Theme: Refugee Life

My Beautiful Birds

Posted by on Dec 7, 2017 in Ages 06 and up, Asian (West), Syria, Syrian, Theme: Civil War, Theme: Community, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Refugee Life, Theme: Survival, Theme: Trauma, Theme: War | 0 comments

My Beautiful Birds

My Beautiful Birds By Suzanne Del Rizzo Published by Pajama Press Inc. Age Range: 6+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “If you’ve been wondering how to present the refugee crisis to children without losing faith in humanity, take a look at this graceful, even uplifting book.” —The New York Times Book Review Description Behind Sami, the Syrian skyline is full of smoke. The boy follows his family and all his neighbors in a long line, as they trudge through the sands and hills to escape the bombs that have destroyed their homes. But all Sami can think of...

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A Land of Permanent Goodbyes

Posted by on Dec 4, 2017 in Ages 12 and up, Asian (West), Germany, Greece, Macedonia, Syria, Syrian, Theme: #OwnVoices, Theme: Family Death, Theme: Family Separation, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Migrant Life, Theme: Refugee Life, Theme: Survival, Theme: Trauma, Theme: War, Turkey | 0 comments

A Land of Permanent Goodbyes

A Land Of Permanent Goodbyes By Atia Abawi Published by Penguin Young Readers Group Age Range: 12+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “[An] unforgettable novel that brings readers face to face with the global refugee crisis…”  —Kirkus Reviews Description Narrated by Destiny, this heartbreaking — and timely — story of refugees escaping from war-torn Syria is masterfully told by a foreign news correspondent who experienced the crisis firsthand. In a country ripped apart by war, Tareq lives with his big and loving family . . . until the bombs strike. His...

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Refugee

Posted by on Nov 23, 2017 in Ages 09 and up, Caribbean, Cuba, Cuban American, Europe (Unnamed Country), Jewish, Middle East, Middle Eastern, Syria, Syrian, Theme: Building Futures, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Family Separation, Theme: Fleeing Persecution, Theme: Historical, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Migrant Life, Theme: Refugee Life, Theme: Religious Persecution, Theme: Separation & Reunion, Theme: Survival, Theme: Trauma, Theme: War, United States, Western European | 0 comments

Refugee

Refugee By Alan Gratz Published by Scholastic Inc. Age Range: 9+ Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat This compelling novel will help young people make sense of today’s refugee crisis. — Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Description JOSEF is a Jewish boy living in 1930s Nazi Germany. With the threat of concentration camps looming, he and his family board a ship bound for the other side of the world . . . ISABEL is a Cuban girl in 1994. With riots and unrest plaguing her country, she and her family set out on a raft, hoping to find safety in America . . . MAHMOUD is...

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Journey 84

Posted by on Feb 6, 2017 in Ages 10 and up, Mexican, Mexican American, Mexico, North America, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Family Separation, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Refugee Life, Theme: Undocumented Immigration | Comments Off on Journey 84

Journey 84

This is not a book, but it is story. This is an ad created by 84 Lumber to air during the 2017 Super Bowl. It was deemed too controversial for the original ad and banned from broadcast. It is a mother and daughter’s symbolic migrant journey towards becoming legal American citizens.

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Stepping Stones: A Refugee Family’s Journey

Posted by on Feb 6, 2017 in Ages 13 and up, Europe (Unnamed Country), Syria, Syrian, Theme: Civil War, Theme: Fleeing Persecution, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Refugee Life, Theme: Survival, Theme: Undocumented Immigration, Theme: War | Comments Off on Stepping Stones: A Refugee Family’s Journey

Stepping Stones: A Refugee Family’s Journey

Stepping Stones: A Refugee Family’s Journey By Margriet Ruurs Art by Nizar Badr Translated by Falah Raheem Published by Orca Book Publishers Age Range: 13 and older Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat   “An astonishing book that allows the humanity of refugees to speak louder than politics and introduces readers to one of Syria’s incredible artists.” —Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review   Description This unique picture book was inspired by the stone artwork of Syrian artist Nizar Ali Badr, discovered by chance by Canadian children’s writer...

