Share with your students these stories about peace and kindness. No lesson is as valuable as the ones where educators can teach their students about the importance of kindness, of giving, and of valuing peace. From classics like "The Giving Tree" by Shel Silverstein to more realistic portraits of niceness with "Painting For Peace in Ferguson" by Carol Swartout, these books are great for showing the impact a little bit of kindness and peace will do.
1. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
2. Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña
Winner of the 2016 Newbery Medal, this book has been well-received by multiple readers and book reviewers alike. A "picture of community" and a book that "resonates with harmony and diversity," (Booklist) "Last Stop on Market Street" tells a much more warming story than you can imagine.
3. Painting For Peace in Ferguson by Carol Swartout Klein
"Painting for Peace in Ferguson describes how artists and volunteers worked to transform boarded up windows in Ferguson into messages of hope and peace." Showcasing real acts of kindness done by real-life people will really show your students that kindness is tangible and doable.
4. Wangari's Trees of Peace: A True Story from Africa by Jeanette Winter
5. A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead
This book is wonderful for showing students about the positive effects of kindness and unselfish acts of giving. This childrens picture book tells the story of how a kind man, who falls sick one day, gets a visit from his friends who overcome their own fears to help him recover. Placing value on friendship and sympathy, plus a willingness to help others, makes this an ideal story about peace.