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Picture Books about Peace, Peacemakers, Human Rights and the Environment

Not long ago, picture books were thought to be useful only for teaching preschool and early elementary students. Fortunately, their power is now recognized by many educators, even those teaching secondary classes. The combination of compelling artwork, and a focused storyline makes the picture book a wonderful tool to introduce the concepts of peace, justice and sustainability.

image004The following lists have been compiled for educators and others who want to stimulate young people’s thinking in areas that may be new to them. We have chosen books that illuminate stories reflecting our mission. We believe that you’ll find in this list, not only inspiration, but compelling illustrations and stories. Some books have been published only recently, while others, we feel, have stood the test of time. Links are provided for those books which are featured on Youtube as read-alouds and book trailers.

For more information about using picture books, visit Pete Schoch’s Picture Books Across the Curriculum

If you choose to purchase books, we encourage you to consider patronizing independent booksellers. We have the power to build our communities, not only socially, but economically.


Peace, Nonviolence, Friendship, Human Rights, Handling Bullying


The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf – a bull is taken to the bullring, but chooses not to fight

My Secret Bully by Trudy Ludwig

One by Katherine Otoshi – bullying behavior is confronted, but the perpetrator is included in the end

The Recess Queen by: Alexis O’Neill – bullying behavior is confronted, but the perpetrator is included in the end


Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson

For Every Child by Caroline Castle, UNICEF – outlines the 14 of the 54 points of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child

Hands Are Not for Hitting by: Martine Agassi

Is It Right to Fight? by Pat Thomas

Peace by Wendy Anderson Halperin

Pink is a Girl Color… and Other Silly Things People Say by Stacy Drageset

The Lemonade Hurricane: A Story of Mindfulness and Meditation by Licia Morelli

We Are All Born Free by Amnesty International


Peacemakers, Activists, Role Models


An Apple for Harriet Tubman by Glennette Tilley Turner

Be the Change: A Grandfather Gandhi Story by Arun Gandhi & Bethany Hegedus

Eleanor, Quiet No More by Doreen Rappaport – the story of Eleanor Roosevelt

Grandfather Gandhi  By: Arun Gandhi & Bethany Hegedus

Henry’s Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad by Ellen Levine

Hiawatha and the Peacemaker by Robbie Robertson – as told to the author in an Iroquois longhouse

Let Your Voice Be Heard: The Life and Times of Pete Seeger by Anita Silvey

Malala Yousafzai: Warrior with Words by Karen Leggett Abouraya

Marching with Aunt Susan by Claire Rudolf Murphy – story of woman’s suffrage

Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  by Doreen Rappaport

Ron’s Big Mission by Rose Blue – story of Ron McNair, who as a child was prevented from taking out library books in South Carolina, and his stand for fairness. As an adult, McNair was lost to us in the Challenger disaster.

Rosa by Nikki Giovanni – story of Rosa Parks and the bus boycott

Sadako by Eleanor Coerr & Ed Young – story of a little girl who had leukemia as a result of the H Bomb

Samantha Smith: Young Ambassador by Patricia Stone Martin & Bernard Doctor

Sonia Sotomayor: A Judge Grows in the Bronx by Jonah Winter (in English and Spanish)

Teammates by Peter Golenbock &Paul Bacon – Jackie Robinson’s story

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba – story of an African boy who brought water and electricity to his village

The Watcher: Jane Goodall’s Life with the Chimps by Jeanette Winter

When Marian Sang: The True Recital of Marian Anderson by Pam Munoz Ryan


Social Justice

Discrimination, Slavery, Civil Rights

Back of the Bus by Aaron Reynolds- the Rosa Parks Story from the point of view of a fictionalized young boy

Baseball Saved Us by Ken Mochizuki – how baseball provided a distraction at a Japanese Internment Camp

Crossing Bok Chitto by Tim Tingle and Jeanne Rorex Bridges – a young Choctaw girl helps a Mississippi slave family to escape

Finding Lincoln by Ann Malaspina- a boy can’t borrow a library book because of Jim Crow laws

Shin-Chi’s Canoe by Nicola I. Campbell – the story of Native American children taken from their families to attend a boarding school

Shi-shi-etko by Nicola I. Campbell – a First Nations family savors the four days before their daughter is taken away to residential school

The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson – story of a little girl who bridges the racial divide in her town

The Sneetches and other stories by Dr. Seuss – prejudice, differences

We March by Shane W. Evans – a child’s view of the 1963 March on Washington

The Holocaust


One Candle by Eve Bunting – the elders remember one Hannukah in the camps

The Butterfly by Patricia Pollacco – a young girl’s family is hiding a Jewish child from Nazi soldiers


The Grand Mosque of Paris by Karen Gray Ruelle – how Muslims rescued Jews during WWII

Immigration, Past and Present, and Detention

Mama’s Nightingale: A Story of Immigration and Separation by Edwidge Danticat

Coolies by Chris Soentpiet – young boys from China build the Union Pacific Railroad

The Lotus Seed by Sherry Garland– a seed is the one reminder of a grandmother’s home in Vietnam



Molly’s Family by Nancy Garden- Molly’s kindergarten friends question that she has two mothers


All the Colors of the Earth by Sheila Hananaka – children come in “all the colors of the earth”

I am Jazz by Jazz Jennings – story of a transgender girl

Whoever You Are by Mem Fox

Struggle for A Living Wage


Joelito’s Big Decision/La Gran Decision de Joelito by Diana Cohn – a boy learns about the struggle for a living wage


Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers’ Strike of 1909 By Michelle Markel

Dolores Heurta: A Hero to Migrant Workers by Sarah Warren and Robert Casilla

Harvesting Hope:The Story of Cesar Chavez/Cosechando esperanza: La historia de Cesar Chavez by Kathleen Krull

!Si, Se Puede!/Yes, We Can: Janitor Strike in L.A. by Diana Cohn


Environmental Activism, Sustainability, Appreciation of Nature


Follow the Moon Home: A Tale of One Idea, Twenty Kids, and a Hundred Sea Turtles by Phillipe Cousteau and Deborah Hopkinson

Just a Dream by Chris Van Allsburg – a boy plants a tree for a more sustainable future after he has an unpleasant dream

Prince William by Gloria Rand- a young girl rescues a seal covered with oil

Thanks to the Animals by Allen J. Sockabasin

The Eagles Are Back! By Jean Craighead George – a young boy assists in saving eagles

The Lorax by Dr. Seuss


A River Ran Wild by Lynne Cherry – a river goes from pristine to polluted, but with effort recovers its original beauty

Brother Eagle Sister Sky by Susan Jeffers – Chief Seattle’s words of wisdom

Eye of the Whale: A Rescue Story by Jennifer O’Connell

Luna & Me: The True Story of a Girl Who Lived in a Tree to Save a Forest by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw

Rachel Carson and her Book that Changed the World by Laurie Lawlor

Redwoods by Jason Chin

The Great Kapok Tree by Lynee Cherry – animals whisper to a sleeping man who had started to cut down a tree in the rainforest

Wangari’s Trees of Peace: A True Story from Africa by Jeanette Winter – about the Nobel Prize Winner’s greening of Kenya

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