Resource Archive

posted on 25 Jan 2016

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

·         G by Gaye Hicyilmaz

·         Girl Undergirl in Redround  (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: