November 2019 is the 30th Anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). Has there ever been a time where these protections have been more important? It's also important to educate our children on their rights and the rights of all children.
Nicola Davies has written Every Child A Song. It is a poignant celebration of children everywhere and a reminder that EVERY child must be protected by the articles laid out in the UNCRC. The young reader is introduced to the universal rights that every child is entitled to under the UNCRC and it is so heartfelt and touching. I was brought tears. It is that beautiful.
Using the metaphor of a song, the book opens with the arrival of a newborn and its unique 'song', then pans out to explore all the essential things that every song needs to thrive - love, protection, a home, a name, the chance to explore and learn. In the latter half of the book, the issues of child labour, exploitation and war are sensitively introduced to emphasise that we all must play our part in championing children's rights and offering support to those who need it most.
With deeply moving watercolour illustrations by award-winning artist Marc Martin, this is a book that encourages children and adults alike to speak up for young people all around the world, and to treat one another with compassion and kindness.
"I really want children to be aware of the rights that they have, set out in international law, and the fact that they have the right to speak up and to be heard. It’s never ever been more important that children’s voices are heard: war and conflict take children’s rights away every day and climate change threatens the rights of all children to a future." - Author, Nicola Davies.
Due to the sensitive nature of this topic, I would introduce Every Child A Song to a child in the second plane of development (6-12yrs). My middle child is eight and and this is perfect for him. This is the perfect introduction to the UNCRC and it is a starting point for discussions on topics like child rights violations.
It should be noted that the United States has signed the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, but is the only United Nations member state that is not a party to it. By signing the Convention, the United States has signalled its intention to ratify, but has yet to do so.
Loads more information on the UNCRC here.
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