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On February 24th, 2022, Russia began an invasion on major cities throughout Ukraine. This guide provides resources on how to teach children about crisis, war, and understanding the perspective of refugees, specifically stories on how it feels to be completely uprooted from your home.
Nonfiction in Ukraine
The Breaking News by
When devastating news rattles a young girl's community, her teacher tells the class to look for the helpers--the good people working to make things better in big and small ways. She wants more than anything to help in a BIG way, but maybe she can start with one small act of kindness instead.
Carry On by
A moving #OwnVoices poetry collection written by young newcomers to Canada Carry Onbegan in a high school in Outremont, Quebec, where author and poet Simon Boulerice conducted creative-writing workshops for young newcomers to Canada. As the students began writing, their poems gave voice to their reflections on leaving family, friends, and countries of origin to make new homes and connections in their new home, Canada.
The Displaced by
Today the world faces an enormous refugee crisis: 68.5 million people fleeing persecution and conflict from Myanmar to South Sudan and Syria, a figure worse than flight of Jewish and other Europeans during World War II and beyond anything the world has seen in this generation. Yet in the United States, United Kingdom, and other countries with the means to welcome refugees, anti-immigration politics and fear seem poised to shut the door.
How War Changed Rondo by
War has come to the idyllic town of Rondo. Can three gentle but brave friends stop War's destruction and save their beloved home?
Love, Hugs, and Hope by
Written after the tragic shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, Love, Hugs, and Hope: When Scary Things Happen is an invaluable tool for helping children identify feelings that overwhelm them with anxiety and despair. Lori Nawyn's engaging illustrations help young children understand that hope is only a hug away.
What to Do When the News Scares You by
This latest installment in the bestselling What To Do series tackles children's feelings of anxiety around current events and what is portrayed in the news. Scary news is an inevitable part of life. This book can support and guide efforts to help scary news seem a bit more manageable for the young people.
Stories of Refugees through Picture Books
Call Number: PZ7.1.G47 Acc 2020 - Picture Books
When both grandpas, Abuelo and Opa, visit at the same time, they can't understand each other's language and there is a lot of silence. The grandson's clever thinking helps find a way for everyone to share the day together as two cultures become one family.
The Arabic Quilt by
Call Number: PS3611.H334 A73 2020x - Picture Books
Kanzi's family has moved from Egypt to America, and on her first day in a new school, what she wants more than anything is to fit in.
Azzi in Between by
Call Number: HV640 .G37 2013x - Picture Books
Drawing on her own experience of working among refugee families, renowned author and illustrator Sarah Garland tells, with tenderness and humour, an exciting adventure story to be enjoyed by readers of all ages.
Counting Kindness by
Call Number: PZ7.1.K86 Co 2020 - Picture Books
A compassionate counting book that captures the power of a welcoming community. Teach children about refugees and how each kindness can help them find a new home.
The Day War Came by
Call Number: PZ7.D2842 Day 2018 - Picture Books
A moving, poetic narrative and child-friendly illustrations follow the heartbreaking, ultimately hopeful journey of a little girl who is forced to become a refugee.
A Different Pond by
Call Number: PZ7.1.P5153 Di 2017 - Picture Books
As a young boy, Bao and his father awoke early, hours before his father's long workday began, to fish on the shores of a small pond in Minneapolis. Unlike many other anglers, Bao and his father fished for food, not recreation. A successful catch meant a fed family. Between hope-filled casts, Bao's father told him about a different pond in their homeland of Vietnam.
Call Number: PS3613.O68 Z46 2018 - Picture Books
Dreamers is a celebration of making your home with the things you always carry- your resilience, your dreams, your hopes and history. It's the story of finding your way in a new place, of navigating an unfamiliar world and finding the best parts of it. In dark times, it's a promise that you can make better tomorrows.
The Enemy by
Call Number: PZ7 .C1283 ENE 2009 - Picture Books
In this moving picture book, award-winning collaborators Davide Cali and Serge Bloch present a fable for our time about two lonely soldiers facing each other across a barren battlefield. What each discovers, as the story unfolds, is that the enemy is not a faceless beast, but rather a real person with family, friends, and dreams.
