Immigrants chose to leave their country to look for better opportunities. Refugees flee their homeland because of unsafe conditions. Here are three new books that look at their stories.
By John Coy, Photographs by Wing Young Huie
Thought-provoking photography and text make this book on 21st century immigrants an ideal discussion starter for teachers and parents. Intimate, individual family stories combine to present the universal immigration experience and celebrate the diversity of our country. It is a vision of hope for the future and a heartfelt reminder of a significant American ideal. All ages.
By Margriet Ruurs. In English and Arabic
The author of this book saw an image on Facebook that touched her deeply. It was of a mother holding her baby and a father trudging along under a heavy load; it was composed of stones. One of the stones was signed—Nizar Ali Badr. Finding him on Facebook, she was moved by his images of love, anguish sorrow and joy. The artist was Syrian and much of his work was inspired by the war in his country. They joined forces to produce this book which tells the story of a Syrian family who are forced to leave behind everything they know and love. The lyrical text handles a heart breaking subject with such grace that it could be shared with children of all ages. There is hope of a bright future and peace.
by Helen Mason
Roj and his family are forced to flee their homeland of Syria when civil war bombings destroy their home. They escape secretly by boat and end up in a European camp for refugees. Students take a walk in Roj’s shoes and will gain a real understanding of the plight of the Syrian people. Interspersed with the story are facts about Syria and the efforts made around the world to help the millions of refugees. Students are encouraged to help refugees in their communities. Written in 2017, this current book is for children third grade and up.
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