Peace and Me by Ali Winter, is one of the newer books released by Lantana Publishing. If you go to their website, the first statement says, “Lantana Publishing is a young, independent publishing house producing inclusive picture books for children.”
I love them already.
The book has several stories of how peace was displayed in different parts of the world, by different people across time. It actually starts of with Mr. Nobel’s story himself and how the Nobel Peace Prize came to be.
Even as I read it with my kids, I learn new things too.
My good friend and one of my favorite authors, Gutsy, the Director of Communications and Projects, works at Lantana, and told us about this book even before it was released.
She and I grew up on books. She knows my kids (she’s one of Jamie’s godmothers!) love books too. In fact that’s one thing I enjoy learning from Gutsy — finding new books to read. I’m so excited that she’s now part of a group that publishes books she’d like to read too.
She sent me a message one day and said they were releasing the book on the International Day of Peace, Sept 21, and creating their very first book trailer for it. (side note: How ironic is it that in the Philippines, Sept 21 is most remembered for the declaration Martial Law. )
They needed a voice talent for the trailer she said, and would Sam like to do it?
We were very honored of course — to be part of this project and have Sam voice their very first book trailer. I was even happier that I’ve learned to embed videos into my posts. 🙂
The girls and I read a little bit of 32-page book each night. One or two stories at a time, and then we talk about it and process it together. We put a little bit more context behind it. Reading about peace, sometimes means reading about war, and my girls ask why people fight. It is quite the eye opener too.
And while it is a picture book, the content is truly for older children too. The girls love the illustrations by Mickaël El Fathi. We look for the little girl common in every page.
And at the end of the trailer, they ask, “Peace can mean many things to many people. What does peace mean to you?”
A very timely question indeed. It is a good question to always keep in our minds for all time.
Thank you, Tita Gutsy for including us in this project and giving Sam one minute of fame!
Peace and Me is readily available on Amazon, along some of the other books published by Lantana.