Walking toward Peace
The True Story of a Brave Woman Called Peace Pilgrim
Written by Kathleen Krull
Illustrated by Annie Bowler
A 2021 EUREKA! Gold Award Winner
She gave up everything: her home, her possessions, even her real name. She called herself Peace Pilgrim, put on her sneakers, and started off on her quest to walk thousands of miles all around America. Step by step, mile after mile, Peace Pilgrim traveled tirelessly, inviting everyone she met to consider a world where each person and each nation chooses peace.
This true story about a little-known woman who sacrificed everything for her convictions inspires us to step out for what we believe in, gathering others to join us along the way. A free, printable maze featuring Peace Pilgrim can be found at www.flyawaybooks.com/resources.
A 2021 EUREKA! Gold Award Winner
Walking toward Peace is a Junior Library Guild Selection.
"Imagine walking for 28 years. Crisscrossing the U.S. on foot, carrying only the bare essentials, talking to people about peace. This is how a remarkable woman who went by the name of Peace Pilgrim—convinced that if we all believed in peace as a way of life, there would be no more war—devoted her life to changing the world in the only way she knew how. Krull, the acclaimed and prolific biographer, does not disappoint with her latest. The narrative is sufficiently detailed to capture the motivation and spirit of Peace Pilgrim and the people she met along her walks, leaving the reader wanting to know more. The even, steady pacing is perfectly complemented by Bowler’s crisp illustrations, which capture the serenity, gravity, and joy of Peace Pilgrim’s mission."
—Booklist (starred review)
"In this inspiring story, the young reader will travel with Peace Pilgrim across the county. . . . A good way to start conversations about choosing peace."
"In this narrative nonfiction picture book, Krull presents the story of Peace Pilgrim, a woman who decided, in the wake of WWII and at the age of 44, to give up her name, former life, and possessions to walk across the United States speaking to individuals and addressing groups about peace. . . . An intriguing portrait of a little-known activist."
"An inspiring tale for budding activists."
“This compassionate biography follows her twenty-eight-year odyssey, walking cross-country seven times with only a few personal care items and maps—but no money. . . . Krull's text is as unhurried as Peace Pilgrim's journey and emphasizes her subject's tenacity. Bowler's reflective illustrations convey Peace Pilgrim's quiet power.”
“This bright, cheerful biography of social activist Peace Pilgrim starts with her desire to make the world better and her idea to walk across the United States spreading a message of peace. Kathleen Krull focuses on concrete details that make Peace Pilgrim come alive as a real person. . . . Annie Bowler’s illustrations perfectly complement the upbeat tone of the story with light, fresh colors; charming details; and friendly expressions on the faces of a diverse array of people.”
“An invitation to find our own ways to make the world a more peaceful place. “
—Spirituality & Practice
Indiebound | Bookshop | Barnes & Noble | The Thoughtful Christian | ChristianBook.com | Amazon