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

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

Young Adult

Ink Knows No Borders: Poems Of The Immigrant And Refugee Experience
Edited by Patrice Vecchione and Alyssa Raymond (Seven Stories Press). A poetry collection featuring poets from around the world who are first or second generation immigrants or refugees. A really important collection.

The Moon is Red by Myrddin ap Dafydd, translated from Welsh by Susan Walton (Careg Gwalch) – review on the WKL Blog. A fascinating book focusing on the evacuation of children from the Basque region of Spain to Wales during the Spanish Civil War.

The Other Side – Stories of Central American Teen Refugees Who Dream of Crossing the Border by Juan Villalobos, translated by Rosalind Harvey. This short story collection tells the real-life experiences of teenagers who are trying to cross the border into the USA.

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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