The holiday season always seems to go by in a flash as merriment, get-togethers, gifts, and food take center stage and the words “holiday spirit” enter every conversation. While holiday spirit is about excitement and anticipation, it’s about more than that when we look beyond ourselves. The holidays are also about peace and hope.
We created this book list to bring peace and hope to you and your family this holiday season through stories of potential, dream-chasing, equity, and unified world visions.
Mixed: A Colorful Story by Arree Chung
Vibrant imagery and creative storytelling teach lessons of acceptance and unity in this story of a town where reds, yellows, and blues coexist. The colors begin to argue and isolate themselves before eventually learning that the most beautiful version of their town is one that includes them all.
Mae Among the Stars by Roda Ahmed
Learn how the first African American woman to travel in space, Mae Jemison, achieved her dreams with this inspiring, heartfelt story. Intelligence, determination, and her parents’ support lead the way as Mae navigates criticism and aspires for the seemingly impossible.
Henry and the Kite Dragon by Bruce Edward Hall
Follow two groups of children representing two different cultures as they rival over who gets to go to their neighborhood park. Based on true events from the 1920s, this story teaches children that our differences are never as big as they seem, and that communication can lead to finding common ground.
Read “Henry and the Kite Dragon” by Bruce Edward Hall with teacher Cheryl, and make and decorate paper bag kites.
Sometimes People March by Tessa Allen
Beautiful watercolor illustrations and minimal, yet inspiring, text teach our youngest friends the power people can have when they come together. Featuring prominent activism stories throughout American history, this book is the perfect way to introduce the ideas of potential and collective power to children.
The Magical Yet by Angela DiTerlizzi
A young girl is supported by her magical companion as she tries new things and makes mistakes. This story shows children that everyone has difficult learning moments, encourages them to accept their mistakes as a part of life and reminds them that their power lies in their willingness to try again.
The Peace Book by Todd Parr
Each page of this story starts with “Peace is,” and shares messages of friendship, caring, and acceptance to children who are just beginning to read. It teaches children that by caring for the people around them and embracing each other’s differences, they can create a more peaceful existence for people all over the world.
What Do You Do With an Idea? by Kobi Yamada
Follow an innocent, hopeful child as their confidence grows and their big, unlikely idea takes form. This story will inspire young readers to embrace their imaginations and teach them that they’re capable of turning their dreams into reality.
All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold
A group of children navigate a day at school, learning from each other’s backgrounds and celebrating each other’s traditions. This story of a school where every child has a place and is loved is a celebration of diversity and inclusion.