Call Number: JV6346 .C44 2021x - Picture Books
Throughout history, ordinary people have been forced to leave their families and homes because of war, famine, slavery, intolerance, economic and political upheaval, or climate change. These remarkable true stories of escape show how courageous people all around the world have overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles in their flight to freedom.
Gervelie's Journey by
Call Number: HV6404 .G7 R635 2009X - Picture Books
This is the first book in an acclaimed series highlighting the true stories of refugee children.
Her Right Foot by
Call Number: E159 .E39 2017 - Picture Books
In this fascinating and fun take on nonfiction for kids, Dave Eggers and Shawn Harris investigate a seemingly small trait of America's most emblematic statue. What they find is about more than history, more than art.
Hold on to Your Music by
Call Number: ML3930.G63 G65 2021 - Picture Books
Discover the inspiring illustrated true story about one girl's escape from the Holocaust to become a concert pianist against all odds, made popular by the beloved novel The Children of Willesden Lane.
I Is for Immigrants by
Call Number: E184.A1 A395 2021x - Picture Books
This alphabet picture book companion to the popular B Is for Brooklyn weaves together a multitude of immigrant experiences in a concise, joyful package.
In the Spirit of a Dream by
Call Number: JV6465 .S25 2021 - Picture Books
In the spirit of a dream, many immigrants of color set out across continents, oceans, and borders, traveling to the United States in pursuit of opportunity. This book is a celebration of 13 American immigrants of color, from world-famous to local heroes, politicians, surgeons, athletes, activists and more.
Call Number: PZ7.1.D4988 Isl 2018 - Picture Books
Every kid in Lola's school was from somewhere else. Hers was a school of faraway places. So when Lola's teacher asks the students to draw a picture of where their families immigrated from, all the kids are excited. Except Lola. She can't remember The Island--she left when she was just a baby. But with the help of her family and friends, and their memories--joyous, fantastical, heartbreaking, and frightening--Lola's imagination takes her on an extraordinary journey.
Jacob Riis's Camera by
Call Number: HV28.R53 O54 2020x - Picture Books
Jacob Riis was familiar with poverty. He did his best to combat it in his hometown of Ribe, Denmark, and he experienced it when he immigrated to the United States in 1870. Jobs for immigrants were hard to get and keep, and Jacob often found himself penniless, sleeping on the streets or in filthy homeless shelters. When he became a journalist, Jacob couldn't stop seeing the poverty in the city around him. He began to photograph overcrowded tenement buildings and their impoverished residents, using newly developed flash powder to illuminate the constantly dark rooms to expose the unacceptable conditions.
The Journey by
Call Number: PZ7.1.S263 Jo 2016cx - Picture Books
With haunting echoes of the current refugee crisis 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.
The Key from Spain by
Call Number: PZ7.L58258 Ke 2019 - Picture Books
When Flory's ancestors are forced to leave Spain during the time of the Spanish Inquisition, they take with them their two most precious possessions--the key to their old house and the Ladino language.
Lost and Found Cat by
Call Number: SF442.63.I72 K86 2017 - Picture Books
This heartwarming true story of one lost cat's journey to be reunited with his refugee family gently introduces children to a difficult topic and shows how ordinary people can help with compassion and hope.
Lubna and Pebble by
Call Number: PZ7.1.M4656 Lu 2019 - Picture Books
In an unforgettable story that subtly addresses the refugee crisis, a young girl must decide if friendship means giving up the one item that brings her comfort during a time of utter uncertainty.
The Map of Good Memories by
Call Number: PZ7.N9649 Map 2016 - Picture Books
Zoe, a girl who must flee her city with her family because of the war, remembers them before she leaves. Zoe had lived in the city since she was born. She knew every building, every park, every corner of the city. But the war broke out and she, like many others, had to say goodbye to her home and leave without knowing when she might return.
Marwan's Journey by
Call Number: PZ7.1.A753 Mar 2018 - Picture Books
Marwan is a young boy on a journey he never intended to take, bound for a place he doesn't know. On his journey, he relies on courage and memories of his faraway homeland to buoy him.
Call Number: PZ7.1.F464 Mex 2020 - Picture Books
On May 27, 1937, over four hundred children sailed for Morelia, Mexico, fleeing the violence of the Spanish Civil War. Home was no longer safe, and Mexico was welcoming refugees by the thousands.
Call Number: PZ7.G2375 Mu 2018x - Picture Books
Some nights Mustafa dreams about the country he used to live in, and he wakes up not knowing where he is. Then his mother takes him out to the balcony to see the moon -- the same moon as in their old country.
My Beautiful Birds by
Call Number: PZ7.1.D462 My 2017x - Picture Books
The moving story of one boy's refugee experience in the Syrian Civil War and the birds who help him on the road to emotional healing.
My Name is Not Refugee by
Call Number: PZ7.1.M55 M9 2017x - Picture Books
The story asks the reader to imagine what it would feel like for them if they had to undergo similar experiences that refugee children have had when they have to leave their homes because it is not safe for them to live there anymore.
My Two Border Towns by
Call Number: PZ7.1.B687165 My 2021 - Picture Books
Early one Saturday morning, a boy prepares for a trip to The Other Side/El Otro Lado. It's close--just down the street from his school--and it's a twin of where he lives. On their final and most important stop, they check in with friends seeking asylum and drop off much-needed supplies.
Oskar and the Eight Blessings by
Call Number: PZ7.1.S56 Os 2015 - Picture Books
A young immigrant from Nazi Germany receives small acts of kindness while exploring New York City in this heartwarming, timeless picture book, Oskar and the Eight Blessings.
The Paper Boat by
Call Number: PZ7.1.L2457 Pap 2020x - Picture Books
In The Paper Boat, Thao's signature collage art tells the wordless story of one family's escape from Vietnam--a journey intertwined with an ant colony's parallel narrative.
Stepping Stones by
Call Number: PZ10.731 .R88 2016x - Picture Books
Rama and her family, are forced to flee their once-peaceful village to escape the ravages of the civil war raging ever closer to their home With only what they can carry on their backs,
Stormy Seas by
Call Number: HV640 .L355 2017x - Picture Books
A desperate last hope for safety and freedom. The plight of refugees risking their lives at sea has, unfortunately, made the headlines all too often in the past few years. This book presents five true stories, from 1939 to today, about young people who lived through the harrowing experience of setting sail in search of asylum.
Watch Me by
Call Number: PZ7.1.R533 Wat 2021x - Picture Books
Joe came to America from Africa when he was young. He worked hard in school, made friends, and embraced his new home. Like so many immigrants before and after him, Joe succeeded when many thought he would fail.
What Is a Refugee? by
Call Number: HV640 .G697 2019 - Picture Books
Who are refugees? Why are they called that word? Why do they need to leave their country? Why are they sometimes not welcome in their new country? In this relevant picture book for the youngest children, author-illustrator Elise Gravel explores what it means to be a refugee in bold, graphic illustrations and spare text.
Call Number: PZ7.1.V35 Wi 2021 - Picture Books
Wishes tells the powerful, honest story about one Vietnamese family's search for a new home on the other side of the world, and the long-lasting and powerful impact that makes on one of the youngest members of the family.
Call Number: JV6225 .C56 2004X - Stacks
A huge, eminently practical workbook, and organizing tool. A popular education resource of exercise and tools for immigrant and refugee community organizations and other allies of immigrants and refugees.
Children of War by
The United States and its allies invaded Iraq seven years ago. Today the country is still at war, and no one can claim that true democracy has come. Four million Iraqis have been displaced, and about half of them, unable to flee the country, are now living in remote tent camps without access to schools, health care, or often even food and clean water.
Creative Interventions with Traumatized Children, Second Edition by
Call Number: RJ506.P66 C74 2015 - Stacks
A trusted, comprehensive resource, this volume demonstrates a range of creative approaches for facilitating children's emotional reparation and recovery from trauma.
Educating Everybody's Children by
Call Number: LB1027.3 .A73 2008 c.2 - Stacks
Designed to promote reflection, discussion, and action among the entire learning community, Educating Everybody's Children encapsulates what research has revealed about successfully addressing the needs of students from economically, ethnically, culturally, and linguistically diverse groups and identifies a wide range of effective principles and instructional strategies.
Life, Literacy, and the Pursuit of Happiness by
Call Number: LC3731 .V8 2021x - Stacks
Life, Literacy, and the Pursuit of Happiness is the first professional title dedicated to addressing a school's reading culture with a focus on the needs of immigrant and refugee students and families--including learning their target language, English.
Open Borders by
Call Number: JV6035 .C36 2019 - Stacks
Those in favor of welcoming more immigrants often cite humanitarian reasons, while those in favor of more restrictive laws argue the need to protect native citizens. But economist Bryan Caplan adds a new, compelling perspective to the immigration debate: He argues that opening all borders could eliminate absolute poverty worldwide and usher in a booming worldwide economy--greatly benefiting humanity.
Rescuing the Children by
Call Number: D804.34 .H63 2012 - Stacks
Reflecting on the devastation of war and the power of human kindness, Rescuing the Children tells the story of the Kindertransport and how over 10,000 children were saved by brave people who took action in desperate times.
Rise up! the Art of Protest by
Call Number: HM883 .R57 2020 - Stacks
Celebrate the right to resist! Human rights belong to every single one of us, but they are often under threat. Developed in collaboration with Amnesty International, Rise Up! encourages young people to engage in peaceful protest and stand up for freedom.
This Land Is Our Land by
Call Number: E184.A1 O83 2016 - Stacks
This book explores the way government policy and popular responses to immigrant groups evolved throughout U.S. history, particularly between 1800 and 1965. The book concludes with a summary of events up to contemporary times, as immigration again becomes a hot-button issue.
We Had to Be Brave by
Call Number: D804.34 .H67 2020 - Stacks
Sibert Honor author Deborah Hopkinson illuminates the true stories of Jewish children who fled Nazi Germany, risking everything to escape to safety on the Kindertransport.
Who Are My Sisters and Brothers? by
Call Number: BX1795.E44 W462X - Stacks
Fiction in Ukraine
The Blackbird Girls by
Call Number: PZ7.B61333 Bla 2020x - Chapter Books
On a spring morning, neighbors Valentina Kaplan and Oksana Savchenko wake up to an angry red sky. A reactor at the nuclear power plant where their fathers work--Chernobyl--has exploded. In their new lives in Leningrad, they begin to learn what it means to trust another person. Oksana must face the lies her parents told her all her life. Valentina must keep her grandmother's secret, one that could put all their lives in danger. And both of them discover something they've wished for- a best friend.
The Bombs That Brought Us Together by
Fourteen-year-old Charlie Law has lived in Little Town, on the border with Old Country, all his life. He knows the rules: no going out after dark; no drinking; no litter; no fighting. You don't want to get on the wrong side of the people who run Little Town. When he meets Pavel Duda, a refugee from Old Country, the rules start to get broken. Then the bombs come, and the soldiers from Old Country, and Little Town changes forever. Sometimes, to keep the people you love safe, you have to do bad things
Louder Than Words by
Nina's role changes dramatically when the Nazis invade their small Ukrainian town. Nina sacrifices her own safety to make sure the children she has come to love are kept from the clutches of the Nazis, and Dina comes to depend on her in a way she never imagined she would.
My Real Name Is Hanna by
1941, Hitler's army crosses into Soviet-ruled Ukraine in a secret mission titled "Operation Barbarossa." A young Jewish girl, Hanna Slivka and other families are forced into hiding, first in the woods outside of their town and then into caverns beneath it. They battle sickness and starvation, and the local peasants who join the Nazis in hunting Jews through the ravaged countryside, but at no time are they more tested than when Hanna's father - briefly above ground to scavenge for food - goes missing, and suddenly, it's on Hanna to find him, and to find a way to keep her mother, brother and sister alive.
The Sisters of the Winter Wood by
In a remote village surrounded by vast forests on the border of Moldova and Ukraine, sisters Liba and Laya have been raised on the honeyed scent of their Mami's babka and the low rumble of their Tati's prayers. But when a troupe of mysterious men arrives, Laya falls under their spell -- despite their mother's warning to be wary of strangers.
Almost American Girl by
Call Number: E184.K6 H323 2020x - Chapter Books
For as long as she can remember, it's been Robin and her mom against the world. Growing up as the only child of a single mother in Seoul, Korea, wasn't always easy, but it has bonded them fiercely together. So when a vacation to visit friends in Huntsville, Alabama, unexpectedly becomes a permanent relocation--following her mother's announcement that she's getting married--Robin is devastated.
Americanized: Rebel Without a Green Card by
Call Number: PZ7.1.S237 Ame 2018 - Chapter Books
This hilarious, poignant and true story of one teen's experience growing up in America as an undocumented immigrant from the Middle East is an increasingly necessary read in today's divisive world.
American Street by
Call Number: PZ7.1.Z64 Am 2017 - Chapter Books
On the corner of American Street and Joy Road, Fabiola Toussaint thought she would finally find une belle vie--a good life. But after they leave Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Fabiola's mother is detained by U.S. immigration, leaving Fabiola to navigate her loud American cousins, Chantal, Donna, and Princess; the grittiness of Detroit's west side; a new school; and a surprising romance, all on her own.
Bamboo People by
Call Number: PZ7 .P4315 BAM 2012X - Chapter Books
A refugee and child soldier challenge the rules of war in this coming-of-age novel set against the political and military backdrop of modern-day Burma.
The Boy at the Back of the Class by
Call Number: PZ7.1.R378 Boy 2020x - Chapter Books
There used to be an empty chair at the back of Mrs. Khan's classroom, but on the third Tuesday of the school year a new kid fills it: nine-year-old Ahmet, a Syrian refugee.
The Children of the King by
Call Number: PZ7.H267387 Chi 2014x - Chapter Books
Cecily and Jeremy have been sent to live with their uncle Peregrine in the English countryside, safe from the war, along with a young refugee named May. But when Cecily and May find two mysterious boys hiding in the ruins of a nearby castle, an extraordinary adventure begins.
The Children of Willesden Lane by
Call Number: DS135.E6 G58 2017bx - Chapter Books
Fourteen-year-old Lisa Jura was a musical prodigy who hoped to become a concert pianist. But when Hitler's armies advanced on pre-war Vienna, Lisa's parents were forced to make a difficult decision. Able to secure passage for only one of their three daughters through the Kindertransport, they chose to send gifted Lisa to London for safety.
The Day of the Pelican by
Call Number: PZ7 .P273 DAY 2009X - Chapter Books
Meli Lleshi is positive that her drawing of her teacher with his pelican nose started it all. The Lleshis are Albanians living in Kosovo, a country trying to fight off Serbian oppressors, and suddenly they are homeless refugees. Old and young alike, they find their courage tested by hunger, illness, the long, arduous journey, and danger on every side.
Dream Country by
Call Number: PZ7.1.G5 Dre 2019x - Chapter Books
The heartbreaking story of five generations of young people from a single African-and-American family pursuing an elusive dream of freedom.
Escape from Syria by
Call Number: PZ7.7.K858 Es 2017 - Chapter Books
From the pen of former Daily Star (Lebanon) reporter Samya Kullab comes a breathtaking and hard-hitting story of one family's struggle to survive in the face of war, displacement, poverty and relocation.
Everything Sad Is Untrue by
Call Number: PZ7.N225 Ev 2020x - Chapter Books
At the core is Daniel's story of how they became refugees--starting with his mother's vocal embrace of Christianity in a country that made such a thing a capital offense, and continuing through their midnight flight from the secret police, bribing their way onto a plane-to-anywhere. Anywhere becomes the sad, cement refugee camps of Italy, and then finally asylum in the U.S.
First Crossing by
Call Number: PZ5 .F924 2007X - Chapter Books
Fleeing from political violence in Venezuela, Amina and her family have settled in the United States. Sarah, adopted, is desperate to know her Korean birth parents. Adrian's friends have some spooky -- and hilarious -- misconceptions about his Romanian origins. Whether their transition is from Mexico to the United States or from Palestine to New Mexico, the characters in this anthology have all ventured far and have faced countless challenges.
The Good Braider by
Call Number: PZ7.F22713 Goo 2014x - Chapter Books
In spare free verse laced with unforgettable images, Viola's strikingly original voice sings out the story of her family's journey from war-torn Sudan, to Cairo, and finally to Portland, Maine.
Home of the Brave by
Call Number: PZ7 .A6483 HOM 2009X - Chapter Books
In Africa, Kek lived with his mother, father, and brother. But only he and his mother have survived, and now she's missing. Kek is on his own. Slowly, he makes friends: a girl who is in foster care; an old woman who owns a rundown farm, and a cow whose name means "family" in Kek's native language. As Kek awaits word of his mother's fate, he weathers the tough Minnesota winter by finding warmth in his new friendships, strength in his memories, and belief in his new country.
I Lived on Butterfly Hill by
Call Number: PZ7.A2686 Iah 2014 - Chapter Books
Celeste Marconi is a dreamer. She lives peacefully among friends and neighbors and family in the idyllic town of Valparaiso, Chile--until the time comes when even Celeste, with her head in the clouds, can't deny the political unrest that is sweeping through the country.
Call Number: PZ7.7.C645 Ill 2018x - Chapter Books
How can a human being be illegal for simply existing? Ebo is alone. His brother, Kwame, has disappeared, and Ebo knows it can only be to attempt the hazardous journey to Europe, and a better life--the same journey their sister set out on months ago. But Ebo refuses to be left behind in Ghana. He sets out after Kwame and joins him on the quest to reach Europe.
Ink Knows No Borders by
Call Number: PS617 .I53 2019 - Chapter Books
With authenticity, integrity, and insight, this collection of poems addresses the many issues confronting first and second generation young adult immigrants and refugees, such as cultural and language differences, homesickness, social exclusion, human rights, racism, stereotyping, and questions of identity.
I Was Their American Dream by
Call Number: PN6727.G5 Z46 2019 - Chapter Books
One part Mari Andrew, one part Marjane Satrapi, I Was Their American Dream- A Graphic Memoir is a triumphant tale of self-discovery, a celebration of a family's rich heritage, and a love letter to American immigrant freedom. Malaka Gharib's illustrations, infused with teenage antics and earnest questions about identity and culture, provide thoughtful insight into the lives of modern immigrants and the generation of millennial children they raised.
A Land of Permanent Goodbyes by
Call Number: PZ7.A136 Lan 2018 - Chapter Books
This is a story of resilience in the face of darkness, and of one boy's courage in desperate circumstances.
Land of the Cranes by
Call Number: PZ7.5.S23 Lan 2020 - Chapter Books
Nine-year-old Betita knows she is a crane. Papi has told her the story, even before her family fled to Los Angeles to seek refuge from cartel wars in Mexico. The Aztecs came from a place called Aztlan, what is now the Southwest US, called the land of the cranes. Then one day, Betita's beloved father is arrested by Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) and deported to Mexico.
Lucky Broken Girl by
Call Number: PZ7.1.B447 Luc 2017 - Chapter Books
In this unforgettable multicultural coming-of-age narrative--based on the author's childhood in the 1960s--a young Cuban-Jewish immigrant girl is adjusting to her new life in New York City when her American dream is suddenly derailed.
The Night Diary by
Call Number: PZ7.H5977325 Ni 2018 - Chapter Books
Half-Muslim, half-Hindu twelve-year-old Nisha doesn't know where she belongs, or what her country is anymore. When Papa decides it's too dangerous to stay in what is now Pakistan, Nisha and her family become refugees and embark first by train but later on foot to reach her new home.
