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Anger Control and Conflict Management for Kids: a Learning Guide for the Elementary Grades. Terri Akin & Susanna Palomares, $30.95

Ready-to-use lessons and dozens of reproducible student worksheets designed to help K-6 students learn skills for anger management and successful conflict resolution.

Anger and conflict are natural. We all get angry and we all get involved in conflicts. But, learning how to manage these issues and developing positive responses can be hard work. This book provides guidance, sound ideas, and engaging activities to help teachers and counselors give their children lifelong techniques for working with and working through anger and conflict. Get students to take responsibility for settling their own disputes!


The Big Red Bird and the Red Feather Game: a Book about Calming & Self-Control Skills for Children When They Are Upset. Cindy Wetzel, illustrated by Poppy Moon, $21.95 (GR 4-8)

The Big Red Bird becomes very upset after she notices some children yelling, arguing and name calling at one another. Big Red Bird knows howto help herself calm down whenever she is upset,  and she teaches the children how to use this skill using some of her red feathers.

This book provides a fun, unforgettable way children can improve their self-regulation when they are upset, or feel an urge to act out. It is a valuable resource for children who have difficulties with impulse control. Included are several worksheets at the end to reinforce the lesson. The book also includes game instructions and a package with some real red feathers for “The Red Feather Game.” This can be played by one or more children and will enhance the techniques learned from the story.


Conflict Resolution Skills for Teens. David Cowan, Susan Palomares & Dianne Schilling, $29.95

This practical book provides a variety of engaging activities, group discussions, reproducible handouts and other ideas – all designed to help teens develop the knowledge, skills and techniques necessary for effective conflict resolution.

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Guidance for Every Child: Teaching Young Children to Manage Conflict. Dan Gartrell, $43.50

Never give up on any child. Tying together the theory and developmentally appropriate strategies of child guidance and behavior, this book provides you with best practices for teaching children healthy social-emotional behavior and conflict management. Through current brain research, real-life stories, and a plethora of key concepts and discussion questions, this book gives you tools and strategies to:

  • Understand how stress affects children's self-regulation
  • Help even the most at-risk children thrive
  • Reduce the expulsion rate in early childhood

Dan Gartrell's practices teach young children to express strong feelings appropriately, solve problems in creative ways, accept differences, and think ethically and intelligently. Use this book to empower children.


Helping Teens Stop Violence, Build Community and Stand for Social Justice. Allan Creighton & Paul Kivel, $28.50

Allan Creighton and Paul Kivel, veteran youth educators and community activists, use their decades of experience with teens to offer:

  • a framework and vocabulary for teaching violence prevention and social justice
  • road-tested exercises for adult, staff and youth training and development
  • guidelines for facilitating discussions on sensitive contemporary issues

These tools have been used successfully in schools, residential programs, after-school and recreation programs, youth detention facilities, and colleges and universities. Any adult determined to help young people become active, critically thinking community members will find a strong ally in this empowering resource.


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How to Do Restorative Peer Mediation in Your School. Bill Hansberry & Christie-Lee Hansberry, $45.95

Developed for schools exploring the use of restorative approaches to conflict resolution, this manual explains how to set up and run a restorative peer mediation programme, to provide students with the skills needed to nurture a climate of care and co-operation.

Peer mediation can help peers solve conflicts in the classroom and schoolyard, providing both peer mediators and the children they help with opportunities for responsibility, growth and learning, as well as freeing up time for teachers to focus on other priorities. The guide includes all the information you need on how restorative peer mediation works, and includes an easy to implement training programme with sample scripts, handouts and letter templates to train up peer mediators in your school.

With adapted materials for delivering training to children aged 10-16, this handbook is accompanied by downloadable and adaptable online materials to tailor training to specific settings.

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Implementing Restorative Practices in Schools: a Practical Guide to Transforming School Communities. Margaret Thorsborne & Peta Blood, $49.95

Restorative practice is a proven approach to discipline in schools that favours relationships over retribution, and has been shown to improve behaviour and enhance teaching and learning outcomes. However, in order for it to work, restorative practice needs a relational school culture. IMPLEMENTING RESTORATIVE PRACTICE IN SCHOOLS explains what has to happen in a school in order for it to become truly restorative. Featuring useful pro formas and templates, this book will be an indispensable guide for educators, administrators and school leaders in mainstream and specialist settings.


