An Exhibition of Human Rights in Children’s Literature
This exhibition of works from the University of Connecticut’s Northeast Children’s Literature Collection is inspired by the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Children are the future. Young people have rights recognized by countries around the world. They are listed in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Six of those rights are shared here along with children’s books that tell stories of how important they are in the lives of children around the world. Reading together and talking about these rights lets all of us see how we can help each other make the world a better, safer and kinder place.
This exhibition highlights core tenets of the U.N. Declaration of the Rights of the Child: the rights to education, food, health, participation, safety and shelter.
It is sponsored by the University of Connecticut with books chosen from the Archives & Special Collections of the University of Connecticut Libraries, located in the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center and in cooperation with UConn’s Human Rights Institute. The Dodd Center is home to The Northeast Children’s Literature Center and UConn’s Human Rights Institute.
The original artwork shown for each these rights was designed by students at The University of Connecticut’s School of Illustration. The thirty books featured and text from each have been selected as among the best to help us as educators, parents and policy makers share these crucial concepts with children – and ensure we also remember how important our role is to defend these rights for future generations.
The exhibition was made possible with foundational support from Dodd Human Rights Impact; the Northeast Children’s Literature Collection and the School of Fine Arts, along with collaborative input from the Neag School of Education.
Special thanks go to: Glenn Mitoma, director of Dodd Human Rights Impact; Terri Goldich, Curator (retired) of the Northeast Children’s Literature Collection (without whom this would not have been possible); Kristin Eshelman, Archivist for Multimedia Collections and Interim, Northeast Children’s Literature Collection; and to Rossitza Skortcheva Donesky, Visiting Associate Professor, Art and Art History, the School of Fine Arts; as well as to Alison Paul, Assistant Professor, Illustration and Animation, the School of Fine Arts; and Cora Lynn Diebler, Department Head, ad interim, Art and Art History, the School of Fine Arts, who have made the Raab Illustration Prize part of their curriculum for almost two decades.
Very special thanks also go to UConn students from the School of Illustration and Rossitza Skortcheva Donesky who devoted their time, creativity and imagination to bringing the crucial messages from the Declaration of the Rights of the Child to life with the original artwork displayed here.
Terri Goldich, Curator (retired) Northeast Children’s Literature Collection
Susan Raab, President, Raab Associates, UConn ’80, Sponsor of the Raab Illustration Prize
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