Literature about the Refugee Experience

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Titles for lower grade students (PreK- Grade 4)

  1. Bunting, Eve. How Many Days to America: A Thanksgiving Story. Illus. by Beth Peck. Clarion Books, 1988.
  2. Hegamin, Tonya Cherie. Most Loved in All the World. Illus. by Cozi Cabrera. HMH Books for Young Readers, 2009.
  3. Hoffman, Mary. Colour of Home. Frances Lincoln, 2015.
  4. Kobald, Irena. My Two Blankets. Illus. by Freya Blackwood. Little Hare Books, 2014.
  5. McKay, Jr., Lawrence. Journey Home. Illus. by Dom & Kuenner Lee. Lee & Low, 1998.
  6. Polacco, Patricia. The Blessing Cup. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2013.
  7. Russo, Marisabina. I Will Come Back For You: A Family Hiding During World War II. Schwartz & Wade, 2011.
  8. Shulevitz, Uri. How I Learned Geography. Farrar Straus Giroux, 2008.
  9. Surat, Michele Maria. Angel Child, Dragon Child. Illus. by Vo-Dinh Mai. Scholastic Paperbacks, 1989.
  10. Simon, Tanya Simon & Richard Simon. Oskar and the Eight Blessings. Illus. by Mark Siegel. Roaring Brook Press, 2015.
  11. Williams, Karen Lynn. Four Feet, Two Sandals. Illus. by Khandra Mohammed. Eerdmans Books for Young Readers , 2007.
  12. William, Karen & Khadra Mohammed. My Name is Sangoel. Illus. by Catherine Stock. Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 2009.
  13. Williams, Mary. Brothers in Hope: The Story of the Lost Boys of Sudan. Illus. by R. Gregory Christie. Lee & Low Books, 2013.


Titles for Middle and Upper Grade Students (Grade 4-12)

  1. Abdel-Fattah, Randa. When Michael Met Mina. Pan Macmillan Australia, 2016.
  2. Agosin, Majorie. I Lived on Butterfly Hill. Atheneum Books for Young Reader, 2014.
  3. Anderson, Natasha C. City of Saints & Thieves. G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers, 2017.
  4. Avery, Tom. Too Much Trouble. Lincoln Children’s Books, 2012.
  5. Beckwith, Kathy. Playing War. Illus. by Lea Lyon. Tilbury House Publishers, 2005.
  6. Bennett, Sophia. Threads. 2009.
  7. Bertagna, Julie. Exodus. Pan Macmillian, 2003.
  8. Bondoux, Anne-Laure. A Time of Miracles. Delacorte Books for Young Readers, 2010.
  9. Bradman, Tony. Give Me Shelter: Stories About Children Who Seek Asylum. Lincoln Children’s Books, 2007.
  10. Cha, Dia. Dia’s Story Cloth. Illus. by Chiie Tao Cha & Nhia Tao Cha. Lee & Low, 1996.
  11. Crossan, Sarah. The Weight of Water. Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, 2012.
  12. Diaz, Alexandra. The Only Road. Paula Wiseman Books, 2016.
  13. Engle, Margarita. Tropical Secrets: Holocaust Refugees in Cuba. Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), 2009.
  14. Farish, Terry. The Good Braider. Marshall Cavendis, 2012.
  15. Gratz, Alan. Refugee. Scholastic, 2017.
  16. Laird, Elizabeth. Oranges in No Man’s Land. MacMillan Children’s Books, 2006.
  17. MacPhail, Cathy. Mosi’s War. Bloomsbury U.S.A. Children’s Books, 2013.
  18. Mochizuki, Ken. Passage to Freedom: The Sugihara Story. Illus. by Dom Lee. Lee & Low Books, 2002.
  19. Naidoo, Beverly. The Other Side of Truth. Amistad, 2002.
  20. Park, Linda Sue. A Long Walk to Water. Clarion Books, 2010.
  21. Paterson, Katherine. The Day of the Pelican. Clarion Books, 2009.
  22. Septeys, Ruta. Salt to the Sea. Philomel Books, 2016.
  23. Stewart, Elizabeth. Blue Gold. Annick Press, 2014.
  24. Tan, Shaun. The Arrival. Lothian Books, 2007.
  25. Williams, Michael. Now is the Time for Running. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2011.
  26. Yoon, Nicola. The Sun is Also a Star. Delacorte Press, 2016.
  27. Zephaniah, Benjamin. Refugee Boy. Bloomsbury, 2001.