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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)
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.

Peaceful Piggy Meditation Cover Image
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)
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.

Peace is an Offering Cover Image
By Annette LeBox, Stephanie Graegin (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780803740914
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Published: Dial Books - March 10th, 2015

A warm, comforting poem about finding peace in a community of neighbors

Peace is an offering.
A muffin or a peach.
A birthday invitation.
A trip to the beach.

Breathe and Be: A Book of Mindfulness Poems Cover Image
By Kate Coombs, Anna Laitinen (Illustrator)
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)
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

Can You Say Peace? Cover Image
By Karen Katz, Karen Katz (Illustrator)
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
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.

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.

A Little Peace (Barbara Kerley Photo Inspirations) Cover Image
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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.

What Is God's Name? (Early Childhood Sprituality) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781893361102
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Published: Skylight Paths Publishing - October 1st, 1999

Multicultural, Nondenominational, Nonsectarian

This simple, beautiful book will help you and your
child explore spirituality together for the first time.

Based on the award-winning picture book In God's Name.

What Makes Someone a Jew?: What Makes Someone a Jew? Cover Image
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
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.

Each Breath a Smile Cover Image
By Sister Susan, Nguyen Thi Hop (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781888375220
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Published: Plum Blossom - August 10th, 2005

Inspired by the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh, in <Each Breath a Smile children learn how to calm body and mind and enjoy the present moment.

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.

Old Turtle Cover Image
By Douglas Wood, Cheng-Khee Chee (Illustrator)
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.

Old Turtle And The Broken Truth Cover Image
By Jon J. Muth (Illustrator), Douglas Wood, Jon J. Muth (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780439321099
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Published: Scholastic Press - September 1st, 2003

Seekers of all ages have been inspired by the stirring message of Old Turtle, the beloved, award-winning wisdom tale of peace. Now Old Turtle returns in a timeless story about love, acceptance, and the nature of truth.

Long ago, as truth descended onto earth, it split in two: one piece landing among the people and the other blazing through the sky.

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

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

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

Secret of the Peaceful Warrior Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780915811236
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Published: Hj Kramer - December 28th, 1992

When Danny's family moves to a new neighborhood, he is confronted by a frightening bully. One night in a dream, Danny meets an old man with shining white hair--a man who will soon appear in real life and share a wonderful secret. An inspirational story about courage and love. Full-color illustrations.

Moody Cow Meditates Cover Image
ISBN: 9780861715732
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Published: Wisdom Publications - September 1st, 2009

Do you want to help the children in your life discover stillness, calm, confidence, and resilience?

Zen Shorts (A Stillwater Book) Cover Image
By Jon J. Muth (Illustrator), Jon J. Muth, Jon J. Muth (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780439339117
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Published: Scholastic Press - March 1st, 2005

"Michael," said Karl. "There's a really big bear in the backyard." This is how three children meet Stillwater, a giant panda who moves into the neighborhood and tells amazing tales. To Addy he tells a story about the value of material goods. To Michael he pushes the boundaries of good and bad. And to Karl he demonstrates what it means to hold on to frustration.

Playing War Cover Image
By Kathy Beckwith, Lea Lyon (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780884482673
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Published: Tilbury House Publishers - July 1st, 2005

When Sameer tells them that he has been in a real war, they don't believe him. As he tells what happened to his family, the others start to see their game in a new light.


  • Middle East
  • conflict resolution
  • immigration