Well, this is interesting. A Short History of Human Rights and Children’s Rights popped onto my FB feed yesterday. This is the second year of the Amnesty CILIP Honour, an “extra commendation” for two books on the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medal shortlists that best uphold, illuminate or celebrate human rights. Amnesty shadowing resources are available for all the shortlisted books, and enable readers to explore human rights issues related to the stories.
“The eight decades of the CILIP Carnegie Medal have encompassed war and devastation, human upheaval and suffering. The same years have also seen great moves to make the world a better place, growing international understanding of rights, freedom and equality, and profoundly life-changing human rights laws. These values emerge in contemporary children’s books, which are often beacons of social change. Arguably the most important and least valued of all forms of literature, they influence and shape children’s attitudes to life…
…Chris Riddell won the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal for The Sleeper and the Spindle, including an image of a same-sex kiss that still has the power to startle us nearly half a century after the decriminalisation of homosexuality. Sarah Crossan won the CILIP Carnegie Medal for One, scrutinising the impact of the loss of the right to privacy on the story’s main characters, a few months before the draconian anti-human rights UK Investigatory Powers Act heralded one of the most sweeping surveillance laws in Europe.” – Carnegiegreenaway.org.uk
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