Refugee Week 2020: Books to read
This week is Refugee Week and there are number of young adult books available to help students learn about and understand different refugee experiences.
Refugee Week is a UK-wide festival celebrating the contributions, creativity and resilience of refugees and it is held every year around World Refugee Day on the June 20th.
Through a programme of arts, cultural and educational events, Refugee Week aims to bring about positive encounters between communities, helping them to connect and learn from each other, and promoting a culture of welcome.
Students who would like to read about what it really means to flee your home and have to start your life over can access the following resources:
- Three eBooks available free via Cambridgeshire Libraries: Shadow and Boy Giant by Michael Morpurgo and No Ballet Shoes in Syria by Catherine Bruton
- BookTrust’s list for teenagers
- Video in conversation with award winning writer Onjali Q Rauf and link to download the first chapter of Boy at the Back of the Class
- Author Catherine Bruton felt inspired to write the story of a Syrian refugee in her new book - but how could she tell it properly? She discusses how she approached No Ballet Shoes in Syria
- Refugee Moner on escaping a war and settling in England
- LoveReading4Kids: Books to raise awareness of refugees
- Michael Morpurgo’s new book, Boy Giant, is a retelling of the classic story Gulliver's Travels, replacing Gulliver with young refugee Omar. Here’s why he decided to write it.
- What's life like for children in refugee camps during coronavirus