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50 Books about Peace and Social Justice

Compiled by Megan Schliesman
© 2011 Cooperative Children's Book Center; updated 2016

Originally developed in 2003 as part of a 12-month series in recognition of the 40th anniversary of the Cooperative Children's Book Center, this bibliography was updated in 2011 and again in 2016.


Click on underlined book titles to see the CCBC review of the book, and/or the cover image.
Complete list of CCBC bibliographies


Paths to Peace: Ideas and Actions for Change -- Picture Books

    de la Peña, Matt. Last Stop on Market Street. Illustrated by Christian Robinson. Putnam, 2015. 32 pages. Ages 3-8

    Engle, Margarita. Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music. Illustrated by Rafael López. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015. 40 pages. Ages 4-8

    Gandhi, Arun and Bethany Hegedus . Grandfather Gandhi. Illustrated by Evan Turk. Atheneum, 2014. 44 pages pages. Ages 5-9

    McKee, David. The Conquerors. Handprint Books, 2004. 24 pages. Ages 3-7

    Muth, Jon J.. Stone Soup. Scholastic Press, 2003. 32 pages. Ages 5 - 8

    Radunsky, Vladimir. What Does Peace Feel Like?. An Anne Schwartz Book / Atheneum, 2004. 16 pages. Ages 4-8

    Rumford, James. Silent Music: A Story of Bagdhad. A Neal Porter Book / Roaring Brook Press, 2008. 32 pages. Ages 7-9

    Thomas, Shelley Moore. Somewhere Today: A Book of Peace. Photographed by Eric Futran. Albert Whitman, 1998. 24 pages. Ages 3 - 7

    Woodson, Jacqueline. Each Kindness. Illustrated by E. B. Lewis. Putnam, 2012. 32 pages. Ages 5-9


Paths to Peace: Ideas and Actions for Change -- Fiction

    Amnesty International. Free? Stories about Human Rights. U.S. edition: Candlewick Press, 2010. 202 pages. Ages 11 and older

    Alexie, Sherman. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. Illustrated by Ellen Fourney. Litte, Brown, 2007. 240 pages. Ages 13-16

    Carmi, Daniella. Samir and Yonatan. Translated by Yael Lotan. U.S. edition: Arthur A. Levine Books, 2000. 183 pages. Age 12 and older

    Castellucci, Cecil and Jim Rugg . The Plain Janes. Minx, 2007. 172 pages. Ages 13-16

    Coman, Carolyn. Many Stones. Front Street, 2000. 158 pages. Ages 14 - 18

    Creech, Sharon. The Unfinished Angel. Joanna Cotler Books / HarperCollins, 2009. 164 pages. Ages 8 - 11

    Johnson, Harriet McBryde. Accidents of Nature. Henry Holt, 2006. 229 pages. Age 14 and older

    Woodson, Jacqueline . Peace, Locomotion . Putnam, 2009. 134 pages. Ages 10 - 13


Paths to Peace: Ideas and Action for Change -- Non-Fiction

    Alsenas, Linas . Gay America: Struggle for Equality. Amulet, 2008. 160 pages. Age 12 and older

    Freedman, Russell. We Will Not Be Silent: The White Rose Student Resistance Movement That Defied Adolf Hitler. Clarion Books / Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016. 104 pages. Age 12 and older

    Levine, Karen. Hana's Suitcase: A True Story. Albert Whitman, 2003. 109 pages. Ages 9-14

    Lewis, Barbara A.. The Kid's Guide to Social Action. Free Spirit Press (Revised Edition), 1998. 211 pages. Age 9 and older

    Partridge, Elizabeth. Marching for Freedom: Walk Together, Children, and Don't You Grow Weary. Viking, 2009. 72 pages. Ages 11 and older

    Thompson, Laurie Ann. Emmanuel’s Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah. Illustrated by Sean Qualls. Schwartz & Wade, 2015. 32 pages. Ages 6–9

    Tonatiuh, Duncan. Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez & Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation.. Abrams, 2014. 40 pages. Ages 6-10

    Weatherford, Carole Boston and Ekua Holmes . Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer: Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement. Candlewick Press, 2015. 34 pages. Age 10 and older


