International Day of Peace . . .

Each year since 1981, the Day of Peace is celebrated on September 21 all around the world. In 2001 the General Assembly specifically designated the 21st to be a day of non-violence and cease fire. The theme for this year’s United Nations International Day of Peace is “Together for Peace: Respect, Safety, and Dignity for All.”

Resources for celebrating the day can be found here.

For events in your city or state, take a look here.

For a list of children’s books celebrating peace, head over to PBSParents.

Or the CCBC in Wisconsin, which includes lists for older readers, too.

More books can be found at the Jane Addams Peace Association. Their annual book award honors books of “literary and aesthetic excellence that effectively engage children in thinking about peace, social justice, global community, and equity for all people.”

Write to Me: Letters from Japanese American Children to the Librarian They Left Behind is now available for pre-order.