Keeping the Peace: Practicing Cooperation and Conflict Resolution with Preschoolers. Susanne Wichert, $17.95

KEEPING THE PEACE is a handbook for parents, daycare providers, kindergarten teachers and playgroup leaders striving to create harmonious groups, bolster children's self-esteem, and foster cooperative and creative interactions between kids aged from two and a half to six. It includes carefully designed and clearly presented activities, anecdotes from the author's own extensive journals, and the theories behind the design.


The KidsKope Peer Mentoring Programme: a Therapeutic Approach to Help Children and Young People Build Resilience and Deal with Conflict. Nina Wroe & Penny McFarland, $34.95

This is a programme to train young people how to be therapeutic mentors to younger children, with mentoring workshop outlines and creative, therapeutic activities to use. Peer mentoring is mutually beneficial: being a mentor can help young people in conflict situations who may not engage easily with adult intervention, and it also has therapeutic benefits for younger mentees.

As well as training sessions for the mentors, the book provides outlines of mentoring workshops on issues such as bullying, conflict with parents, parental separation and change and transition. Creative ideas to use in the sessions, such as games, relaxation techniques, role play, and reframing activities, are provided, with photocopiable materials. Suitable for use with mentors aged 14-18 and mentees aged 9-13, this is an ideal resource to train peer mentors in therapeutic mentoring and for mentors to use in their sessions.

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The Little Book of Conflict Transformation. John Paul Lederach, $9.99

Conflict transformation offers a hopeful and workable approach to conflict on all levels. This simple yet profound book is a clear articulation of the guiding principles developed by a pioneer in the field.


The Little Book of Restorative Justice in Education: Fostering Responsibility, Healing, and Hope in Schools. Katherine Evans & Dorothy Vaandering, $7.99

Much more than a response to harm, restorative justice nurtures relational, interconnected school cultures. Relying on the wisdom of early proponents of restorative justice, the daily experiences of educators, and the authors’ extensive experience as classroom teachers and researchers, this Little Book guides the growth of restorative justice in education (RJE) into the future. Incorporating activities, stories, and examples throughout the book, three major interconnected and equally important aspects of restorative justice in education are explained and applied:

  • creating just and equitable learning environments
  • building and maintaining healthy relationships
  • healing harm and transforming conflict

The Little Book of Restorative Justice in Education is a reference that practitioners can turn to repeatedly for clarity and consistency as they implement restorative justice in educational settings.


Little Peacemakers: a Step-by-Step Guide for Training Elementary-Age Mediators. Max Nass & Marcia Nass, $23.95

Conflict is a way of life — something we cannot avoid. In the classroom or other group settings, these conflicts take time away from learning and can try the patience of even the most seasoned teacher. But there is an alternative: mediation. By teaching mediation skills to elementary school children, we demonstrate creative and constructive ways to handle conflicts and empower them for a lifetime.

LITTLE PEACEMAKERS provides a step-by-step framework for training classroom mediators who help peers resolve a problem and arrive at a peaceful solution. Classroom mediators are highly effective in helping other students solve nonphysical disagreements through a series of simple steps. The eight-week curriculum consists of 30-minute, hands-on lessons that teach problem solving, active listening, and brainstorming and how to apply those skills to mediation.

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Me to We: Finding Meaning in a Material World. Craig Kielburger & Marc Kielburger, $16.95

For everyone who has ever yearned for a better life and a better world, Craig and Marc Kielburger share a blueprint for personal and social change that has the power to transform lives, one act at a time. Me to We is an approach to life that leads us to recognize what is truly valuable, make new decisions about the way we want to live, and re-define the goals we set for ourselves and the legacy we want to leave. Above all, it creates new ways of measuring happiness, meaning, and success in our lives, and makes sure these elusive goals are attainable at last.


The No-Fault Classroom: Tools to Resolve Conflict & Foster Relationship Intelligence. Sura Hart & Victoria Kindle Hodson, $23.95

Offering far more than discipline techniques that move aggressive behavior out of the classroom to the playground or sidewalk, THE NO-FAULT CLASSROOM leads students ages 7–12 in developing skills in problem solving, empathic listening and conflict resolution that will last a lifetime. Interactive and step-by-step lessons, construction materials and adaptable scripts give educators the tools they need to return order and co-operation to the classroom and jumpstart engaged learning.


PeaceJam: a Billion Acts of Peace. Ivan Suvanjieff & Dawn Gifford Engle, $18.50

Based on the highly acclaimed PeaceJam program an educational action plan built around the spirit, skills, and wisdom of Nobel Peace Laureates this is a practical and motivational guide that will inspire a generation of peacemakers. PEACEJAM traces the lives of five American teens who, by applying the skills and techniques from the PeaceJam program and developing personal relationships with Nobel Peace Laureates such as the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu, begin to sense their own potential for greatness.

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A Prayer for World Peace. Jane Goodall, Feeroozeh Golmohammadi, $17.99

Jane Goodall is a world-renowned naturalist who brings her passion and her quest for understanding between all the Earth’s creatures to the fore in this beautiful and affecting prayer for world peace. She asks us all to rise above our dogmas, to bring a spirit of generosity to the living world around us, to pray for justice and for those who are suffering. Illustrated with rich and colorful artwork, this is prayer that’s both personal and universal and one that will speak to people of all ages from all backgrounds.


Raising Peacemakers. Esther Sokolov Fine, $23.95

Raising Peacemakers tells a 22-year story of kids growing up with peacemaking as their foundation. At Downtown Alternative School (DAS), a small public elementary school in Toronto, child-to-child conflicts were understood as opportunities. Children and adults worked hard to create a warm inclusive community where differing viewpoints and disagreements could be handled fairly and safely.

While the book includes documentation and transcripts, it’s a narrative rather than an academic text. It’s a trail of re-thinking, negotiating and re-negotiating, solving and re-solving (occasionally resolving) teaching and learning dilemmas. It’s a tale of one school’s brave and optimistic effort to create and sustain healthy, safe, equitable, and academically relevant conditions for and with people whose lives were and are at stake in public education. It’s about children and adults growing together as they discover more about what it means (and what it takes) to become responsible citizens who care about each other, about their community, and about the world.

The DAS community was dedicated to the serious work, and to the joy, of respectful relationships and power sharing. This book invites you to step back more than twenty years to learn about how this began and what keeps it alive to this day.


Ready-to-Use Violence Prevention Skills Lessons & Activities for Elementary Students. Ruth Weltmann Begun & Frank Huml, editors, $40.00; Secondary Schools, $40.00

Two self-contained volumes, for the elementary and secondary levels, featuring a ready-to-use curriculum of lessons and reproducible activity sheet to help students build character, recognize threatening situations, and handle conflicts safely. Lessons are based on real situations in students' own lives, with topics such as stimulant use, dealing with anger, family relationships, choosing friends wisely, and gang-related activities. They help students build character, prepare them to recognize situations that could become violent, and teach them the skills they need to handle conflicts in a non-violent and peaceful manner. Includes detailed lesson plans and an extensive bibliography of useful resources.

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Restore the Respect: How to Mediate School Conflicts & Keep Students Learning. Ondine Gross, $46.50

Unresolved conflicts in schools build barriers to learning, including low motivation, lack of focus, and disruptive behaviors that remove students from the classroom. When teacher-student conflicts occur, the negative effects can be long-lasting without a safe and structured way to repair the relationship.

This reader-friendly guidebook has a concrete, evidence-based solution: an easy and effective 50-minute mediation technique for teachers and students in Grades K-12. School psychologist Ondine Gross guides you through the whole process of starting a teacher-student mediation program, conducting successful mediations, and collecting and monitoring data to measure the effectiveness of the program. You'll also learn how to use the technique to mediate conflicts between students and between adults in schools, including staff members and parents.

Highly successful as a Tier II intervention, this common-sense solution will help your school leave ineffective discipline techniques behind — and embrace more supportive approaches that model social and problem solving skills, reduce suspensions, and keep students learning.


Story Solutions. Kevin Strauss, $50.50

Using tales to build character and teach bully prevention, drug prevention and conflict resolution.


Teaching the Skills of Conflict Resolution: Activities and Strategies, Grades K-8. David Cowan, Susanna Palomares & Dianne Schilling, $34.95

Our best-selling conflict management activity book is a must have for anyone working with elementary/middle school students today. These prevention-oriented activities and strategies will help you reduce conflict through the creation of a more peaceful, cooperative environment and be able to use win-win strategies to resolve conflicts when they do occur. Seven thematic units provide over 70 enriching activities (many with reproducible handouts). All activities include discussion questions designed to promote awareness and higher level thinking.

