Kids books to read on International Peace Day

Malala's Magic Pencil

Malala’s Magic Pencil

Malala Yousafzai, Kerascoet

Based on a true story from her childhood, and her inspirational life, Malala Yousafzai's first picture book will inspire young readers everywhere to find the magic all around them.

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We Are All Born Free: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Pictures

We Are All Born Free: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Pictures

Amnesty International

An illustrated celebration of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, stunningly brought to life by internationally-renowned artists.

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The Peace Book

The Peace Book

Todd Parr

The Peace Book delivers positive and hopeful messages of peace in an accessible, child-friendly format featuring Todd Parr's trademark bold, bright colours.

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Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman

Pili Aguado, Isabel Sanchez Vegara

Part of the bestselling Little People, BIG DREAMS series, Harriet Tubman tells the inspiring story of this courageous abolitionist's life.

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We Are Together

We Are Together

Britta Teckentrup

On our own we're special, And we can chase our dream. But when we join up, hand in hand, Together we're a team. Celebrate the power of love and friendship in this beautiful book by award-winning illustrator and author...

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Never Too Young!: 50 Unstoppable Kids Who Made a Difference

Never Too Young!: 50 Unstoppable Kids Who Made a Difference

A. Weintraub, Laura Horton

Anyone - no matter how young - can make a difference! Meet 50 incredible kids who had a positive impact in their communities... and the world.

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 Read reviewSorry Day

Sorry Day

Coral Vass, Dub Leffler

Two stories entwine in this captivating retelling of the momentous day when the then Prime Minister of Australia, Kevin Rudd, acknowledged the sorrows of past and said ‘Sorry' to the generation of children who were taken...

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Grandad Mandela

Grandad Mandela

Zindzi Mandela, Zazi Mandela, Sean Qualls

Two great-grandchildren ask their grandmother questions about the man they remember as Grandad, and the world remembers as Nelson Mandela. Authored jointly by his daughter and great-grandchildren, this amazing story celebrates...

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Room on Our Rock

Room on Our Rock

Kate Temple, Terri Rose Baynton

Two seals are perched on a rock. When others need shelter, do they share it?Room on Our Rock celebrates the truth that there are two sides to every story.This clever picture book has one story that can be...

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Children in Our World: Global Conflict

Children in Our World: Global Conflict

Hanane Kai, Louise Spilsbury

A beautifully illustrated picture book that sensitively explains larger issues and crises that dominate the news in an appropriate manner for children.

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Under the Bodhi Tree: A Story of the Buddha

Under the Bodhi Tree: A Story of the Buddha

Deborah Hopkinson, Kailey Whitman

Under the Bodhi Tree is an illustrated biography perfect for children who are curious about the real people who made history. Here young readers will discover the timeless story of a child whose search for peace reshaped the whole...

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The Happiness Box

The Happiness Box

Mark Greenwood, Andrew McLean

In 1942, Sergeant "Griff" Griffin was a prisoner of war. With Christmas approaching, he decided to make a book for the children cooped up in nearby Changi Prison. The book was said to contain the secrets to happiness....

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Children in Our World: Poverty and Hunger

Children in Our World: Poverty and Hunger

Louise Spilsbury, Hanane Kai

A beautifully illustrated non-fiction picture book that sensitively explains crises that dominate the news in an appropriate manner for children.

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Don't Cross The Line

Don’t Cross The Line

Isabel Minhos Martins, Bernardo P. Carvalho, Daniel Hahn (Translator)

This slapstick postmodern tale is also a profound statement about dictatorship and peaceful revolution, from an award-winning author/illustrator team.

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It Takes a Village

It Takes a Village

Hillary Rodham Clinton, Marla Frazee

Secretary of State and Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Rodham Clinton's first book for young readers, inspired by her New York Times bestselling book It Takes a Village, illustrated by two-time Caldecott Honor recipient...

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My Little Book of Big Freedoms: The Human Rights Act in Pictures

My Little Book of Big Freedoms: The Human Rights Act in Pictures

Chris Riddell, Amnesty International

A classic picture-book edition of the bestselling My Little Book of Big Freedoms illustrated by Children's Laureate Chris Riddell, published in partnership with Amnesty International.

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Walls

Walls

Brad Holdgrafer

Walls of all sorts: social walls, border walls, political walls, emotional walls, big walls, old walls, and small walls. Speaking to today's critical political issues, this playful and encouraging story about breaking down...

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I Am Gandhi

I Am Gandhi

Brad Meltzer

Galvanized by Gandhi's example of gentle, peaceful activism, New York Times -bestselling author Meltzer persuaded 24 comic book artists to donate their work for this biography so that their royalties can go to Seeds of Peace, a...

