20 November is Universal Children’s Day

What better way to celebrate Universal Children’s Day than to share stories with children in your library.

It’s 58 years since the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child and 28 years since the UN General assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child.  You can download this children friendly poster here.

Universal Children’s Day offers us all a chance to advocate, promote and celebrate children’s rights including the right to education, to play and for children to find information and share their ideas with others, rights that libraries work to support every day.

There are many picture books that we can share to help us talk with children about their rights.  Including Mem Fox’s Whoever You Are and some beautiful picture books produced by Amnesty International We are all Born Free and Dreams of Freedom with wonderful illustrations by international artists including Australia’s own Bob Graham and Sally Morgan.


We would love to hear any book suggestions or ideas that you may have on ways to celebrate Universal Children’s Day in libraries.

For more information and resources that State Library has on Children’s Rights check out the Children’s Voices showcase to find learning notes, links to children friendly resources and artworks by children responding to the Convention of the Rights of the Child.

Children Aren’t Happy Being Home Alone
by Sarah Guttie, 6 years.
The Murri School John Oxley Library
State Library of Queensland.
Article 19 – Every child has the right to be protected
from abuse and neglect