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Human Rights in Children's LiteratureImagination and the Narrative of Law$
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Jonathan Todres and Sarah Higinbotham

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190213343

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190213343.001.0001

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Making Children’s Rights Widely Known

Making Children’s Rights Widely Known

(p.1) 1 Making Children’s Rights Widely Known
Human Rights in Children's Literature

Jonathan Todres

Sarah Higinbotham

Carol Bellamy

Oxford University Press

Chapter 1 sets out the theoretical foundations of this book, drawing on children’s rights law (in particular, the Convention on the Rights of the Child), human rights law, human rights education research, and literary theory about children’s books and reading in the lives of children. The chapter explores the role of children’s literature in disseminating human rights principles and reveals children’s literature as a rich source of rights discourse, one that is accessible even to young children. J. M. Barrie’s Peter Pan provides a case study. The authors also discuss how children’s literature can be a powerful means of explicating human rights norms and educating children on their own rights and their responsibilities toward others in a democratic society.

Keywords:   children’s rights law, human rights law, human rights education, children’s literature, literary theory, Peter Pan

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