Peace and Kindness: Understanding Difficult Times

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Koi and the Kola Nuts            J398.20966
by Verna Aardema
An African folktale in which the son of the chief must make his way in the world with only a sack full of kola nuts and the help of some creatures that he has treated with kindness.

That Fruit is Mine!                  PICTURE BOOK
by Anuska Allepuz
While five elephants race to see which one can claim a hard-to-reach fruit high up in a tree first, the fruit is whisked away by five mice working together and the elephants realize they have a lot to learn from the cooperative bunch.

The Big Umbrella                    PICTURE BOOK
by Amy Bates
A spacious umbrella welcomes anyone and everyone who needs shelter from the rain.

The Fairiest Fairy                    PICTURE BOOK
by Anne Booth
Feeling insecure as a fairy with limited skills for painting rainbows, scattering dewdrops and performing pirouettes, little Betty performs small acts of kindness that are returned to her by loving friends when time for the fairy ball arrives. 

Pinduli                        PICTURE BOOK
by Janell Cannon                    
Pinduli, a young striped hyena, is hurt by the unkind words of Dog, Lion, and Zebra, but her clever trick in return promotes her clan's survival and spreads harmony throughout the savannah. 

I am Kind                    BEGINNING READER
by Suzy Capozzi
I Am Kind follows a little girl who sees kindness all around her. Her mother is kind when she volunteers in the community, and her neighbor is kind when he gives her strawberries from his garden. Even her nature troop is kind when they take care of the earth! The little girl realizes that she, too, has the power to be kind, and that even small actions can have a big impact. 

Shelter                                    PICTURE BOOK
by Celine Claire
As a big storm approaches, two strangers arrive in the forest. All the animal families, safe in their homes, are worried, unsure of their motives. So, they all turn them away when they ask for shelter, and the strangers are left to fend for themselves. But then the fox family is suddenly forced out into the storm, and they must ask these outsiders for help. Will they find it in their hearts to give it? A timeless - and timely - story about generosity, and the difference even small acts of kindness can make to those in need.

Little Night Cat                       PICTURE BOOK
by Sonia Danowsky
When Tony, a little boy, bravely offers his stuffed animals--including his favorite toy cat--to the animal shelter to raise money for the needy dogs and cats, it touches his mom's heart. Later that night when Tony misses his toy, she gives him her old stuffed cat. He embraces it with such care and devotion that his mom rewards him in a way that he never imagines

The Girl Who Drew a Phoenix                       PICTURE BOOK
by Demi                     
A young girl acquires the qualities of the miraculous phoenix--wisdom, clear sight, generosity, and right judgment-- by practicing drawing the mythical bird.

Llama Llama and the Bully Goat                   PICTURE BOOK
by Anna Dewdney
Llama Llama is learning lots of new things at school and making many friends. But when Gilroy Goat starts teasing him and some of their classmates, Llama Llama isn't sure what to do. And then he remembers what his teacher told him—walk away and tell someone. It works! But then Llama Llama feels badly. Can he and Gilroy try to be friends again?

The Chickens Build a Wall                                         PICTURE BOOK
by Jean-Francois Dumont
When a friendly hedgehog visits the farm, the chickens build an enormous wall to keep out "prickly invaders.

Extremely Cute Animals Operating Heavy Machinery         PICTURE BOOK
by David Gordon
When bullies try to stop the extremely cute animals from building their sand castle, they band together to build something bigger and better.

How to Heal a Broken Wing                          PICTURE BOOK
by Bob Graham
When Will finds a bird with a broken wing, he takes it home and cares for it, hoping that in time it will be able to return to the sky.

Peace                                      J172.42
by Wendy Anderson Halperin
Based on the Eastern philosophies of the Tao Te Ching, this explores the eternal question of how to promote world peace and shares inspiring quotes from famous peacemakers while teaching readers to find peace within themselves.       

Skin Again                              J305.8 HOOKS
by bell hooks
Celebrating all that makes us unique and different, Skin Again offers new ways to talk about race and identity. Race matters, but only so much--what's most important is who we are on the inside. Looking beyond skin, going straight to the heart, we find in each other the treasures stored down deep. Learning to cherish those treasures, to be all we imagine ourselves to be, makes us free.

Flora and the Penguin                                   PICTURE BOOK
by Molly Idle
In this wordless, lift-the-flap picture book, Flora & her new friend the penguin, dance on the ice together and learn to treat each other with respect and kindness.

The Magic Ball of Wool                                 PICTURE BOOK
by Susanna Isern
One morning, a hedgehog wakes up to find a mysterious ball of wool caught in his prickles. Fascinated, all of the forest animals come to his house and the hedgehog happily knits something for each of his visitors, woolen garments that suddenly and magically turn into the very thing each animal loves most. But when a fellow animal is in trouble and the ball of wool has reached its end, the rest of the animals need to come to the hedgehog’s aid. This charming tale of friendship and generosity will bring out the best in young readers by encouraging them to help others.