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The Journey

Posted by on Dec 17, 2016 in Ages 06 and up, Europe (Unnamed Country), Middle East, Middle Eastern (Unnamed Country), Theme: Family Death, Theme: Fleeing Persecution, Theme: Refugee Life | Comments Off on The Journey

The Journey

The Journey By Francesca Sanna Published by Nobrow Ltd Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N | Worldcat “…wonderful teaching tool for those who are welcoming refugees into their community. For those who have escaped war, this book might prompt them to share their own stories.” —The New York Times Book Review Description With haunting echoes of the current refugee crisis this beautifully illustrated book explores the unimaginable decisions made as a family leave their home and everything they know to escape the turmoil and tragedy brought by war. This book will stay...

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Joseph’s Big Ride

Posted by on May 2, 2016 in African (East), African (Unnamed Country of Origin), African American, Ages 06 and up, Kenya, Somali American, Sudanese American, Theme: Community, Theme: Cross-Group Friendship, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Refugee Life | Comments Off on Joseph’s Big Ride

Joseph’s Big Ride

Joseph’s Big Ride By Terry Farish Illustrated by Ken Daley Published by Annick Press, Limited Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N “A joyful, upbeat tale that takes a positive perspective on an immigrant child’s first encounters..” —Kirkus Reviews Description A refugee boy’s determination to ride a bicycle leads to an unexpected friendship. Joseph wants only one thing: to ride a bike. In the refugee camp where he lives, Joseph helps one of the older boys fix his bike, but he’s too small to ride it. Joseph and his mother travel to America, where everything is...

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Two White Rabbits

Posted by on Nov 10, 2015 in Ages 04 and up, Central America, Guatemalan, Latino, Mexican, Mexico, Salvadoran, South American, Theme: Community, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Migrant Life, Theme: Refugee Life, Theme: Undocumented Immigration | 1 comment

Two White Rabbits

Two White Rabbits By Jairo Buitrago Illustrated by Rafael Yockteng Published by Groundwood Books Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N “An important and timely picture book for every library collection.”  —School Library Journal  Description In this moving and timely story, a young child describes what it is like to be a migrant as she and her father travel north toward the U.S. border. They travel mostly on the roof of a train known as The Beast, but the little girl doesn’t know where they are going. She counts the animals by the road, the clouds in the sky, the stars....

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I’m New Here

Posted by on May 24, 2015 in Ages 05 and up, Guatemalan American, Korean American, Somali American, Theme: Community, Theme: Cultural Differences, Theme: Education, Theme: Education & Literacy, Theme: Learning English, Theme: Multicultural Friendship, Theme: Refugee Life, Theme: The Arts | Comments Off on I’m New Here

I’m New Here

I’m New Here  By Anne Sibley O’Brien Published by Charlesbridge Publishing Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N “Whether readers are new themselves or meeting those who are new, there are lessons to be learned here about perseverance, bravery, and inclusion, and O’Brien’s lessons are heartfelt and poetically rendered.”   —Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review Description Maria is from Guatemala, Jin is from Korea, and Fatima is from Somalia. All three are new to their American elementary school, and each has trouble speaking, writing, and sharing ideas in English....

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The Day My Father Became A Bush

Posted by on Jan 29, 2015 in Ages 09 and up, Theme: Civil War, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Fleeing Persecution, Theme: Refugee Life, Theme: Separation & Reunion | Comments Off on The Day My Father Became A Bush

The Day My Father Became A Bush

The Day My Father Became a Bush By Joke van Leeuwen Illustrated by Joke van Leeuwen Translated by Bill Nagelkerke Published by Lerner Publishing Group Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N “A brilliant, eerily engrossing evocation of war as it brushes up against youth—a harsh slice of the world during a mean piece of history.” —Kirkus Reviews   Description A clear-eyed, funny, and off-beat novel about a girl making sense of a baffling world. ; Toda’ s father has gone away to fight in the war. Luckily, he’ s read about camouflage and will be able to hide from...

