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Children's Books about the Refugee/Immigrant Experience


Tonight Mayor Jim Watson will be hosting a public information forum at City Hall on Syrian refugee resettlement.

Last Tuesday, the Toronto District School Board launched a board-wide fundraising initiative to help Syrian Refugees. It’s a challenge for most of us, and especially children, who grew up here in Canada, to fully understand the terrifying and violent life that children and families are experiencing living in a war zone.

Here are a few children’s books that tell compelling stories of the life of refugees and migrants that can help our children understand what’s happening in other parts of the world. Some of these books also echo the feelings and experiences of children and families who have come to Canada as refugees or immigrants, and may inspire others to help out.

Image: Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote

Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote

A Migrant's Tale
By Tonatiuh, Duncan
Image: Two White Rabbits

Two White Rabbits

By Buitrago, Jairo/ Yockteng, Rafael (ILT)/ Amado, Elisa (TRN)
Image: Child Soldier

Child Soldier

When Boys and Girls Are Used in War
By Humphreys, Jessica Dee/ Chikwanine, Michel/ Dv̀ila, Claudia (ILT)
Image: The Red Pencil

The Red Pencil

By Pinkney, Andrea Davis
Image: Shooting Kabul

Shooting Kabul

By Senzai, N. H.
Image: The Unforgotten Coat

The Unforgotten Coat

By Cottrell Boyce, Frank
Image: Same Sun Here

Same Sun Here

By House, Silas
Image: Migrant


By Trottier, Maxine
Image: Here I Am

Here I Am

By Kim, Patti
Image: The Quiet Place

The Quiet Place

By Stewart, Sarah