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What can we learn about discrimination from Dr. Seuss? Or standards of living from the "Three Little Pigs?"

Plenty of children’s books teach morals and lessons, but those morals and lessons can teach children about something more: their human rights.

That’s the argument from Georgia State law professor Jonathan Todres, who co-authored the book “Human Rights in Children’s Literature: Imagination and the Narrative of Law” with Sarah Higinbotham, who teaches law and literature at Georgia Tech.

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The depth of work that goes into writer and artist Eric Carle's books for children might surprise you.

The author's works are on display now at the High Museum in a show called "I See a Story." In it, audiences can get a closer look at some of the original work that became beloved books like "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" and "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?"

Lois Reitzes recently spoke with two of the show's curators, Virginia Shearer and Ginia Sweeney, about the depth behind the colorful illustrations.

"Peter and the Boycott" is a children's book based on the Montgomery Bus Boycott of 1955, by Atlanta teacher Yolanda Everett.
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It’s been almost 60 years since Rosa Parks’ refusal to move to the back of an Alabama bus sparked the civil rights movement across the Deep South.

A 10-year-old African-American boy living in Montgomery in 1955 participated in that event and is featured in a children's book published earlier this year.

The author of “Peter and the Boycott” is Yolanda Everett, a language arts teacher at Sandtown Middle School in Fulton County.

“I wanted them to get a sense that they can protest through nonviolent means and stand up for what’s right,” she said.

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Every time a child goes to their parents for help, it has something to do with money. Kids tend to get their allowances from their parents when they are doing chores for them or when they are on their best behavior, but what happens when the allowance runs out and the child doesn't have any money to put into their savings? 

That's the time when you bring in a young financial expert to the forefront to talk about ways to maintain economic responsibility.

Rose Scott and Denis O'Hayer pose with Aisha Saeed, author of "Written In The Stars" and co-founder of diversebooks.org
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When school lets out for the summer, many students still have homework in the form of summer reading lists.

If an Atlanta author has her way, young people will have a much broader choice of reading material, including stories about children of color, children with special needs, and young people who speak different languages.

Writer Aisha Saeed is also cofounder of the group We Need Diverse Books. The organization was formed by a group of authors to address what they saw as a lack of diversity in reading material for children.

Anti-bullying books by Justine Del Monte
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Young California author Justine Del Monte is very wise, despite her young age.

She's 14 years old and has already written two books on bullying aimed at young children. The books are growing in popularity. PBS has even turned the stories into children’s interstitials, which are shorts played between programs.

The two books so far in Del Monte's Drew's Books series are “Drew’s Dancing Drum” and “Drew Meets Boo.” The books are aimed at young children and send a basic message about how to brush off bullying.