IMMIGRATION & REFUGEES

Explore the feelings and experiences of those who move to new countries to seek new opportunities or safety with these highly-rated books ...

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.