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Meet Omar Archane. At 16, he is the youngest influencer chef in Mexico. 

He has Muscular Dystrophy but decided to transform his disability into strength to spread a culture of love and resilience to his community through cooking!  

Omar is one voice in a sea of many Youth Advocates around the world raising awareness of issues that matter to children and working with UNICEF to bring about change for a better future for all children. 

World Children’s Day is on the 20th November and it’s an annual day of action for children, by children. Child rights are impacted by many issues: from COVID-19 and climate change, to education and mental health, and ending racism and discrimination. 

So this World Children’s Day take some time with the little ones in your life and get to know how these special youth advocates are raising their voices to ignite change. 

While it’s not always easy to talk to little ones about human rights, it’s never too early to start!  These books may help you come up with ways to get the conversation started with very young children and give you ideas for how to share big ideas for little people. Human rights is more than one conversation; use stories as tools to keep talking with your children as they grow, and develop the potential to make a positive difference in the world they live in.  

Check your local library’s collection for these titles and ask the friendly staff for more recommendations.  

  • My People by Billie-Jean Taylor 
  •  I Have the Right to be a Child by Alain Serres 
  •  A is for Activist by Innosanto Nagara  
  • Whoever You Are by Mem Fox  
  • Swimmy by Leo Lionni  
  • My Little Book of Big Freedoms by Chris Riddell 
  • Who You Were Made to Be by Joanna Gaines 

For additional World Children’s Day information and resources, visit: 

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