Tuesday, May 19, 2009

War and Peace

Memorial Day is fast approaching. It's a bittersweet holiday for me. I look forward to the unofficial start of summer the holiday provides, but I'm always so moved by the thoughts of the men and women who have served our country, especially those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. The holiday provides an opportunity to talk with children about war, peace, and courage, and the library has some books that might help you start a dialogue with your child.

In Flanders Fields: the Story of the Poem by John McCrae by Linda Granfield
Memorial Day by Trudi Strain Trueit
The Librarian of Basra by Jeanette Winter
War Game by Michael Foreman
Patrol by Walter Dean Myers
I Am I by Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick
The War by Anais Vaugelade
The Big Book for Peace (various authors)
A Little Peace by Barbara Kerley
Can You Say Peace? by Karen Katz
Wangari's Trees of Peace by Jeanette Winter
Why War is Never a Good Idea by Alice Walker
Manneken Pis : a Simple Story of a Boy who Peed on a War by Vladimir Radunsky