One Peace: True Stories of Young Activists by Janet Wilson

posted Nov 11, 2009, 10:26 PM by Dan Thiede
By Janet Wilson
Orca Book Publishers, 2008

We highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to inspire young people to take action for peace. This non-fiction picture book is filled with stories and examples of children who have worked to create peace in their communities and throughout the world. The book also provides lots of facts and current statistics regarding the state of peace and violence in the world. The children who are featured are from all different places across throughout the world living in all sorts of different conditions and contexts. The one thing they all have in common is the recognition of a problem and a desire to do something to solve the problem in a peaceful manner.

After reading this book, many children may be inspired to raise money for one of the organizations that have been created by other children in the world to support their cause. Some children may be inspired to identify a problem in their community and begin to take action solve that problem and work for peace. Other children may want to find an organization in their community that aligns with their beliefs about peace and justice and volunteer to help the organization live out its mission.

One of the last pages in the book states, “What difference can you make for peace?” What a great question for all of us to ponder. What a great question to empower to inspire children to take action on behalf of others, the earth or animals.

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Book review by Kevin McGee