Peace Day 2018

peacedayThe UN International Day of Peace takes place on 21st September, a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.

This year’s theme is ‘The Right to Peace- The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70’ and below are a few recent additions to our stock which could accompany discussions around the idea of human rights and peace.


  • Lets Look at Syria by Nikki Bruno Clapper

Beautiful photographs and minimal text demonstrate that Syria should be a fascinating and attractive country to visit and live in. There is absolutely no mention of war or politics or the refugee situation, and this is a book aimed at KS1 so it’s all quite bland and it will be up to teachers as to how much more information you wish to impart.

(Raintree, £11.99 hardback, ISBN 9781474753098)

  • Cyril and Pat by Emily Gravett

OK, not exactly about peace, but we had to include this latest picture book from Emily Gravett as it’s warm, funny and does convey strong messages about tolerance, difference and friendship. Cyril is a squirrel living in a city park, and he and best mate Pat get on beautifully – until Cyril is made aware by other creatures that Pat is actually a dirty rat and so they should definitely not be friends. Of course all is resolved by the end.

(Two Hoots, £12.99 hardback, ISBN 9781509857272)

  • The Old Man by Sarah V. Dubois, illustrated by Claudia K. Dubois

A subdued little picture book about the lonely life of a homeless old man, who finds internal peace by the simple means of a little girl, unjudgmental but recognising his need for physical sustenance, offering a few kind words.

(Gecko Press, £10.99 hardback, ISBN 9781776571918)

  • Where Will I Live? by Rosemary McCarney

A heartbreaking book of photographs of refugee children from a variety of countries. The pictures say so much, with the minimum of text, but so much is up for discussion. Published by the New Internationalist who also published McCarney’s fantastic  Every Day is Malala Day, and The Way to School. Put this one into your school too, and look out for our copies.

(New Internationalists, £9.99 hardback, ISBN 9781780264042)

  • Child Soldier: When Boys and Girls Are Used in War by Jessica Dee Humphreys & Michel Chikwanine, illustrated by Claudia Davila

A young boy, living in the Democratic Republic of Congo, was kidnapped at the age of only five by a group of rebel soldiers. The first atrocity they made this small boy carry out was so traumatic that even now as an adult he finds it hard to deal with.  Eventually he and some of his family managed to escape to Canada, and now as a young man Michel Chikwanine is trying to raise awareness of the continued use of child soldiers around the world. The end of the book has some paragraphs outlining further background, and suggestions of how we can all get involved to help bring this terrible practice to an end. Though told in graphic novel form, this book is probably best read with adult involvement particularly at primary level.

(Watts, £7.99 paperback, ISBN 9781445145655)

You can find an archive of our past Friday Reads here.


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