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Blue Gold

Posted by on Sep 11, 2014 in African (Central), Ages 12 and up, Canada, China, Chinese, Congolese, Republic of Congo, Theme: Human Rights, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Refugee Life, Theme: Survival | Comments Off on Blue Gold

Blue Gold

Blue Gold By Elizabeth Stewart Published by Annick Press Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   “Artfully blending psychological insights with global politics and business ethics, Stewart demonstrates the interconnectedness of the global economy with elegant prose and page-turning cliffhangers.” —Karen Doerksen Readerly, National Reading Campaign     Description Coltan, or “blue gold,” is a rare mineral used in making cell phones and computers. Across continents, the lives of three teen girls are affected by the “blue gold” trade. Sylvie’s...

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Escaping the Tiger

Posted by on Jul 9, 2013 in Ages 13 and up, Asia (Southeast), Laos, Laotian American, Thailand, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Historical, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Refugee Life, Theme: Sibling Relationship, Theme: Survival | 1 comment

Escaping the Tiger

Escaping the Tiger By Laura Manivong Published by Harper Collins “Based on the author’s husband’s own experiences, this is a vivid and lovingly drawn tale of people caught in the crossroads of history and struggling to retain both dignity and hope.” –Children’s Literature “This is a moving story that breathes life into a chapter of twentieth-century history that may be little known to young readers.” –Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description Vonlai knows that soldiers who guard the Mekong...

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Mahtab’s Story

Posted by on Jan 17, 2013 in Afghani, Afghanistan, Ages 09 and up, Asian (Central), Pakistan, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Refugee Life | Comments Off on Mahtab’s Story

Mahtab’s Story

Mahtab’s Story By Libby Gleeson Published by Allen and Unwin “Gleeson has created a protagonist with the strength of a woman yet the naïveté of a child. Her writing style is fluid, and it captures readers’ attention from the very beginning.” –School Library Journal Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N     Description Mahtab was hollow. Empty, as if her flesh and blood, her energy, that kept her breathing and running, thinking and talking, was gone. Nothing was in its place. She was hungry. Hungry for water, for her father, for her grandmother, her...

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Now is the Time for Running

Posted by on Jan 14, 2013 in African (South), Ages 13 and up, South Africa, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Refugee Life, Theme: Sibling Relationship, Theme: Survival, Theme: Xenophobia, Zimbabwe, Zimbabwean | Comments Off on Now is the Time for Running

Now is the Time for Running

Now is the Time for Running By Michael Williams Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers “Williams skillfully draws the plight of these refugee brothers with both suspense and sympathy, and readers cannot help but root for them in their quest to rebuild their broken lives.” –Horn Books Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N     Description Just down the road from their families, Deo and his friends play soccer in the dusty fields of Zimbabwe, cheered on by Deo’s older brother, Innocent. It is a day like any other… until the soldiers arrive...

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Give Me Shelter

Posted by on Jan 14, 2013 in Ages 10 and up, Congolese, Ethiopian American, Iraqi, Kosovar American, Multicultural, Multinational/Multicultural, Theme: Family Death, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Fleeing Persecution, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Refugee Life, Theme: Survival, Theme: Trauma | Comments Off on Give Me Shelter

Give Me Shelter

Give Me Shelter Edited By Tony Bradman Published by Frances Lincoln Children’s Book “It is a seriously important book…Most of all, we learn about the loneliness of being a refugee in a strange country.” –David Self, Paper Tigers Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N     Description The phrase ‘asylum-seeker’ is one we see in the media all the time. It stimulates fierce and controversial debate, in arguments about migration, race and religion. The movement of people from poor or struggling countries to those where there may be opportunities...

