Children's books about refugees & asylum seekers

 Read reviewThe Year the Maps Changed

The Year the Maps Changed

Danielle Binks

One extraordinary year will change them all...

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What Is A Refugee?

What Is A Refugee?

Elise Gravel

Explores what it means to be a refugee in an illustrated introduction to the topic.

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Songs of a War Boy

Songs of a War Boy

Deng Thiak Adut, Ben Mckelvey

The true story of Deng Adut - Sudanese child soldier, refugee, man of hope

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Beyond Belief

Beyond Belief

Dee White

Inspired by the true story of Muslims who saved the lives of Jewish children in the Second World War.

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Between Us

Between Us

Clare Atkins

Winner of the CBCA Book of the Year Award for Older Readers 2019. 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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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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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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 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.

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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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 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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I'm Australian Too

I’m Australian Too

Mem Fox, Ronojoy Ghosh

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 Read reviewThe Boy At the Back of the Class

The Boy At the Back of the Class

Onjali Q. Rauf, Pippa Curnick

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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 Read reviewThe Journey

The Journey

Sanna Francesca, 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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 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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Refugee

Refugee

Alan Gratz

A tour de force from the acclaimed author of Prisoner B-3087, this timely and powerful novel tells the story of three different children seeking refuge. Although they are separated by continents and decades, shocking...

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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: 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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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 Lucy...

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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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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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