Human Rights Resources

This list includes nonfiction and poetry on topics related to human rights. Biographies about some of the people featured here can be found in J and Y 921s under the name of the person. Click here for a print-friendly version of this list.

Author Title Call Number
Dreams of Freedom: In Pictures and Words
This inspirational book contains 17 inspirational quotations by human rights luminaries with art by award-winning illustrators.
J323.44 DR
We Are All Born Free: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Pictures
A commemorative edition of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as adopted in 1948.
J305.23 WE
ArethaMalala and the Girls of Pakistan
Attacked by the Taliban for seeking an education, the fifteen-year-old persisted and won a Nobel Peace Prize.
Y921 Yousafzai
BarakatTasting the Sky: A Palestinian Childhood
A memoir of a child's experience of war and dispossession
Y956.95 BA
BausumStonewall: Breaking Out in the Fight for Gay Rights
Documents the raid that preceded the LBGTQ rights movement.
Y305.9 BA
BodeThe Colors of Freedom: Immigrant Stories
Newly arrived teenaged immigrants describe their experiences in America.
Y325.73 BO
BraunTaking Action for Civil and Human Rights
Profiles teen and adult civil rights activists who, individually and in groups, have made a difference.
J323 BR
BrownSide by Side: The Story of Dolores Huerta and Cesar Chavez
Tells how Dolores Huerta and Cesar Chavez teamed up and motivated farm workers to fight for their rights.
J331.88 BR
CroweGetting Away with Murder: The True Story of the Emmett Till Case
Presents a true account of the fate of fourteen-year-old Chicagoan Emmett Till, murdered while in Mississippi.
Y364.15 CR
DeSaixHidden on the Mountain: Stories of Children Sheltered from the Nazis in Le Chambon
Includes stories of families who helped desperate young refugees in a small village in southern France.
Y940.53 DE
EllisThree Wishes: Palestinian and Israeli Children Speak
Presents an unblinking portrait of children victimized by the long struggle between Israel and Palestine.
Y956.04 EL
GandhiGrandfather Gandhi
Gandhi's grandson shares his grandfather's teachings.
J303.6 GA
GormleyNelson Mandela: South African Revolutionary
Tells how Nelson Mandela helped end South African apartheid.
Y921 Mandela
GrandeThe Distance Between Us
The story of an eight-year-old's experience as a US immigrant.
Y921 Grande
LevineHana's Suitcase: A True Story
Alternating stories about a Czech girl who died in the Holocaust and a Japanese curator who learned about her life.
J940.53 LE
Nye19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East
Poems about the challenge of living with continual social and political unrest.
Y811 NY
O'KeefeAung San Suu Kyi
Tells the story of Aung San Suu Kyi's struggle for human rights in the Philippines.
Y921 Aung San Suu Kyi
OppenheimDear Miss Breed: True Stories of the Japanese Incarceration During World War II and a Librarian Who Made a Difference
The story of librarian Clara Breed, who became a lifeline to Japanese-American children from San Diego who were incarcerated after the WWII attack on Pearl Harbor.
Y940.53 OP
PartridgeMarching for Freedom: Walk Together Children and Don't You Grow Weary
Recounts the months of protest leading up to Martin Luther King's march for civil rights in Selma, Alabama.
Y323.1 PA
RodiBeing Transgender
An in-depth look at what it means to be transgender, featuring experiences of people in transition.
SanfordNez Perce Chief Joseph
Biography of the Nez Perce leader who advocated for peace and for indigenous rights.
Y921 Joseph
SladeFriends for Freedom: The Story of Susan B. Anthony & Frederick Douglass
Describes the beliefs shared by the suffragist and the abolitionist.
J973 SL
TonatiuhSeparate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez & Her Family's Fight for Desegregation
Tells how eight-year-old Sylvia Mendez filed a lawsuit to end segregation in California in 1946.
J323.1 TO
TorrThe Patriot Act
Examines debates surrounding surveillance, the First Amendment, and immigrant rights.
Y345.73 TO
Defines and explains genocide and explores the range of the problem.
Y364.15 WI
WinterMalala, a Brave Girl from Pakistan; Iqbal, a Brave Boy from Pakistan
A biography of two young Pakistani heroes, Malala Yousafzai and Iqbal Masih.
J305.23 WI
WinterNasreen's Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan
The Taliban took Nasreen's parents, but a secret school saved her.
J371 WI

Last Updated: 2/18


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