Human Rights In Children's Literature: A Book Event with Professor and Author Jonathan Todres

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Fall 9-7-2016


In Human Rights in Children's Literature (Oxford University Press, 2016), authors Jonathan Todres and Sarah Higinbotham investigate children's rights under international law -- identity and family rights, the right to be heard, the right to be free from discrimination, and other civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights -- and consider the way in which those rights are embedded in children's literature from Peter Rabbit to Horton Hears a Who! to Harry Potter. This book traverses children's rights law, literary theory, and human rights education to argue that in order for children to fully realize their human rights, they first have to imagine and understand them.

At the book signing and discussion, Todres, whose research focuses on a range of issues related to children’s rights and child well-being, including child trafficking and exploitation, economic and social rights, and legal and cultural constructs of childhood, will discuss how children grow to realize their inherent rights and to respect the rights of others, and how human rights norms are disseminated so that they make a difference in children’s lives.