Imagine by John Lennon, Illustrated by Jean Jullien. Clarion, 2017 Ages 2-7 & all ages

What’s this book about? True to the theme of John Lennon’s famed lyrics, a pigeon bearing olive branches, makes her way though various settings spreading and nurturing respect, harmony, and love among other feathered creatures. Along the way, she offers an olive branch to feathered ones in need of a reminder about inclusiveness, friendship, and kindness.

Why is this a good book? While Jullien’s bold, lively full-color illustrations invite close observation and lots of discussion about cooperation, conflict resolution, and peace. The illustrations bring to life the longing for world-wide tolerance and acceptance Lennon envisioned in his hopeful lyrics and soothing music.

Other good books ask: Can We Make the World a Better Place?

Dear World: A Syrian Girl’s Story o War and Plea for Peace by Bana Alabed,  Simon & Schuster, 2017. YA & up.

What the World Needs Now is Love. Written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David. Illustrated by Mary Kate McDevitt., Penguin Workshop, 2017. Ages 4 & up.