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Eton Reads: Books to Build and Celebrate Peace

Poppy Louthan, Teacher Librarian

In celebration of the International Day of Peace, 21 September, we share a list of books to build and celebrate peace.


Book cover for A Little Peace









Little Peace 
~Barbara Kerley

Pre-elementary through Lower Elementary

Juxtaposes photographs from around the world with a simple message about our responsibilities for making and keeping peace on the planet. (Provided by publisher)


Cover of the book, The Peace Dragon









The Peace Dragon
~Linda Ragsdale

Pre-elementary through Lower Elementary

The Peace Dragon tells the tale of an unlikely friendship and encourages us to always keep our eyes and our hearts open. (Provided by publisher)


Cover of the book, Peace is an Offering









Peace is an Offering
~Annette LeBox

Pre-elementary through Lower Elementary

Illustrations and simple, rhyming text show different ways that peace can be found, made, and shared. (Provided by publisher)


Book Cover of Peaceful Pieces










Peaceful Pieces
~Anna Grossnickle Hines

Pre-elementary through Lower Elementary

Hines pairs poems with images of her handmade quilts to reflect on the theme of peace. Several works focus on individual relationships: when two sisters fight, their mother makes them face each other at close range, which diffuses their anger into laughter. (Publishers Weekly)


Cover of Wangari's Trees of Peace










Wangari's Trees of Peace
~Jeanette Winter

Pre-elementary through Lower Elementary

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. (Provided by publisher)


Book cover of I am Peace









I Am Peace: A Book of Mindfulness

~Susan Verde and Peter H. Reynolds

Pre-elementary through Middle School

Perfect for the classroom or for bedtime, Susan Verde's gentle, concrete narration and Peter H. Reynolds's expressive watercolor illustrations bring the tenets of mindfulness to a kid-friendly level. I Am Peace will help readers of all ages feel grounded and restored.

(Provided by publisher)


Book cover for HIawatha and thePeacemaker









Hiawatha and the Peacemaker
~Robbie Robertson

Pre-elementary through Middle School

Born of Mohawk and Cayuga descent, Robbie Robertson learned the story of Hiawatha and his spiritual guide, the Peacemaker, as part of the Iroquois oral tradition. Hiawatha was chosen to translate the Peacemaker's message of unity for the five warring Iroquois nations during the 14th century. (Provided by publisher)


Book cover of Peace









~Wendy Anderson Halperin

Pre-elementary through Middle School

Based on the Eastern philosophies of the Tao Te Ching, a lyrical picture book explores the eternal question of how to promote world peace and shares inspiring quotes from famous peacemakers while counseling readers on how to find peace within oneself (Provided by publisher)











A Bowl Full of Peace
~Caren Barzelay Stelson

Lower Elementary through Upper Elementary

Six-year-old Sachiko and her family suffered greatly after the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, and in the years that followed. The miraculous survival of a ceramic bowl became a key part of Sachiko's journey toward peace. (Provided by publisher)


Book cover of Peace and Me








Peace and Me
~Ali Winter

Lower Elementary through Middle School

An illustrated collection of inspirational ideas about peace based on the lives of Nobel Peace Prize Laureates of the 20th and 21st centuries. (Provided by publisher)










Peaceful Heroes
~Jonah Winter

Lower Elementary through Middle School

Why is "hero" a word so often reserved for warriors who fight with guns and weapons? Renowed picture book biographer Jonah Winter writes of another kind of hero, a peaceful hero, who is willing to die for a cause, but never to kill for a cause. (Provided by publisher)


Book cover of The Sky of Afghanistan









The Sky of Afghanistan
~Ana A. de Eulate

Lower Elementary through Middle School

A young Afghan girl dreams of peace for herself and all her people. Beautiful illustrations and poetic text which uses kites as a metaphor of peace and carry a message of hope. The book's lyrical portrayal of a 'prayer' for peace is best suited for reading aloud to children aged 5 and up. (Provided by publisher)


Book cover of Everything Comes Next









Everything Comes Next: Collected & New Poems
~Naomi Shihab Nye

Upper Elementary through Middle School

Pre-elementary through Lower Elementary

Everything Comes Next contains Naomi Shihab Nye's most beloved poems as well as new, unpublished poems. It is an introduction to the poet's work for new readers, as well as a comprehensive edition for classrooms. (Provided by publisher)


Book cover of One Peace









One Peace: True Stories of Young Activists
~Janet Wilson

Upper Elementary through Middle School

One Peace celebrates the "Power of One," and specifically the accomplishments of children from around the globe who have worked to promote world peace. (Provided by publisher)


Book cover of Pax









~Sara Pennypacker

Upper Elementary through Middle School

When Peter's father is called away to fight in an unnamed war, he is forced to abandon his pet fox Pax. Peter decides to leave home and get his best friend back. Through his journey, Peter learns the meaning of peace with the help of newfound friends. (Eton School Librarian)


Book cover of Peacemaker









~Joseph Bruchac

Upper Elementary through Middle School

A twelve-year-old Iroquois boy rethinks his calling after witnessing the arrival of a mystical figure with a message of peace in this historical novel based on the creation of the Iroquois Confederacy. (Provided by publisher)