Refugee Week takes place every year across the world in the week around World Refugee Day on the 20 June. In the UK, Refugee Week is a nationwide programme of arts, cultural and educational events that celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK, and encourages a better understanding between communities.
This year marks 20 years of Refugee Week, which will run from 18th – 24th June. Below we have a selection of titles across age ranges if your class want to explore and understand why people seek sanctuary.
The Children of Willesden Lane – Mona Golabek, Lee Cohen
The inspirational story of Lisa Jura’s escape from Nazi-controlled Austria to England on the famed Kindertransport
Based on a true story of a 14 year old girl Lisa Jura, who had to flee her home in Vienna and rebuild her life in London, the story brings home the reality of the Holocaust to readers aged 12 and up.
9781445161303 PB £7.99. Find out more
Children in Our World: Refugees and Migrants
The Boy at the Back of the Class – Onjali Q. Rauf
Told with heart and humour, The Boy at the Back of the Class is a child’s perspective on the refugee crisis, highlighting the importance of friendship and kindness in a world that doesn’t always make sense.
Beautifully written and highly accessible, this book is both moving and funny and perfect for primary aged children 9+.
Illegal – Eoin Colfer & Andrew Donkins
This is a powerful and timely story about one boy’s epic journey across Africa to Europe, a graphic novel for all children with glorious colour artwork throughout. From Eoin Colfer, previously Irish Children’s Laureate, and the team behind his bestselling Artemis Fowl graphic novels.
‘Beautifully realised and punchily told.’ Alex O’Connell, The Times Children’s Book of the Week
‘A powerful, compelling work, evocatively illustrated … It would take a hard heart not to be moved by this book.’ Financial Times
Far From Home: Refugees and migrants fleeing war, persecution and poverty – Cath Senker
For children aged 11+.
Author Cath Senker is an expert on writing in this area. She has housed refugees in her own home and is active in helping to provide education to those arriving in Britain.