Want to read about finding and living a life of peace? Teach your child the importance of kindness with these children’s books about peace.
Talking about peace to children can be difficult, especially since it can highlight the opposite: Struggle, cruelty, conflict, and anything else that isn’t peaceful.
Kids may not always understand why these events happen. They get scared or don’t feel safe. They wonder if these events can happen in their lives rather than in distant places or times past.
But kids understand peace better when we talk about it in ways they can relate to. We can teach them the importance of being kind and showing empathy to others. How anyone, no matter who, can make big changes.
And that the world is filled with people who are all different… but still similar as well.
9 children’s books about peace
My son had an unlikely lesson about peace during his after school science class, of all places. As it can happen with rambunctious kids, the conversations I overheard toward pickup time wasn’t always about science.
At one point, a child blurted out his concerns about world issues. Maybe he’d heard his parents talk, or caught bits of news on the radio. Maybe he and his friends had been discussing it among one another at recess.
But the teacher said an important lesson: “Don’t worry about that. The most important thing you can do is to be kind to your friends and those around you.”
Because no matter how overwhelming the world can be to a child, living a life of peace goes right back to what we can do. Peace is within ourselves, and the actions we show.
I hope you’ll enjoy these selections of children’s books about peace. They discuss acts of kindness, social behaviors, and even different ways to wish others peace. You’ll also read about a true story of a child turning her passion into change, and how people come together to rebuild broken communities.
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(Thanks Abrams Books for my copy!)
5 ways to teach kids about peace
The best way to teach kids about peace is through our actions. Here are 5 ways we can show the importance of peace to our children:
- Practice random acts of kindness: Encourage your child to think of fun ways to make others feel happy. Participate yourself by doing random acts of kindness, whether to your children or to strangers. Better yet, catch your child doing something nice and praise him for his kindness. (Get 35 ideas of random acts of kindness you can do for others.)
- Relish in simple pleasures: Peace is about finding joy within yourself and in simple pleasures in life. Rather than chasing bigger and better, appreciate the little things, such as a quiet walk around the block or a delicious meal.
- Respect others: Show respect to others, regardless of who they are or how you may feel. It’s easy to get frustrated at customer service over a lost package, or to ignore people around you as you speed to the front of the grocery line. You can disagree or feel upset, but respect others regardless of the circumstances. (Check out these children’s books about respect.)
- Talk about people’s similarities: People develop a fear of others because they think they’re too different from them. But show your child both how different the world is, yet how similar we all still are.
- Remind your child that kids can make a big change: Is your child afraid of world circumstances and feels helpless about it? Discuss things he and your family can do to make a difference. My son is passionate about the environment and feels reassured each time he recycles. Another time, he thought the school breakfast was too high in sugar, so I encouraged him to write a letter to the principal.
Conflict and pain will always be part of our lives, from fights with friends to larger world issues that can feel overwhelming. But the more aware children can be about promoting peace and kindness to others, the better our world can be.
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Tell me in the comments: Which of these children’s books about peace have you read? How are you teaching your kids about peace?