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Theme Addressed:Citizens' Rights and Privileges

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Citizens' Rights and Privileges in Children's Literature Grades: K-2 | 3-4 | 5-6 | Literature Index

Title Author Subject Brief Description
"In Response to Executive Order 9066" in Celebrate America in Poetry and Art* Dwight Okita Japanese internment during WWII A moving poem that tells about a Japanese-American's loss of her best friend because of the relocation order. The child hopes her friend will miss her and not forget her when she is gone.
A Long Way to Go Zibby Oneal Women's suffrage movement Lila is the 8-year-old daughter of a wealthy family living in New York City. She never questions her father's authority until her grandmother is arrested in a suffrage demonstration. Chronicles young Lila's political awakening.
Aunt Chip and the Great Triple Creek Dam Affair Patricia Polacco Free expression and free press Highlights what happens when a city sacrifices its right to read books. Town's librarian takes to her bed for 50 years but reemerges when youngsters show interest in reading.
Baseball Saved Us** Ken Mochizuki Japanese internment during WWII Tells the story of a family who is forcibly relocated by the US government and how they turn to baseball in the camp in order to pass the time and gain dignity and self-respect.
Escaping to America: A True Story* Rosalyn Schanzer Immigration This book is based on the true story of the authors relatives who fled Poland after WWI due to anti-Semitic violence. The family's relatives had already established themselves in America and would vouch for them. However, they still had to escape from the war zone in Poland and survive the voyage to the U.S.
For Every Child* text adapted by Caroline Castle The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child This book explains fourteen of the more prominent rights of the child under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Each article is accompanied by a two page illustrated spread. There is a compassionate forward by the Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and the full text of the Convention featured at the back of the book. The book is illustrated by fourteen acclaimed artists.
Freedom School, Yes!* Amy Littlesugar Civil Rights during the Summer of 1964 This story is based on the 1964 Mississippi Freedom School Summer Project.  Despite the church where the Freedom school was to be taught being burnt down and other hardships, the freedom  school is established, and Jolie, he main character learns about her Black-American heritage. Illustrated by Floyd Cooper.
Freedom Summer* Deborah Wiles   Cilvil Rights during the Summer of 1964 This book takes place during the Summer when the Civil Rights act of 1964 was passed. Segregation, southern white retaliation to the law, and the willingness to stand up for what you believe are exposed through the friendship of two young boys, one white and one black.
I Remember China Raintree/Steck-Vaughn (1995)- publisher Freedoms and democracy Tells the story through a child's perspective of a Chinese family who supported the Tiananmen Square demonstration and since the family no longer felt safe in China, they emigrated.
In America Marissa Moss Immigration and rights Tells a grandfather's story of coming to America from Lithuania to gain religious freedom
The Ballot Box Battle Emily Arnold McCully Women's right to vote Tells parallel stories of a young girl's struggle for acceptance and her neighbor's efforts to vote (her neighbor is the suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton)
The Bracelet** Yoshiko Uchida Japanese internment during WWII Story of a young girl who loses the bracelet a friend gives her. Girl's mother tells her that she can still remember the friend without the bracelet, just as they can remember the grandfather who has been sent to an internment camp in Montana.
The Conversation Club Diane Stanley Conflict between rights and values Peter is invited to join neighbor's conversation club but quickly leaves when everybody talks at once. Forms his own "listening club" where nobody except Peter can speak. Changes the rules to only one person can speak at a time and then everyone is happy.
The Day Gogo Went to Vote** Elinor Batezat Sisulu Right to vote Tells the story of an elderly South African woman who votes for the first time in the 1994 South African elections after the end of apartheid.

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