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Ages 6-8

Refugee Stories

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Counting Kindness : Ten Ways to Welcome Refugee Children by  Hollis Kurman
Follow the journey of immigrant and refugee children from a leaky boat to a new country, a new school, and new friends in this simple counting book.
Dreamers by Yuyi Morales
An illustrated picture book autobiography in which award-winning author Yuyi Morales tells her own immigration story.
From the Tops of the Trees by  Kao Kalia Yang
A powerful true story of a young girl who has never known life outside a refugee camp and a father determined to help her dream beyond the fences that confine them.
Hear My Voice : The Testimonies of Children Detained at the Southern Border of the United States by  Warren (Wendi Warren H.) Binford
A moving picture book for older children and families that introduces a difficult topic, amplifying the voices and experiences of immigrant children detained at the border between Mexico and the US. The children's actual words (from publicly available court documents) are assembled to tell one heartbreaking story, in both English and Spanish (back to back). Each spread is illustrated in striking full color by a different Latinx artist.
La frontera: el viaje con Papá/My Journey With Papa by  Deborah Mills
Join a young boy and his father on a daring journey from Mexico to Texas to find a new life. They'll need all the resilience and courage they can muster to safely cross the border - la frontera - and to make a home for themselves in a new land.
Lost and Found Cat: The True Story of Kunkush's Incredible Journey by  Doug Kuntz
When an Iraqi family is forced to flee their home, they can't bear to leave their beloved cat, Kunkush, behind. So they carry him with them from Iraq to Greece, keeping their secret passenger hidden away. But during the crowded boat crossing to Greece, his carrier breaks and the frightened cat runs from the chaos, disappearing. After an unsuccessful search, his family has to continue their journey, leaving brokenhearted. A few days later, aid workers in Greece find the lost cat. Knowing how much his family has sacrificed already, they are desperate to reunite them. A worldwide community comes together to spread the word on the Internet and in the news media, and after several months the impossible happens -- Kunkush's family is found, and they finally get their happy ending in their new home. This remarkable true story is told by the real people involved, with the full cooperation of Kunkush's family.
Lubna and Pebble by  Wendy Meddour
Lubna's best friend is a pebble. Pebble always listens to her stories. Pebble always smiles when she feels scared. But when a lost little boy arrives in the World of Tents, Lubna realizes that he needs Pebble even more than she does.
My Name Is Bana by  Bana Alabed
Bana's mother tells her of the strong bana tree that grows in their homeland, Syria, and how Bana's strength helped her survive war, being a refugee, and start fresh in a new country.
My Two Blankets by  Irena Kobald
A homesick little girl who has recently moved to an unfamiliar country comforts herself by clinging to an old blanket, but when she meets a new friend, the relationship helps her take her first steps into a new culture.
Night on the Sand by  Monica Mayper
Celebrating the power of human connection, while encouraging empathy and acts of generosity, this story follows two refugee brothers as they journey to a sheltering beach where they are welcomed by fellow survivors.
Sugar in Milk by  Thrity N Umrigar
A young immigrant girl joins her aunt and uncle in a new country that is unfamiliar to her. She struggles with loneliness, with a fierce longing for the culture and familiarity of home, until one day, her aunt takes her on a walk. As the duo strolls through their city park, the girl's aunt begins to tell her an old myth and a story within the story begins. A long time ago, a group of refugees arrived on a foreign shore. The local king met them, determined to refuse their request for refuge. But there was a language barrier, so the king filled a glass with milk and pointed to it as a way of saying that the land was full and couldn't accommodate the strangers. Then, the leader of the refugees dissolved sugar in a glass of milk. His message was clear: Like sugar in milk, our presence in your country will sweeten your lives. The king embraced the refugee, welcoming him and his people. The folktale depicted in this book was a part of author Thrity Umrigar's Zoroastrian upbringing as a Parsi child in India, but resonates for children of all backgrounds, especially those coming to a new homeland.
The Carpet: An Afghan Family Story by  Dezh Azaad
A day in the life of an Afghan refugee child and their family, where every moment revolves around love, family, and the carpet that connects them to home.
The Doll by  Nhung N Tran-Davies
A children's picture book inspired by author Nhung N. Tran-Davies's experience as a child refugee from Vietnam, and then sponsoring a family of Syrian refugees as an adult.
The Most Beautiful Thing by  Kao Kalia Yang
Drawn from Kao Kalia Yang's childhood experiences as a Hmong refugee, this heartfelt picture book offers a window into the life of a family with little money and a great deal of love.
The Notebook Keeper: A Story of Kindness From the Border by  Stephen Briseño
After traveling to Tijuana, Mexico, Noemi and her mother are denied entry at the border and must find the refugee in charge of the notebook, an unofficial ledger of those waiting to cross into the United States.
Updated 05/17/2023