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Children's Peace and Spirituality

Books for children on cultivating peace, mindfulness, and spirituality.

Breathe Like a Bear: 30 Mindful Moments for Kids to Feel Calm and Focused Anytime, Anywhere Cover Image
By Kira Willey, Anni Betts (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9781623368838
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Published: Rodale Kids - December 5th, 2017

Breathe Like a Bear is a beautifully illustrated collection of mindfulness exercises designed to teach kids techniques for managing their bodies, breath, and emotions. Best of all, these 30 simple, short breathing practices and movements can be performed anytime, anywhere: in the car to the grocery store, during heavy homework nights at home, or even at a child’s desk at school.


In God's Name Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9781684424092
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Published: Jewish Lights Publishing - September 1st, 2004

Multicultural, Nonsectarian, Nondenominational
Endorsed by Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish Religious Leaders

Finalist, Children's Books of Distinction Award--Hungry Mind Review
A Children's Book Council Not Just for Children Anymore Selection
Recommended by Parent Council


Peaceful Piggy Meditation Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780807563892
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Published: Albert Whitman & Company - September 1st, 2016

What can you do when you’re mad, sad, or anxious? Find a quiet spot, sit, and breathe. When you meditate every day, your mind stays happy, and even bad days are a little easier.


Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns: A Muslim Book of Colors Cover Image
By Hena Khan, Mehrdokht Amini (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9781452141213
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Published: Chronicle Books - March 3rd, 2015

With breathtaking illustrations and informative text, Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns magnificently captures the world of Islam, celebrating its beauty and traditions for even the youngest readers. Sure to inspire questions and observations about world religions and cultures, this entrancing volume is equally at home in the classroom as it is being read to a child on a parent's lap.


Breathe and Be: A Book of Mindfulness Poems Cover Image
By Kate Coombs, Anna Laitinen (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781622039371
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Published: Sounds True - November 1st, 2017

I breathe slowly in,
I breathe slowly out. My breath
is a river of peace.
I am here in the world.
Each moment I can breathe and be.


Salam Alaikum: A Message of Peace Cover Image
By Harris J, Ward Jenkins (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481489386
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Published: Salaam Reads / Simon & Schuster Books for You - September 5th, 2017

From “the Muslim Justin Bieber” (NPR) Harris J comes a picture book that celebrates spreading peace, love, and happiness throughout the world, using the lyrics of his international YouTube hit of the same name.

Salam Alaikum means “Peace be upon you.” It is the greeting that Muslims around the world use to say “hello” and “good-bye.” In


Child of the Universe Cover Image
By Ray Jayawardhana, Raul Colón (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781524717544
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Published: Make Me a World - March 17th, 2020

Perfect for fans of The Wonderful Things You Will Be and That's Me Loving You, this picture book by a renowned astrophysicist is a lyrical meditation on the preciousness of one child and the vastness of the universe.

Just like the sun gives shine to the moon,
you light up the world beyond this room . . .


Our Favorite Day of the Year Cover Image
By A. E. Ali, Rahele Jomepour Bell (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481485630
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Published: Salaam Reads / Simon & Schuster Books for You - June 30th, 2020

“Gorgeously inviting illustrations and a joyful theme…the consummate first day read.” —Shelf Awareness (starred review)

A heartwarming picture book following a group of boys from different backgrounds throughout the school year as they become the best of friends.

Musa’s feeling nervous about his first day of school.


Can You Say Peace? Cover Image
By Karen Katz, Karen Katz (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9781250073211
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Published: Square Fish - February 2nd, 2016

International Peace Day is September 21st. On this day and every day throughout the year, children all over the world wish for peace. Karen Katz takes readers on a bright and colorful journey around the globe to meet some of these children and learn about the many ways to say peace!


A Moon for Moe and Mo Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781580897273
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Published: Charlesbridge - August 7th, 2018

An interfaith friendship develops when Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, overlaps with the Muslim holiday of Ramadan--an occurence that happens only once every thirty years or so.


