Celebrated the second Sunday each May (this year on May 9), Mother’s Day was first proposed by abolitionist and poet Julia Ward Howe. In her 1872 “Mother’s Day Proclamation,” Howe suggested that people observe Mother’s Day as a day dedicated to peace and supported the importance of coming together during challenging times.
In honor of these early roots, each May the local grassroots group Mothers and Others for Peace explores the history and commitment of women working for peace.
Want to learn more about this annual day honoring motherhood? Log in to World Book Student with your Oak Park library card and PIN, and search for “Mother’s Day.” And below, check out titles about peace, selected by your Oak Park librarians.