Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 3 to 6
- Grade: k to 1
From the author and illustrator duo who created the award-winning I Have the Right to Be a Child and I Have the Right to Save My Planet comes this beautifully illustrated third book in the series.
I Have the Right to Culture explores a child’s right to be curious and to experience all of humanity’s shared knowledge, including music, art, dance and much more. When a child is born, they learn the language of their parents, they sing the songs of their grandparents and they eat the delicious food that their family prepares. They also start to wonder about the lives of other children who live far away. What languages do they speak? What songs do they sing? And what games do they play?
Every child has the right to learn about the world they live in, including its history and its inventions. Every child has the right to learn about artists, about writers, about potters and photographers and architects, about musicians and dancers and poets. All of humanity’s treasures are for sharing, and every child has the right to know about what has come before them! Children have the right to partake in culture as proclaimed in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Told from the perspective of a child, this colorful and vibrant book explores what it means to be a child who has the right to find beauty in their world.
Key Text Features
Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:
With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
Name the author and illustrator of a text and define the role of each in presenting the ideas or information in a text.
With prompting and support, describe the relationship between illustrations and the text in which they appear (e.g., what person, place, thing, or idea in the text an illustration depicts).
Identify the reasons an author gives to support points in a text.
About the authors
ALAIN SERRES was once a kindergarten teacher who was inspired by his young students to write children’s books. He has since published more than one hundred titles for children of all ages, many of which have been translated into other languages. Alain founded the highly regarded French publishing house Rue du Monde, whose mission is to provide children with books that allow them to question and imagine the world. He lives in Voisins-le-Bretonneux, France.
AURÉLIA FRONTY studied textile design at l'école Duperré in Paris before she began to illustrate children's books. Her colorful, naïve-style art is inspired by her Catalan roots as well as her travels in Africa and Asia. She has illustrated more than forty titles, which have been published around the world. She has also exhibited her art in France and in the United Kingdom. She lives in Paris, France.
SHELLEY TANAKA is an award-winning author, translator and editor. She has written more than twenty books for children and young adults, winning the Orbis Pictus Award, the Mr. Christie’s Book Award, the Science in Society Book Award and the Information Book Award, and she has twice been nominated for the Deutsche Jugendliteraturpreis. Other honors include Texas Blue Bonnet runner-up, School Library Journal Best Books, ALA Notables and IRA Young Adults’ Choice. Her translation of Michel Noel’s Good for Nothing won the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People and was on the IBBY Honor List (Commended). Shelley teaches at Vermont College of Fine Arts, in the MFA Program in Writing for Children and Young Adults. She lives in Kingston, Ontario.
An engaging work of art and … a discussion starter.
CM: Canadian Review of Materials
The bright and vibrant artwork with intricate designs on every page enhances the surreal, dreamlike feel.
School Library Journal
An inviting and thought-provoking look at a children’s right probably not often considered.
Timely and gorgeous.
Other titles by Alain Serres
Other titles by Aurélia Fronty
Other titles by Shelley Tanaka
The Story of an Almost Unlucky Pig
Pebbles to the Sea
Suck It in and Smile
Do You Know Where the Animals Live?
Discovering the Incredible Creatures All Around Us
I Have the Right to Save My Planet
The Day the Rain Moved In
My Body in Pieces
The Big Bad Wolf in My House
Everything You Need to Know