Roads of Heartbreak: The Costs of Conflict and Injustice -- Picture Books

    Birtha, Becky. Grandmama's Pride. Illustrated by Colin Bootman. Albert Whitman, 2005. 32 pages. Ages 6-9

    Buitrago, Jairo. Two White Rabbits. Translated by Elisa Amado from the Spanish. Illustrated by Rafael Yockteng. Groundwood Books / House of Anansi Press, 2015. 48 pages. Ages 5-12

    Greenfield, Eloise. When the Horses Ride By: Children in the Times of War. Illustrated by Jan Spivey Gilchrist. Lee & Low, 2006. 36 pages. Ages 9-12

    Karen Lynn, Williams and Khadra Mohammed . Four Feet, Two Sandals. Illustrated by Doug Chayka. Eerdmans, 2007. 32 pages. Ages 7-11

    Russo, Marisabina. Always Remember Me: How One Family Survived World War II. An Anne Schwartz Book / Atheneum, 2005. 48 pages. Ages 7-10

    Skarmeta, Antonio. The Composition. Illustrated by Alfonso Ruano. U.S. edition: A Groundwood Book/Douglas & McIntyre, 2000. 36 pages. Ages 9 - 16

    Winter, Jeanette. Nasreen's Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan. Beach Lane, 2009. 40 pages. Ages 6 - 10


Roads of Heartbreak: The Costs of Conflict and Injustice -- Fiction

    Abdel-Fattah, Randa. Where the Streets Had a Name. U.S. edition: Scholastic Press, 2010. 320 pages. Ages 12 and older

    Compestine, Ying Chang. Revolution Is Not a Dinner Party. Henry Holt, 2007. 248 pages. Ages 10-14

    Flake, Sharon. Money Hungry. Jump at the Sun/Hyperion, 2001. 187 pages. Ages 12 - 16

    Frost, Helen. Crossing Stones. Frances Foster Books / Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2009. 184 pages. Ages 13 and older

    Gerstein, Mordicai. The Old Country. Roaring Brook Press, 2005. 130 pages. Ages 10-14

    Jaramillo, Ann. La Línea. Deborah Brodie Book / Roaring Brook Press, 2006. 131 pages. Age 13 and older

    King, A. S. . Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future. Little, Brown, 2014. 306 pages. Age 14 and older

    Myers, Walter Dean. Monster. Illustrated by Christopher Myers. HarperCollins, 1999. 1999 pages. Ages 13 and older

    Reynolds, Jason and Brendan Kiely . All American Boys. Atheneum, 2015. 320 pages. Age 13 and older

    Sepetys, Ruta . Between Shades of Gray. Philomel, 2011. 352 pages. Age 14 and older


Roads of Heartbreak: The Costs of Conflict and Injustice -- Non-Fiction

    Bausum, Ann. Denied, Detained, Deported: Stories from the Dark Side of American Immigration. National Geographic, 2009. 111 pages. Ages 12 and older

    Crowe, Chris. Getting Away with Murder: The True Story of the Emmett Till Case. Phyllis Fogelman Books / Penguin, 2003. 128 pages. 12 and older

    Ellis, Deborah. Three Wishes: Palestinian and Israeli Children Speak. Groundwood / Douglas & McIntyre, 2004. 110 pages. Ages 12-18

    Krinitz, Esther Nisenthal and Bernice Steinhardt . Memories of Survival. Hyperion, 2005. 64 pages. Age 10-18

    Kuklin, Susan. No Choirboy: Murder, Violence, and Teenagers on Death Row. Henry Holt, 2008. 212 pages. Age 14 and older

    Oppenheim, Joanne. Dear Miss Breed: True Stories of the Japanese Incarceration During World War II and a Librarian Who Made a Difference. Scholastic Nonfiction / Scholastic , 2006. 287 pages. Age 11 and older

    Satrapi, Marjane. Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood. Pantheon, 2003. 160 pages. Age 15 and older

    Weatherford, Carole Boston. Birmingham, 1963. Wordsong / Boyds Mills Press, 2007. 39 pages. Age 10 and older



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