Books on Peace

Reading List -Becoming a More Peaceful Parent

For Parents

Becker, Juliette. Postcards for Peaceful Parenting (audiobook). MindsEye Publishers, 1999. A clinical psychologist takes parents of young children on a journey where “mini vacations” relieve daily stress.

Breathnach, Sarah Ban. Simple Abundance. NY: Warner Books, 1995. A daybook of thoughts, quotes, and suggestions for a peaceful, harmonious life.

Carlson, Richard. Don't Sweat the Small Stuff...And It's All Small Stuff. NY: Hyperion, 1997. Tells us how to enjoy life more and contribute to the world we live in; helps people transcend stress and worry.

Covey, Steven R. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families. NY: Golden Books, 1997. How to build harmony in the home; communication, problem-solving, and goal-setting.

Fay, Jim and Cline, Foster W. MD. Parenting With Love and Logic: Teaching Children Responsibility. Navpress, 1990. Tips for parenting without power struggles.

Flanigan, Beverly. Forgiving Yourself : A Step-By-Step Guide to Making Peace With Your Mistakes and Getting on With Your Life. IDG Books Worldwide, 1996. Letting go of guilt and forgiving oneself in order heal relationships, gain inner peace, live more freely, and honor the self.

Elkind, Dr. David, The Hurried Child. Reading, Massachusetts: Addison-Wesley, 1981. Learn about the price of hurrying our children to grow up too fast in in a hurrying world. Exellent.

Hanh, Thich Nhat. Peace Is Every Step. NY: Bantam, 1991. A beautiful, easy to read book of practical ways we can make our lives more peaceful. Brilliant in its simplicity.

Peck, M. Scott. The Road Less Travelled. NY: Touchstone, 1978.
A classic. Helps build a deeper understanding of self and others. Nurtures peacefulness in our relationships.

St. James, Elaine. Inner Simplicity: 100 Ways to Regain Peace and Nourish Your Soul. NY: Hyperion, 1995. Simplifying your life, nourishing the mind and spirit, the value of alone-time.

Vanzant, Iyanla. Faith in the Valley: Lessons for Women on the Journey to Peace. NY: Simon & Schuster, 1996. Tells the reader how to deal with low points in life and seek inner peace.

Books for Kids

Arnold, Eric H. and Loeb, Jeffrey. I’m Telling! Kids Talk About Brothers and Sisters. Boston: Little Brown, 1987. Real kids talk about what it’s like to live with siblings. (Grades K-6)

Berry, Joy Wilt. Let's Talk about Being Helpful. NY: Scholastic, 1996. Opens discussion about acts of helpfulness in everyday life. (Grades K-2)

Cooper, Melrose. I Got A Family. NY: Henry Holt, 1997. A little girl talks about loving each of the the different people in her family. (K-4)

Carlstrom, Nancy White. Kiss Your Sister, Rose Marie! NY: Simon & Schuster, 1992. When a new baby comes into the family Rose Marie experiences ambivalent feelings. (K-4)

Clark, Emma. The Story of Horrible Hilda and Henry. Boston: Little Brown, 1988. Hilda and Henry are so bad their parents decide to give them to a zoo. See what happens after they meet the lion. (Grades K-3)

Cleary, Beverly. Ramona, Forever. NY: Avon Books, 1996. Third-grader Ramona has a lot to deal with including conflict with a sibling, her mom not being home after school, teasing, and the prospect of a new baby. (Grades 2-4)

Hest, Amy. The Mommy Exchange. NY: Simon & Schuster, 1991. Two girls decide to switch their mothers and their houses and learn an important lesson along the way. (Grades 2-4)

Lalli, J. Make Someone Smile and 40 More Ways to Be a Peaceful Person.1996. A lovely collection of multicultural photos and simple text with suggestions like: make friends, work together, sing, celebrate, and appreciate differences. (Grades K-2)

Munsch, Robert. Love You Forever. Firefly Books, 1988. A gentle affirmation of the love parents feel for their child throughout their lives. Touching. (Grades K-6)

Raschka, Chris. The Blushful Hippopotamus. NY: Orchard Books, 1996. Roosevelt has a big sister who says mean things to him. He learns to feel better about himself when he listens to a good friend instead. (Grades K-3)

Scholes, Katherine. Peace Begins With You. Boston: Little Brown, 1990. A simply-written book on peace, conflict, and how to work out conflicts. (Grades K-2)

Simon, Norma. Nobody's Perfect, Not Even My Mother. Chicago: Albert Whitman & Company, 1981. The lesson in this book is that nobody's perfect and that’s just fine. (K-2)

Thomas, S.M. Somewhere Today: A Book of Peace. 1998. Text and photos show children from all parts of the world. Designed to inspire kids to take responsibility for making the world a better place.

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