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6 Essential Additions to Your Bookshelf

We’re all about the idea of Living Peace. Some days, that may mean creating a rhythm with drums or learning how to care for chickens!

But some days finding peace may mean taking time to curl up with a good book. Need reading ideas? Check out the list below, a selection from our Pinterest board!


Books for adults:

  • Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn
    • Half the Sky takes an in-depth look at the unique challenges, and corresponding potential opportunities, facing women and girls around the world. It is intense and at times disturbing, yet carries a hopeful tone with the knowledge that change is possible.
  • Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder
    • Following the work of Dr. Paul Farmer, founder of Partners in Health, Mountains Beyond Mountains chronicles the beginning of PIH and how global health issues and norms have been changed as a result.
  • City of Quartz by Mike Davis
    • City of Quartz examines the history of Los Angeles and how it has shaped the city’s future.

Books for kids:

  • Wangari’s Trees of Peace by Jeanette Winter
    • Wangari’s Trees of Peace tells the true story of Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai, a woman who made a lasting difference for her community and environment.
  • The Sandwich Swap by Queen Rania Al Abdullah
    • A look at children’s differences and similarities, The Sandwich Swap shows how fun it can be to experience a new culture even if it is unfamiliar at first.
  • I Can Make a Difference: A Treasury to Inspire Our Children by Marian Wright Edelman
    • A series of stories, poems, and pictures, I Can Make a Difference encourages kids to see how they can impact the world around them.

Want to read some of these books? Check out our library for a whole lot of great options, or stop by your bookstore to pick up a copy of your own.

Which book is a must-read for you? We want to add to our list! Share your must-reads with us below or on Twitter and Facebook.

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