Nowhere Boy by
Call Number: PZ7.M353235 Now 2020x - Chapter Books
"This well-crafted and suspenseful novel touches on the topics of refugees and immigrant integration, terrorism, Islam, Islamophobia, and the Syrian war with sensitivity and grace." --Kirkus Reviews,
Now Is the Time for Running by
Call Number: PZ7 .W66715 NOW 2013X - Chapter Books
When tragedy strikes, Deo's love of soccer is all he has left. Can he use that gift to find hope once more?
Once upon an Eid by
Call Number: BP186.45 .D39 2020 - Chapter Books
Once Upon an Eid is a collection of short stories that showcases the most brilliant Muslim voices writing today, all about the most joyful holiday of the year: Eid! Eid: The short, single-syllable word conjures up a variety of feelings and memories for Muslims.
One Good Thing about America by
Call Number: PZ7.1.F7547 On 2017 - Chapter Books
Anaïs misses home. She misses their little house under the mango trees, and the family left behind--Papa and grandmother Oma and big brother Olivier. So she writes letters to Oma and tells her about Halloween, snow, mac 'n' cheese dinners, and princess sleepovers. She tells her all about the weird things Crazy Americans do, and how she just might be turning into a Crazy American herself.
The Only Road by
Call Number: PZ7.D5432 On 2016 - Chapter Books
Twelve-year-old Jaime makes the treacherous and life-changing journey from his home in Guatemala to live with his older brother in the United States in this gripping and realistic middle grade novel.
Other Words for Home by
Call Number: PZ7.5.W28 Oth 2019 - Chapter Books
A gorgeously written, hopeful middle grade novel in verse about a young girl who must leave Syria to move to the United States.
Outcasts United by
Call Number: GV942.7 .L86 2013X - Chapter Books
An inspirational story about the Fugees, a youth soccer team made up of diverse refugees from around the world, and their formidable female coach, Luma Mufleh. Clarkston, Georgia, was a typical southern town until it became a refugee resettlement center.
The Red Pencil by
Call Number: PZ7.5.P56 Re 2014 - Chapter Books
Finally, Amira is twelve. Old enough to wear a toob, old enough for new responsibilities. And maybe old enough to go to school in Nyala-- Amira's one true dream. But life in her peaceful Sudanese village is shattered when the Janjaweed arrive. The terrifying attackers ravage the town and unleash unspeakable horrors. After she loses nearly everything, Amira needs to dig deep within herself to find the strength.
Call Number: PZ7.G77224 Re 2017 - Chapter Books
A tour de force from acclaimed author Alan Gratz (Prisoner B-3087), this timely -- and timeless -- novel tells the powerful story of three different children seeking refuge
Refugee 87 by
Call Number: PZ7.1.F6785 Re 2019 - Chapter Books
A young refugee crosses continents in this timely, heartbreaking, and ultimately uplifting novel of survival.
Salt to the Sea by
Call Number: PZ7.S47957 Sal 2016 - Chapter Books
World War II is drawing to a close in East Prussia and thousands of refugees are on a desperate trek toward freedom, many with something to hide.
Same Sun Here by
Call Number: PZ7 .H81558 SAM 2013X - Chapter Books
Meena is an Indian immigrant girl living in New York City's Chinatown, while River is a Kentucky coal miner's son. As Meena's family studies for citizenship exams and River's town faces devastating mountaintop removal, this unlikely pair become pen pals, sharing thoughts and, as their camaraderie deepens, discovering common ground in their disparate experiences.
Santiago's Road Home by
Call Number: PZ7.D5432 San 2020 - Chapter Books
The coins in Santiago's hand are meant for the bus fare back to his abusive abuela's house. Except he refuses to return. His future is uncertain until he meets the kind, maternal María Dolores and her young daughter, Alegría, who help Santiago decide what comes next: He will accompany them to el otro lado, the United States of America. To travel together will require trust from all parties, and Santiago is used to going it alone. None of the three travelers realizes that the journey through Mexico to the border is just the beginning of their story.
Shooting Kabul by
Call Number: PZ7 .S47953 SH 2010 - Chapter Books
In the summer of 2001, twelve year old Fadi's parents make the difficult decision to illegally leave Afghanistan and move the family to the United States. When their underground transport arrives at the rendezvous point, chaos ensues, and Fadi is left dragging his younger sister Mariam through the crush of people. But Mariam accidentally lets go of his hand and becomes lost in the crowd, just as Fadi is snatched up into the truck.
