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A diverse picture book that shares what life is like for child refugees

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I’m so happy to share with you today a book from one of our Gold sponsors of Multicultural Children’s Book Day, Second Story Press.

Second Story Press

Second Story Press is a publisher of feminist-inspired books for young readers and adults. They are dedicated to publishing stories that feature strong female characters and explore themes of social justice, human rights, diversity, abilities, and children’s empowerment. Some of the many amazing diverse books from Second Story Press include titles like The Water Walker, Where Will I Live?, Hand Over Hand, Violet, Dear Baobab and I Am Not a Number.

Second Story Press was co-founded in 1988 by Margie Wolfe and three other women dedicated to publishing feminist-inspired books for adults and young readers. For 25 years this company has been publishing great books that matter; books that have been translated into over 50 languages, won many awards, and have been adapted for film and stage.

This year Multicultural Children’s Book Day has focused our classroom kit is focused on Empathy pertaining to refugees and immigrants. What does it mean to be a refugee, where do you live, eat, sleep? Do you go to school or have friends? Is your family all together? Or have you been separated? The book,  Where Will I Live?, perfectly captures what life is like for many child refugees.

Many of the questions above are answered in this powerful diverse picture book for kids that is written by UN Ambassador, Rosemary McCarney. McCarney offers a glimpse into what life is like for child refugees. This timely book tells the story of the hundreds of thousands of refugees around the world who are on the move.

Every child needs a home. They need somewhere safe where they can be happy, eat their meals with their family, play with their toys, and go to sleep at night feeling unafraid.

But many children all over the world have had to leave their homes because they are no longer safe. Because of war and conflict, they and their families have become refugees. For them, life is hard and full of questions. In spite of everything, they find time to laugh, play, and make friends. And most importantly, they have hope that somewhere, someone will welcome them to a new home.

This beautiful photo-based book shows children from around the world who are affected by war, famine, and political upheaval. It is a poignant and powerful story sharing many of the daily life details of being a refugee. Where Will I Live? is important for children who are not affected by a crisis which sends them into being a refugee. It helps them think of the importance of what it means to have a home, enough food, and water, safety.

A great insight into this book is that even though these children have faced great adversity, they are so resilient and find fun and friendship in the most difficult of conditions and circumstances.

The beautiful photos in this book were taken by the UNHCR-the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and include images of children on the move and in refugee camps in countries such as Lebanon, Rwanda, Iraq, Niger, Hungary, Jordan, South Sudan, and Greece.

Author rosemary McCarney is Canada’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations and the Conference on Disarmament and past President and CEO of Plan International Canada. She is the author of the internationally bestselling Every Day is Malala Day, Because I am a Girl: I Can Change the World, and The Way to School.

I cannot think of a more timely book which looks at the issues confronting children refugees and their families. This book is a fabulous catalyst for conversations.

As a classroom or home companion to this book, I highly encourage parents, teachers and librarians to downlown MCBD’s FREE  Empathy Classroom Kit.

Empathy Classroom Kit containing:

~ Book List – 18 books on Understanding Immigration and Refugees

~ Classroom Empathy Activities (including a very powerful “backpack activity” that helps kids truly understand what is important in life!)

~ Empathy Poster – printable

~ Multicultural Children’s Book Day Poster

~ Multicultural Children’s Book Day eBook

ONE MORE THING: MCBD’s Read Your World: A Guide to Multicultural Children’s Books for Parents and Educators is not only a “Best Of” list of diversity books lists for children, this info-packed ebook will be FREE the week of January 23rd-29th. Go to Amazon to grab your copy!


4 thoughts on “A diverse picture book that shares what life is like for child refugees

  1. What a thoughtful insightful posting on such a timely issue. A perfect resource for the classroom as well as a springboard for discussion. Offering a free empathy kit is such a wonderful and practical idea.
    Thanks for bringing a book of this nature to the forefront.

    1. This was truly an eye-opening book. Kids need this perspective! Thanks for stopping by, Susan 🙂

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