By Danielle Nierenberg and Katherine Walla
As the holiday season ramps up for many across the world, Food Tank is highlighting 15 children's books that will introduce young eaters, growers and innovators to the world of food and agriculture. Authors and organizations are working to show children the importance — and fun — of eating healthy, nutritious and delicious food, growing their own produce, and giving food to others in need.
1. Before We Eat: From Farm to Table by Pat Brisson, illustrated by Mary Azarian<p>Adopted by the USDA's Agriculture in the Classroom program, <em>Before We Eat</em> shows that before food gets to the table, many people work hard to make our plates full. The book reminds readers that nourishing one person involves a team of fishers, farmers, ranchers and farm workers to enrich our food system. The expanded edition includes features about school gardens and the farm-to-school movement for budding activists and community leaders ready to make a change.</p>
2. Can You Eat? by Joshua David Stein, illustrated by Julia Rothman<p>Food critic Joshua David Stein rhymes through familiar foods and other goofy, common items for a simple and fun exploration of what can — and cannot — be eaten. Through laughter and smiles, children will see how fun it is to have variety in their diet and explore the abundance of biodiversity in the edible world.</p>
3. Everyone Eats! by Julia Kuo<p><em>Everyone Eats</em> explores a diversity of eaters: the cute animals and critters that make up our ecosystem. Kuo features each animal and the foods they eat that are familiar, edible and even nutritious to readers. Each page will show toddlers how to be fearless in eating these healthy snacks and also that humans and animals are more alike than they thought — therefore, it is important to protect their habitats.</p>
4. Farm Anatomy, Nature Anatomy, and Food Anatomy by Julia Rothman<p>This collection of books from Julia Rothman joins intricate illustrations with entertaining facts and guides about the food world. Covering topics from life on a farm and the natural world to global kitchens and cuisines, Rothman shows how food, farms and nature intersect to create a delicate — but exciting — system. Readers of all ages will be able to add to their knowledge of history, practical skills, and understanding of the food system and ecosystem.</p>
5. Farming by Gail Gibbons<p>Gibbons' introduction to farming shows that farming is a busy practice throughout the year. Not only are animals born, fields tended, and crops harvested, but farmers are also incorporating new technologies and adapting to the forces of nature. The newest edition of <em>Farming</em> uses the same bright colors and simple illustrations, with added expertise on agricultural science and updated farming procedures.</p>
6. Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story by Kevin Noble Maillard, illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal<p><em>Fry Bread</em> tells the story of a modern Native American family through the role fry bread plays in their family and community. The powerful poetry shows that even a staple food can say so much about family, history, memory and community. In the end, Maillard shows how the bread serves as a tool to promote connectivity between communities and among nations.</p>
7. Just Ask! By Sonia Sotomayor, illustrated by Rafael López<p>Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor joins with López on a book that celebrates not only diversity in a garden, but also diversity in mankind. In <em>Just Ask</em>, children can celebrate the different abilities that kids have by reading about children starting a community garden. In building the garden, the kids ask each other often-ignored questions to encourage readers to do the same: This book shows children that when encountering someone different than them, it is best to just ask and celebrate everyone's unique abilities. In the end, Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor hopes children realize that, just like in a garden, diversity makes the world more vibrant and wonderful.</p>
8. My Food, Your Food by Lisa Bullard, illustrated by Christine M. Schneider<p>In <em>My Food, Your Food</em>, leading character Manuel enjoys food week in class. As each child reminisces about a special meal their family cooks and eats — and special ways they eat them — Manuel realizes that food across cultures is incredibly different. But by enjoying the diverse food traditions, eating with chopsticks, forks and hands, Manuel realizes that eaters across cultures are actually surprisingly alike.</p>
9. Pancakes to Parathas: Breakfasts Around the World by Alice B. McGinty, illustrated by Tomoko Suzuki<p><em>Pancakes to Parathas</em> explores unique breakfasts from country to country. Although the breakfasts differ across the twelve countries, like Australia, India, Japan, and Brazil, readers will find that the meal joins eaters at dawn to get their day started. The bold illustrations help children imagine breakfasts like soured soybeans and coffee — with lots of milk — as they explore what children around the world feast on in the morning.</p>
10. Right This Very Minute by Lisl H. Detlefsen, illustrated by Renee Kurilla<p>Detlefsen offers children a look at where food comes from before they see it in stores and restaurants. Whenever a child says they're hungry right this very minute, this book will remind them of food's incredible journey, from farmer to plate. Showing the variety of farmers involved in making different meals — including orchardists, beekeepers, and livestock, grain, and vegetable farmers — the book reminds children that the supply chain connects them to farmers all around the world.</p>
