This lyrical and counting number picture book weaves together images of childeren, nature and architecture from around the world, both celebrating our diversity and showing how we are the same in so many ways. A peace anthem with a timely and important message that what we have in common is what is most important-family, laughter, love, nature, and friendship.
Forced to take shelter when their Syrian city is plagued with bombings, young Nour and her cousin, Amir, begin to bravely build a secret underground library. Amir starts picking up books he found in the streets, and then his friends join them to collect books from their destroyed city. Nour’s Secret Library is about the power of books to heal, transport and create safe spaces during difficult times. Illustrations by Romanian artist Vali Mintzi superimpose the colorful world the children construct over black-and-white charcoal depictions of the battered city. >>>Based on the author’s own life experience and inspired by a true story in Daraya, Syria. In the last pages, found background stories of this book.>>>>Vali Mintzi’s books in SHI collection.
By Lauren Thompson, Illustrated by Christy Hale ( Feiwel and Friends – 2012 )
Hate had happened. Revenge had happened. And that inspired more hate and more calls for revenge. But this time, a young girl decided to try something different….. This is a timeless parable for all ages that shows readers a better way to resolve conflicts and emphasizes the importance of moving forward together. >>> The author inspired by the original Garden of Forgiveness in Beirut, Lebanon.
憎しみが起こった。復習が始まる。そして、それは更なる憎しみと復習を求める声を大きくする。しかし、今回はある少女が異なる方法を選んだ、、、この絵本のいつの時代でも通用する例え話は、年齢に関わらず読者達に紛争の解決の為の良策を示し、共に前進する大切さを強調している。＞＞＞レバノンのベイルートに実際ある「Garden of Forgiveness」（許しの庭園）から、作者がヒントを得た作品。
By Isabel Otter, Illustrated by Harriet Lynas ( Tiger Tales – 2019 )
Love is a language that is understood and shared by people all around the world. Whether we’re reading quietly with a loved one or playing on the beach with friends, all across the globe, the love we feel for one another is the same. >>> In the front cover, there is a rainbow shaped cut, and the cut goes through several pages as a part of it’s illustration describing different life all over the earth.
By Callie Metler, Shirin Rahman, Melissa Stoller, Illustrated by Kate Talbot ( Clear Fork Publishing – 2021 )
When they meet on the first day of school, three girls realize they are different from each other – Molly is Christian, Savera is Muslim, and Hannah is Jewish. Through a class planning project, the girls’ friendship blossoms, and learn they are more alike than they thought. >>>Three women authors from the same faith traditions as the 3 girls in the story.
By Kathryn Erskine, Illustrated by Alexandra Boiger (Philomel- 2021)
Friends can help us understand the world and ourselves, opening our eyes to unique cultures and ideas. In a story that travels the globe, it’s easy to see how the world is a community made up of people who are more similar than we are different. With stunning, lush art to accompany the lyrical text, this book celebrates how honoring everyone’s talent creates a world that’s richer for all of us.
Starting with ”When your heart is heavy…..”and ending with “Hope and light will always prevail for love wins.” The short text message is very clear, simple, and easy to understand, as well as helping with dynamic and heartwarming illustrations. The book is celebrating the diversity of people who are standing strong together because of Love.
By Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Douglas Carlton Abrams, Illustrated LeUyen Pham (Candlewick Press – 2008)
This book is a lovely introduction to Archbishop Tutu’s unique message of forgiveness and empathy and a beckoning pathway toward joy that even very young readers will delight in following. With warm and beautiful collaboration between authors and illustrator, the message will be able to reach to all children on the earth. >>>Archbishop Desmond Tutu was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his lifelong struggle to bring equality, justice and peace to his native country of South Africa. The same two authors also wrote: Desmond and the very mean word
この絵本は、ツツ元大主教からのメッセージである、許しと共感と真の喜びを得るための方法を、若い読者にも解かり易く楽しく紹介している。心温まる美しい作品は、制作者達の熱意の賜物であり、世界中の子ども達に貴重なメッセージを届けてくれる。＞＞＞ツツ元大主教は、祖国南アフリカの公平で平等で平和な社会実現の功績が認められ、１９８４年にノーベル平和賞を受賞。この絵本と同じ２人の作者でDesmond and the very mean wordもある。
By Karen Katz (Henry Holt and Company, LLC – 2006)
On International Day of Peace, and every day throughout the year, children all over the world wish for Peace. 11 Children say Peace in their own language and on the last page show more way to say Peace. >>>The United Nations has declared September 21 ” International Day of Peace”
By Annette LeBox, Illustrated by Stephanie Graegin (Dial Books for Young Readers – 2015)
Follow these neighborhood children as they find love in everyday things – in sunlight shining through leaves and cookies shared with friends – and learn that peace is all around if you just look for it. Illustrations and simple, rhyming text show different way that peace can be found, made and shared.