If you are interested in books that help impart an anti-war message to your children, there is a WIKI that might be of interest to you here.
This is a database “built by librarians, educators, parents, and readers of all ages.” You can browse in the following categories:
Preschool and Kindergarten
Early Elementary Grades
Preteens to Early Teens
Young, and Formerly Young, Adults
Comic, Graphic Novels, and Manga
There is still work to be done on this collaborative WIKI. For example, Hiroshima No Pika is listed on the Japanese language list, but not on the English list. The title, Hiroshima No Pika, translates to “The Flash of Hiroshima.” This ironically lovely book, which won many awards, is about seven year old Mii who lived in Hiroshima with her parents in 1945. It relates what happened to Mii and her family and the rest of the city. It does not explain why the city was bombed; the story begins the morning of August 6 and is told from the point of view of Mii.
The delicate watercolor pictures flow and sing with a poignant beauty even though the reality they depict is harsh. The message in the prose is stark. For example, this scene takes place four days after the bomb fell: “Mii started to cry softly. An old woman who was lying nearby sat up and took a rice ball out of her bag and gave it to Mii. When Mii took it from her, the woman fell down again. This time she didn’t move.”
The book ends with a description of the ritual followed by the people of Hiroshima every year on the anniversary of the bombing. Lanterns are inscribed with the names of those who died, and they are lit and set adrift on the rivers that flow through Hiroshima. Mii, who never grows larger than the size she was at age seven, grows up to watch her daughter set the lanterns afloat: “‘It can’t happen again,’ she says, ‘if no one drops the bomb.’”
It’s poignant, it’s sad and lovely, and it’s highly recommended.
Note: Age-range is not given for this book. It is generally included in children’s sections of libraries and bookstores. I believe that it is a lovely book for adults, but perhaps requires help/explanation for younger readers.