Children's books about refugees & asylum seekers

 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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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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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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Illegal

Illegal

Eoin Colfer, Andrew Donkin, Giovanni Rigano

This is a powerful and timely story about one boy's epic journey across Africa to Europe, a graphic novel for all children with glorious colour artwork throughout. From Eoin Colfer, previously Irish Children's Laureate, and the...

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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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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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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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We Are Displaced: My Journey and Stories from Refugee Girls Around the World

We Are Displaced: My Journey and Stories from Refugee Girls Around the World

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 reviewThe Day War Came

The Day War Came

Nicola Davies, Rebecca Cobb

A powerful and necessary picture book - the journey of a child forced to become a refugee when war destroys everything she has ever known. Imagine if, on an ordinary day, war came. Imagine it turned your town to...

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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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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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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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Suri's Wall

Suri’s Wall

Lucy Estela, Matthew Ottley

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...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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