War and Peace
in Children's Literature
This bibliography was developed in response to numerous teacher requests
for assistance with curriculum tie-in books, especially as related to
tolerance. Thanks to all who suggested titles for this bibliography. I’m
no longer taking bibliotherapy suggestions but would welcome
those of curriculum-related books.
Note that some young readers will want books tied to current events
while others will want escapist reading. Plus, any given reader may
need one kind of book one day and a different kind on another. This
section offers recommendations on these topics:
for Kids by Don and Alleen Nilsen, professors of English, Arizona
State University; Cajsa Baldini, Web editor.
- America Responds from
PBS offers resources for parents
Parent pages offer ways to talk and family activities. Educator pages
offer lesson plans and online resources.
- Asia for Kids: a first-rate
catalog. They offer a number of books "to educate children and grown-ups
about Islam, Muslim, Sihks etc." They also offer videos of Arab-Americans.
on the U.S.: Guidelines for Teachers by Richard Gallagher, Ph.D. from
aboutourkids.org. A collection of talking points for teachers.
for Military Children: annotated bibliography (with cover art)
of more than fifty books portraying children with parents in the U.S.
military. Divided by picture books, middle grade, teen, and teen/adult.
- Children's Books
With Muslim and Related Cultural Themes from children's book author
Young Children Cope With Trauma from the American Red Cross. Also
see this site for donation information.
Americans in Children's Books: Relocation and Internment from
CYALR. Bibliography of related books and links. May be useful for
curriculum about tolerance related to recent events; offers historical
- Passport: International
Children's Literature: "created from an United States perspective
and defines international children's literature as anything outside
of your borders."
- The Peace Page
from children's author Uma Krishnaswami.
and Non-Violence Curriculum by Cecil Ramnaraine from the Minnesota
Center Against Violence and Abuse. Features extensive children's peace
- Peace Study Center: "Our mission is to build a more peaceful world, one book at a time. By sharing quality literature with children, we will inspire them to resolve differences without violence and learn to appreciate diversity through educational experiences."
- Poetry Books for Young People about War and Peace from Sylvia Vardell at Poetry for Children. Note: scroll for bibliography.
- Statement from the
Japanese American National Museum: Opinion Editorial — September
27, 2001. A reminder about the importance of tolerance during war time.
- War: a thematic bibliography of picture books, fiction, and non-fiction with specified age level from Claire Gross at The Horn Book.
- Weapons of Mass
Instruction: Anti-War Books for Young People, which includes links
to additional bibliographies.
This bibliography was compiled with the help of Janet
Zarem, author Sara Jane Boyers, author Carol Flynn Hararis, author Katie
Davis, author Annette Simon, Laura Tillotson of Book Links, Kathy Malu,
Tracy van Straaten of Simon & Schuster, and M. Williams of Waterboro
Public Library. We are temporarily bending our rule of listing only books
we have reviewed ourselves to include some suggested by others in the children's
literature community. Books we have read and reviewed ourselves are noted