What If Soldiers Fought with Pillows?

An impossible idea? Maybe not. During the Second World War, soldier Desmond Doss refused to carry a weapon because of his religious beliefs. Yet for his many acts of bravery as a medic, he was awarded a Congressional Medal or Honor at the end of the war.

Using a series of whimsical questions as a starting point, What If Soldiers Fought with Pillows? is a collection of real-life stories about courageous people and organizations from around the world that have imaginatively helped make a difference.

With lively pages filled with Serge Bloch’s playful and witty images, What If Soldiers Fought with Pillows? is a unique look at how the seemingly impossible might actually be possible.

– Kirkus Reviews: “Inspiring and hopeful.”
Publishing Perspectives
– Booklist: “A book that should be paired with John Lennon’s Imagine.
– The Globe and Mail
– Quill and Quire
– Sal’s Fiction Addiction
– School Library Journal
– Publishers Weekly: “[Heather’s] brisk reportorial style is refreshingly straightforward.”
– Eden Mills Writers’ Festival Kids Reads
– Sharon the Librarian
– The Tiny Activist
– Ian Wood Novellum
– Kate Foster Blog
– Politics and Prose in Publishers Weekly
2022 Skipping Stones Honor Award
– 2022 selection – German Academy for Children’s and Young Adult Literature, books that may help encourage discussion around war and peace
– 2021 Diamond Willow finalist
– Canadian Children’s Book Centre Best Books for Kids & Teens 2020
– Amnesty International Germany’s Amnesty Journal selection (German version) 
– German audio version offered for free to support the war in Ukraine

Be sure to check out the Dig Deeper section of this website for lots of background information about What If Soldiers Fought with Pillows? — from videos to timelines to Pinterest boards.

Where to buy: At your favourite bookstore, Bookshop or

Also available in French from Bayard Canada and in German from Verlagsgruppe Oetinger.

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