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Teaching in Troubled Times. Kathy Paterson, $24.95

TEACHING IN TROUBLED TIMES shows teachers how to explore major issues in the lives of their students in a healthy, positive way and how to build confidence in addressing students' troubles. It offers valuable insights into dealing with any number of challenges, and suggests simple ways of guiding honest and responsive discussion, as well as liberating activities that encourage students to disengage from their fears.


Teen Conflict Management Skills Workbook: Facilitator Reproducible Self-Assessments, Exercises & Educational Handouts. John Liptak & Ester Leutenberg, $68.95

Conflict is a basic fact of life. As children, teens and adults we all experience conflict in our lives. Because conflicts are disagreements resulting from people or groups having differences in attitudes, beliefs, values or needs, conflict is inevitable. People experience differences in any type of relationship. That conflict exists is not a bad situation, as long as the conflict is managed effectively by resolving them in a calm, respectful way that will lead to growth and maturity. THE TEEN CONFLICT MANAGEMENT SKILLS WORKBOOK contains five separate sections that correlate with the Teen Conflict Model tool presented in the book. Participants will learn new skills and the importance of preventing, managing and resolving conflicts. Included are the following reproducible pages: assessment instruments, activity handouts, role plays, quotations, reflective questions for journaling, and educational handouts.


Training Peer Helpers: Coaching Youth to Communicate, Solve Problems and Make Decisions. Barbara Varenhorst, $39.95

When young people struggle with problems, to whom do they turn for help? Most often, it’s their friends. TRAINING PEER HELPERS provides 15 sessions an adult can use to train students in the skills necessary to more effectively help their peers. Through discussion and fun, engaging activities, students will learn the basic but crucial skills necessary for building healthy relationships, including the following:

  • Communication: asking questions and listening for content and feelings
  • Assertiveness: expressing rights and desires, dealing with peer pressure, and managing sensitive issues
  • Confidentiality: honoring what others share and deciding when safety concerns override it
  • Decision making: weighing information and evaluating choices
  • Conflict mediation: dealing with disagreements and reaching peaceful solutions

This resource incorporates the 40 Developmental Assets — the essential building blocks of healthy development that young people need to succeed — and helps young people make a powerful difference in the lives of their peers. Includes a CD-ROM of handouts from the book.

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What Are You Staring At? A Comic about Restorative Justice in Schools. Pete Wallis & Joseph Wilkins, $25.95

Designed for use in schools, this comic teaches children about restorative justice through the story of Jake and Ryan. After a misunderstanding between Jake and Ryan leads to a fight in the playground, both boys are left feeling angry and fearful about what might happen when they see each other again. Rather than keeping Jake and Ryan apart, their teacher arranges a restorative meeting to allow the boys to understand the situation from the other's perspective and transform their negative emotions into positive ones.

This comic is a key resource in helping children aged 8-13 to understand restorative justice and prepare for a restorative meeting. The comic also features a resource section for teachers, explaining more about restorative practices and how they can be used in schools to foster respect and emotional literacy among students.


Why Do We Fight? Conflict, War, and Peace. Niki Walker, $16.95 (ages 10-14)

Battles, protests, standoffs, strikes. We hear about them all the time. On the surface, a battle and a protest don't seem to have much in common, but they're really just two ways of handling a dispute. One uses violence, the other uses signs and picket lines. But both start as a disagreement between two groups of people. Both are conflicts. Since it's impossible for people to agree on everything all the time, conflicts naturally pop up every day, all over the world. Sometimes they turn into full-blown wars, which can be a lot trickier to understand than the conflicts that pop up in everyday life, but every conflict has some things in common.

Using real world examples, WHY DO WE FIGHT teaches kids to recognize the structures, factors, and complex histories that go into creating conflicts, whether personal or global — as well as the similarities between both. They'll be given tools to seek out information, enabling them to make informed opinions while learning to respect that others may form different ones. From culture clashes and trade disputes to disagreements about how to govern, WHY DO WE FIGHT insists that the key to fulfilling humankind's wish for "world peace" lies in how we choose to deal with conflict and provides a genuine cause for optimism in the face of an at-times frightening world.