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 Read reviewThe Boy At the Back of the Class

The Boy At the Back of the Class

Onjali Q. Rauf

Told with heart and humour, The Boy at the Back of the Class is a child's perspective on the refugee crisis, highlighting the importance of friendship and kindness in a world that doesn't always make sense.

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Courageous People Who Changed the World: Little Heroes

Courageous People Who Changed the World: Little Heroes

Heidi Poelman, Kyle Kershner

From the intrepid efforts of Susan B. Anthony to the quiet courage of Rosa Parks, Little Heroes: Courageous People Who Changed the World is a young child's first introduction to the brave people who fought to make the world a...

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Mixed

Mixed

Arree Chung

Who's the best, the Blues, Reds or Yellows? Follow the colours as they overcome their differences in this simple, sweet tale of acceptance and celebrating difference.

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Nowhere Boy

Nowhere Boy

Katherine Marsh

When all seems lost, real heroes can be found.

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Hope in a Ballet Shoe

Hope in a Ballet Shoe

Michaela DePrince, Elaine DePrince

Growing up in war-torn Sierra Leone, she witnesses atrocities that no child ever should. Her father is killed by rebels and her mother dies of famine. Sent to an orphanage, Michaela is mistreated and she sees the brutal murder of...

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Voices of the Future: Stories from Around the World

Voices of the Future: Stories from Around the World

Irina Bokova

A wonderful anthology of eight stories addressing children's rights and sustainable development, written by child authors from all around the world and produced in conjunction with UNESCO's Voices of Future Generations initiative....

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Children in Our World: Racism and Intolerance

Children in Our World: Racism and Intolerance

Louise Spilsbury, Hanane Kai

A beautifully illustrated non-fiction picture book that sensitively explains crises that dominate the news in an appropriate manner for children.

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Want to Play Trucks?

Want to Play Trucks?

Ann Stott, Bob Graham

Jack likes trucks. Alex likes dolls. What will they play together? Their new favourite game, of course!From Ann Stott and Bob Graham, the multi award-winning creator of Silver Buttons and A Bus Called Heaven, comes a...

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Nelson Mandela (Little Guides to Great Lives)

Nelson Mandela (Little Guides to Great Lives)

Illustrati Isabel Thomas

From artists to aviators and scientists to revolutionaries, Little Guides to Great Lives is a brand new series of small-format guides introducing children to the most inspirational figures from history in a...

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The Bad Mood and the Stick

The Bad Mood and the Stick

Lemony Snicket, Matthew Forsythe

Lemony Snicket's simply told story offers a refreshing, thoughtful, and hilarious look at the ways in which a bad mood wreaks havoc as it moves from person to person, leaving an unexpected trail of surprise in its wake:...

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This Is Our House

This Is Our House

Michael Rosen, Bob Graham

A gentle tale for pre-schoolers, introducing the concept of sharing in the playground from multi award winning author and poet Michael Rosen.

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Elephants Have Wings

Elephants Have Wings

Susanne Gervay, Anna Pignataro

A magical and human story that explores spirituality across the world.

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My Two Blankets

My Two Blankets

Irena Kobald, Freya Blackwood

A beautiful tale about friendship and culture, paired with award-winning Freya Blackwood's stunning illustrations

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You Are Mighty: A Guide to Changing the World

You Are Mighty: A Guide to Changing the World

Caroline Paul, Lauren Tamaki

From the author of the New York Times -bestselling The Gutsy Girl comes an inspiring, instructional and fun guide for kid activists containing change-maker tips as well as anecdotes of young activists around the globe and...

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Dreams of Freedom

Amnesty International

This inspirational book, following We Are All Born Free, contains 17 quotations about many different aspects of Freedom, from the freedom to have an education to the freedom not to be hurt or tortured, the freedom to have a home...

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I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World

I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World

Malala Yousafzai, Patricia McCormick

Written by Malala for her peers, this is the story of the girl behind the Nobel Prize-winning icon.

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I Am Malala

I Am Malala

Malala Yousafzai, Christina Lamb

The bestselling memoir of youngest ever NOBEL PRIZE winner, Malala Yousafzai, the schoolgirl who stood up to the Taliban.

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Here I Stand: Stories that Speak for Freedom

Here I Stand: Stories that Speak for Freedom

Amnesty International

A varied and thought-provoking collection of short stories and poems for teens with a conscience, with striking cover illustrations by award-winning children's laureate Chris Riddell

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