Aug 1 2016 11:22AM
Here I Stand against hate
Here I Stand is a new Amnesty collection of short stories and poems for young adults. It’s full of words and pictures that aren’t afraid to shine a light into the dark corners of modern, western society. We’re enormously proud of it. F...
Jun 30 2016 12:46PM
How fiction for teens helps combat hate crimes
written by Robin Talley, winner of the Amnesty CILIP Honour 2016 * This blog first appeared in Gay Star News I write books for teenagers. So, like many young adult authors, I’m often asked if the stories I create are based on things I...
May 12 2016 4:08PM
Why children’s books are important
Written by SF Said, award-winning children’s author and judge of the inaugural Amnesty CILIP Honour. Follow SF Said on Twitter or visit his site at www.sfsaid.com I've worked in many fields: politics, academia, journalism. And while I...
Mar 16 2016 5:28PM
Human rights in the Kate Greenaway and Carnegie Medal shortlists
What a joy to see the outstanding books on these shortlists, all chosen by expert youth librarians. Proving our theory that all good books engage with human rights, we’ve found deep themes of justice, truth and freedom to explore in ev...
Dec 15 2015 3:34PM
Our top winter reads for children
Written by Sam Nadel, Publishing Team volunteer. Finding the perfect Christmas book for children and young people can be a daunting task. But as well as making great gifts, children’s books can inspire empathy and communicate the value...
Dec 3 2015 4:53PM
Why we’ve published My Little Book of BIG Freedoms
At Amnesty we know that human rights are crucial to a well-functioning society. In our view, all of us should understand, uphold and celebrate them, no matter how old or young we are. Children should be taught about them as early as po...
Aug 13 2015 10:55AM
Amnesty's top summer reads for children
Fancy spending your summer with a smelly dog? Or maybe you’d rather spend it exploring ancient city woodlands? Or maybe even embarking on a daring adventure to post-Civil War America? For whatever it is that piques your child’s interes...
Feb 6 2015 1:08PM
Books for children in dark times
As the world’s largest human rights organisation, Amnesty deals with issues of epic proportions as well as individual cases. We also set great store by the power of children’s fiction. This sometimes surprises people. But children have...
Dec 22 2014 11:37AM
Recommended human rights reads for young adults
We have chosen a selection of books for young adults that we feel strongly convey the message of human rights. Each book encourages the reader to step into the shoes of another person and experience life through their eyes; to develop...
Nov 24 2014 3:22PM
What are the best books about identity for teenagers?
During the our Guardian Teen Takeover Week authors Alan Gibbons, Sita Brahmachari, Deborah Ellis and Bali Rai recommended some of their favourite books for young adults to us. All these books deal with issues of identity from gender an...
Nov 12 2014 4:23PM
Sita Brahmachari on home, homelessness, identity and belief
The human rights concerns I explore in ‘ Red Leaves ’ are ones that have always troubled me, but it seemed that NOW more than ever it was the time to tell a story for young people about the universal human right to have a home; a safe...
Nov 10 2014 11:08AM
Malorie Blackman: 'Children's books still have a long way to go before they are truly diverse'
Once told to 'go back to where she came from' (she was born in Clapham), children's laureate Malorie Blackman is now famous for her books on race and identity. Here Malorie reveals the books that shaped her and why YA fiction has a lot...
Oct 23 2014 1:15PM
Why we have the right to an identity
From the moment we are born, we each have the human right to an identity. It's Article 8 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, but it lasts for life. As an enabler for our other rights to function, it's the bedrock of a healthy...
Jun 16 2014 12:59PM
Malu Halasa on art from within Syria's prison cells
In Syria Speaks: Art and Culture from the Frontline , the critic and academic miriam cooke (sic) puts the country’s long history of detaining political dissidents into stark perspective. She tells Daniel Gorman: ‘It became clear to me...
Jun 3 2014 9:38AM
The most moving Father’s Day present
Poems that Make Grown Men Cry, edited by Anthony and Ben Holden, was published in April this year in partnership with Amnesty. It’s a deeply moving book and makes a lovely gift, not just for poetry lovers but those seeking glimpses int...
Apr 10 2014 4:41PM
The poems that make grown men cry
Today we're part of the launch of a new poetry anthology, in whose publication Amnesty has been closely involved. The title - Poems that make grown men cry - sums it up, really. A hundred men, all very successful in their fields, have...
Feb 12 2014 8:51PM
Fiction for human rights change
One of my daughters was lucky enough to have primary teachers who didn’t worry when the headcount in any lesson was down by one. They’d simply go and look for her in the tiny library, where she’d have crept away to read. They’d find he...
Feb 8 2014 6:33PM
Anthony Holden on Russia, Sochi 2014, and Tchaikovsky
Anthony Holden is a writer, broadcaster and critic, and was the US Editor for the Observer and Assistant Editor for The TImes. He's written many biographies including one on Tchaikovsky, and watched the Sochi 2014 opening ceremony to s...
Jan 13 2014 5:09PM
Michael Morpurgo on Amnesty and children's books
Guest blog from Michael Morpurgo Amnesty at 50 For fifty years now, all my adult life, Amnesty has been there keeping watch over the injustices and wrongs and cruelties we inflict on one another, reminding us urgently that in this oh s...
Nov 27 2013 4:46PM
Belsen - still relevant?
‘This event gives me the opportunity to pay tribute to these wonderful medical students, doctors and nurses who went into Belsen at liberation and did an absolutely magnificent job. They gave of themselves, they worked with dedication,...