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Styling Librarian: International Mindedness: Part 5 Rights and Responsibilities
Here are my top 12+ books that I think introduce human’s rights and responsibilities around the world, not just in one location. The first five books truly demonstrate this but others are also rich examples of this important topic to share with classes. Some books are more appropriate for 3rd grade and up, but for the most part, I would say that most of these books can be read and reread at different grade levels with various responses and results.
Trouble with the Alphabet by Caryn West This book has received accolades in some places and in others, no one knows about it. I personally went to a hot air balloon show four years ago and was drawn to a booth with gorgeous oil paintings hanging up with beautiful letters and children’s faces peering out. I was entranced. Then I chatted with the author who had quite the rich personal story about her beautiful book. (See webpage above for more information). The book goes through every letter of the alphabet, reaches various corners of the globe and touches dozens of terrible issues such as genocide, child labor, human trafficking, the use of child soldiers, poverty, and AIDS. Then, after the issues are introduced, the following page lists an organization that works hard to address the issues. This is one large, heavy, gorgeous book with the illustrations, content, and message- that anyone can help make a difference. There are a few pages that you could avoid in elementary school but my third grade teachers adore this book and share it yearly when discussing rights of a child. I created a webpage for my 3rd grade teaching team on our unit Rights and Responsibilities: People’s rights and responsibilities are influenced by perspectives. Book summary: From apathy to activism… one person at a time. Years from now our children will either be shining examples of the power of mankind’s successes or evidence of human failure.
Additional new book:
I Have the Right to Be a Child by Alain Serres, illustrated by Aurelia Fronty, translated by Helen Mixter - I LOVED THIS BOOK. My son sat so serious through certain portions and connected the rights to all these other books we’ve read recently about children who don’t have these rights and he said, “Wow, I am lucky aren’t I…” Love the honor of children’s rights and awareness of those who don’t have them. Connection to Convention on the Rights of the Child. This book connects me back to other treasures on children’s rights.
Other Webpages I thought were interesting and resourceful discussions on human rights in connection with children’s literature:
Character Education/Citizen Activism booklist: http://humaneeducation.org/sections/view/childrens_character_education
CCBC Booklists: 50 Books about peace and social justice- some quality categories in this list: http://www.education.wisc.edu/ccbc/books/detailListBooks.asp?idBookLists=77
A Few Picture books on Human Rights- female focus.
Some webpages that my 3rd Grade Team and I find useful:
Another post to come soon… trying to consistently post on this favorite topic at least ONCE a month!
I wrote four other posts on International Mindedness/World Awareness:
This post is partially connected with this reading challenge: