Perfect Picture Book Friday/For Every Child

Hi Friends!

What a week this has been. I spent three days in Belmont Station Elementary giving readings and talking to kindergartener and first graders on my book, “Annie’s Special Day.” It was so much fun!! I’ll give you photos next week. No time now. 🙂 But I do have these gifts for you.

The Writer’s Idea Book is on my wish list. I read the preview and was hooked. There are writer prompts and more ideas than you can shake a stick at.   

And of course it’s by Jack Heffron who Jane Friedman recommended and who I just adore, so what’s not to love?

Then there are the ten words to avoid when writing. Do you know what they are?

For Every Child book Cover1_Perfect Picture Book Friday/ For Every Child 

Title: For Every Child the rights of the child in words and pictures

Author/Illustrator: UNICEF/ John Burningham, Babette Cole, Philippe Dumas, Shirley Hughes, Rachel Isadora, Satoshi Kitamura, P J. Lynch, Clauio Munoz, Jerry Pinkney, Henriette Sauvant, Amrit & Rabindra K.D. Kaur Singh, Peter Weevers, Ken Wilson-Max, Yang Tswei-Yu

Ages Appropriate for: All

Themes: Acceptance,, tolerance, affecting others, individuality, belonging, challenging assumptions, child abuse, children with disabilities, common childhood experiences, community, concepts, coping, culture, differences, DIVERSITY/MULTI-CULTURALISM/RACIAL DIVERSITY, EDUCATIONAL, ENCOURAGEMENT, FAITH, family, FITTING IN, freedom, GETTING ALONG, GROWING UP, HELPING OTHERS/KINDNESS, HISTORY, HOPE, IDENTITY, IMPORTANCE , INTERCONNECTEDNESS, INTERPERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS, KINDNESS/COMPASSION/GENEROSITY, LOVE, NON-FICTION, PARENTING, PERSPECTIVE, REASSURANCE/COMFORT, RELATIONSHIPS, religion, RESPECT,  responsibility, duty, safety, school, self acceptance, self-worth, self-esteem, self-expression, self-respect, self-reliance, special needs/ disability, . It’s no wonder when we talk about the rights of children hat we cover most of the themes of picture books.

Resources: U tube : These were two You tube videos on UNICEF but I couldn’t find one especially for this book. However if a discussion was held about children who had it worse off than your own or the children you were teaching, it would be a lively one. 

First Three Sentences:”Whoever we are, wherever we live, these rights belong to all children under the sun and the moon and the stars, whether we live in cities or towns or villages, or in mountains or valleys or deserts or forests or jungles. Any where and everywhere in the big wide world, these are the rights of every child”.

What the Jacket says: “Whoever we are, wherever we live, these are the rights of every child under the sun and the moon and the stars. Of all the books published to celebrate the beginning of the new Millennium, this must surely be one of the most important.

In November 1989 the United Nations formally adopted fifty-four principles that make up the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child—from the right to a name and a nationality of the right of to education and play and special protection for disabled children.

And now in this extraordinary book, fourteen of the most pertinent rights have been carefully chosen and retold in a simple, evocative text that can be understood by every child. Each right has been interpreted in a stunning double-page spread by some of the world;s most acclaimed artists, including two American award winners: Jerry Pinkey and Rachel Isadora.”

Publisher: Phylllis Fogelman books—an imprint of Penguin Putnam books for Young Readers, 2001

Why I love it: This book is so lovingly made it’s impossible not to love it. Each page has a full spread of the artists visualization of the right that is written below. Each page is gripping in it’s love and tenderness. A couple are cute, like the one where Rubette Cole paints a baby head just starting to bloom from a flower and in a progression shows  how he grows up to be a young man running to start his own life. Most are serious children, beautifully painted, but all are happy and healthy. And as Archbishop Desmond M. Tutu writes in the forward “In this book you will see many pictures of children as they should be—Happy, healthy, laughing, learning, holding securely to adults they can trust, who will protect and uphold their inalienable rights—the rights formally laid out in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. These are the rights of all children everywhere and always.

As my friend, Joanna Marple, says on  her blog on PPBF “Every Friday, authors and KidLit bloggers post a favorite picture book.  To see a complete listing of all the Perfect Picture Books with resources, please visit author Susanna Leonard Hill’s Perfect Picture Books. ”

Have a Greaaat weekend!! XXOO

Do you think you will read this? Why or why not?

Extra food for every child under five

Extra food for every child under five (Photo credit: DFID – UK Department for International Development)


About ClaraBowmanJahn

Journal writer. Author of "Annie's Special Day" And coauthor of Edmund Pickle Chin, A Donkey Rescue Story." Proud mother and grandmother of wonderful kids. Wife of brilliant husband. Servant of two cats. Member of Pennwriters and SCBWI.
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18 Responses to Perfect Picture Book Friday/For Every Child

  1. Joanna says:

    Super choice, Clar. This is a book EVERY school library should have, in my opinion.


  2. Rosi says:

    Love the links this week. I hadn’t seen The Writer’s Idea Book, so special thanks for that.


  3. Love the beautiful book. Many of the ten “no-no” words are familiar to me–old habits are hard to change!


  4. I agree with Joanna. This book shoud be in every school library! This is an important message and children get it! Enjoyed the video — sounded like Vanessa Redgrave narrating! Will definitely look this one up. There are some books I really want to own.


  5. The artwork looks gorgeous and I love the opening lines – great pick!


  6. Sounds like you had fun going back to school. Looking forward to the photos 🙂


  7. I’ve heard of this book but not seen it yet. Thanks for the lovely review and post. I will be looking for it.


  8. Fabulous choice, Clar! Every school and library should have this book. There is so much we take for granted when we have it – but not everyone does. Thanks so much for adding this important book to our list!


    • clarbojahn says:

      Thanks, Susanna!

      Yes, it seems like the most important people, the abused and improvised don’t know about their rights. And they are so easily taken away. We need to be educating the kids about their rights. 🙂


  9. The opening is so perfect. What a wonderful and important book. Thank you for sharing it Clar!


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