Resources for Educators

Aschliman, Kathryn. Growing Toward Peace. Herald Press, 1993.

This book is a collection of stories from teachers and parents about real children learning to live peacefully. This book has a religious theme. Available in paperback and via used dealers.

Barchers, Suzanne. Multicultural Folktales.Readers Theatre for Elementary Students. Teachers Ideas Press, 2000.

This book of 40 reproducible scripts includes information on how to work with children on reading and performing these folktales. The reading level is from first to fifth grades. Available in new and used copies.

Begun, Ruth. Ready-to-Use Violence Prevention Skills Lessons and Activities for Elementary Students. Center for Applied Research in Education, Josey-Bass distributor, 1999.

This ready to use curriculum, based on real life situations, offers teachers lessons on topics such as family relationships, anger, and crime-related situations. Spiral bound format is available in new and used copies.

Brody, Ed, Jay Goldspinner and Katie Green. Spinning Tales, Weaving Hope. Stories, Storytelling and Activities for Peace, Justice and the Environment. New Society Publishers, 2002.

This second edition provides 29 stories from around the world on the themes of conflict resolution, compassion and care of the earth and its creatures. Each story is followed by activities, exercises, tips and related resources. Available in new and used copies.

Bucher, Richard and Patricia Bucher. Diversity Consciousness. Opening Our Minds to People, Cultures and Opportunities. Prentice-Hall, 2000. (now in 2nd edition, 2003)

This guide helps students to understand, respect and value diversity in a style that promotes self-reflection and dialogue. Concepts such as teamwork, leadership, racism and communication in the workplace are discussed as well.

Available in new and used copies.

Butzow, Carol and John Butzow. Exploring the Environment through Children’s Literature. Teacher Ideas Press, 1999.

This book identified itself as an integrated approach to teaching children, K to 5, about caring for the environment. There are 44 books listed with hands-on activities, puzzles and more to extent the book and theme. Available in new and used copies.

Daleo, Morgan. Curriculum of Love. Cultivating the Spiritual Nature of Children. Grace Publishing and Communications, 1996.

This book offers parents and teachers some ideas on how to instill spiritual values in children. A general resource list is included as well. Harmony, self-reliance, mindfulness, service, community, human awareness, compassion, beauty, balance, and joy are explored in a nondenominational approach. Available in new and used copies.

Duvall, Lynn. Respecting our Differences: A guide to getting along in a changing world. Free Spirit, 1994.

This title is suggested for middle and high school readers who are interested in cultural diversity. The copyright may date the discussions on immigration issues. Available in used copies only.

Ellison, Laura. The Personal Intelligences: Promoting Social and Emotional Learning. Corwin Press, 2001.

Using scientific literature in the fields of psychology and neurology, author Ellison relates social and emotional learning to academic gains for young adults in today’s schools. Available in new and used copies

Foell, Earl. How Peace Came to the World. MIT Press, 1986. (New Edition in 1987)

This collection of 1300 essays was submitted to the Christian Science Monitor for their Peace 2010 contest. The writings are divided into seven sections which will be of interest to adults and college students. Available in new and used copies.

Fredericks, Linda. Using Stories to Prevent Violence and Promote Cooperation. Colorado School Media Project, 1996.

This small press publication includes ten stories from around the world with activities for use with elementary and secondary students. The themes emphasize taking responsibility for one’s actions, building trust, and more. Visit the web site called Life Trax ( to see all of their products and to place an order for this title.

Frost, Helen. When I Whisper, Nobody Listens. Helping Young People Write about Difficult Issues. Heinemann, 2001.

Are you an English teacher who is looking for ways to help teens write, revise and publish their writing? This author offers specific ideas to help young people write their thoughts about violence, anger, peer pressure and more. Available in new and used copies.

_________ The Moral Imagination: The Art and Soul of Building Peace, Oxford University Press, 2005.

This newer book offers readers practical follow up ideas to bringing a change in the cycle of violence and conflict as the essential first step in building peace.

Gandhi, Arun. Legacy of Love: My Education in the Path of Nonviolence. North Bay Books, 2003.

A memoir of a boy growing up in India where he spent 18 months with his grandfather, Mahatma Gandhi, and learned from his stories of humility, truth and nonviolence. Available in new and used copies

Hanh, Thich. Touching Peace. Parallax Press, 1992.

This book is the sequel to Being Peace by Thich Nhat Hanh, a Vietnamese Buddhist monk poet and scholar. It shows the reader how mindful awareness can help people see the roots of war, violence, substance abuse and alienation. Available in Audio CD, book and used copies.