A Church for All Cover Image
By Gayle E. Pitman, Laure Fournier (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780807511794
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Published: Albert Whitman & Company - May 1st, 2018

This simple, lyrical story celebrates a Sunday morning at an inclusive church that embraces all people regardless of age, class, race, gender identity, and sexual orientation. All are welcome at the church for all!


A Little Peace (Barbara Kerley Photo Inspirations) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781426300868
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Published: National Geographic Kids - May 8th, 2007

The latest National Geographic Children's Books title by Barbara Kerley, A Little Peace, gives a richly evocative and thought-provoking view of the world our children will inherit. Wise words and moving images offer a unique and enriching experience for every young reader.


Finding Om Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781645433873
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Published: Mango & Marigold Press - July 7th, 2020

Finding Om is a delightful children's book that tells the story of Anu, an Indian-African girl who explores the mantra Om with her much-loved grandfather, Appuppa. Throughout this tale, Anu begins to discover methods of mindfulness that readers of all ages can learn along with her.


Like the Moon Loves the Sky: (Mommy Book for Kids, Islamic Children's Book, Read-Aloud Picture Book) Cover Image
By Hena Khan, Saffa Khan (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781452180199
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Published: Chronicle Books - March 10th, 2020

A lyrical and heartwarming celebration of a mother's love for her children by the award-winning author of Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns.


What Makes Someone a Jew?: What Makes Someone a Jew? Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781580233217
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Published: Jewish Lights Publishing - February 1st, 2007

What makes a person a Jew?
Is it the way that they look or the things that they do?

Is being Jewish a matter of how you look, or how you live? Using everyday examples that children can relate to, this colorful book helps all young Jewish readers understand what it really means to be a Jew.


The Peace Book Cover Image
$13.99
ISBN: 9780316059626
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - February 2nd, 2005

Peace is making new friends.

Peace is helping your neighbor.
Peace is a growing a garden.
Peace is being who you are.


Why War Is Never a Good Idea Cover Image
By Alice Walker, Stefano Vitale (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780060753856
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Published: HarperCollins - September 18th, 2007

Though War is Old

It has not

Become wise.

Poet and activist Alice Walker personifies the power and wanton devastation of war in this evocative poem.

Stefano Vitale’s compelling paintings illustrate this unflinching look at war’s destructive nature and unforeseen consequences.


For Beautiful Black Boys Who Believe in a Better World Cover Image
By Michael W. Waters, Keisha Morris (Illustrator)
$18.00
ISBN: 9781947888081
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Published: Flyaway Books - September 22nd, 2020

Winner of the 2020 Goddard Riverside CBC Youth Book Prize for Social Justice

A Top Ten Selection of the 2021 In the Margins Book Awards

A Texas Institute of Letters 2021 Finalist for Best Picture Book

A 2021 RCC Wilbur Award Winner


Old Turtle Cover Image
By Cheng-Khee Chee (Illustrator), Douglas Wood
$18.99
ISBN: 9780439309080
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Published: Scholastic Press - February 1st, 2001

Who is God?

Is He a wind that is never still?

Is He a rock that never moves?

Is He high above or here among us?

Venerable Old Turtle answers quietly: God is all of these things.


Under the Milky Way: Traditions and Celebrations Beneath the Stars Cover Image
By Frané Lessac, Frané Lessac (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781536200959
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Published: Candlewick - December 24th, 2019

This celebratory picture book from Frané Lessac shines a light on beloved nighttime traditions under the starry skies of North America.


