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BOOKS TO CELEBRATE “WORLD CHILDREN’S DAY” ON NOVEMBER 20th

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Since 1954, the United Nations has marked “World Children’s Day” on November 20th. The intent of this day is “…to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving children’s welfare.” (source) Originally called “Universal Children’s Day”, November 20th marks the day that the “Declaration of the Rights of the Child” was adopted by the UN Assembly. 

This day is worthy of celebration! It provides an opportunity for us to have important conversations with our students about their rights and responsibilities as children and citizens of the world. 

UNICEF CANADA has created a poster-sized version of The Convention on the Rights of the Child  written in child-friendly language that you can share with your students. You can click this poster to find a printable version. (More resources are listed at the end of this post) 

Picture books (click on the books for info and resources):

And one more suggestion!

“Where Children Sleep” is a photo essay by James Mollison. You can view many of the images on his website, which you can access by clicking on the book cover. I love this book so much! It is such a simple concept. He visited different parts of the world and took pictures of where children sleep. It demonstrates so well the economic disparities that exist in the lives of children around the world.

More resources:

https://plan-international.org/child-friendly-poster-convention-rights-child

https://www.un.org/en/observances/world-childrens-day

Happy “World Children’s Day”!

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