Six Books to Read for Human Rights Day

Six Books to Read for Human Rights Day

December 10th marks the U.N.’s Human Rights Day.

The theme for 2021 Human Rights Day is EQUALITY – Reducing inequalities, advancing human rights. At Orca, we believe that education is essential to addressing and overcoming inequality and we strive to publish books that inspire young readers to become the changemakers of tomorrow. These six books explore different human rights, from the right to education, to reproductive rights and more.

Finding Home: The Journey of Immigrants and Refugees

“An accessible yet comprehensive introduction to immigration.”—Publishers Weekly

From war zones to politics, there are many reasons why people have always searched for a place to call home. In Finding Home: The Journey of Immigrants and Refugees we discover how human migration has shaped our world. We explore its origins and the current issues facing immigrants and refugees today, and we hear the first-hand stories of people who have moved across the globe looking for safety, security and happiness. 

Shelter: Homelessness in Our Community

“An outstanding, sophisticated introduction to a complex topic”—School Library Journal, starred review

Homelessness is not a choice, yet it exists in almost every community. But why are people homeless? Who are they? What can you do? In Shelter: Homelessness in Our Community, readers will get answers to these complex questions. They’ll learn about the root causes of homelessness and its effects, and what people and organizations around the world are doing to address the problem. 

My Body, My Choice: The Fight for Abortion Rights

“This illuminating resource should be required reading for teens of every gender.”—Booklist, starred review

Abortion is one of the most common of all medical procedures. But it is still stigmatized, and all too often people do not feel they can talk about their experiences.

The long fight for abortion rights is being picked up by a new generation of courageous, creative and passionate activists. My Body, My Choice: The Fight for Abortion Rights is about the history, and the future, of that fight.

Choosing to Live, Choosing to Die: The Complexities of Assisted Dying

“Tate’s sprawling work is a fascinating guide that belongs in all middle school, high school, and public libraries.—School Library Journal, starred review

With many jurisdictions considering whether or not to implement new assisted-death legislation, Choosing to Live, Choosing to Die: The Complexities of Assisted Dying is a timely look at the subject for teen readers who may not yet have had much experience with death and dying.

Grandmother School

“Joy is evident on the page—and infectious…A spirited book about gender, age, rights, and the importance of education.”—Kirkus Reviews

This brilliantly illustrated picture book tells the story of the Aajibaichi Shala, the Grandmother School, that was opened in Phangane, India, in 2016 to teach local grandmothers how to read and write.

Pride: The Celebration and the Struggle

 “An indispensable and celebratory primer on the ongoing fight for LGBTQ+ rights.”—School Library Journal, starred review

This revised, updated and expanded edition of the award-winning book Pride: Celebrating Diversity & Community (2016) celebrates the LGBTQ+ community’s diversity, the incredible victories of the past fifty years and the voices of young activists.

All of these books and more are available at your favorite bookstore or

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