Posts Tagged ‘human rights’

This gorgeous book by Jeanette Winters tells the true stories of two amazing children fighting for basic rights. One half of the book tells about Malala, recent Nobel Peace Prize winner. Flip the book, and the other half tells about Iqbal, whose story inspired We Day.

Great for a read aloud to younger students. Also wonderful for when the class is reading about Malala and Iqbal and you need a simpler text for students with reading challenges.

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Last week a young student came up to me after the story and asked if I would read a book to her class. “It’s about other countries,” she said. “Sure,” I replied. This person had never before requested I read a particular book to her class. I couldn’t help but notice that she had similar hair, eye and skin colour as the person on the book cover.


Malala, a fifteen year old girl from Pakistan, was walking to school one day when she was shot in the head by a Taliban member, who was trying to stop her from continuing to speak publicly about girls having the right to an education. After surviving the shooting and recovering from her injuries, Malala continues to speak publicly about the rights of all children to have an education.

This book has beautiful photographs that illustrate a simple letter to Malala from girls around the world who are inspired by her words and her courage. Highly recommended.

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This powerful and moving book has the stunning photographs you expect from National Geographic. Based on The United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, each two page spread states one right, photographs, and writing by children.  Some of the photographs are disturbing (holocaust) and some are beautifully uplifting (human newborn). All are excellent for discussion and launching activities or just reading together. Older students could use the list to make BC or Canada a Human Rights Report Card.

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