Malvern marks National Refugee Week

Refugee Week is an annual event and this year the theme was ‘Welcome’. Throughout the UK there were displays and arts, cultural and educational events and activities.

Here in Malvern, Refugee Week was marked by a display in Malvern Library. This included short biographies of some refugees who have found sanctuary in the UK.  Also on display were children’s books  telling stories relating to refugee issues and cards with some touching and heartfelt messages to refugees from people in Malvern.

The display was reinstated on Friday 24th, having been removed from the library for the three days leading up to the EU referendum for ‘purdah’ reasons. This surprised us as the display did not aim to campaign on any issue. The purpose was to provide information and to raise awareness of the reality of refugee issues, to celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK and to promote better understanding of why people seek sanctuary.

An excellent list of children’s books telling refugee stories has been compiled by Karen Argent of the Letterpress Project.
The display will be in the library until July 2nd.

A selection of recommended books for children that include stories about asylum seekers and refugees from around the world

Picture books (not necessarily aimed at young children)

  • Azzi in Between by Sarah Garland
  • Blue Penguin by Petr Horacek
  • Dreams of Freedom in association with Amnesty International
  • For Every Child in association with Unicef
  • Kasia’s Surpise by Stella Gurney
  • Refuge by Anne Booth & Samuel Usher
  • The Arrival by Shaun Tan
  • The Colour of Home by Mary Hoffman
  • The Island by Armin Greder
  • The Silence Seeker by Ben Morley
  • We are all born free in association with Amnesty International

 

Suitable for Key stages One and Two readers (and above)

  • My Name is Parvana (2)by Deborah Ellis
  • Parvana’s Journey (1) by Deborah Ellis
  • Night Flight by Michaela Morgan
  • Mud City (3) by Deborah Ellis
  • Paddington Here and Now by Michael Bond
  • Shadow by Michael Morpurgo
  • The Unforgotten Coat by Frank Cottrell Boyce
  • Under the skin by Catherine McPhail

 

Older/ more able readers

  • A Hare in the Elephant’s Trunk by Jan Coates
  • A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park
  • After Tomorrow by Gillian Cross
  • A Strange Land by Alan Gibbons
  • Asylum by Rachel Anderson
  • Bamboo People by Mitali Perkins
  • Boy Overboard (1) by Morris Gleitzman
  • Close to the Wind by Jon Walter
  • Girl in Red by Gaye Hicyilmaz
  • Girl Underground (2) by Morris Gleitzman
  • Girl with a White Dog by Anne Booth
  • Hidden by Miriam Halahmy
  • Home is a Place Called Nowhere by Leon Rosselson
  • I am David by Anne Holm
  • Kiss the Dust by Elizabeth Laird
  • Little Soldier by Bernard Ashley
  • Looking at the Stars by Jo Cotterill
  • Mahtab’s Story by Libby Gleeson
  • Now Is The Time For Running by Michael Williams
  • Once by Morris Gleitzman
  • Oranges in No Man’s Land by Elizabeth Laird
  • Out of Nowhere by Maria Padian
  • Refugee Boy by Benjamin Zephaniah
  • Ruby Tanya by Robert Swindells
  • Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
  • The Dark Beneath by Alan Gibbons
  • The Milk of Birds by Sylvia Whitman
  • The Other Side of Truth (1) by Beverley Naidoo
  • Web of Lies (2) by Beverley Naidoo
  • When Hitler stole Pink Rabbit by Judith Kerr
  • Where I Belong by Gillian Cross

 

For further titles on this subject and reviews see:

http://www.letterboxlibrary.com/acatalog/Refugees_and_Migration.html

http://www.theguardian.com/childrens-books-site/2014/oct/13/black-history-month-best-books-immigration-refugees

http://www.booktrust.org.uk/books/search/?query=refugees

http://booksforkeeps.co.uk/search/node/asylum%20seekers

http://www.letterpressproject.co.uk/inspiring-young-readers

Author: Rebecca

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