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Books About Refugee Experiences

Created by 49thShelf
  • Age: 0 to 100
  • Grade: p to 17
tagged: refugees, kidlit, 49th Kids, k49k, DIV-0318, refugees and newcomers
These kids books feature characters fleeing war in violence in different conflicts around the world and throughout history.

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Ghost's Journey

A Refugee Story

by Robin Stevenson, by (photographer) Rainer Oktovianus
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 4 to 10
  • Grade: p to 5
tagged: cats, emigration & immigration, lgbt

When Indonesia becomes a dangerous place for the LGBTQ+ community, Ghost and her family are forced to leave their home and escape to freedom in Canada. Ghost's Journey is inspired by the true story of two gay refugees, Rainer and Eka, and their cat Ghost, with illustrations created from Rainer's photographs. Written by award-winning author, Robin S …

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Stormy Seas

Stories of Young Boat Refugees

by Mary Beth Leatherdale, illustrated by Eleanor Shakespeare
edition: Hardcover
also available: Paperback eBook
  • age: 10 to 14
  • Grade: 5 to 9
tagged: emigration & immigration

A treacherous voyage across the open seas is the last hope for safety and freedom for five young people from around the world. The phenomenon of desperate refugees risking their lives to reach safety is not new. For hundreds of years, people have left behind family, friends, and all they know in hope of a better life. This book presents five true s …

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My Beautiful Birds

illustrated by Suzanne Del Rizzo
edition: Hardcover
also available: Paperback
  • age: 6 to 10
  • Grade: 1 to 4
tagged: middle east, birds, emotions & feelings, homelessness & poverty, depression & mental illness

Behind Sami, the Syrian skyline is full of smoke. The boy follows his family and all his neighbours 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 is his pet pigeons - will they escape too? When they reach a refugee camp and are safe at last, everyone settles …

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Stepping Stones

A Refugee Family's Journey

by Margriet Ruurs, by (artist) Nizar Ali Badr, translated by Falah Raheem
edition: Hardcover
also available: eBook Audiobook
  • age: 6 to 8
  • Grade: 1 to 3
tagged: emigration & immigration, middle east, multigenerational

This unique picture book was inspired by the stone artwork of Syrian artist Nizar Ali Badr, discovered by chance by Canadian children’s writer Margriet Ruurs. The author was immediately impressed by the strong narrative quality of Mr. Badr’s work, and, using many of Mr. Badr’s already-created pieces, she set out to create a story about the S …

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Stay Silent

A Refugee's Escape from Colombia

by Natalie Hyde
edition: Paperback
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Paola Gómez's childhood in an abusive home led her to dedicate her life to providing shelter for women and children in crisis. But when standing up against those responsible for the murder of a street child led to death threats against her and her family, she knew she was in trouble. After a brutal attack in the dark of night, she had only one cho …

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Adrift at Sea

A Vietnamese Boy's Story of Survival

by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch, with Tuan Ho, illustrated by Brian Deines
edition: Hardcover
also available: Paperback
  • age: 6 to 9
  • Grade: 1 to 4
tagged: emigration & immigration, historical, asia

Now in paperback, the award-winning first picture book to recount the dramatic true story of a refugee family’s perilous escape from Vietnam

It is 1981. In the middle of the Pacific Ocean, a fishing boat overloaded with 60 Vietnamese refugees drifts. The motor has failed; the hull is leaking; the drinking water is nearly gone. This is the dramatic …

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Stay Strong

A Musician's Journey from Congo to Canada

by Natalie Hyde
edition: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 100
  • Grade: 7 to 17
tagged: music, social activists, emigration & immigration

Growing up, Gentil Misigaro only knew the world as a place of loss, fear, and death. For fifteen years he and his family moved from country to country to escape the violence, but it followed them from their village in Congo to Rwanda and then Uganda. Through it all Gentil found strength and hope in music. When his family got the news that they had …

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Children of War

Voices Of Iraqi Refugees

by Deborah Ellis
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover eBook
  • age: 0
  • Grade: p to 17
tagged: middle east, death & dying, emigration & immigration

USBBY Outstanding International Books Honor List

In this book, Deborah Ellis turns her attention to the most tragic victims of the Iraq war -- Iraqi children. She interviews young people, mostly refugees living in Jordan, but also a few who are trying to build new lives in North America. Some families have left Iraq with money; others are penniless …