Universal Children’s Day

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I was curious about the acorns in the tree… weren’t you? This date has been significant for well over 60 years. 

November 20th Universal Children’s Day. 

The Background 

The United Nations’ (UN) Universal Children’s Day, which was established in 1954, is celebrated on November 20 each year to promote international togetherness and awareness among children worldwide. UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund, promotes and coordinates this special day, which also works towards improving children’s welfare.

Many countries, including Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, hold Universal Children’s Day events on November 20 to mark the anniversaries of the Declaration of the Rights of the Child and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

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There is a whole menu page with books on understanding Human Rights, freedom, Children’s Rights, justice and solidarity all aimed at children/ Young Adults on the Amnesty International website. Explore ‘Words that Burn’ poetry project whilst you’re there. https://www.amnesty.org.uk/books

This is one of my favourites. https://imaginepeacebook.com/

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Joseph Coelho, winner of the CLPE Children’s Poetry Award (2015) includes international poetry in his top 10 list. Top 10 New Poetry Books Every Child Must Read. This list was published two years ago and includes local publishers ‘The Emma Press’. https://www.theguardian.com/childrens-books-site/2015/jul/16/joseph-coelhos-top-10-new-poetry-books-every-child-must-read




Websites you can enjoy with your children. 

http://www.mamalisa.com/ songs and rhymes from around the world.



‘Let us promote and celebrate children’s rights on the Universal Children’s Day, and continuously build up a living-friendly environment for children in the world through dialogue and actions.’

Children’s Day

United Nations


Other Poetry Articles & Resources

In 2014 The Owl & The Pussy Cat by Edward Lear was voted the most popular childhood poem. It was written in 1871.



An article from 2013 revealing John Hegley’s Top 10 Poetry Books for Children.



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Related Resources – Children’s Poetry Websites



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