I Have the Right to Be a Child (Hardcover)
Groundwood Books, 9781554981496, 48pp.
Publication Date: May 22, 2012
A brief afterword explains that the rights outlined in the book come from the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which was adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1989. The treaty sets out the basic human rights that belong to children all over the world, recognizing that children need special protection since they are more vulnerable than adults. It has been ratified by 193 countries, with the exception of Somalia and the United States. Once a country has ratified the document, they are legally bound to comply with it and to report on their efforts to do so. As a result, some progress has been made, not only in awareness of children's rights, but also in their implementation. But there are still many countries, wealthy and poor, where children's basic needs are not being met.
To read a summary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, go to www.unicef.org/crc/files/Rights_overview.pdf.
Praise For I Have the Right to Be a Child…
"Provocative and guaranteed to spark awareness of children's rights." Kirkus, starred review
"is a powerful work, and a handsome one." Publishers Weekly
"…folk-like, colorful illustrations…" —IRA Reading Today Online
"I am a child with eyes, hands, a voice, a heart, and rights. I have the right to a first name, a last name, a family that smiles at me, and a country that is my home. I have the right to have enough food to eat and water to drink so that I can grow."
from the book