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Looking for kids’ books that promote values of peace, nonviolence and social justice?  Here’s a list of wonderful children’s books suggested by our friends at BBGB Tales for Kids, 3100 Kensington Ave., Richmond VA 23221  http://bbgbbooks.com/

  • The Yellow Tutu by Kristin Bramsen, age 3-6 bullying; appreciating diversity; acceptance
  • Brontorina by James Howe, age 3-6 appreciating diversity; acceptance
  • Whoever You Are by Mem Fox, age 3-6 cultural diversity
  • Fancy Nancy and the Mean Girl by Jane O’connor, age 4-7, bullying; acceptance
  • The Golden Rule by Ilene Cooper, age 5-8, cultural diversity
  • Peace by Wendy Anderson Halperin, age 4-8, cultural diversity; world peacemakers
  • The Peace Book by Todd Parr, age 3-8, what is peace?
  • Mr. Lincoln’s Way by Patricia Polacco, age 6-9, bullying
  • Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson, bullying (we’ve used this to start great discussions among teens) age 4-9
  • The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson, racial diversity and acceptance, integration, age 4-9
  • Busing Brewster by Richard Michelson, age 6-9, school desegregation, historical fiction
  • White Socks Only by Evelyn Coleman, age 6-9, racial segregation, historical fiction
  • The Butter Battle Book by Dr. Seuss, anti-war; nonviolence, age 4-8
  • The Lotus Seed by Sherry Garland age, 4-10, historical fiction, diversity
  • Kizzy Ann Stamps by Jeri Watts, age 8-11, historical fiction, school integration
  • Candy Bomber by Michael O. Tunnel, age 9-12, nonfiction, Berlin airlift
  • Wonder by R.J. Palacio, age 9-14, diversity, understanding disabilities
  • Real Kids Real Stories Real Change by Garth Sundem, age 10-14, nonfiction, stories of young activists
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry, age 10 and up, a classic—what would a “perfect” world look like?
  • Bomb by Steve Sheinkin, age 10-14, nonfiction, story of the development of nuclear weapons
  • People Who Said No by Laura Scandiffio, age 10-14, nonfiction social activism
  • Bat 6 by Virginia Euwer Wolff, cultural diversity, conciliation, age 10-14
  • Crow by Barbara Wright, age 10 and up, historical fiction, racial segregation
  • Twerp by Mark Goldblatt, age 10-12, bullying, personal responsibility
  • Superman vs. The Ku Klux Klan by Rick Bower, age 12+, nonfiction, art as a vehicle for social change
  • Come August, Come Freedom, Gigi Amateau, 14+, well-researched fictional account of Gabriel’s Rebellion, Richmond author
  • Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass, Meg Medina, , 14+, bullying, cultural diversity, Richmond author
  • Z for Zachariah, by Robert C. O’Brien, ages 12+, life for survivors of a nuclear holocaust

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