Using fiction to teach human rights: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning To Kill a Mockingbird is a twentieth century classic. Find out how you can use the novel to teach human rights.

The books on this shortlist for the 2018 Kate Greenaway and Carnegie Medal winners were 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 every one. 

All of these books are eligible for the Amnesty CILIP Honour, for books that best uphold, illuminate or celebrate human rights and the values that underpin them.

Click each cover to find human rights education resources that you can use to explore human rights with children and young people.

We work with CILIP, the library and information association, to raise awareness of human rights through outstanding children’s books.

Here you can see the feedback we've had from the experts themselves on some of our recent award winners.


Mar 13 2018 5:48PM
The Amnesty CILIP Honour winners 2017
We’re delighted to announce the Amnesty CILIP Honour winners for 2017. At the start of Refugee Week in the UK, two books that address the global refugee crisis have won the prestigious Amnesty CILIP Honour, a commendation for outstandi...
Mar 13 2018 5:44PM
The Amnesty CILIP Honour winners 2016
At last! We’re extremely proud to announce the inaugural winners of our Amnesty CILIP Honour: In the Kate Greenaway Medal category, the winner is... There’s a Bear on My Chair , by Ross Collins And in the Carnegie Medal category... Lie...
Dec 12 2017 3:19PM
Author Mitch Johnson on tackling global inequality in fiction
By Mitch Johnson: an introduction to his new book ,'Kick', which has been endorsed by Amnesty International UK. 100 seconds. That’s how long it takes a top-flight footballer to earn a sweatshop worker’s monthly wage. When I first did t...

Book and Activities: The Weight of Water

Moving, unsentimental and utterly page-turning, we meet and share the experiences of a remarkable girl.

Book and Activities: The Promise

This is a picture book of great beauty and hope about the power we have to transform our world.

Book and Activities: I Want My Hat Back

This picture book tells the story of a bear whose hat has gone and he wants it back.

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