It's not easy to explain to kids why other kids have to leave their country and flee. These books will help children understand what others experience across the world.
1. Stepping Stones: A Refugee Family’s Journey written by Margriet Ruurs, artwork by Nizar Ali Badr
Written in Arabic and English, combined with the beautiful stone artwork Stepping Stones tells the story of a family forced to leave behind everything they know and love.
2. Waves: For Those Who Came Across the Sea by Donna Rawlins, Heather Potter & Mark Jackson
Children have migrated to the shores of Australia for tens of thousands of years. Waves tells some of these stories, showing how we are all more similar than we think.
3. Out by Angela May George and Owen Swan
A realistic explanation for kids about what it means to be an asylum seeker, and what it’s like to be separated from those you love.
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4. Suri’s Wall by Lucy Estella and Matt Ottley
A moving tale with transportive story-telling. The illustrations are stunning, and kids will love unpacking each page.
5. The Day War Came written by Nicola Davies, illustrated by Rebecca Cobb
The Day War Came is based on a true story of a refugee child being refused entry to a school because there was no chair for her to sit on. It’s a reminder of the power of kindness.
6. Malala’s Magic Pencil written by Malala Yousafzai, illustrated by Kerascoet
Parents will have heard of Malala Yousafzai before – in 2014 she became the youngest Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize ever. It's a beautiful way to introduce kids to her inspirational story, as told by her.
7. Room on our Rock written by Kate & Jol Temple, illustrated by Terri Rose Baynton
There are two sides to every story, and you can read this one front to back, then back to front for two quite different tales. Plus $1 from every purchase will go to the Refugee Action Support Program! You can also listen to Room on our Rock in the free Kinderling Kids Radio app.
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