Topic Books about Immigration, Migration and Being a Refugee for Children in EYFS, KS1 & KS2

Wisp: A Story of Hope 

by Zana Fraillon

Idris is a child refugee, born into a world of tents and fences. One day the Wisp arrives, floating on the breeze. Everyone who holds it finds their memories reawakened, their hopes reborn. But what about Idris, who has no memories? What will happen when he holds the Wisp?

Me and My Fear by Francesca Sanna

When a young girl has to travel to a new country and start at a new school, her Fear tells her to be afraid. How can she make friends if she doesn't understand their language? A heart-warming and relevant tale that shows us the importance of sharing your Fear with others.


Wall by Tom Clohost Cole

This spectacular book, following one boy's struggle to reunite his family, arrives to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall. Although based around true stories, the wall is symbolic of separations around the world, whether it be between whole communities or two individuals. 

The Journey by Francesca Sanna

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 with you long after the last page is turned.


The Boy at the Back of the Class by Onjali Q Rauf

Told with heart and humour, The Boy at the Back of the Class is a child's perspective on the refugee crisis, highlighting the importance of friendship and kindness in a world that doesn't always make sense. 

Dreams of Freedom

by Amnesty International

This inspirational book contains 17 quotations about many different aspects of freedom, from the freedom to have an education, to the freedom to have a home and to be yourself. All the chosen quotations are in simple words that can be understood by young children.


We Are All Born Free

by Amnesty International

An illustrated celebration of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, brought to life by internationally-renowned artists including Axel Scheffler and Satoshi Kitamura. An excellent starting point for discussing ideas and concepts relating to freedom.


Refuge by Anne Booth

The Christmas story and what follows: the fleeing of Jesus, Mary and Joseph from Herod's soldiers to Egypt. With a message that couldn't be more relevant in today's society, this book is one to provoke much discussion about being a refugee and how that must feel to be rejected.

King of the Sky by Nicola Davies

Starting a new life in a new country, a young boy feels lost and alone – until he meets an old man who keeps racing pigeons. Together they pin their hopes on a race across Europe and the special bird they believe can win it: King of the Sky. A beautiful story with a powerful resonance in our troubled times. 


Ali's Story by Andy Glynne

This picture book tells the story of 10-year-old refugee Ali who flees his home country of Afghanistan to avoid the conflict caused by war. Told in Ali's own words, it documents the feelings of alienation, separation and suffering that war can place on immigrant children, and the thread of hope that can help them overcome their ordeal.

The Day War Came 

by Rebecca Cobbs

Imagine if, on an ordinary day, war came. Imagine it turned your town to rubble. Imagine going on a long and difficult journey – all alone. Imagine finding no welcome at the end of it. A powerful aid for explaining the ongoing refugee crisis to younger readers.


My Name is Not Refugee

by Kate Milner

A young boy discusses the journey he is about to make with his mother. A powerful and moving exploration that draws the young reader into each stage of the journey, inviting the chance to imagine the decisions they would make.


Refugees and Migrants

by Ceri Roberts 

With constant access to the latest headlines, the world can be a scary place. Now imagine you're a child trying to make sense of it all! This beautifully illustrated non-fiction series takes a timely look at today's biggest issues and sensitively explains the crises in an appropriate way for young children.

Silence Seeker by Ben Morley

When a new family moves next door, Joe's mum explains that they are asylum seekers, but Joe hears 'silence seekers'. When he sees a young boy from the family sitting disconsolately on the steps, Joe decides to help him find a quiet place in the noisy and chaotic city. A simple story that gently opens discussion around the refugee crisis.


There's Room for Everyone

by Anahita Teymorian

A child lies awake at night and sees there’s enough room in the sky for all the stars and the moon. As he grows up, he doesn’t understand why people fight for space. Surely there will always be room for everyone? A beautiful and profound picture book - a touching allegory for war and the refugee crisis.

Leaf by Sandra Dieckmann

When a polar bear arrives unexpectedly in the woods, the other animals fear him, and his odd habit of collecting leaves only adds to their distrust. Then one day, they watch as he attempts to fly with wings made of colourful leaves... trying to get back home. A moving story with an important message on how we treat others.


The Island by Armin Greder 

When the people of the Island discover a man and a tattered raft on their beach, they are reluctant to take him in. He doesn't look like them. But they cannot send him back to the sea. Instead, they put him aside but even that doesn't solve their problem. A powerful picture book about refugees, xenophobia,  social politics and human rights.


by Alexis Deacon

Beegu is not supposed to be on Earth. She is lost. She is a friendly little creature, but the Earth People don't seem very welcoming at all. However, so far she has only met the BIG ones. The little ones are a different matter. A story about inclusion and acceptance of others.


Welcome by Barroux 

When Polar Bear is swept away from their icy home, they hope to find refuge in a new land. But when they are turned away from one new place after another, they start to doubt that they will ever find somewhere they will be made welcome. A great opportunity to discuss the plight of migrants and refugees in a gentle, open-ended way.

The Arrival by Shaun Tan

What drives so many to leave everything behind and journey alone to a mysterious country, a place without family or friends, where everything is nameless and the future is unknown. This silent graphic novel is the story of every migrant, every displaced person, and a tribute to all those who have made the journey.


The Suitcase 

by Chris Naylor-Ballesteros

When a strange-looking animal arrives, the other animals are curious. What on earth could be inside that suitcase? But when the animals break into it and discover a very special photograph, they begin to understand what the strange creature has been through, and together they create a very special welcome gift...

Maybe the Moon by Frances Ives

Follow the story of Eric, a little boy who loves his life in his forest home. When he moves to the city, he sets about searching for happiness in a strange new environment. Eric's journey shows him that whatever the differences between people and places, we are all united and are never alone when we share the same moon. Ideal for 3-5 years.

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