Can You Say Peace?                           PICTURE BOOK
by Karen Katz
Every September 21st on the International Day of Peace, children around the world wish in many different languages for peace.

I Walk with Vanessa                                      PICTURE BOOK
by Kerascoet
A wordless story inspired by real events follows the actions of a little girl who inspires her community to stand up to bullying when a classmate is treated badly and she chooses to stand by her side, an act of kindness that leads to greater acceptance, understanding and the discovery of strength in numbers. 

Rulers of the Playground                  PICTURE BOOK
by Joseph Kuefler
Declaring himself the ruler of the playground, young Jonah receives everyone's promise to obey his rules except Lennox, who aspires to rule the playground herself, triggering a deadpan rivalry of playground politics.

The Story of Ferdinand                                  PICTURE BOOK
by Munro Leaf
Ferdinand likes to sit quietly and smell the flowers, but one day he gets stung by a bee and his snorting and stomping convince everyone that he is the fiercest of bulls.

Peace Is an Offering                           PICTURE BOOK
by Annette LeBox
Illustrations and simple, rhyming text show different ways that peace can be found, made and shared. 

Imagine                                   PICTURE BOOK
by John Lennon
Illustrates, through the eyes of a little pigeon, John Lennon's song about imagining a world at peace, in which people of all sorts live as one. Includes afterword about peace, freedom, and Amnesty International.

Swimmy                                  PICTURE BOOK
by Leo Lionni
Swimmy, a small orphaned fish, shows his friends how--with ingenuity and hard work--they can conquer their fears and overcome the dangers of the wet world.

Albert, the Fix-It Man                        PICTURE BOOK
by Janet Lord
A cheerful repairman fixes squeaky doors, leaky roofs, and crumbling fences for his neighbors, who return the kindness when he catches a terrible cold.

Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon                         PICTURE BOOK
by Patty Lovell
Even when the class bully at her new school makes fun of her, Molly remembers what her grandmother told her and she feels good about herself.

Princesses Are Not Just Pretty                      PICTURE BOOK
by Kate Lum
When Princesses Mellie, Allie, and Libby begin to argue about which princess is the prettiest, they decide to hold a contest. But of course, the girls get side-tracked helping others on their way to the contest leaving Princess Mellie as the muddiest, Princess Allie as the yuckiest, and Princess Libby as the drippiest. But due to their kindness, the princesses win in the end.

Strictly No Elephants                         PICTURE BOOK
by Lisa Mantchev
A boy is excluded from joining his friends' pet club because of his unusual pet.

Three Magic Balloons                        PICTURE BOOK
by Paul Margulies
Three sisters take weekly trips to the zoo with their father, when a vendor, seeing how kind they are to animals, gives them balloons that can carry them off to magical adventures at night when they are sleeping.

Nobody Knew What to Do:  A Story About Bullying            PICTURE BOOK
by Becky Ray McCain
When bullies pick on a boy at school, a classmate is afraid, but decides that he must do something.

Elmer and the Hippos                        PICTURE BOOK
by David McKee
When the hippos' river dries up and they move into the elephants' river, Elmer, the patchwork elephant, investigates. He discovers the hippos' dry river could be fixed if the hippos and elephants drop their prejudices and work together.

Martha Walks the Dog                      PICTURE BOOK
by Susan Meddaugh
Martha the talking dog rescues the neighborhood from a bully dog with the help of a parrot.

You Can’t be Too Careful                   PICTURE BOOK
by Roger Mello
The White Rose is guarded closely by the gardener, who once caught a cold walking barefoot trying to find his shoes, which had been hidden by a cat, which was a gift from his younger brother, who was married to Dalva, who had inherited the cat from her uncle, who died of a broken heart awaiting a love letter that never arrived... Eventually, we see how one tiny action can have marvelous consequences, and the story turns like a Ferris wheel. With a playful lightness of touch, Mello explores serious questions about the importance of kindness and the dangers of greed. 

Be Kind                                   PICTURE BOOK
by Pat Miller
From asking the new girl to play to standing up for someone being bullied, this moving story explores what kindness is, and how any act, big or small, can make a difference—or at least help a friend.

My Most Favorite Thing                    PICTURE BOOK
by Nicola Moon
Katie lends her favorite stuffed bunny to her grandpa when his dog gets sick and has to stay at the pet hospital.

Zen Socks                                PICTURE BOOK
by Jon J. Muth
Stillwater the giant panda and his friends Leo and Molly teach each other about patience, sharing, and compassion.

If You Plant a Seed                             PICTURE BOOK
by Kadir Nelson
While planting seeds in their garden, two animals learn the value of kindness.

The Peace Book                      PICTURE BOOK
by Todd Parr
This book describes peace as all kinds of things, such as making new friends, sharing a meal, feeling good about yourself, and much more.

