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Books on Peace for Parents
Carter, Leslie et. al. The Anger Workbook. Thomas Nelson, 1992.
Interactive program helps identify the best ways to handle anger and eliminate the myths that perpetuate it.
Eastman, Meg and Roze, Sydney Craft. Taming the Dragon in Your Child: Solutions for Breaking the Cycle of Family Anger. NY: Wiley, 1994.
Dealing constructively with children's anger from temper tantrums and pouting to sarcasm and sibling rivalry.
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.
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.
McKay, Patrick et. al. When Anger Hurts Your Kids: A Parent's Guide. Fine Communications
Explains why parents get angry, how children are affected, and how to gain control.
Paul, Henry A. When Kids Are Mad, Not Bad: A Guide to Recognizing and Handling Your Child's Anger. NY: Penguin Putnam, 1998.
Handling tantrums, hostility, sarcasm, depression, and more in a loving, constructive way.
Peck, M. Scott. The Road Less Traveled. 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.
Tavris, Carol. Anger: The Misunderstood Emotion. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1982.
Anger triggers,their roots, and what to do about them.
Weisinger, Hendrie, Anger at Work, NY: William Morrow, 1995.
Practical strategies for dealing with anger.
Whitehouse, Elaine and Pudney, Warwick. A Volcano in My Tummy: Helping Children to Handle Anger. New Society Publishers, 1998.
Full of stories, and easy-to-use games and exercises on anger to use with your children.
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.
Zukov, Gary & Francis, Linda. Heart of the Soul. The Free Press, 2001
Developing the emotional awareness central to spiritual development.
Books for Children K-6
Arnold, Eric H. and Loeb, Jeffrey. Im Telling! Kids Talk About Brothers and Sisters. Boston: Little Brown, 1987.
Real kids talk about what its like to live with siblings. (Grades K-6)
Birdseye, Debbie Holsclaw and Birdseye, Tom. Under Our Skin. NY: Holiday House, 1997.
Six children of different racial backgrounds talk about the issue of race and their own experiences with prejudice. (Grades 3-6)
Blume, Judy. Iggies House. NY: Bradbury Press, 1970.
A young girl learns about prejudice and tolerance when a black family moves into her all white neighborhood. ( grades 4-6)
Blumenthal, Deborah. The Chocolate Covered Cookie Tantrum. New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1999.
Sophie finds out that throwing a tantrum will not get her what she wants. (Grades K-2)
Bruchac, Joseph. Eagle Song. NY: Puffin, 1999.
Fourth-grader, Danny Bigtree, moves from a Mohawk reservation to Brooklyn and must find ways to deal with stereotypes about his Native American heritage. (Grades 3-6)
Estes, Eleanor. The Hundred Dresses. San Diego: Harcourt Brace, 1972.
Shy Wanda comes from Poland. The children who tease her eventually come to understand the effects of what they have done. (Grades 3-6)
Everitt, Betsy. Mean Soup. NY: Harcourt Brace, 1995
Horace has had a very, very bad day and is feeling grumpy. His mother helps him find a cure. (Grades K-2)
Hamanaka, Sheila. All the Colors of the Earth. Fairfield, NJ: Morrow Junior Books. 1994.
Through beautiful oil paintings and lyrical words, children see that people of different colors are as beautiful and unique as the elements of nature. (Grades K-2)
Hahn, Mary Downing. December Stillness. NY: Harpers, 1991.
A thirteen year-old girl befriends a homeless Vietnam veteran and learns a lot about the meaning of compassion. (Grades 4-6)
Houston, Jeanne W. and Houston, James D. Farewell to Manzanar. NY: Bantam. 1983.
A young girls memoir of growing up in a Japanese internment camp during World War II. (Grades 4-6)
Kidd, Diana. Onion Tears. NY: William Morrow, 1993.
A young girl from Vietnam grieves over the loss of her family, deals with teasing, and must make new friends in America. (Grades 2-4)
Lindgren, Astrid. Lotta on Troublemaker Street. NY: Macmillan, 1984.
Lotta has a bad temper. After running away she gains insight into a conflict. (Grades 2-6)
Mayer, Mercer. I Was so Mad. Western Publishing Company, 1985.
A young child tries a variety of ways to let go of anger. (Grades K-2)
Merrill, Jean. The Pushcart War. NY: Atheneum, 1987.
Conflict on the streets of New York and how it gets solved. (Grades 2-6)
Minarik, Else Holmelund No Fighting, No Biting. New York: Harper Collins, 1978.
Rosa and Will hear the story of two alligators who argue until they meet a big hungry alligator. (K-2)
Moser, Adolph. Don't Rant and Rave on Wednesdays!: The Children's Anger-Control Book. Landmark Editions, 1994.
Children find out how to control anger and express feelings appropriately.(Grades K-6)
Naylor, Phyllis. King of the Playground. NY: Atheneum, 1991.
A little boy gets bullied and learns how to deal with the problem. (Grades K-2)
Osborn, Kevin. Tolerance. NY: Rosen Publishing Group, 1990.
This book of non-fiction helps children understand the meaning of tolerance and shows them how to be tolerant of people in a world filled with too much intolerance. (Grades 3-6)
Seuss, Dr. The Sneetches and Other Stories. NY: Random House, 1961.
The issues of tolerance and discrimination are adressed though humorous illustrations. (Grades K-4))
Simor, Norma. I Was so Mad! Albert Whitman, 1991.
A look at situations that make children angry including, sibling rivalry, annoyance with parents, school problems, and more. (Grades K-2)
Udry, Janice May. Let's Be Enemies. New York: Harper Collins, 191.
When John sees James as bossy, he decides that they are enemies. They eventually become friends again. (K-2)
Van Leeuwen, Jean. Amanda Pig on Her Own. NY: Puffin Books, 1994.
Amanda has to solve some problems, deal with angry feelings, and meet other challenges when she is by herself. (Grades K-3)
Waber, Bernard. But Names Will Never Hurt Me. Boston: Houghton Mifflin & Company, 1994.
A little girl with the unlikely name of Alison Wonderland deals with teasing. (K-2)
Walker, Alice. Finding the Green Stone. San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1997.
Johnny loses both his green stone and his sense of joy after talking mean to the people in his life. As a result he learns some important and life-changing lessons. (Grades 2-4)
Walter, Nancy and Patfield, V. Lin. Seemors Flight to Freedom. Rosemount, MN: Nan Publishing, 1996.
Poignant story of a nearsighted seagulls struggle with anger; includes questions for discussion between parents and children.
Uchida, Yoshiko. A Jar of Dreams. NY: Simon & Schuster, 1985.
Eleven year-old Rinko wants to be like everyone else, but is ridiculed because she is Japanese. She eventually learns the value of her own strength and uniqueness.
Wells, Rosemary. Benjamin and Tulip. New York: Dial Books, 1977.
Tulip beats up Benjamin. They eventually come to a truce. (K-2)
Zolotow, Charlotte. The Quarreling Book. NY: Harper & Row, 1982.
A chain reaction of angry feelings occurs when Dad forgets to kiss Mom good-bye in the morning. (K-2)
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