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Our Rights
How kids are changing the world
By author: Janet Wilson
Selling Points: activism, human rights, social justice
Publisher: Second Story Press
Pub Date: Apr/15/2013
Pages: 32
Picture Book
Price:  $18.95
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This around-the-world tour introduces readers to children who have taken on the role of social activist, fighting for human rights and social justice in countries as diverse as Yemen and Congo, Canada and the United States. Ten children receive main profiles, and over a dozen others are featured in smaller sidebars. Anita Khushwaha fought against gender and class bias in her community in India. Emman Bagual founded Mind Your Rights to fight child labor in the Philippines. Zach Bonner walked 1,000 miles to raise awareness about homeless children in the United States. A diverse range of other issues is covered, including aboriginal rights, human trafficking and child soldiers, and the full United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child can be found alongside tips for how kids everywhere can make a difference.
Resource Links - October 1, 2013
"Wilson includes beautiful paintings and photographs of the featured children, and six pages of information that will inspire youth to take their own stand against injustices they see or have experienced...Highly recommended."
CM Magazine - May 24, 2013
"[A] useful informational work that introduces and informs children about their rights, active citizenship, social responsibility for self and other, and possibilities for positive social change...[This book] is valuable because it explicitly educates and encourages children and youth to know their rights and work alongside others to co-create and re-create the world...Recommended."
Booklist - April 15, 2013
"Inspirational as well as descriptive, the book closes with accessibleways in which young readers can become activists. An excellent introduction to the imaginative approaches youth are taking to make the world a better place for all children."


CCBC Best Books, commended  CA  2013
Jane Addams Peace Award nominee, short-listed  US  2014
Silver Birch Award nominee, short-listed  CA  2014
Resource Links "The Year's Best", commended  CA  2013
Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Books of the Year, commended  US  2014
Rocky Mountain Book Award nominee, short-listed  CA  2015

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