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Books are a wonderful way to bond interpersonally when shared together and to explore concepts of peacemaking that aren’t readily available in everyday life.  The following books have been helpful in illustrating the abstract concepts of peace within the context of Peace for Me, Peace for Us, Peace for Everyone, and Peace for the Planet.  

This list is in process and is by no means exhaustive.   If you have texts you would like to recommend, please provide the information through the "Comments/Questions" button.

The Big Book for Peace
A collection of stories and poems about peace.  By Many Authors
ISBN 0-525-44605-2

Black Elk Speaks
A biographical account of the heritage and spirituality of an Oglala Sioux Holy Man.  By John Neihardt
ISBN 0-8032-8359-8

The Butter Battle Book
The "Yooks and Zooks" fight over which side to butter bread.  Wonderful to stimulate discussion on sophisticated weaponry and causes and remedies to war.  By Dr. Seuss
ISBN 0394865804

The Dance of the Dissident Daughter
A remarkable, honest, and personal account of a woman’s journey through a new consciousness, very helpful to others in similar awakening circumstances.  By Sue Monk Kidd
ISBN 0-06-064588-1

The Fall of Freddie the Leaf
An amazing story with beautiful photographs which conveys the understanding of the purpose of life and reveals death as a part of the larger life process.  By Leo Buscaglia, Ph.D.
ISBN 0-8050-1064-5

The First Forest
A beautiful fable which explores the relationship of the creator with the creation.  Choices based on gratitude and respect are contrasted with those made from greed and selfishness.   By John Gile
ISBN 0-910941-01-7

For Every Child, A Better World
A gentle and beautiful rendition of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.  By Kermit the Frog
ISBN 0-307-15628-1

God  In Between
A tale about a village who wants to find God and discovers God within each person and in the space between relationships.  By Sandy Eisenberg Sasso
ISBN 1-879045-86-9

God  Inside of Me
A story of a little girl who discovers through Sunday School that God lives in all people.  By Della Reese
ISBN 0-7868-0434-3

The Hating Book
A story of two friends, how a misunderstanding nearly destroyed their relationship, and how the simple act of talking together healed the hurt.  By Charlotte Zolotow
ISBN 0-06-443197-5

If Jesus Came to My House
A tender and timeless story told through poem and simple pictures which expresses faith through action.  By Joan Gale Thomas
ISBN 0307119394

I Have a Dream
The inspired message of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. beautifully illustrated by award winning artists.  By King
ISBN 0-590-20516-1

I’m  in Charge of Celebrations
A delightful tale of a young Native American girl, her relationship with the land and its animals, and the choices she makes to view each day as a wonder to celebrate.  By Byrd Baylor
ISBN 0-84-18579-2

In  God's Name
An amazing text with delightful illustrations which teaches through profound examples how people define God through their personal encounters and understandings.  By Sandy Eisenberg Sasso
ISBN 1-879045-26-5

Just for You
An enchanting story about a "Little Critter" who tries and tries to do something nice for people he loves. (This entire series is absolutely precious.)  By Mercer Mayer
ISBN 0-307-11838-0

Kara, The Lonely Falcon
A wonderful tale of a falcon who chooses a life of non-violence and self-sacrifice.  By Joseph Girzone
ISBN 0-02-019903-1

Leo the Lop
A charming tale about a rabbit whose ears go down rather than up and his discovery of "normal is whatever you are."  (This is part of the Serendipity series which are all wonderful books.)  By Stephen Cosgrove
ISBN 0843138203

The Lorax
The "Once-ler" describes the results of pollution.  By Dr. Seuss
ISBN 0394823370

Love You Forever
A touching story of life and the power of love in relationships.
ISBN 0-920668-37-2

The Missing Piece
A picture book with adult appeal which explores self-discovery and contentment.  By Shel Silverstein
ISBN 0-06-025671-0

Miss Rumphius
A charming book about a woman as she encounters life as an adventure and honors the responsibility to make the world a more beautiful place.  By Barbara Cooney
ISBN 0-14-050539-3

Nobody Else Will Listen (A Girl's Conversations With God)
Prayers and poems which explore the feelings and thoughts of a teenage girl.  By Marjorie Holmes
ISBN 0-553-10211-7

Oh, the Places You'll Go!
An amazing story of rhyme and pictures perfect for important life junctures (such as graduation) which empowers individuals to look at life as an adventure.  By Dr. Seuss
ISBN 0-679-805-27-3

Old Turtle
An enchanting fable beautifully illustrated in water color of how the beings of the earth began to argue about the mystery of God and how they learned to appreciate and understand each other. By Douglas Wood
ISBN 0-938586-48-3

On the Day You Were Born
A phenomenal story which uses the marvel of creation to celebrate the preciousness of each life.  By Debra Frasier
ISBN 0-15-257995-8

Ordinary People as Monks and Mystics
Finding the spiritual way is examined through case studies in this interesting text.  By Marsha Sinetar
ISBN 0-8091-2773-3

Peace Begins with You
Expresses the different definitions and dimensions of peace culminating with the responsibility of each individual to make the choice to be a peacemaker.  By Katherine Scholes
ISBN 0-316-77436-7

Peace Flower
An imaginative tale of children who venture to space to bring peace to Earth.  By Ada Aharoni
ISBN 9659013914

Peace Pilgrim:  Her life and work in her own words
Simple and powerful truths which have the potential to change life dramatically.  By Peace Pilgrim 
ISBN
0943734207

The Peace Seekers
A brief description and pictorial lesson on nine Nobel Peace Prize recipients.  By Nathan Aaseng
ISBN 0-8225-9604-0

People
A picture book for all ages which celebrates the differences and individuality of humankind.  By Spier
ISBN 0-385-24469

The Power of Myth
An insightful conversation made for PBS between Bill Moyers and Joseph Campbell.  A truly remarkable and profound journey into the idea of mythology as "the song of the universe, the music of the spheres."  By Joseph Campbell
ISBN 0-385-41886-8

Quiet Strength
A personal account of the American civil rights movement and the hope and courage it took to create change.  By Rosa Parks
ISBN 0-310-50150-4

Sadako
The classic tale of Sadako Sasaki, a Japanese girl who developed leukemia after the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima.  She believed in the legend which stated anyone who folded one thousand paper cranes would receive their wish.  Her story continues to inspire the world's people to work for peace.  By Eleanor Coerr
ISBN 0-399-21771-1

Small Wonder
Thought provoking essays on current issues.  By Barbara Kingsolver
ISBN 0-06-050407-2

Sofia and the Heartmender
A story of a little girl who confronts her fears and finds comfort through the help of a heartmender.  By Marie Olofsdotter
ISBN 0-915793-50-4

A Song Flung Up to Heaven
An autobiographical account of the United States’ civil rights movement and how one woman interpreted the times and the nation’s reactions.  By Maya Angelou
ISBN0-375-50747-7

Stranger in the Woods
An amazing "photographic fantasy" about a snowman and the animals’ reaction to its presence.  By Carl Sams II & Jean Stoick
ISBN 0-9671748-0-5

We Got Here Together
A story of creation told very simply and illustrated through a unique process using patterned paper.  By Kim Stafford
ISBN 0-15-294891-0

What's Heaven
A gentle conversation between a mother and daughter about death and faith.  By Maria Shriver
ISBN 0-307-44043-5

Works of Love are Works of Peace
Story and pictures of a ministry designed to the the hands of Jesus.  By Mother Teresa & the Missionaries of Charity
ISBN 0-89870-561-4

You and I Can Change the World
Poems of hope, vision, and peace. By Ada Aharoni
ISBN 965901399X


 

 

 

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