Books on refugees and migration

With a passion for books, translation and an interest in the subject of refugees and migration, I want to share some of the books I’ve come across on this topic. Some are novels, some are true stories and some are picture books. They serve not only to inform but to open conversations. I urge you, when you have finished reading one of these books, pass it to a friend, spread the message it gives.

For more books recommendations, take a look at the Refugee Week Website.

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Picture books

Tomorrow by Nadine Kaadan (Lanata Publishing)

The Journey by Francesca Sanna (Flying Eye Books)

Flucht by Niki Glattauer and Verena Hochleitner (Tyrolia Verlag)

Lost and Found Cat by Doug Kuntz and Amy Shrodes. Illustrated by Sue Cornelison

Mama’s Nightingale, A Story of Immigration and Separation by Edwidge Danticat, illustrated by Leslie Staub (Dial Books)

Let’s go see Papá by Lawrence Schimel, illustrated by Alba Marina Rivera, translated from Spanish by Elisa Amado

The Voyage by Roberto Vescio and Andrea Edmonds

Chapter Books

When Hitler stole Pink Rabbit by Judith Kerr

Apfelblüten und Jasmin by Carolin Philipps

The boy at the back of the class by Onjali Raúf

Dazwischen: ich by Julya Rabinowich

Do you speak chocolate? by Cas Lester

For more World Kid Lit titles, you can also visit the World Kid Lit blog.

Adult books

Dear World. A Syrian Girl’s Story of War and Plea for Peace by Bana Alabed

The Gurugu Pledge by Juan Tomás Ávila Lauren, trans. Jethro Soutar (And Other Stories)

Crossing the sea with Syrians on the exodus to Europe by Wolfgang Bauer (And Other Stories)

Refugee Tales. A collection of short stories (Comma Press)

Butterfly. From Refugee to Olympian, My Story of Rescue, Hope and Triumph by Yusra Mardini

The girl with seven names by Hyeonseo Lee

Children of War by Ahmet Yorulmaz, translated by Paula Darwish

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