International Day of Peace: September 21, 2020
"Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples."
Peace is a concept that can be both big and small. It is an idea that is at once both simple and complex. And it is a belief that should be taught to everyone, no matter how young.
In this post you'll find over a dozen books on the topic of peace, perfect for sharing with children.
This book is an excellent place to start. It was written in celebration of "Peace Day" and teaches that peace is an ideal that can be globally shared. Author Karen Katz uses her signature style to take the reader on a journey around the world. As we travel from page to page, we meet different children and learn how to say peace in several languages. As a bonus, a list at the end of the book includes more countries with different words for peace.
The theme for 2020 is "Shaping Peace Together." Families and young readers can explore and discuss the different aspects together.
These books answer the question, "what does peace mean?"
This book is available in dual-language editions, with English and Arabic, Tamil and Urdu.
True stories and great role models.
Martin Luther King: The Peaceful Warrior by Ed Clayton (ages 9-12)
Wangari's Trees of Peace: A True Story from Africa by Jeanette Winter (ages 5-8)
What you can do to make a difference.
Putting Peace First: Seven Commitments to Change the World by Eric David Dawson (ages 10-14+)
Peace, Love, Action! Everyday Acts of Goodness by Tanya Zabinski (ages 10-14+)
Prayers and thoughts
Messages to reflect on.
A Bedtime Prayer for Peace by Akila Dada (ages 3-6)
More stories about finding or making peace.
Officially, the International Day of Peace happens once a year but peace is something that children and families can practice and ponder every day. Does your family find peace through prayer or meditation? A minute of silence or a moment for mindfulness? A random act of kindness or a shared story? How will you say "peace" today? Tell us below in the comments.