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Weeping Under This Same Moon

Posted by on Jan 14, 2013 in Ages 14 and up, Asia (Southeast), Theme: Immigration, Theme: Multicultural Friendship, Theme: Refugee Life, Vietnam, Vietnamese American | Comments Off on Weeping Under This Same Moon

Weeping Under This Same Moon

Weeping Under the Same Moon By Jana Laiz Published by Crow Flies Press “This heartrending story really rings true and is impossible to ignore, especially since it’s based on real events.” –VOYA “…the book vividly portrays very different yet intersecting worlds.” –George Rupp, President, The International Rescue Committee Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N     Description Mei is an artist whose life has been disrupted by the Vietnam War. Her anguished parents send her away on a perilous escape during the exodus of thousands of Vietnamese...

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A Time of Miracles

Posted by on Jan 11, 2013 in Ages 12 and up, Caucasus Region, France, French, Georgia, Georgian, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Identity, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Refugee Life | Comments Off on A Time of Miracles

A Time of Miracles

A Time of Miracles By Anne-Laure Bondoux (Trans. by Y. Maudet) Published by Random House “The story is written in beautiful, quiet prose and offers a touch of hope, along with tragedy.” –School Library Journal “A beautifully cadenced tribute to maternal love and the power of stories amid contemporary political chaos.” –Kirkus Reviews Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N     Description Blaise Fortune, also known as Koumaïl, loves hearing the story of how he came to live with Gloria in the Republic of Georgia: Gloria was picking peaches in her...

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A Long Walk to Water

Posted by on Jan 11, 2013 in African (East), Ages 10 and up, Sudan, Sudanese American, Theme: Building Futures, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Refugee Life, Theme: Survival | Comments Off on A Long Walk to Water

A Long Walk to Water

A Long Walk to Water By Linda Sue Park Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt “Park employs well-chosen details and a highly atmospheric setting to underscore both children’s struggles to survive” –Publisher’s Weekly “Brilliant. . . . A touching narrative about strife and survival on a scale most American readers will never see.”—BookPage Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description Nya goes to the pond to fetch water for her family. She walks eight hours every day. Salva walks away from his war-torn village. He is a “lost boy” refugee,...

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Santa Claus in Baghdad

Posted by on Aug 21, 2012 in Ages 10 and up, Egpyt, Egyptian, Iraq, Iraqi, Jordan, Jordanian, Lebanese, Lebanon, Middle Eastern, Palestine, Palestinian American, Refugee Camp, Syrian, Theme: Building Futures, Theme: Cultural Traditions, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Refugee Life, Theme: Religious Faith, Tunisia | Comments Off on Santa Claus in Baghdad

Santa Claus in Baghdad

Santa Claus in Baghdad By Elsa Marston Published by Indiana University Press “Though few examples of popular culture depict Arabs in a positive light, Marston’s collection is one of the exceptions. Eight Muslim teen narrators are hopeful in the face of poverty, grief, and despair. The author, who worked and traveled extensively to the Middle East, has an uncanny ability to understand the Muslim culture and relay her characters’ innermost thoughts to Western audiences” –Chantal Walvoord,  ForeWord  Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description What is it like to be a...

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Dia’s Story Cloth

Posted by on Aug 10, 2012 in Ages 06 and up, Asia (Southeast), Hmong American, Refugee Camp, Theme: Cultural Traditions, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Refugee Life | Comments Off on Dia’s Story Cloth

Dia’s Story Cloth

Dia’s Story Cloth By Dia Cha Stitched by Chue and Nhia Thao Cha Published by Lee and Low Books “Using details from the cloth as illustrations, Cha retells her life story, a meeting of Hmong history and a classic American immigration tale…The text is subdued; it is the needlework that drives home the poignancy of this cataclysmic account. “–Publisher’s Weekly Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description Published to widespread acclaim in hardcover, “Dia’s Story Cloth” tells the tale of a young girl and her family’s...

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