21 Multicultural Children’s Books about Peace

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Multicultural Children's Books about peace


“If we are to reach real peace in the world,
we shall have to begin with the children.”

~ Mahatma Gandhi


Today is International Peace Day! Declared by the United Nations, it is a day to observe peace and non-violence. All around the world, people celebrate peace with different ceremonies, projects and prayers.

Teach your children about understanding and tolerance with some of these multicultural children’s books about peace:

21 Multicultural Children’s Books about Peace


Can You Say Peace?
by Karen Katz

Multicultural Children's Books about peace: Can You Say Peace?

Can You Say Peace? takes readers on a journey around the globe to meet different children and learn about the many different ways to say peace. Karen Katz’s signature bright and childlike illustrations are the perfect way to introduce the very young to the concept of peace and this annual day to celebrate it. ~ Diverse – Preschool

Peace is an Offering
by Annette LeBox

Multicultural Children's Books about peace: Peace is an Offering

“Peace is an offering. / A muffin or a peach. / A birthday invitation. / A trip to the beach.A diverse group of children finds peace in everyday things, from sunlight shining through the leaves to cookies shared with friends. Peace is an Offering is a warm, comforting poem about finding peace in a community of neighbours. ~ Diverse – Preschool

More poetry books for children: 26 Multicultural Poetry Books for Children aged 0 to 10

Wangari’s Trees of Peace: A True Story from Africa
by Jeanette Winter

Multicultural Children's Books about peace: Wangari's Trees of Peace

“People are fighting over water, over food…/ we plant the seeds of peace.” Wangari’s Trees of Peace tells the inspiring story of Kenyan environmentalist, Women’s Rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai. When Wangari returns home from studying in the US, she is shocked to see whole forests being cut down. She starts planting trees and soon inspires great change. ~ African – Preschool

More books about the environment: 22 Multicultural Children’s Books for Earth Day

The Peace Stick
by Nidhi Misra

Multicultural Children's Books about peace: The Peace Stick

Native American boys Maska and Taima get into an argument over one of the sticks they enjoy playing with. Their father teaches them about a special stick that can actually solve arguments. The Peace Stick is a beautiful book, inspired by the native American legend of The Talking Stick. ~ Diverse – Preschool

The Peace Book
by Todd Parr

Multicultural Children's Books about peace: The Peace Book

“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.” With Parr’s trademark bright and silly scenes, The Peace Book delivers positive and hopeful messages of peace to the youngest readers. ~ Diverse – Preschool

Talk Peace
by Sam Williams

Multicultural Children's Books about peace: Talk Peace

“On the street,/when you meet,/when you eat,…/talk peace.” Talk Peace conveys the message that peace starts with your own actions. Starting in the playground and moving outwards to a park, a city, a mountain, and eventually encompassing the globe, each scene is portrayed through stunning artwork.  ~ Diverse – Preschool

The Peace Rose
by Alicia Jewell

Multicultural Children's Books about peace: The Peace Rose

This Montessori book teaches problem solving skills with the use of a peace rose. Three every-day conflicts are presented in simple language and with soft, colourful illustrations. The Peace Rose encourages independent and peaceful conflict resolution in the classroom, at home, or anywhere else. Includes Teachers Guide. ~ Diverse – Preschool

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Grandfather Gandhi
by Arun Ghandi

12-year-old 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 Ghandi is touching personal account carrying a message of peace, brought to life by unique three-dimensional mixed-media collages.  ~ Asian – Preschool

More books about grandparents: 40+ Multicultural Children’s Books about Grandparents

What Does Peace Feel Like?
by Vladimir Radunsky

Multicultural Children's Books about peace: What Does Peace Feel Like?

What does peace feel, look, smell, taste, sound like? Ask children from around the world, and they’ll tell you it looks “like “something beautiful that goes away but will come back,” sounds “like raindrops falling”, tastes “like ice cream”, or smells “like pizza with onion and sausage that just came out of the oven”. Combining children’s quotes with playful gouache paintings, bestselling What Does Peace Feel Like? takes a unique look at what peace means for young children. ~ Diverse – Preschool

If Peace Is
by Jane Baskwill

Multicultural Children's Books about peace: If Peace is...

