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Building Bridges to World Peace

By Lorrie Hansen

If you’ve been wondering what books you can share with the youngest people in your life (and perhaps the oldest too!) about building bridges to world peace, I highly recommend these books as a place to start.

  • Come with Me

    2017 by Holly M McGhee

    Inundated by media reports featuring anger and hatred, a young girl asks each of her parents what she can do to make the world a better place. In simple but meaningful ways, they model for her how to be brave and kind, and the reader is reminded that all of our efforts matter, even if they seem small or insignificant.

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  • Brick by Brick

    2016 by Giuliano Ferri

    This wordless board book starts with a very small creature—a mouse—and a giant brick wall with a couple of flowers growing between two of the bricks. As he tugs on the flowers, one of the bricks falls and the mouse takes a moment to consider what he sees on the other side. The subsequent chain of events is a beautiful and heartwarming reminder that what divides us can also bring us together if we think creatively and work together.

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  • The Chickens Build a Wall

    2011 by Jean-Francois Dumont

    Why did the chickens build a wall? You’ll have to read this thought-provoking picture book to find out. When you do, take special note of Zita, the smallest goose, and her reaction to the situation. Isn’t it interesting how the youngest characters frequently make the most sense, even if nobody is listening to them?

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  • World Pizza

    2017 by Cece Meng

    A family sits on top of a hill searching the night sky for a wishing star. Mama finds one and in the midst of her wish for world peace, a giant sneeze transforms the word “peace” to “pizza!” As a result, a unique variety of pizzas rain down upon diverse people and places around the world and create a beautiful moment in which Mama’s actual wish surprisingly comes true.

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  • What Does Peace Feel Like?

    2004 by Vladimir Radunsky

    Using each of the five senses, this easy nonfiction picture book describes what peace means to children. Colorful gouache illustrations enhance the words to provide a simple and effective way of making an abstract concept more concrete. As an added bonus, the word “peace” is translated into nearly 200 languages on the book’s final page.

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  • Peace

    2013 by Wendy Anderson Halperin

    There is a lot going on in this book, including a variety of text and an intricate collage of images on each two-page spread. Try reading just the largest sentence on each page and looking at some of the pictures first. Then go back and read some of the smaller related quotes and reflect on the illustrations a little longer. This is a beautiful book with many important messages.

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