The Peace Study Center, Inc. was founded by Cindy Woodruff and Hannah Pickworth, school librarians in Baltimore. Inspired by a conference with the theme “Children’s Books, Messengers of Peace”, Cindy was determined to return to Baltimore and connect children’s books about peace with educators of young children. With encouragement from other participants, Cindy and Hannah began the journey co-create a center for the study of peace and justice through children’s literature.
What does it mean to teach peace and justice?
The Peace Center builds a child’s self-esteem and sense of their place in the world through print and audio-visual experiences. For the youngest students, it means understanding the concepts of friendship, compassion, and forgiveness. It means practicing kindness to animals and participating in outreach efforts to the poor and the homeless in our own communities. For the middle grades, it includes working through conflicts, making choices to use nonviolence, expanding one’s vocabulary to express emotions and identifying character traits and how to make them part of daily life. Using books to create meaningful discussions in and out of the classroom is our path to teaching peace and justice.