Skipping Stones Honor Award 2021
School Library Journal
“This resource uses accessible language to explain human rights and global citizenship. Beginning with a short historical time line, the book’s five chapters each address a specific aspect of human rights, such as poverty and economic justice, as well as cultural, children’s, and political rights. The text includes historical examples that spotlight instances where human rights were violated. A section called “Human Rights Hotspots” explores current global problems. These sections focus on an individual country and use the subheadings of “The Basics” and “The Human Toll.” A variety of illustrations (including cartoon-style drawings) depict specific human rights advocates. A purple sidebar provides QR codes for access to online resources, breaking up the text into manageable sections. The book emphasizes that human rights are essential: “We owe it to one another to ensure that these rights are upheld.... You have the option to not simply be a bystander, but to act as an ally.” Each chapter ends with activities for readers to think about or complete. A glossary, additional resources, a bibliography, and an index round out a solid nonfiction text that will be useful in middle school classrooms. VERDICT An eye-catching resource.”
Stephen Wooten, PhD, Associate Professor, Global Studies, Director, Food Studies Program, University of Oregon
“As a university-level professor of global ethics I am heartened to know that a book like this exists for middle and high schoolers. The author presents complex issues and concerns in an erudite yet approachable manner. The text invites students in and encourages them to recognize their agency in helping to create change in the world. As a parent of two teens, I would be delighted to have them engaging in this text with their teachers.”
Dr. Julia Morris, Assistant Professor, Department of International Studies, University of North Carolina, Wilmington
“In the face of worldwide challenges, now more than ever is the time for global solidarity. Global Citizenship takes up this call with the generation leading tomorrow’s change. It will inspire young people to be at the forefront of change as they consider what it means to be a global citizen in our increasingly interconnected world.”
Detailed Book Description
The right to grow and thrive in a safe environment.
The right to a name and an identity. The right to the free expression of ideas. The right to an education.
These are just a few of the basic human rights guaranteed to children all around the world.
Global citizens work for and defend these rights, not just for themselves, but for everyone on the planet. What can kids do to protect and promote rights equality, within and beyond their own communities? In Global Citizenship: Engage in the Politics of a Changing World, readers ages 12 to 15 discover the resources and information they need to become informed and act to support human rights issues of global concern. Plus, kids read mini biographies about real people performing meaningful work on human rights issues today.
Global Citizenship includes investigative activities and research projects that encourage critical and creative thinking skills, along with graphic novel–style illustrations, amazing photography from around the world, and links to online resources.
Try these hands-on investigative projects!
- Find out which clothing brands violate human rights laws
- Research truth and reconciliation commissions
- Analyze the Paris Climate Agreement
- Explore World Heritage sites
TABLE OF CONTENTS
What Makes a Citizen?
Protect All Human Rights
Your Political Rights
Promoting Economic Justice
Protecting the Global Environment
Preserving Cultural Rights