Liverpool schools to celebrate first ever John Lennon ‘Imagine’ Picture Book
Children from a Liverpool school choir will sing John Lennon’s Imagine at Liverpool ONE on the International Day of Peace (21 September), to celebrate John Lennon’s iconic Imagine lyrics, which will be published for the first time as a picture book on the same day.
Amnesty International has teamed up with Yoko Ono Lennon, renowned French illustrator Jean Jullien and Francis Lincoln Children’s Books to create the new picture book – which will be published in 15 languages – to inspire future generations to imagine our world full of freedom, equality, kindness and understanding.
Schools from around the UK will be taking part in Amnesty International education activities based on the picture book version of Lennon’s Imagine song to mark the International Day of Peace, including writing peace messages on bunting shaped like the pigeons in Jean Jullien’s illustrations.
Liverpool’s St Albert’s Catholic Primary School will be making the most of their local links to Lennon and his song about peace by bringing a choir to Liverpool ONE on Thursday to perform Imagine.
Schoolchildren, members of the public and the local Amnesty International group will also be writing their own peace messages on bird-shaped bunting and will hang these to trees in the local area.
Kate Allen, from Amnesty International UK, said: “Nearly half a century after it was first recorded, Imagine’s vision of a peaceful world without conflict, greed or hunger is as relevant as ever.
“John and Yoko’s dream of people standing up for what they believe in and breaking down barriers is something we strongly admire at Amnesty International.
“It’s great to see a Liverpool school and members of the public celebrating the vision of their local hero by marking the International Day of Peace and sharing their own dreams for a more peaceful future.
“We know that when people come together with a shared vision, they can change things for the better.
We hope that people of all ages and from all corners of the world will join us by writing their own message of peace, in a global act of solidarity for a better future for everyone.”
Stephanie Jones, a teacher at St Alberts Catholic Primary School, added: “We are a school based in Stockbridge Village and currently have a focus on “Peace” because of the UN International Day of Peace.
“This is a magical and once in a life time experience for our children and something they will treasure for a life time. Our children are enthusiastic and hard working with a passion for music and are so excited to be invited to such a wonderful event.”
The Liverpool locals and school children will be joining people from around the world who have also been writing peace messages. Many have uploaded theirs to a new peace website, www.imaginepeacebook.com, in an online global act of solidarity.