeking clear explanations of environmental terms and issues.
Grandad's Prayers of the Earth by Douglas Wood
Grandfather's Journey
Allen Say
Houghton Mifflin, 1994
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Hamilton, Virginia
Harald and the giant by Donald Carrick, Clarion Books 1982, $10.95US.
Young Harald has looked up to the knights who live in the baron's castle, but when their practice jousts nearly destroy his family's small garden, he is disillusioned and finds a way to outwit the warriors.K-3
Hate Hurts: How Children Learn and Unlearn Prejudice, A Guide for Adults and Children, by Caryl Stern-LaRosa and Ellen Hofheimer Bettmann, Scholastic with The Anti-Defamation League, 2000.
Helps children understand what prejudice is and how easily it can be passed from generation to generation. The Anti-Defamation League is dedicated to fighting against "anti-Semitism, racism, and hate of all kinds." This book's three parts - "Understanding Hate and Where It Comes From", "Questions About Hate/Responses to Hate" and "Challenging Hate Outside the Home" - include activities, first person accounts and resource listing, including a bibliography andtips on screening TV, movies, videos, and children's books for stereotyping and other inappropriate messages. All Ages
Helping Families Care
Hiroshima No Pika by Toshi Maruki, Lothrop 1982, ISBN 0 688 02197 3.
This is a disturbing picture book. It deals with the moments after the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. 5-9
Hispanic, Female and Young by Phyllis Tashlik, ed. (1994) United States, ANTHOLOGY
This book is the result of the efforts of Phyllis Tashlik and twelve eighth-grade girls who began a course in the New York City public school system designed to find and read writings by Hispanic women and to encourage girls to explore themselves through their own writing. They combined works of published authors and poets with writings from the class. Many of the writings are autobiographical and describe life in Mexico, Puerto Rico, Colombia and Cuba. There are narratives about gender roles, babies having babies and the importance of dreams and self-direction.
History of Women for Children
Hodges, Margaret (retold by). Hidden in Sand. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1994.
Homesick: My Own Story by Jean Fritz (1982) China and the United States AUTO- BIOGRAPHICAL FICTION
(When Fritz began to write this book, she said that her memories "came out in lumps, not chronological sequence," so although the events really happened, she considers it a fictionalized account). Fritz, perhaps the best juvenile writer of the historical genre, was born in China in 1915. Homesick covers her life from 1925-27. By age ten, she knew she was American, but not ever having been to America, didn't know what that meant.
How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk
Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish
Avon Publishers, 1980
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Jataka tales out of old India. Aspinwall, Marguerite. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1927.
 
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*Peace In My World by Syeda Mleeha Shah

 
Peace is a Bright Delight by Gay Montague and Erin Wise is a tale for young children to illustrate every person having unique gifts, that can be more special when shared. A beautifuly colorful, illustrated story of small angels, representing seven of the worlds beliefs receiving their halos, and are then inspired toexplore in a different way. In the end they each have their imagined fun by joining all of their halos in cooperation.
This book was born and raised on two islands--Martha's Vineyard off the coast of Massachusetts and Stony Island, seven miles out on Lake Ontario. The first ideas came swiftly after seeing children dancing around with glowsticks one summer night at an outdoor concert. It was magical to see how creative and cooperative the children were, sharing easily and being quite inventive with their swirling sticks of color.The wisdom of the children was so apparent as was their delight in working together. A vision of a peaceful world unfolded. Shortly after writing this book, Erin and Gay both became active in the Campaign for a US Department of Peace.( thepeacealliance.org). Children are leading the way for all of us to live in a more joyful and peaceful world.
"Peacetimes - "Peace is not a gap between times of fighting, or a space where nothing is happening. Peace is something that lives, grows, spreads and needs to be looked after….. because peace begins with you in your own backyard" from the "Beliefs and Cultures"
The Poet's Craft: "In Flanders Fields" Daringer, Helen by J. McCrae. Harcourt, Brace &World, Inc., 1935
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  *Reiki for Children: Using Healing Touch and Raw Foods to Tap Into the Power of the Universe
 
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Sleeping Ugly - Jane Yolen
The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf, Drawings by Robert Lawson
Socks for Supper - Kent
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Three Friends Find Spring
Tibetan Tales for Little Buddhas - Naomi C. Rose, Forward by His Holiness the Dalai Lama
 
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White Feather - A true story of a Quaker family living in Southwestern Ohio in the early 1800s, who through trust and nonviolence, were able to live at peace with nearby Shawnee Indians
The Wisdom of the Crows and Other Buddhist Chodzin, Sherab and Alexandra Kohn. Tales Berkeley: Tricycle Press, 1998.
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The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree. Houston, Gloria. New York, Dial Books, 1988.
 

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Peace is a Bright Delight
by Gay Montague and Erin Wise is a tale for young children to illustrate every person having unique gifts, that can be more special when shared. A beautifuly colorful, illustrated story of small angels, representing seven of the worlds beliefs receiving their halos, and are then inspired toexplore in a different way. In the end they each have their imagined fun by joining all of their halos in cooperation.

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