Peace can be a hand waved in friendship, a kind deed done without asking anything in return, or a candle that we light at night to keep the darkness away. In rhyming text and with colourful illustrations, If Peace Is describes all the different things peace can be. ~ Diverse – Preschool

Elementary School

Let There Be Peace on Earth: And Let It Begin with Me
by Jill Jackson & Sy MIller

Multicultural Children's Books about peace: : Let There Be Peace On Earth

One of the most cherished peace songs, Let There Be Peace On Earth is now for the first time available as a picture book. Caldecott Medal-winning artist David Diaz interpreted Jill Jackson and Sy Miller’s lyrics beautifully with luminous illustrations, featuring peace symbols from many cultures. Includes 12-track audio CD. ~ Diverse – Elementary School

A Little Peace
by Barbara Kerley

Multicultural Children's Books about peace: A Little Peace

A Little Peace is a stunning National Geographic Children’s Books that provides an evocative and thought-provoking view of the world our children will inherit. The book combines photographs from around the world with a simple, reflective message about our responsibilities for finding and keeping peace on the planet. All the photos are reproduced in miniature at the back with geographic, historic, and cultural details. ~ Diverse – Elementary School

Amazing Peace
by Maya Angelou

Multicultural Children's Books about peace: Amazing Peace

Angelou’s moving Christmas poem, which she first read at the 2005 White House tree-lighting ceremony, comes alive in this beautiful children’s book. The book depicts a family celebrating the holidays with their community – rich and poor, black and white, Christian, Muslim, and Jewish. Amazing Peace gives children a message of hope, peace and community. Includes an audio CD of the author reading the poem aloud. ~ Diverse – Elementary School

What Will You Do for Peace? Impact of 9/11 on New York City Youth
by Faith Ringgold (Introductioin)

Multicultural Children's Books about peace: What Will You Do for Peace

What Will You Do For Peace documents the 9/11 experiences of New York City youth. In their own powerful words and images, young people from different cultures call for peace and understanding. Faith Ringgold guided the young people throughout the creative process, helped select the artwork and wrote the introduction. ~ Diverse – Elementary School

More books by Faith Ringgold: Author Spotlight: Faith Ringgold

Peaceful Pieces: Poems and Quilts About Peace
by Anna Grossnickle Hines

Multicultural Children's Books about peace: Peaceful Pieces

This beautiful collection of poems on illustrations of handmade quilts explores peace in all its forms: From worldwide peace to peace at home to peace within oneself. Peaceful Pieces encourages young readers to ponder the meaning of peace and find their own ways to act upon peace. ~ Diverse – Elementary School

More poetry books for children: 26 Multicultural Poetry Books for Children aged 0 to 10

The Children’s Peace Book
by Jolene DeLisa

Multicultural Children's Books about peace: The Children's Peace Book

In words and pictures children around the world share their dreams of peace in this touching book. The author writes in her introduction: “Put a group of children together and they overcome language and culture and quickly learn how to be friends. We must learn from them.” The Children’s Peace Book contains messages of hope, stunningly illustrated with drawings from children around the world. ~ Diverse – Elementary School

by Wendy Anderson Halperin

Multicultural Children's Books about peace: Peace

“For there to be peace in the world, there must be peace in nations”. Based on the Tao Te Ching, this lyrical picture book ponders the eternal question: How can we bring peace to the world? Powerful words of wisdom – including quotes from famous peacemakers – intertwined with intricate pencil-and-watercolour artwork make Peace a unique and uplifting children’s book. ~ Diverse – Elementary School

Somewhere Today: A Book of Peace
by Shelley Moore Thomas

Multicultural Children's Books about peace: Somewhere Today

“Somewhere today… someone is being a friend instead of fighting.” With poetic text and vibrant photographs, Somewhere Today shows simple ways to make the world a better place, from visiting someone who is old to teaching a little sister to ride a bike, or sharing an experience with a friend from a different culture. ~ Diverse – Elementary School

The Peace Tree from Hiroshima
by Sandra Moore

Multicultural Children's Books about peace: The Peace Tree from Hiroshima

Based on true events, award-winning The Peace Tree from Hiroshima is told by a little bonsai tree called Miyajima. The bonsai lived with the same family in the Japanese city of Hiroshima for more than 300 years before being donated to the National Arboretum in Washington DC in 1976 as a gesture of friendship between America and Japan. ~ Asian – Elementary School

Peace Begins With You
by Katherine Scholes

Multicultural Children's Books about peace: Peace Begins With You

“What is peace? / Where does it come from? / How can you find it? / And how can you keep it?” Peace Begins With You explains in simple terms the concept of peace, why conflicts occur, how they can be resolved, and how to protect peace. The muted, subtle paintings complement the prose perfectly. ~ Diverse – Elementary School

Peace One Day
by Jeremy Gilley

Multicultural Children's Books about peace: Peace One Day

One day, Jeremy Gilley had an idea: There should be one day each year when the world stops fighting and celebrates peace. So he traveled the globe to meet with leaders such as Kofi Annan, Amre Moussa, Shimon Peres, and His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Peace One Day describes how the 21st of September became World Peace Day and shows that a single person can make a difference in the world. ~ Diverse – Elementary School

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2 Responses

  1. Marjorie (MWD)
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    Wonderful, wonderful list – thank you! #DivereKidLit

  2. Gayle H Swift
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    Awesome and timely list. Thank you

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