Posted tagged ‘Peace’


September 23, 2009

September 21 was World Peace Day, a special day created in 2002 by the United Nations. On this day of global cease-fire and nonviolence, even young children can think about how they can make the world a more peaceful place. I have been reading these books in various classes to get our CPS students to think about the idea of peace:

imagesPeace One Day: The making of World Peace Day by Karen Blessen is about Jeremy Gilley’s desire to have a day dedicated to peace, and how he traveled the globe, meeting with world leaders and the United Nations, witnessing the reality of war in different parts of the world, making speeches, writing letters, and raising money until he finally achieved his dream. One person CAN make a difference!

images-1NO! by David McPhail. A little boy in a country at war mails a letter to the president, with profound results. This inspiring, worldless fable (except for the world NO!) makes a huge impact through its expressive pictures. The author explains at the end of the book that this is his “expression of hope – hope that playgrounds of the world will soon become safer, and friendlier, for all.”

images-4Wangari’s Trees of Peace: a true story from Africa by Jeannette Winter. The true story of environmentalist Wangari Maathai, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, is a great example of how one woman’s passion and determination can inspire great change. When Wangari saw the forests of her native Kenya destroyed, causing many problems for the local people, she started planting trees. Twenty-five years later thirty million trees had been planted, eighty thousand people had better incomes, and thirty African countries were part of her Green Belt Movement. In Wangari’s words, “we are called to assist the Earth to heal her wounds and in the process heal our own…”

images-2The Peace Book by Todd Parker. In bold colors and happy childlike drawings, the author/illustrator explains the many ideas of peace, such as “peace is watching it snow”, “peace is helping your neighbor”, and “peace is being who you are.”

images-3 Can you say Peace? by Karen Katz. Learn how children all around the globe say “peace” in their own language.

Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson

September 3, 2009

url-1You may have seen your parents reading this book. It is the exciting and inspiring true story of a man who has dedicated his life to promoting peace through education.  Now there are two children’s versions of the worldwide bestseller: the CPS library has the picture book (Listen to the Wind) and this Young Reader’s Edition.  Read it and find out what the rest of the world is talking about!

When mountaineer Greg Mortenson got lost in the Pakistani mountains after a failed attempt at climbing K2, he was rescued by the villagers in the poor village of Korphe. As he was nursed back to health, Mortenson was shocked to learn that Korphe’s children had no school, with lessons taught outdoors just three days a week. Kids learned to write using sticks in the dirt. To repay the village’s kindness, Mortenson promised to return, and help build a school. He did return, and he eventually built more than FIFTY schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan!  Reading a book like this is inspiring, educational, and can help a child feel connected to the larger world.