Recommended reading for younger human rights defenders

Especially young children should be told ‘these are the rights you have and you’re allowed to speak up for them.’’’ —Member of the Human Rights Defenders Action Group

One of the recommendations of our report on children human rights defenders is that everyone learns about human rights from a very early age.

With that in mind we’ve put together this list of books you can use to inspire children to find out about human rights and the people who have fought for them.

Recommended reading

A is for Activist , Innosanto Nagara

DK Life Stories: Helen Keller , Libby Romero

DK Life Stories: Martin Luther King Jr , Laurie Calkhoven

Dreams of Freedom , Amnesty International

Fantastically Great Women Who Made History , Kate Pankhurst

Feminist Baby , Loryn Brantz

Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls! Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo

Period Power: A Manifesto for the Menstrual Movement , Nadya Okamoto

Little Guides to Great Lives: Nelson Mandela , Isabel Thomas

Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History , Vashti Harrison

The Little People, Big Dreams series

Long Walk to Freedom: Illustrated Children’s edition , Nelson Mandela (abridged by

Chris van Wyk)

Malala’s Magic Pencil , Malala Yousafzai

Open: A Toolkit for how magic and messed up life can be , Gemma Cairney

Peace and Me , Ali Winter and Mickael El Fathi

People of Peace: 40 Inspiring Icons , Sandrine Mirza

She Persisted Around the World , Chelsea Clinton

Stories for Kids Who Dare to be Different , Ben Brooks

Tender Earth , Sita Brahmachari

The Journey , Francesca Sanna

My Feminist ABC , Duopress Labs

The Lorax , Dr Seuss

We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices , Wade Hudson

What Can A Citizen Do? Dave Eggers

You Are Mighty: A Guide to Changing the World , Caroline Pau