Hewitt, Deborah and Sandra Heidemann. The Optimistic Classroom: Creative Ways to Give Children Hope. Redleaf, 1998.

These educators draw upon research on resiliency and share ten strengths to allow children to cope with stress: self-esteem, competence, feelings, empathy, perseverance, responsibility, cause and effect, reframing, problem solving, optimism and hope. This book includes over 70 easy and practical ideas for educators of young children. Available in new and used copies.

Kessler, Rachael. The Soul of Education: Helping Students Find Connection, Compassion, and Character at School. ASD, 2000.

Kessler looks at the spiritual emptiness facing many young people today and offers inspiring ideas to guide them towards ways to answer some of life’s universal questions. Available in new and used copies.

Kreidler, William. Elementary Perspectives 1: Teaching Concepts of Peace and Conflict. Educators for Social Responsibility, 1990.

This large paperback book provides a K-6 curriculum for teachers who deal with issues of prejudice, enemies, propaganda and community. It includes reproducible handouts and bibliographies. Available in used copies and in some college bookstores. Look for newer title called Adventures in Peacemaking by Kreidler and Lisa Furlong.

Lantieri, Linda and Janet Patti. Waging Peace in our Schools. Beacon Press, 1996.

These two educational activists have worked with the Resolving Conflict Creatively Program and share their approach to mediation in this book along with some background on the RCC Program. They emphasize the belief that we must educate the heart as well as the mind. Available in new and used copies.

Lederach, John P. Building Peace: Sustainable Reconciliation in Divided Societies. US Institute of Peace Press, 1998.

Lederach, a professor at Eastern Mennonite University, focuses on the need for constructing relationships on many social levels and to build training programs to achieve peace through conflict transformation.

Long, Larry, producer. I Will Be Your Friend: Songs and Activities for Young Peacemakers. (Book and CD) Teaching Tolerance, 2003.

This collection of 26 songs honors diversity in its many forms. The music includes rap, jazz, gospel, and traditional tunes. Educators may order this free of charge from

Oehlberg, Barbara. Making it Better: Activities for Children Living in a Stressful World. Redleaf, 1996.

This collection offers teachers and parents over 70 activities to engage children in self-healing and empathy. Available in new and used copies.

Paley, Vivian. The Girl with the Brown Crayon. How children use stories to shape their lives. Harvard Univ. Press, 1997 (reprinted in 1998 as paperback)

Paley is a kindergarten teacher and winner of the MacArthur Award for her work at the University of Chicago Lab School and for her many books on how children play and learn. This book takes the reader into the personal world of teacher and child (Reeny) with themes of race, identity, artistic longing and gender as the picture books by Leo Lionni are used to teach her children about life. Paperback is available in new and used copies.

­­­­­­­­­­­­­_________ Peace is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life. Bantam, 1991.

Another title by author Thich, this book is a collection of stories and ideas about how adults might change their world outlook by being mindful of the small things in daily living. Available in new and used copies.

Reardon, Betty. Comprehensive Peace Education: Educating for Global Responsibility.

Columbia University Teachers’College, 1988.

___________ Educating for Global Responsibility: Teacher-Designed Curricula for Peace Education, K-12.

These two titles are out of print titles that were written by a worldwide leader in the theory and practice of peace education. Available in used copies.

Rice, Judith. The Kindness Curriculum. Redleaf Press, 1995.

This title is a collection of lesson plans for young children on themes of love, empathy, gentleness, respect, visualization, self-control, friendship, conflict resolution. The authors taught in the Early Childhood Education Program of St. Paul for ten years. Available in new and used copies.

Scherer, Donald and James Child. Two Paths toward Peace. Temple University Press, 1992.

This book introduces a philosophical debate on sustaining a democratic society by two educators who engage in a dialogue about the used and abuses of violence in today’s world. Available in new and used copies.

Sierra Club. Peace: A Dream Unfolding. Random House, 1986.

Looking for a way to inspire young adults about the importance of ending nuclear weapon development? This collection of words and pictures from people like Eleanor Roosevelt offers food for thought that surpasses the decade in which it was published. Available in used copies.

Wolf Aline. Nurturing the Spirit in Non-sectarian Classrooms. Parent Child Press, 1996.

Wolf explores the questions of what does spirit mean and how does it different from religious teachings? She shares practical ideas from Montessori classrooms around the country. Some topics include cultivating stillness, care of the earth and spirituality and the arts. Available in new and used copies.

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