11. See What We Eat!: A First Book of Healthy Eating by Scot Ritchie<p>In <em>See What We Eat</em>, character Yulee and her four friends take a tour of her aunt's farm, pick apples and make apple crisp for a potluck dinner. Each stop on the tour helps the children understand more about an important component of a balanced meal: fields of grain, gardens of vegetables, hen houses and the barn for dairy and protein, and an orchard of fruit. Finally, the characters come together with a multicultural group of neighbors for a big potluck meal.</p>
12. The Good Egg by Jory John and Pete Oswald<p>In <em>The Good Egg</em>, an extremely good egg finds it hard to keep being good when the other eggs are being rotten. In his dozen, the other 11 eggs behave badly, so the good egg attempts to take charge to perfect the bunch. However, the pressure starts to wear its shell; the good egg self-reflects and eventually realizes that not everyone can be perfect and it is important to be good to others — no matter if they have brief moments of rottenness.</p>
13. The Popcorn Book by Tomie dePaola<p>Twins Tony and Tiny in <em>The Popcorn Book</em> love popcorn — but don't know how or where it is made. The twins join together to cook and learn about their favorite snack, exploring what exactly it is, how it is stored and its cultural significance in legends and stories from North America and Europe. In this 40th anniversary edition, however, dePaola joins with experts to present expanded historical facts, highlighting the role popcorn historically played in Native American communities and how they prepared the snack.</p>
14. We Are the Gardeners by Joanna Gaines<p>In <em>We Are the Gardeners</em>, Gaines and her children describe their experience starting their family garden, from challenges and hurdles to new wisdom they hope to share. The family details their experience starting with a single fern plant, joining together to protect pollinators and soil dwellers, and standing up to the face of adversity: the faces of pesky rabbits who gnaw at their vegetables. Throughout the book, readers can learn how challenging — yet rewarding — starting a garden can be.</p>
15. What’s On Your Plate?: Exploring the World of Food by Whitney Stewart, illustrated by Christiane Engel<p>Stewart takes readers on a tour through the food traditions of 14 countries, highlighting that plates around the world are incredibly diverse. Exploring Brazil, Spain, Morocco, India, China and more, Stewart explores the people, cooking practices, food, and ways of thinking that make each place unique. And with easy recipes, readers will be able to try the meals that are connecting them to families around the globe.</p><a target="_blank" href="https://twitter.com/intent/tweet?text=This+holiday+season%2C+give+the+children+in+your+life+the+gift+of+knowledge+about+the+food+system%21+%23FoodTank+is+highlighting+15+books+that+help+young+people+learn+about+agriculture+and+food+traditions.&url=https%3A%2F%2Ffoodtank.com%2Fnews%2F2019%2F12%2F15-childrens-books-celebrating-food%2F&via=foodtank"><span></span></a>
By Jessica Taft
Fifteen kids from a dozen countries, including Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, recently brought a formal complaint to the United Nations. They're arguing that climate change violates children's rights as guaranteed by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, a global agreement.
Banning Corporal Punishment<p>The convention formally recognizes children as people with universal human rights and <a href="https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1540-4560.2008.00585.x" target="_blank">specific rights because of their age</a>. It reflects <a href="https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9781139033312" target="_blank">a shift</a> away from seeing children entirely as the possessions of their parents to treating them as individuals with equal rights and their own interests.</p><p>Many countries have taken action to promote children's rights and well-being based in part on its mandate. For example, <a href="http://www.capetalk.co.za/articles/277432/children-s-institute-gives-ban-on-corporal-punishment-the-thumbs-up" target="_blank">South Africa</a> recently became the 57th country to <a href="https://endcorporalpunishment.org/countdown/" target="_blank">prohibit corporal punishment</a> — any act intended to cause pain or discomfort, such as paddling and spanking — in all settings, including schools and homes.</p><p>Corporal punishment remains <a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5766273/" target="_blank">legal in public schools</a> in <a href="https://theconversation.com/in-19-states-its-okay-to-hit-kids-with-a-wooden-board-47744" target="_blank">19 American states</a> and <a href="https://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/nfl-controversy/corporal-punishment-legal-common-n2044160" target="_blank">no state</a> has <a href="https://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/142/6/e20183112" target="_blank">outlawed the practice for parents</a>.</p><p>In Ireland, a 2012 constitutional amendment gave kids <a href="https://doi.org/10.2838/45596" target="_blank">the right to be heard in custody hearings and other court proceedings</a>. And in Nigeria, the federal government <a href="https://www.unicef.org/children_1938.html" target="_blank">created a children's parliament</a> and incorporated the perspectives of minors when drafting that country's <a href="https://www.refworld.org/docid/5568201f4.html" target="_blank">Children's Rights Act</a>.</p><p>President <a href="https://www.salon.com/2018/09/16/donald-trump-vs-international-law-overturning-the-legacy-of-eleanor-roosevelt/" target="_blank">Bill Clinton signed this convention in 1995</a>. But the U.S. Congress has never ratified this accord.</p><p>In fact, the U.S. is the <a href="https://tbinternet.ohchr.org/_layouts/15/TreatyBodyExternal/Treaty.aspx?Treaty=CRC&Lang=en" target="_blank">only country</a> that has refused to embrace the world's most-ratified human rights agreement. It has 196 signatories including all of the UN member states <a href="https://www.kidsrightsindex.org/Methodology/FAQs" target="_blank">except the U.S.</a> plus some UN observers and non-members, such as Palestine, the Holy See and the South Pacific territories of Cook Islands and Niue.</p>
