“If we are to reach real peace in the world, and if we are to carry on a real war against war, we shall have to begin with the children.” – Mahatma Gandhi
“Tell me a story!” – Children everywhere
One of the ways we can envision, explore, and experience peace is through story. Story is also integral to how children make sense of the world they are growing into.
During the Spring of 2011, a group of eight Earlham students–Carmen Black, Sophie Wood Brinker, Rachel Dana, Molly Malcolm, Jaclyn Parell, Kelsey Tackett, Megan Totzke, Abby Yeagle–and I came t ogether to study this confluence of peace, story, and the child’s experience. As part of a Ford/Knight grant-funded project, we explored how authors, illustrators, and educators have worked to engage children in methods of peacemaking and peacebuilding through the art of story. We drew on this work to discover and articulate our own personal pedagogies of peace education.
One of the fruits of our labor was an annotated bibliography of recommended children’s books that address peace and social justice issues.
During the spring of 2012, a second group of Earlham College students took up the work of “Picturing Peace.” In addition to reading broadly from a variety of children’s books, Monterey Buchanan, Rosa Friedrichs, Q Gardere, Kayla Parks, Jaclyn Parell, Collin Schulze, Katie-Rose Taulbee, and Catalina Tudor responded to what they were reading through art. Some wrote and illustrated books, others collaborated with children in creating their art projects. One wrote music, another a play. Their creative projects are included as part of this blog. Please explore their efforts while remembering all are the copyrighted property of the individual owners. If you would like to reuse any of the images or sound found here, you must first get permission of the creator(s).
For their annotations, both groups of students drew on summaries from CIP or their own readings and give a suggested age range. They then added a “peace perspective” for each book. When relevant, prominent award information is also provided.
We hope you enjoy exploring Picturing Peace. This is just a beginning, and we plan on continuing this work with the assistance of others. If you would like to recommend a book title, please contact me, Jennie Kiffmeyer .