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Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Books for children and young people about refugees and asylum seekers

refugees 4It’s Refugee Week, an appropriate time to update my previous blog on children’s books about refugees and asylum seekers. Since then several organisations have created useful booklists, so rather than replicating them, here are the links:

CLPE Refugee Experience Booklist
Words for Life Refugee Booklist
Booktrust Refugee and Asylum Seekers Booklist (younger children)
Booktrust Refugee and Asylum Seekers Booklist (older children)
Booktrust Refugee and Asylum Seekers Booklist (teenagers) 
Books for Topics Children’s Books about Refugees and Immigration

As is clear from these lists, there are now many wonderful picture books, fiction and information books that will help children who have not experienced enforced migration to gain empathy and understanding about what it means to be a refugee or asylum seeker. Many of the books are invaluable too for refugee and asylum seeking children, who need and deserve books in which they can find people like themselves, books that validate them, their families, their journeys, their emotions. My plea is that every school and every library not only stocks but actively uses and promotes these books. They are truly important. Do have a look at what Gill Lewis, author of A Story Like the Wind, which rightly appears on many of the booklists, has to say on the role of ‘informed storytelling’ about refugees and asylum seekers.