The Little Moon Raven                      PICTURE BOOK
by Marcus Pfister
Little Raven was last to hatch in the nest and the last to learn to fly, but he was the first to be teased and ridiculed. His only wish was to fly and play with the others, so one day he took a dare and, to show his courage, Little Raven decides to fly to the moon. 

The Lion and the Mouse                    J 398.2452
by Jerry Pinkney
In this wordless retelling of an Aesop fable set in the African Serengeti, an adventuresome mouse proves that even small creatures are capable of great deeds when she rescues the King of the Jungle.

Tucky Jo and Little Heart                               PICTURE BOOK
by Patricia Polacco
A young soldier in World War II meets a sweet young girl in the Philippines who helps him remember what he is fighting for as he helps her and others of her village avoid starvation, and many years later she returns his kindness. 

I am Kind                    BOARD BOOK
by Jen Porter
Board book teaching children what being kind is like and how good it can make them feel. 

Fox’s Garden                          PICTURE BOOK
By Princesse CamCam
One snowy night, a fox loses its way, entering a village. Chased away by the grown-ups, Fox takes shelter in a greenhouse. A little boy sees this from his window. Without hesitating, he brings a basket of food to the greenhouse, where he leaves it for the fox. His gift is noticed and the night becomes a garden of new life, nourished by compassion and kindness.

Integrity                                 J 179.9
by Kimberley Jane Pryor
Discusses what values are and how integrity can help children live up to their values by standing up for what they believe in, doing the right thing, being a good friend, and not following the crowd.

The Sandwich Swap               PICTURE BOOK
by Her Highness Queen Rania al Abdullah with Kelly DiPucchio
Best friends Lily and Salma disagree over their preferred foods, but after trading sandwiches to see how they taste, the girls change their minds.

What Does Peace Feel Like?              J303.66
by Vladimir Radunsky
Displaying the word “peace” in different languages, this brightly illustrated picture book celebrates peace through children’s colorful descriptions of what it may feel, smell, look and taste like to kids from all over the world.

The Smallest Girl in the Smallest Grade                     PICTURE BOOK
by Justin Roberts
Sally McCabe is a very little girl, & nobody notices her, although she notices everything that goes on around her - but when she speaks out about the unkindness she sees, people start to pay attention.

Thirsty Thursday                                PICTURE BOOK
by Phyllis Root
A lack of rain causes everyone on Bonnie Bumble's farm to be dry and thirsty, but when a little cloud finally blows past, Bonnie comes up with a clever plan that calls for interspecies cooperation.

Horton Hears a Who                          PICTURE BOOK
by Dr. Seuss
A city of Whos on a speck of dust are threatened with destruction until the smallest Who of all helps convince Horton’s friends that the Whos really exist.

Peace Week in Miss Fox’s Class                     PICTURE BOOK
by Eileen Spinelli
For “Peace Week,” the animals in Miss Fox’s class find ways to be peaceful instead of squabbling with each other.

How Do I Say I Love You, Dewey Dew?                     PICTURE BOOK
by Leslie Staub
Dewey is starting to love life on Earth but struggles with the language, which is made more difficult when a classmate teases him about the fact that he cannot, hard as he tries, pronounce the word love.

A Sick Day for Amos McGee                          PICTURE BOOK
by Philip C. Stead
Amos McGee, a friendly zookeeper, always made time to visit his good friends: the elephant, the tortoise, the penguin, the rhinoceros, and the owl.  But one day - Ah-choo! - he woke up with the sniffles and the sneezes.  Though he didn’t make it into the zoo that day, he did receive some unexpected guests.

Meditation is an Open Sky                            J158.12
by Whitney Stewart
Feeling mindful is feeling good! You know when you’re having a bad day, you have that wobbly feeling inside and nothing seems to go right? Find a quiet place, sit down, and meditate! In this daily companion, kids of any age will learn simple exercises to help manage stress and emotions, find focus, and face challenges. 

I am Peace                  PICTURE BOOK
by Susan Verde
A child starts to get carried away with worry and rushing thoughts before taking a breath, steadying, observing thoughts, feeling kindness, feeling thankful, and experiencing the world.

Words Are Not for Hurting                           PARENT SHELF 177.2 BOARD
by Elizabeth Verdict
Encourages toddlers and preschoolers to express themselves using helpful, not hurtful, words.  Includes a note for parents and caregivers on language development.

Candy Shop                            PICTURE BOOK
by Jan Wahl
When a boy and his aunt find that a bigot has written hurtful words on the sidewalk just outside the candy shop owned by "Miz Chu", a new immigrant from Taiwan, they set out to comfort her.

Can I Play Too?                       BEGINNING READER
by Mo Willems
Elephant and Piggie learn to play catch with their new friend Snake.

Each Kindness                        PICTURE BOOK
by Jacqueline Woodson
When Ms. Albert teaches a lesson on   kindness, Chloe realizes that she and her friends have been wrong in making fun of new student Maya’s shabby clothes and refusing to play with her.