Sisters of the War: Life, Loss, and Hope in Syria (Scholastic Focus) by
Call Number: DS98.6 .A265 2020 - Chapter Books
Sunni Muslim Ruha and her younger sister Alaa withstand constant attacks by the Syrian government in rebel-held territory. Alawite sisters Hanin and Jawa try to carry on as normal in the police state of regime-held Syria. The girls grow up in a world where nightly bombings are routine and shrapnel counts as toys. They bear witness to arrests, killings, demolished homes, and further atrocities most adults could not even imagine.
Someone Like Me by
Call Number: E184.M5 A74 2018 - Chapter Books
Born in the picturesque town of Taxco, Mexico, Julissa Arce was left behind for months at a time with her two sisters, a nanny, and her grandma while her parents worked tirelessly in America in hopes of building a home and providing a better life for their children. That is, until her parents brought Julissa to Texas to live with them. From then on, Julissa secretly lived as an undocumented immigrant, went on to become a scholarship winner and an honors college graduate, and climbed the ladder to become a vice president at Goldman Sachs.
Tropical Secrets by
Call Number: PZ7.5.E54 Tr 2017 - Chapter Books
Turned away from the shores of New York, a young Jewish boy seeks refuge in Cuba during WWII. Here in this tropical sanctuary, so far away from Germany, will he be safe from Nazi influence?
Under the Persimmon Tree by
Call Number: PZ7 .S79346 UN 2008X - Chapter Books
Najmah, a young Afghan girl whose name means "star," suddenly finds herself alone when her father and older brother are conscripted by the Taliban and her mother and newborn brother are killed in an air raid.
The Unwanted by
Call Number: DS98.6 .B76 2018 - Chapter Books
Starting in 2011, refugees flood out of war-torn Syria in Exodus-like proportions. The surprising flood of victims overwhelms neighboring countries, and chaos follows.
The War That Saved My Life by
Call Number: PZ7.B7247 War BK.1 - Chapter Books
Ten-year-old Ada has never left her one-room apartment. Her mother is too humiliated by Ada's twisted foot to let her outside. So when her little brother Jamie is shipped out of London to escape the war, Ada doesn't waste a minute--she sneaks out to join him. So begins a new adventure for Ada, and for Susan Smith, the woman who is forced to take the two kids in.
We Are Not from Here by
Call Number: PZ7.T6457245 We 2020x - Chater Books
Pulga has his dreams. Chico has his grief. Pequeña has her pride. And these three teens have one another. But none of them have illusions about the town they''ve grown up in and the dangers that surround them. Even with the love of family, threats lurk around every corner.
What the Night Sings by
Call Number: PZ7.1.S732 Wh 2018 - Chapter Books
After losing her family and everything she knew in the Nazi concentration camps, Gerta is finally liberated, only to find herself completely alone. Without her Papa, her music, or even her true identity, she must move past the task of surviving and onto living her life.
When Stars Are Scattered by
Call Number: HV640.5.S8 J36 2020 - Chapter Books
Omar and his younger brother, Hassan, have spent most of their lives in Dadaab, a refugee camp in Kenya. Life is hard there: never enough food, achingly dull, and without access to the medical care Omar knows his nonverbal brother needs. So when Omar has the opportunity to go to school, he knows it might be a chance to change their future . . .
Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed by
Call Number: PZ7.7.A476 Wo 2020 - Chapter Books
Princess Diana believes that her 16th birthday will be one of new beginnings--namely acceptance into the warrior tribe of Amazons. The celebrations are cut short, however, when rafts of refugees break through the Themysciran barrier. Diana tries to help them, but she is swept away by the sea--and from her home--thus becoming a refugee herself.
You Bring the Distant Near by
Call Number: PZ7.P4315 You 2017 - Chapter Books
This elegant young adult novel captures the immigrant experience for one Indian-American family with humor and heart.