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Complete Booklist

Anger Control and Conflict Management for Kids: a Learning Guide for the Elementary Grades. Terri Akin & Susanna Palomares, $30.95

The Big Red Bird and the Red Feather Game: a Book about Calming & Self-Control Skills for Children When They Are Upset. Cindy Wetzel, illustrated by Poppy Moon, $21.95 (GR 4-8)

Conflict Resolution Skills for Teens. David Cowan, Susan Palomares & Dianne Schilling, $29.95

Guidance for Every Child: Teaching Young Children to Manage Conflict. Dan Gartrell, $43.50

Helping Teens Stop Violence, Build Community and Stand for Social Justice. Allan Creighton & Paul Kivel, $28.50

How to Do Restorative Peer Mediation in Your School. Bill Hansberry & Christie-Lee Hansberry, $45.95

Implementing Restorative Practices in Schools: a Practical Guide to Transforming School Communities. Margaret Thorsborne & Peta Blood, $49.95

Keeping the Peace: Practicing Cooperation and Conflict Resolution with Preschoolers. Susanne Wichert, $17.95

The Kids' Guide to Working Out Conflicts: How to Keep Cool, Stay Safe and Get Along. Naomi Drew, $21.99 (10-15); Leader's Guide, $31.99

The KidsKope Peer Mentoring Programme: a Therapeutic Approach to Help Children and Young People Build Resilience and Deal with Conflict. Nina Wroe & Penny McFarland, $34.95

The Leader in Me: How Schools and Parents around the World are Inspiring Greatness, One Child at a Time. Stephen Covey, $28.99

Learning the Skills of Peacemaking: a K-6 Activity Guide on Resolving Conflict, Communicating, Cooperating, Revised Edition. Naomi Drew, $39.95

The Little Book of Conflict Transformation. John Paul Lederach, $9.99

The Little Book of Restorative Justice in Education: Fostering Responsibility, Healing, and Hope in Schools. Katherine Evans & Dorothy Vaandering, $7.99

Little Peacemakers: a Step-by-Step Guide for Training Elementary-Age Mediators. Max Nass & Marcia Nass, $23.95

Making it Better: Activities for Children Living in a Stressful World, 2nd Edition. Barbara Oehlberg, $26.95

Me to We: Finding Meaning in a Material World. Craig Kielburger & Marc Kielburger, $16.99

The No-Fault Classroom: Tools to Resolve Conflict & Foster Relationship Intelligence. Sura Hart & Victoria Kindle Hodson, $27.95

PeaceJam: a Billion Acts of Peace. Ivan Suvanjieff & Dawn Gifford Engle, $18.50

Peer Mediation: Conflict Resolution in the Schools, Revised Ed. Fred Schrumpf et al - Program Guide, $42.95: Student Manual, $21.50

Peer Mediation: the Complete Guide to Resolving Conflict in Our Schools. Hetty Van Gurp, $22.00

A Prayer for World Peace. Jane Goodall, Feeroozeh Golmohammadi, $17.99

Raising Peacemakers. Esther Sokolov Fine, $23.95

Ready-to-Use Violence Prevention Skills Lessons & Activities for Elementary Students. Ruth Weltmann Begun & Frank Huml, editors, $40.00; Secondary Schools, $40.00

Restore the Respect: How to Mediate School Conflicts & Keep Students Learning. Ondine Gross, $46.50

Spinning Tales, Weaving Hope: Stories, Storytelling and Activities for Peace, Justice and the Environment. Edited by Ed Brody et al, $33.95

Story Solutions. Kevin Strauss, $50.50

Teaching the Skills of Conflict Resolution: Activities and Strategies, Grades K-8. David Cowan, Susanna Palomares & Dianne Schilling, $34.95

Teaching in Troubled Times. Kathy Paterson, $24.95

Teen Conflict Management Skills Workbook: Facilitator Reproducible Self-Assessments, Exercises & Educational Handouts. John Liptak & Ester Leutenberg, $68.95

Training Peer Helpers: Coaching Youth to Communicate, Solve Problems and Make Decisions. Barbara Varenhorst, $39.95

Using Skilled Dialogue to Transform Challenging Interactions: Honoring Identity, Voice, and Connection. Isaura Barrera & Lucinda Kramer, $41.95

What Are You Staring At? A Comic about Restorative Justice in Schools. Pete Wallis & Joseph Wilkins, $25.95

Why Do We Fight? Conflict, War, and Peace. Niki Walker, $16.95 (ages 10-14)

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For related titles please see the following booklists: Life Skills for Kids, Life Skills for Teens, Self Esteem & Children, Positive Parenting, Anxiety, Anger & Stress, Children’s Room

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