How do we talk to children about the current refugee crisis? Books can be a great place to start! The following books tell the stories of children forced to leave home. While talking to children about serious subjects can be hard, reading these titles together, talking about them, and making connections to your children’s own experiences can make it much easier.
Explores the unimaginable decisions made as a family leaves their home and everything they know to escape the turmoil and tragedy brought by war.
When a weary stranger arrives one day with nothing but a suitcase, his new neighbors ask nervous questions about who he is and where he comes from before they are challenged to decide between trusting the newcomer or taking the risk of not believing him.
A first-person account of children’s experiences in detention at the southern U.S. border, featuring sworn testimonies from 61 of these children, who range in age from five to seventeen and hail from Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Ecuador, and Mexico. This title is also available as an eBook on Libby/OverDrive, or as an eBook on Hoopla.
Ebo has lost his parents and doesn’t know where his sister went when his brother decides to go in search of her. Left alone, he decides to travel in search of his brother, starting a journey that will take him from Ghana, through the Sahara Desert, and hopefully across the Mediterranean to safety. You can also check out this title as an eBook on Overdrive/Libby, as an eBook on Hoopla, and in eAudio on Hoopla.
Presents five true stories, from 1939 to today, about young people who lived through the harrowing experience of setting sail in search of asylum: Ruth and her family board the St. Louis to escape Nazism; Phu sets out alone from war-torn Vietnam; José tries to reach the United States from Cuba; Najeeba flees Afghanistan and the Taliban; and after losing his family, Mohamed abandons his village on the Ivory Coast in search of a new life. This title is also available as an eBook on Hoopla.