February 13, 2013

Rights of the Child: Social Justice Book List #5

The United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child which consists of 54 articles and two optional protocols helps guide UNICEF (United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund) in its mandate to protect the rights of children.   This extensive document which can be accessed at http://www.unicef.org/crc/ is a set of minimum entitlements and freedoms that should be respected by all governments.  Some of these rights include the following:
  • parental guidance;
  • survival and development;
  • identity;
  • freedom of expression;
  • privacy;
  • protection from violence;
  • health and treatment;
  • social services;
  • education;
  • leisure, play and culture;
  • adequate standard of living; and
  • freedom from exploitation.
While many books demonstrate children's rights, the books listed below have a significant focus on these rights.

Picture Books


The Flute
by Rachna Gilmore
Illustrated by Pulak Biswas
Fitzhenry & Whiteside
32 pp.
Ages 3-7
2011 


Gift Days
by Kari-Lynn Winters
Illustrated by Stephen Taylor
Fitzhenry & Whiteside
32 pp.
Ages 7+
2012
The Little Yellow Bottle
by Angèle Delaunois
Illustrated by Christie Delezzen
Second Story Press
24 pp.
Ages 6-19
2011


The Roses in My Carpets
by Rukhsana Khan
Illustrated by Ronald Himler
Fitzhenry & Whiteside
32 pp.
Ages 7-9
2004




Fiction

Alexandria of Africa
by Eric Walters
Doubleday Canada/Random House Canada
200 pp.
Ages 10-14
2008

    

 All Good Children
by Catherine Austen
Orca Book Publishers
300 pp.
Ages 14+
2011
Chanda's Secrets
by Allan Stratton
Annick Press
193 pp.
Ages 12-15
2004

Dear Jo: The Story of Losing Leah...and Searching for Hope
by Christina Kilbourne
Lobster Press
188 pp.
Ages 10-15
2007
Factory Girl
by Barbara Greenwood
Kids Can Press
136 pp.
Ages 9-14
2007

The Paper House
by Lois Peterson
Orca Book Publishers
108 pp.
Ages 8-11
2012

The Tiffin
by Mahtab Narsimhan
Dancing Cat Books
190 pp.
AGes 9-12
2011

Wanting Mor
by Rukhsana Khan
Groundwood Books
192 pp.
Ages 10-14
2009

Watching Jimmy
by Nancy Hartry
Tundra Books
144 pp.
Ages 10-14
2009




Non-Fiction


Children of War: Voices of Iraqi Refugees
by Deborah Ellis
Groundwood Books
128 pp.
Ages 10 and up
2009
 
Dangerous Crossings!: Ten Daring Treks Across Land, Sea, and Air 
by Antonia Banyard
Annick Press
146 pp.
Ages 10-13
2007


If You Could Wear My Sneakers! : A Book about Children’s Rights
by Sheree Fitch
Illustrated by Darcia Labrosse
Doubleday Canada
32 pp.
Ages 8-11
1997


I Have the Right to Be a Child
by Alain Serres
Illustrated by Aurélia Fronty
Translated by Helen Bixter
Groundwood Books
48 pp.
Ages 4-7
2012


Last Airlift: A Vietnamese Orphan’s Rescue from War
by Marsha Skrypuch
Pajama Press
99 pp.
Ages 10-15
2011


Mimi's Village and How Basic Health Care Transformed It
by Katie Smith Milway
Illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes
Kids Can Press
32 pp.
Ages 8-11
2012


Our Stories, Our Songs: African Children Talk about AIDS
by Deborah Ellis
Fitzhenry & Whiteside
104 pp.
Ages 12+
2005


Shannen and the Dream for a School
by Janet Wilson
Second Story Press
206 pp.
Ages 8+
2011


SOS: Stories of Survival: True Tales of Disaster, Tragedy, and Courage
by Ed Butts
Tundra Books
120 pp.
Ages 9-12
2007 


This Child, Every Child: A Book About the World's Children
by David J. Smith
Kids Can Press
36 pp.
Ages 9-12
2011
When I Get Older: The Story Behind “Wavin’ Flag”
by K'NAAN and Sol Sol
Illustrated by Rudy Gutierrez
Tundra Books
32 pp.
Ages 6+
2012


When Children Play: The Story of Right to Play
by Gina McMurchy-Barber
Fitzhenry & Whiteside
48 pp.
Ages 10+
2013

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