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Barely a day goes by without the plight of refugees making headlines, whether through a tragedy, political conflict or a heart-rending tale of survival against the odds. In response to this global crisis a number of books have been published which help our young readers understand the refugee situation and encourgage them to make sense of a very difficult topic. We have gathered the best into this special category.

My Name is Not Refugee
Kate Milner
June 2017 Book of the Month Simple enough for the youngest child to understand and certain to prompt feelings of empathy in readers of all ages this timely story follows a young boy as he sets out from his home... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/05/2017
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King of the Sky
Nicola Davies
May 2017 Picture Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month May 2017 | In a story full of hope against adversity, King of the Sky tells how flying a homing pigeon helps a young... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 04/05/2017
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Kiss the Dust
Elizabeth Laird
A highly topical, award-winning novel from a truly great writer for children. The genocide of the Kurds by Saddam Hussein was to most people brutal and barbaric and given the current situation in the Middle East and the wars there... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 13/07/2017
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A Story Like the Wind
Gill Lewis
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month May 2017 Gill Lewis's A Story Like the Wind, a powerful and lyrical story about contemporary refugees, is fuelled by an ancient tale which tells how throughout history music has crossed barriers and... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 04/05/2017
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Here I Stand
Amnesty International UK
This powerful collection of stories commissioned by Amnesty International features contributions from a stellar line up of authors, including Sarah Crossan, Matt Haig, Frances Hardinge, Kevin Brooks and Neil Gaiman. Human rights abuses of many different kinds provide the starting... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/05/2017
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Refugees and Migrants
Ceridwen Roberts
A beautifully illustrated picture book that sensitively explains larger issues and crises that dominate the news in an appropriate manner for children. Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 27/10/2016
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Close to the Wind
Jon Walter
A timeless and haunting story of a boy and his grandfather fleeing a war-torn country. Original and yet eminiscent of Anne Holm and Sonya Hartnett, Close to the Wind is a powerful and moving novel with greed, love, trust at... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 03/07/2014
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Refuge
Anne Booth
This beautiful picture book captures the absolute essence of Christmas, retelling the story of the Nativity through the eyes of the donkey, and presenting the Holy Family as refugees relying on the kindness of strangers for food and shelter. The... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/10/2016
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The Journey
Francesca Sanna
Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2017 and awarded the Amnesty CILIP Honour | Shortlisted for the 2017 Klaus Flugge Prize | Shortlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award | A powerful picturebook which teacher judges described as “taking... Featured in: 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/04/2016
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Oranges In No Man's Land
Elizabeth Laird
Selected by a distinguished independent panel of experts including our editorial expert, Julia Eccleshare, for Diverse Voices - 50 of the best Children's Books celebrating cultural diversity in the UK. A gripping story of a ten-year-old girl who risks death... Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/08/2007
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Salt to the Sea
Ruta Sepetys
Winner of the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2017 | Longlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award It's early 1945 and a group of people trek across Germany, bound together by their desperation to reach the ship that can take them away... Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/02/2016
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Reader ReviewedWelcome to Nowhere
Elizabeth Laird
In a nutshell: the lives of a Syrian family brought vividly and sympathetically to life for young readers | This is an excellent book for young people who want to know what is happening in Syria and why – serious,... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 13/07/2017
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Refugee Boy
Benjamin Zephaniah
Selected by a distinguished independent panel of experts including our editorial expert, Julia Eccleshare, for Diverse Voices - 50 of the best Children's Books celebrating cultural diversity in the UK. Haunting, tragic and distressing in what it reveals about man's... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback (b Format) | Released 28/08/2001
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Reader ReviewedThe Bone Sparrow
Zana Fraillon
Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2017 and awarded the Amnesty CILIP Honour | Shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2016 | In a Nutshell: Refugees | Resilience | Friendship A heartfelt, harrowing insight into life as a Rohingya... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 12/01/2017
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Alpha Abidjan to Gare du Nord
Bessora
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Alpha hopes that his wife and little son are in Paris and he's desperate to see them. Denied a visa to travel he must make the long, long journey from his... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/08/2016
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A Story Like the Wind celebrates our common humanity and upholds the human rights values of love, friendship, kindness, home, family, culture and safety.’ - Nicky Parker, Publisher, Amnesty International UK

An image from A Story Like the Wind by Gill Lewis and Jo Weaver.

A Refugee is a person who has been forced to leave their country in order to escape war, persecution, or natural disaster.

Over 21 million people have been forced flee their countries to find safety.

Refugees are protected through international law and should not be returned to countries where their lives are at risk. There are numbers of charities across the world that do incredible work supporting refugees, helping with asylum requests and providing immediate aid; food, shelter and medical assistance, and protecting the human rights of these very vunerable people.

Amnesty International. If you are interested in finding out more about the refugee crisis there are articles, blogs and videos on the Amnesty International website. You can also hear an interview with Lord Dubs, the Labour Peer who campaigns for the rights of refugees. As a child he was rescued from Nazi Germany on the Kindertransport, just before the outbreak of World War Two. Listen here.

Or visit www.unhcr.org which is the UN Refugee Agency, a global organisation dedicated to saving lives, protecting rights and building a better future for refugees, forcibly displaced communities and stateless people.

The British Red Cross supports refugees seeking help in the UK. You can read some of the true stories from thousand of refugees the British Red Cross have helped at www.redcross.org.uk - and find out what special services are available to young refugees, some of whom arrive in the UK without their parents or other family member.

An image from My Name is Not Refugee by Kate Milner

The books in this collection appeal to a wide range of ages and are perfect to help initiate a discussion as a family or in the classroom.

Amnesty International and the Amnesty CILIP Honour:

The Amnesty CILIP Honour was introduced in 2016, to commend human rights in children’s literature. One book is selected from each of the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medal shortlists, chosen because it most distinctively illuminates, upholds or celebrates freedoms. The inaugural Amnesty CILIP Honours were awarded in 2016 to Robin Talley for Lies We Tell Ourselves (CILIP Carnegie Medal shortlist) and Ross Collins for There’s a Bear on My Chair (CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal shortlist).

The judges for the 2017 Amnesty CILIP honour are: Amy Leon, Ross Collins, Sita Brahmachari, Bali Rai, Jack Mapanje, Manya Benenson, Louise Johns-Shepherd, Nicky Parker, Dan Jones and Rowena Seabrook.

The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon was awarded the Amnesty CILIP Honour from the CILIP Carnegie Medal shortlist.

The Journey by Francesca Sanna was awarded the Amnesty CILIP Honour from the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal shortlist.


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