Smart Tools for Life: The Kids' Peace Shop

Unique child-centered children's books and children's music
For parents, grandparents, and preschool to grade 3 teachers

We provide resources for you that we call, “Smart Tools for Life,” because they assist you in guiding children to be as safe, capable, joyful, and self-confident as they can be! That’s smart! Because they are memorable and engaging, they sink deeply into children's hearts and minds -- often for life.

These children, our leaders of tomorrow, can become capable of co-creating a culture we all want to live in.  Sesame Street, Dr. Seuss and others like them are beloved because they look at the world from the child's perspective. So do we. We recognize, it's not just what we teach that matters, but how we teach. Children don’t care how much we know, they want to know how much we care.

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Smart Tools for Life books provide practical and inspiration tools

Smart Tools for Life upbeat, singable and transformational music!

“If you think you’re too small to have an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito in the room.” Anita Ruddick


Share Smart Tools for Life with Others!

By sharing smart tools for life with your children and your friends and co-workers, you are developing the leaders of tomorrow, capable of co-creating a culture we all want to live in.

Make a donation to Growing Communities for Peace, a nonprofit organization

Free coloring page

Free music sample

Benefits of Smart Tools for Life materials:

We deliver important peace education principals and tools to children and families! You can have a peaceful family! Read aloud books and engaging music are an educational journey for all.

We have a skilled team with 50 years experience in creating “smart tools” for children and guiding parents and educators so you know you are using effective strategies.

Our books and music address important issues that come up in daily life with conflict resolution, anger management, and caring for oneself, others, and the planet.

Children love our books and music! Gaining their interest and participation is easy!




Our Work

Our work is rooted in 50 years of caring, including intensive study of peace education, both on the floor and in the trenches with children, and talking with and learning from teachers and parents in our educational programs. Our first-hand experiences, along with our extensive study of new discoveries from thought leaders the world over, have helped us to select key materials and concepts to provide here, that are both useable and doable, and answer many of the questions you may have about how to provide your children with smart tools for their lives.





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Our blog will assist you in guiding children to: 

  • Independent, peaceful problem solving with adults and other children
  • Enhanced self-assurance and self-confidence
  • Increased appreciation of diversity
  • More development of the natural peacemaking tendencies inherent in childhood
  • More skills for speaking truth to power
  • An increased ability to handle and peacefully express their emotions
  • Better ability to dialogue when in disagreement or conflict
  • More awareness and skills for peacemaking, peacebuilding, and peacekeeping
  • Enhanced appreciation and love of the Earth
  • Development of each individual’s full potential