Kidlit Picture Books with Messages of PEACE

Classic tales and favorite books are a big part of everyone’s childhood history. We can all pinpoint one or two books from our youth that were perennial favorites and often the ones we requested mom or dad read to us over and over.

But I also know that history is being written and rewritten Right.This.Very.Moment. Who would have thought 2020 would be fraught with global pandemics, the debate over wearing face coverings to protect ourselves and others from COVID19, job insecurities, stock market crashes, small businesses failing, PPE shortages, civil unrest, and so much more.

Books still play a huge part in all children’s lives and even during uncertain times, these books can provide comfort, education, perspective, and distraction for the youngest generation.

Not long ago, reading and kidlit expert, Mia Wenjen from Pragmaticmom shared a fact with me that stuck. “The best two ways to expose kids to new cultures, religions, traditions, and diversity, in general, is through food and books.

And when these pieces of literature include characters or subjects that are relevant to what our world is experiencing, these colorful collections of images and words become a teaching tool…and a source of comfort for littles that are trying to understand a complicated world.

Children’s books also help them to see and appreciate that everyone is unique. This promotes tolerance, understanding of different struggles or victories, open-mindedness, and a desire for PEACE.

This is the Earth by Deedee Cummings


This is the Earth by Deedee Cummings

A Purple Dragonfly Award First Place winner, Cummings uses bold and bright illustrations in This is the Earth  to share a message of peace, love, respect, compassion, inclusion. Published in early 2019, the book’s message bears repeating: peace is meant for all of us and it is everyone’s responsibility to care for each other like the united family that we really are.

This exceptional and timely book shares the reality that we are all sharing this world that we call home instead of acting as though each continent, each, country, and each neighborhood is like a completely different planet. Within the pages of This is the Earth, readers will discover thought and conversation-invoking concepts on issues and struggles that has our world at odds with each other. Kids and adults will love the lyrical message and thoughtful artwork that reinforces the fact that every human being is our neighbor on Planet Earth; a place also known as Home. {ages 4 and up}

Painting for Peace by Carol Swartout Klien

Kidlit Picture Books with Messages of PEACE

About artistry defeating violence in Ferguson, MO. Hundreds of artists and residents came together to create beauty in a St. Louis neighborhood shocked and reeling from racial violence. After months of tension, something appeared on the streets of Ferguson that hadn’t been seen for a long time … HOPE.

Through poetry and art, award-winning PAINTING FOR PEACE IN FERGUSON tells the true story of hundreds of artists and volunteers who turned boarded up windows into works of art with messages of hope, healing, and unity in the aftermath of the Ferguson, MO riots. Written in verse, the book focuses on the way the community came together to begin the healing process through the Paint for Peace effort. Using illustration and photographs of the art and the artists –black and white, young and old–the book is a tool for beginning the conversation with children about how we all have something to contribute to healing our communities.

As the last line in the book says, “The work is not finished, there’s much more to be done. But this art shows the spirit of a new Ferguson.”[picture book, ages 5-12]
picture books about peace

A paperback picture book based on the true story of Wangari Maathai, an environmental and political activist in Kenya and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004.

As a young girl growing up in Kenya, Wangari was surrounded by trees. But years later when she returns home, she is shocked to see whole forests being cut down, and she knows that soon all the trees will be destroyed. So Wangari decides to do something—and starts by planting nine seedlings in her own backyard. And as they grow, so do her plans . . .

This true story of Wangari Maathai, environmentalist, and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, is a shining example of how one woman’s passion, vision, and determination inspired great change.

Peace is an Offering by Annette LeBox and Stephanie Graegin

picture books about peace

Peace is an offering.
A muffin or a peach.
A birthday invitation.
A trip to the beach.

For children concerned with war, mass shootings, and unrest in our society, this book will help ease their fears and remind them that there are peaceful and helpful, people everywhere. This lovely illustrated story stresses to readers that people try to be good to one another. The reminder that for the most part, we all coexist together in a caring and calm community is an excellent, and timely, message of peace for you and your children. (3-5 years)

The Children’s Peace Book: Children Around the World Share Their Dreams of Peace in Words and Pictures by Jolene DeLisai

picture books about peace

This book is sure to get your family talking and thinking about different paths to peace.

The Children’s Peace Book is also a book filled with messages of hope. Delisai asked children around the world to share what peace means to them during her global travels, peace marches, and during everyday encounters. Their words and drawings have been brought together in this memorable book.

“Put a group of children together and they overcome language and culture and quickly learn how to be friends. We must learn from them.”

This elegant and important book shows that children possess timeless wisdom and the potential to become adults capable of making monumental advances in the struggle for peace. This book is filled with hope and insight, and it is a valuable tool for educators, activists, parents, and all people who care about humanity and our future.

Grandfather Gandhi by Arun Gandhi

Discover how to turn darkness (anger) into light in this unique book about the famous peacemaker. Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson tells the story of how his grandfather taught him to turn darkness into light in this uniquely personal and vibrantly illustrated tale that carries a message of peace.

How could he—a Gandhi—be so easy to anger? One thick, hot day, Arun Gandhi travels with his family to Grandfather Gandhi’s village.

Silence fills the air—but peace feels far away for young Arun. When an older boy pushes him on the soccer field, his anger fills him in a way that surely a true Gandhi could never imagine. Can Arun ever live up to the Mahatma? Will he ever make his grandfather proud?

In this remarkable personal story, Arun Gandhi, with Bethany Hegedus, weaves a stunning portrait of the extraordinary man who taught him to live his life as light and facilitator of peace.  Be sure and also check out the companion book, Be The Change: The Grandfather Gandhi Story.

If you are looking to add diversity to the family bookshelf, sites like, HereWeeRead, Colours of Us, Biracial Bookworms, The Barefoot Mommy,, and multicultural children’s book publisher are a wealth of ideas and inspiration for your young readers to enjoy.

Kidlit Picture Books with Messages of PEACE

One Extra Thing

This classic song by Woody Guthrie is a great way to share the message of peace with kids. This rendition is beautiful!


Awesome summer reading + activities for reluctant readers

Well…we’ve added a whole new level of “learning is FUN” layer to summer reading with our new kidlit book-inspired activity ebook!

The ABC’s of BookJumping: The Best of Jump Into a Book by Valarie Budayr and Rebecca Flansburg allows frustrated parents of reluctant readers to enjoy hand-picked book reviews and unique companion activities that will reignite your child’s love of reading and encourage screen-free family time.

What if you could “live” inside the pages of the children’s books your family reads? What if you could enjoy the same adventures as the characters? Bookjumping is taking the solitary act of reading a book and transforming it into an event that can be shared with others. It’s the process of pulling books off shelves and stories off pages. It’s making kids’ books come ALIVE by “jumping” inside the pages. Readers of this ebook will enjoy hand-picked book reviews and unique companion activities that will reignite your child’s love of reading and encourage screen-free family time.

“This fun picture-book-based e-book contains over 150 hand-picked book reviews, unique book-inspired activities, and recipes. Just in time for #summer reading!” Amazon reviewer

We purposely made this book an ebook for the “portability factor” and affordable to fit every budget and family need.

Go here for more details on what you can expect from with awesome ebook and learn more about the authors.

Grab your copy of The ABCs of BookJumping: The Best of Jump Into a Book on Kindle HERE.


summer reading for reluctant readers
summer reading for reluctant readers

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