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1.   Eleanor Roosevelt: An Inspiring Life
Written by
Elizabeth MacLeod
In fourteen brief chapters with short blocks of text and many photographs, the author describes Roosevelt’s privileged but sad childhood, her marriage, political and family life, and post-FDR humanitarian work. The importance of Roosevelt’s contributions to the world are emphasized, including her work on civil rights, women’s rights, and her role in creating the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
[Grade Level: 3 - 6]
2.   Every Kid's Guide to Understanding Human Rights
Joy Wilt Berry (Author), Bartholemew Bartholemew (Illustrator)
This book describes and illustrates the inalienable rights of all persons expressed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and explores why children have the right to be themselves, to have basic needs met, to contribute to decisions that affect them and to be responsible for upholding the human rights of others.
[Grade Level: 2 - 4]
3.   For Every Child
Written by
UNICEF Publications
In 1989, the United Nations adopted the Convention of the Rights of the Child, a document detailing 54 principle rights for children worldwide. This book highlights fourteen of those rights in simple words and pictures, such as the right to not be hurt, the right to live and grow, and the right to speak and be heard. It also includes an introduction by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who asks readers to help make a difference.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
4.   Kids Have Rights Too!
Written by
Janine Scott
This concise history describes the evolution of the idea of children’s rights and the major events in the struggle for children’s rights from the 18th century to the present. The author uses a multitude of historic and contemporary photographs and anecdotes about the experiences of real children to illustrate topics including child labor, sweatshops, bonded labor and discrimination against children with disabilities. She also chronicles the civil and political activities that led to early labor laws and eventually to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
[Grade Level: 3 - 6]
5.   Universal Declaration of Human Rights: An Adaptation for Children
Ruth Rocha (Author), Otavio Roth (Illustrator)
This adaptation of the original Universal Declaration of Human Rights includes simplified text and serves as an excellent introduction to human rights for children. Each article of the declaration has been summarized in one or two lines and is accompanied by vivid linocut illustrations by Brazilian artist Otavio Roth.
[Grade Level: 2 - 6]
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