Empowering Kids to Advocate for Kids<p>Kids and their communities don't necessarily have to know about the legal details of the treaty to embrace the idea of children's rights and <a href="https://www.cambridge.org/core/books/reconceptualizing-childrens-rights-in-international-development/49090BE2C3C3889979761548B0D7984A" target="_blank">make it their own</a>.</p><p>Researchers working in different contexts around the world have found that learning about the convention and their rights increases children's <a href="https://doi.org/10.1080/13676261.2010.506528" target="_blank">feelings of self-esteem and self-worth</a>, promotes <a href="https://utorontopress.com/us/empowering-children-4" target="_blank">social responsibility</a> and improves their <a href="https://doi.org/10.1080/00131881.2011.572367" target="_blank">relationships with their schools, teachers and each other</a>.</p><p>According to a report from the Centre for Children's Rights at Queen's University Belfast and Save the Children International, a humanitarian nonprofit, it can also <a href="https://resourcecentre.savethechildren.net/library/enabling-exercise-civil-and-political-rights-views-children" target="_blank">motivate kids to stand up for themselves</a> and to defend their peers in the face of discrimination, violence or other rights violations.</p><p>In my own <a href="https://nyupress.org/9781479854509/the-kids-are-in-charge/" target="_blank">research on working children's activism in Peru</a>, kids shared how learning about their rights empowered them to speak out about injustices they encountered in their families, schools and communities.</p><p>A boy I'll call Diego, for example, told me that knowing about the convention gave him the confidence to go to his school principal and complain about a teacher who was being verbally abusive toward students. Because of his involvement in an organization that talks about children's rights, he told me he "knew about my right to a quality education, and I knew that we, the students, could defend that right."</p><p>Meanwhile, <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/may/06/nearly-1000-stateless-children-forced-to-pay-uk-citizenship-fees" target="_blank">British kids</a> are drawing on the convention in their campaign to lower the fees for citizenship applications. At more than 1,000 British pounds — roughly equal to $1,300 — fees are so high that some British-born children who are eligible for citizenship, and would otherwise become citizens, don't apply.</p><p>Children in India have used the convention to persuade their local governments to create <a href="http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.7721/chilyoutenvi.18.2.0197" target="_blank">children's councils</a>, where kids could be heard by adult political leaders. In the council in the small village of <a href="http://www.onefivenine.com/india/villages/Udupi/Kundapura/Keradi" target="_blank">Keradi</a>, children were concerned about alcoholism in their community because they saw it contributing to violence. They raised awareness of the problem and successfully pushed the local government to shut down unlicensed alcohol vendors.</p>
Trying Children and Teens as Adults<p>If the U.S. were to finally ratify this convention, it could lead to changes in some national, state and local laws.</p><p>One notable children's rights violation in the U.S. today is the <a href="https://news.un.org/en/story/2018/10/1023712" target="_blank">separation of migrant children</a> from <a href="https://www.texastribune.org/2019/07/12/migrant-children-are-still-being-separated-parents-data-show/" target="_blank">their parents</a>. Others include the <a href="https://lbj.utexas.edu/news/2015/why-are-we-trying-kids-adults" target="_blank">practice of trying children</a> as <a href="https://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatBB/structure_process/qa04113.asp?qaDate=2016&text=yes&maplink=link1" target="_blank">young as 10 years old as adults</a> in criminal courts and locking up minors convicted of crimes in <a href="http://www.oas.org/en/iachr/reports/pdfs/Children-USA.pdf" target="_blank">adult prisons</a> — <a href="https://www.foxnews.com/us/youth-solitary-confinement-continues-despite-health-and-civil-demands" target="_blank">at times</a> in <a href="http://www.ncsl.org/research/civil-and-criminal-justice/states-that-limit-or-prohibit-juvenile-shackling-and-solitary-confinement635572628.aspx" target="_blank">solitary confinement</a>.</p><p>To be sure, the U.S. has made some strides toward strengthening children's rights.</p><p>In 2005, for example, the Supreme Court removed one of the most significant differences between U.S. law and the convention when it <a href="https://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4518051" target="_blank">abolished the death penalty for minors</a>. And in 2012 the court ruled that the practice of handing children <a href="https://cas.uab.edu/humanrights/2018/11/19/childrens-rights-in-the-united-states/" target="_blank">mandatory life-without-parole sentences</a> is <a href="https://www.ap.org/explore/locked-up-for-life/Miller-v-Alabama-and-Jackson-v-Hobbs" target="_blank">unconstitutional</a>.</p><p>Because the international agreement encourages governments to include children's voices in decisions that affect them, I believe that ratification would support efforts by U.S. kids to address the social, environmental and legal problems they care about most. Young activists fighting to advance climate justice, end gun violence and increase racial equity would all have the convention behind them when they speak out.</p>
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