I wrote this book, SOMEWHERE TODAY: A BOOK OF PEACE, after I dreamed about a small book that showcased the small things that people do that actually make the world better.
Because really, every single day we are faced with choices that can, in the end, make our world a better place to be.
When I woke up, I really wanted to get this book that I dreamed existed for my class. I was teaching first and second graders at the time and well.....it was that point in the year where they couldn't even look at each other and not complain. I wanted to read them a book that accentuated the positive.
Uh....you totally dreamed that book. It isn't real.
So, um...write it. Make it real.
And so I did.
SOMEWHERE TODAY: a BOOK OF PEACE first came out in 1998 and it is still in print (yay!). It is a recommended book by the Anti-Defamation League and is the subject of countless letters I get from teachers and librarians. When the tragedy that was 9-11 took place, I got letters from many schools telling me that my little book helped their students feel empowered again. We might not have control over what other people do in our world, and the terrible choices they might make, but we do have control over our own actions. Somewhere Today someone is choosing to be a friend instead of fighting....maybe it is you.
And it is through these small actions that our world becomes better. For everyone.
And so, in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his dream, I am giving away a copy of my book, and also a reusable shopping bag that says PEACE.
Just leave a comment and I will enter you. The winner will be drawn at random and announced next weekend.