Let There Be Peace on Earth and Let It Begin with Me
These cherished words have sounded a call for peace the world over since 1955. The song of the same name has echoed through schools and churches, community centers and summer camps, the White House, and meetings of the United Nations. It has touched hearts from South Africa to New Zealand, from Russia to Japan. "Let There Be Peace on Earth" has been recorded and performed by countless singers including Nat King Cole, Gladys Knight, Vince Gill, and many more.
Now available for the first time as a picture book, Jill Jackson and Sy Miller's lyrics have been beautifully interpreted by Caldecott Medal-winning artist David Diaz. Diaz's luminous illustrations, featuring peace symbols from many cultures, and a 12-track audio CD introduce this beloved song and its valuable message to a new generation.
About Jill Jackson
Jill Jackson and Sy Miller were a husband and wife songwriting team. In 1955, Jill and Sy wrote "Let There Be Peace on Earth." It was the high point of their long and successful songwriting carerr, which also included the songs "Wonderful Child," "Keep in Touch," and "It's Up to You and Me."
About Sy Miller
Jill Jackson and Sy Miller were a husband and wife songwriting team. In 1955, Jill and Sy wrote "Let There Be Peace on Earth." It was the high point of their long and successful songwriting career, which also included the songs "Wonderful Child," "Keep in Touch," and "It's Up to You and Me."
About David Diaz
David Diaz is best known for his illustrations in the dramatic book Smoky Night, by Eve Bunting, for which he won the 1995 Caldecott Medal. His other books include The Inner City Mother Goose; Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became the World's Fastest Woman; Going Home; and The Pot That Juan Built. In addition to the Caldecott, he has garnered awards from Parents' Choice, American Illustration, Communication Arts, the American Institute of Graphic Arts, and the New York Art Directors Club. He lives in Carlsbad, California.
In 1955, (Sy) Miller and (Jill) Jackson created this popular ballad, which has since been recorded by numerous artists and performed around the world. Diaz, whose credits include a Caldecott for Smoky Night (1994), has created sumptuous and colorful computer-generated artwork in his bold signature style to accompany these inspirational lyrics. —Booklist magazine
There has never been a better time to think about peace, or to teach our children how to create it. This book and song remind us that we each have a vital role to play in making the world a more peaceful place.—President Jimmy Carter
Every person is born with a gift to contribute to Paradise Earth. Jill and Sy Miller gave us their gift of music to help achieve peace! In this wonderful book, their story is told and their music can be heard. Let There Be Peace on Earth will become a classic found in every library and home on earth. —Dr. Robert Muller, Former UN Asst. Secretary General