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Every Child A Song

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  38 ratings  ·  13 reviews

When you were born, a song began...

So begins this lyrical and unique non-fiction picture book by award-winning children's author Nicola Davies. With tenderness and heart, Nicola introduces young readers to the universal rights that every child is entitled to under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Using the metaphor of song, the book opens with

Kindle Edition, 32 pages
Published August 8th 2019 by Wren & Rook
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Hannah Jane
Dec 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: buy, easy-nonfiction
Reading the Foreword and also The Rights of the UNCRC at the end of the book are musts. Usually I'll skip a foreword completely or read it at the end if I really enjoy a book. But after I read this book I thought to myself, "holy moly, this is a super heavy topic to talk about with children. How does one explain to children what their rights are and that some kids don't have them?" That's when I read everything else in the book. I think Every Child a Song raises more questions than answers, but ...more
Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another very special read - this one focussing on the rights of the child - by one of my favourite children's author, Nicole Davies. Lyrical and heart-warming. ...more
The idea is better than execution.
Maria Martins
Dec 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Every child a song is a fantastically written and illustrated book by Nicola Davies and Marc Martin. A picturebook that, though simple in its illustration and sentences, can evoke so much emotion. Comparing a child to a song is such a beautiful metaphor which really highlights children's innocence and individuality. Each song is unique and tells a different story, much like the children in a classroom.

In a sensitive and thought-provoking way, davies reminds us of the children who are victims of
I liked it very much, but I’m not sure how much it would appeal to a child.
bet mercer
Nov 23, 2020 rated it liked it
(more 3.5 stars)
Note: I accessed a digital review copy of this book through Edelweiss.
Paul Terpstra
Nice story standing up for all children across the world. They all sing a unique song, that has the right to be heard
Nice enough, though the song metaphor is a bit confusing.
Amanda Lavelle
Dec 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a parent to autistic children, the rights of children take on added significance to my family and this book does an excellent job of highlighting this.
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
Love both these creators but this book was a let down for me. Too much expectation, maybe? The concept and intent is immensely admirable and important but the text felt contrived and overwritten. And not enough clarity in vocabulary for children. It’s more a book for adults (not that there’s anything wrong with that), but I’m sure much can be eked out of the content to enlighten kids on the depth and breadth of children’s rights around the world. I’m obsessed with Martin’s work but the illustrat ...more
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The book begins "When you were born, a song began" and continues to explain that all songs are different but equally important and that each song needs love and help to grow (shelter, protection, nourishment, etc.). As each song learns, from surroundings and other people, it establishes its own style.

It then goes on to say 'no song' should be drowned out or stolen and even amongst storms and change (insinuating refugee status) each song must be heard, because while each song is unique, it is ne
Lauren Lees
Sep 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Written for the 13th anniversary of the UN convention on the rights of the child. Celebrates the uniqueness of every child and the importance of appreciating everyone's worth. ...more
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