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Picturing Peacemaking

“These are powerful images!”
– Lori Imbesie, Walden School

Picturing Peacemaking

is a collection of illustrative images that encourage discussion, understanding and action for peace. The peacemaking principles of the UN 2000 Manifesto for Peace provide the framework for this collection.

Peacemaking images – These images build on the child’s capacity for goodness by raising awareness of what it means to take action for peace everyday. Simple, everyday activities are illustrated as examples of mindful, positive peacemaking that is relatable to children.

Nature literacy images – Caring about the Earth is an act of peacemaking. Our Nature literacy images are dedicated to preserving the child’s inborn sense of wonder and bond with the natural world.

Diversity & Equality – The illustrations used in these classroom learning activities employ inclusive imagery, conveying a sense of peaceful empowerment. Each activity notes an inclusive story as a read-aloud suggestion.

Peacemaker Library Selections
  • Sally Jean, the Bicycle Queen by Cari Best
  • The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba
  • On Meadowview Street by Henry Cole
  • Enemy Pie by Derek Munson
  • A Chair For My Mother by Vera B. Williams
  • My Father’s Hands by Joanne Ryder
  • Jamaica’s Blue Marker by Juanita Havill
Please see the “Facilitator’s Guide to the Peacemaker Messages” for more suggestions


Read-aloud examples of inclusive imagery
  • Susan Laughs by Jeanne Willis
  • Baseball Hour by Carol Nevius
  • Music, Music for Everyone by Vera B Williams