What Do You Celebrate?: Holidays and Festivals Around the World Cover Image
By Whitney Stewart, Christiane Engel (Illustrator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781454932130
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Published: Sterling Children's Books - March 5th, 2019

Holidays are FUN--and this entertaining nonfiction picture book introduces kids to 14 celebrations from around the world


Here Is the World: A Year of Jewish Holidays Cover Image
By Lesléa Newman, Susan Gal (Illustrator)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781419711855
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - September 2nd, 2014

A Faith Like Mine: A Celebration of the World's Religions Through the Eyes of Children Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780756611774
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Published: DK Children - August 15th, 2005

A perfect book for children and parents to read together, A Faith Like Mine uses revealing photography and detailed personal accounts to give unique insight into the diversity of religious faith as experienced through the lives of children across the world.

• Information on widely practiced faiths, as well as less common spiritual beliefs


Everyone Prays: Celebrating Faith Around the World Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781937786199
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Published: Wisdom Tales - March 15th, 2014

Christians, Jews, and Muslims all pray. So do Hindus and Buddhists. Many others pray too. So begins Everyone Prays, a bright and colorful concept book celebrating the diverse ways that people pray. In a vibrant yet accessible manner, young readers are transported on a visual tour across the globe.


Does God Hear My Prayer? Cover Image
By August Gold, Diane Hardy Waller (Photographer)
$8.99
ISBN: 9781594731020
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Published: Skylight Paths Publishing - February 1st, 2005

Helps children learn how to communicate with God--without fantasy.


A Handful of Quiet: Happiness in Four Pebbles Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781937006211
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Published: Plum Blossom - September 13th, 2008

A Handful of Quiet presents one of the best known and most innovative meditation practices developed by Thich Nhat Hanh as part of the Plum Village community's practice with children. Pebble meditation is a playful and fun activity that parents and educators can do with their children to introduce them to meditation.


The Seed of Compassion: Lessons from the Life and Teachings of His Holiness the Dalai Lama Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780525555148
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Published: Kokila - March 24th, 2020

For the first time ever, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate His Holiness the Dalai Lama addresses children directly, sharing lessons of peace and compassion, told through stories of his own childhood.


Grandfather Gandhi Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781442423657
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - March 11th, 2014

Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson tells the story of how his grandfather taught him to turn darkness into light in this uniquely personal and vibrantly illustrated tale that carries a message of peace.

How could he—a Gandhi—be so easy to anger?

One thick, hot day, Arun Gandhi travels with his family to Grandfather Gandhi’s village.

Silence fills the ai


Playing War Cover Image
By Kathy Beckwith, Lea Lyon (Illustrator)
$9.95
ISBN: 9780884488613
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Published: Tilbury House Publishers - November 3rd, 2020

Skipping Stones Honor Award


The Marvelous Mustard Seed Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780664262754
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Published: Flyaway Books - April 26th, 2018

A child plants a mustard seed in an empty garden. It is an itty-bitty seed. It isnt anything very specialyet.


Hats of Faith Cover Image
By Medeia Cohan, Sarah Walsh (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9781452173207
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Published: Chronicle Books - August 14th, 2018

Hats of Faith is a simple and striking introduction to the shared custom of religious head coverings. With bright images and a carefully researched interfaith text, this thoughtful book inspires understanding and celebrates our culturally diverse modern world.


The Shortest Day Cover Image
By Susan Cooper, Carson Ellis (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780763686987
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Published: Candlewick - October 22nd, 2019

In this seasonal treasure, Newbery Medalist Susan Cooper’s beloved poem heralds the winter solstice, illuminated by Caldecott Honoree Carson Ellis’s strikingly resonant illustrations.

So the shortest day came,
and the year died . . .


Walking Toward Peace: The True Story of a Brave Woman Called Peace Pilgrim Cover Image
By Kathleen Krull, Annie Bowler (Illustrator)
$18.00
ISBN: 9781947888265
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Published: Flyaway Books - March 23rd, 2021

She gave up everything: her home, her possessions, even her real name. She called herself Peace Pilgrim, put on her sneakers, and started off on her quest to walk thousands of miles all around America. Step by step, mile after mile, Peace Pilgrim traveled tirelessly, inviting everyone she met to consider a world where each person and each nation chooses peace.