Brilliant books for International Day of Peace


“A key ingredient in building a culture of peace is education.” – Ambassador A. K. Chowdhury, Former UN Under-Secretary-General & High Representative and former head of UNICEF

Peace Day provides a powerful and inspiring opportunity to engage children and young people in diverse activities related to peace, unity and making a positive difference in their world. There are so many books which support this subject and we have picked out a few of our favourites for older and younger readers:

Younger Readers – illustrated books to read aloud together

My Name is Not Refugee is powerful and moving first look at a refugee’s experience which invites readers to imagine each stage of one little boy’s journey.

My Name is Not Refugee

Razia’s Ray of Hope is a moving and beautifully illustrated story based on real life and includes teaching notes and thought-provoking activities.

Razia's Ray of Hope

Story Like the Wind is a beautifully illustrated story of freedom, music and seeking refuge: a truly special creation by the author of Sky Hawk.

Story Like the Wind

Alpha is a stunning graphic novel which won the English PEN Award, supported by Amnesty and introduced by Michael Morpurgo. Bessora has created an unforgettable cast of characters who give a human face to the refugee crisis.


Older Readers

The Bone Sparrow is a vivid, moving story about a refugee born in detention.

Bone Sparrow

The Ones That Disappeared is a magical and poignant tale which explores child slavery.

Ones That Disappeared

Middle of Nowhere “A clear-sighted, beautifully written examination of racism and courage” – Metro

Middle of Nowhere

Kick is an unforgettable football story from a brilliant new talent, set in a dark world of Indonesian sweatshops and gangs.


I am Malala is the true story of the Pakistani schoolgirl famously shot by the Taliban, a powerful, inspiring read told in Malala’s own words.

Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Changed the World

Salt to the Sea is a shocking yet life-affirming novel of the Second World War, inspired by the true story of the worst disaster in maritime history.

Salt to the Sea

The Lines We Cross is a gripping new story by celebrated author Randa Abdel-Fattah. A sensitive, funny, honest story of life, first love and Islamophobia.

The Lines We Cross

When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit tells the story of one family’s escape from Nazi Germany based on author Judith Kerr’s own true-life experiences.

When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit

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