Children's books about refugees & asylum seekers

The Sky at Our Feet

The Sky at Our Feet

Nadia Hashimi

Although Jason was born in the US, it's hard to feel American now when he's terrified that his mother will be discovered-and that they will be separated.When he sees his mother being escorted from her workplace by two officers,...

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We Are Displaced

We Are Displaced

Malala Yousafzai

Five years on from the publication of her internationally bestselling memoir, We Are Displaced presents true stories of the refugee experience interwoven with Malala's own story of her displacement.  

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 Read reviewWhen Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit

When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit

Judith Kerr

This semi-autobiographical and unforgettable story, of a Jewish family fleeing from Germany before the start of the Second World War, now reissued with its original cover illustration in this very special edition. ...

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Between Us

Between Us

Clare Atkins

Ana's in a detention centre and Jono's life is spiralling out of control. Can their growing romance overcome the borders between them?

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 Read reviewZenobia

Zenobia

Morten Dürr, Lars Horneman

When the Syrian war reaches Amina's village she's forced to escape, and during her perilous journey she thinks of the brave warrior Zenobia to remind her to stay strong.

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 Read reviewWisp

Wisp

Zana Fraillon, Grahame Baker-Smith

A refugee story of extraordinary power and beauty from the Amnesty CILIP Honour-winning author of The Bone Sparrow, Zana Fraillon, and Kate Greenaway Medal-winning illustrator Grahame Baker Smith.

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Songbird

Songbird

Ingrid Laguna

A unique, tender and heart-warming novel following a young girl's experience as an Iraqi refugee in Melbourne, her desire to belong, and the importance of friendship.

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Goat on a Boat

Goat on a Boat

Nick Dent, Suzanne Houghton

When a goat arrives on a rocky island, the resident sheep are afraid he'll eat all their grass. But this goat has hidden talents... This humorous story for children has an important message to convey.

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 Read reviewThe Boy At the Back of the Class

The Boy At the Back of the Class

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.

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Room on Our Rock

Room on Our Rock

Kate Temple, Terri Rose Baynton

Two seals are perched on a rock. When others need shelter, do they share it?Room on Our Rock celebrates the truth that there are two sides to every story.This clever picture book has one story that can be...

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 Read reviewWhen Michael Met Mina

When Michael Met Mina

Randa Abdel-Fattah

Michael has always believed that everything in life is black and white. But that was before he met Mina.

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The Night Diary

The Night Diary

Veera Hiranandani

In the vein of Inside Out and Back Again and The War That Saved My Life comes a poignant, personal, and hopeful tale of India's partition, and of one girl's journey to find a new home in a divided country.

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 Read reviewThe Journey

The Journey

Francesca Sanna

With haunting echoes of current affairs 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...

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Refuge

Refuge

Jackie French

Refuge centres around a 14-year-old Afghan boy who spent much of his life in Pakistani refugee camps before making the voyage from Indonesia to Australia. As the boat crashes against the rocks of Christmas Island he loses...

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I'm Australian Too

I’m Australian Too

Mem Fox, Ronojoy Ghosh

I'm Australian! How about you? Many people from many places have come across the seas to make Australia their home. How Australian is that? From countries near and far, many have made their home in Australia, sharing it with...

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Refugee

Refugee

Alan Gratz

This action-packed novel tackles topics both timely and timeless: courage, survival, and the quest for home. Three kids go on harrowing journeys in search of refuge. And although Josef, Isabel, and Mahmoud are separated by...

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Waves: For Those Who Come Across the Sea

Waves: For Those Who Come Across the Sea

Donna Rawlins, Mark Jackson, Heather Potter

Every journey is perilous, every situation heartbreaking. Every refugee is a person forced by famine or war or fear to leave their home, their families, their friends and all they know. Children have travelled on the waves of...

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 Read reviewDetention

Detention

Tristan Bancks

Sima and her family are pressed to the rough, cold ground among fifty others. They lie next to the tall fence designed to keep them in. The wires are cut one by one. When they make their escape, a guard raises the...

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My Two Blankets

My Two Blankets

Irena Kobald, Freya Blackwood

A beautiful tale about friendship and culture, paired with award-winning Freya Blackwood's stunning illustrations

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 Read reviewMy Two Blankets: Arabic and English edition

My Two Blankets: Arabic and English edition

Irena Kobald, Freya Blackwood

This beautiful tale about friendship and culture, paired with award-winning Freya Blackwood's stunning illustrations makes for the most exquisite book.

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 Read reviewMy Two Blankets: Farsi and English edition

My Two Blankets: Farsi and English edition

Irena Kobald, Freya Blackwood

This beautiful tale about friendship and culture, paired with award-winning Freya Blackwood's stunning illustrations makes for the most exquisite book.

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 Read reviewMy Two Blankets: Dari and English edition

My Two Blankets: Dari and English edition

Irena Kobald, Freya Blackwood

This beautiful tale about friendship and culture, paired with award-winning Freya Blackwood's stunning illustrations makes for the most exquisite book.

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A Land of Permanent Goodbyes

A Land of Permanent Goodbyes

Atia Abawi

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.

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Touch the Sun: the Freedom Finders

Touch the Sun: the Freedom Finders

Emily Conolan

To find freedom, you must leave behind everything you've ever known. It is 2011. You want nothing more than to be a journalist in Somalia like your aunty. But the truth can be dangerous - and when you and your little sister are...

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The Mediterranean

The Mediterranean

Armin Greder

A lifeless body. One of many in the waters of the Mediterranean. Precarious boats navigate the waters of the sea, from south to north. And more often than not, it is not only hope that drowns.From the creator of The Island.

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The Arrival

The Arrival

Shaun Tan

A unique 128-page, textless graphic novel, in black, white and sepia, drawing inspiration from tales of migrants in past and recent times.

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Suri's Wall

Suri’s Wall

Lucy Estela

Eva squeezed Suri's hand. 'What's there? What can you see?' 'What can I see?' Suri looked out over the wall. 'Oh, it's beautiful, let me tell you all about it.' A moving tale of the power of the human spirit brought alive by...

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The Little Refugee

The Little Refugee

Anh Do, Suzanne Do, Bruce Whatley

The Little Refugee tells of one family's survival against the odds, and the transforming power of hope.

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The Bone Sparrow

The Bone Sparrow

Zana Fraillon

Subhi's imagination is as big as the ocean and wide as the sky, but his world is much smaller: he's spent his whole life in an immigration detention centre. The Bone Sparrow is a powerful, heartbreaking, sometimes funny...

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A Grain of Hope

A Grain of Hope

Nicola Philp, Aldy Aguirre

A picture book about refugees and animals that will make you catch your breath on the last page.

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Azzi In Between

Azzi In Between

Sarah Garland

A haunting story of a family's flight from danger to a new life in a new country.

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Boy 87

Boy 87

Ele Fountain

Shif is just an ordinary schoolboy who loves chess and playing with his best friend. But, one day, he is forced to leave home to avoid conscription into the army. He embarks on an epic journey, in which he encounters dangers and...

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Islandborn

Islandborn

Junot Diaz, Leo Espinosa

From New York Times bestseller and Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Diaz comes a debut picture book about the magic of memory and the infinite power of the imagination.

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Hope in a Ballet Shoe

Hope in a Ballet Shoe

Michaela DePrince, Elaine DePrince

Growing up in war-torn Sierra Leone, she witnesses atrocities that no child ever should. Her father is killed by rebels and her mother dies of famine. Sent to an orphanage, Michaela is mistreated and she sees the brutal murder of...

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The Silver Sword

The Silver Sword

Ian Serraillier, Matt Jones

Although the silver sword was only a paper knife, it became the symbol of hope and courage which kept the Balicki children and their orphan friend Jan alive through the four years of occupation when they had to fend for...

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