Refugees and Migration
Some of our favourite books to help teach this sensitive topic.
Hassan feels out of place in a new cold, grey country. At school, he paints a picture showing his colourful Somalian home, covered with the harsh colours of war from which his family has fled. He tells his teacher about their voyage from Mogadishu to Mombasa, then to the refugee camp and on to England. Sometimes pictures can hold feelings too painful to be put into words.
This is the story of the author’s great grandmother who immigrated to New York City. The only things that she owned from her native Russia were her dress and a babushka. Eventually fragments of these garments are incorporated with old clothes from other relatives to make a quilt that will remind everyone of their homeland.
This stunning picture book is suitable for all ages. When a young girl meets her great grandfather for the first time she finds a collection of matchboxes. The grandfather explains that he couldn’t read or write as a child and used the matchboxes to collect memories. Through the different boxes a story emerges of an impoverished childhood in Italy and a family’s journey to New York in search of a better life.
This picture book tells the story of the Hmong people through the eyes of a child who lived in Laos during the Vietnam War, lost her father, escaped to Thailand and eventually came to America as a refugee. It is beautifully illustrated with pictures of a real Hmong story cloth. We have our own simple Hmong embroidery which you could use to inspire some artwork.
If you are looking for a picture book about refugees we like this - Four Feet Two Sandals. It's a poignant story about two girls living in a refugee camp. The girls are strangers to one another and both are barefoot. When Lina finds a brand new sandal she sees that another girl, Feroza, is already wearing it. The girls decide to take turns wearing the sandal and rivalry turns into friendship. A lovely story about sharing and co-operation against a background of loss and sadness.