Yesterday saw the start of Refugee Week, the 2016 theme of which is ‘Different Pasts, Shared Future’. The UK-wide celebration is- as the organisers say themselves- “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.”. More information about Refugee Week can be found on their official website here, and there are even a plethora of educational resources available here, including items for use in class.
One of our Librarians, Gail, has put together a mini-list of titles to support Refugee Week, all of which we have here at SLS. She writes:
The Colour of Home is suitable for KS1/2 as a starting point about how young refugee children might feel. Refugees is a newly published nonfiction title with up-to-date photos and facts, suitable for KS2. The Arrival is a wordless graphic novel with much detail; Azzi in Between is also in a comic format (and one we’ve referred to before!) The Silence Seeker is based on the misheard phrase ‘Asylum Seeker’ and is a picture book suitable for all primary; again a great starting point for discussion. These books would also promote SMSC in your school.
- The Colour of Home by Mary Hoffman, illustrated by Karin Littlewood (Frances Lincoln, £6.99 paperback, ISBN 9780711219915)
- Refugees by Harriet Brundle (Book Life, £12.99 hardback, ISBN 9781786370242)
- The Arrival by Shaun Tan (Hodder, £14.99 hardback, ISBN 9780340969939)
- Azzi In Between by Sarah Garland (Frances Lincoln, £7.99 paperback, ISBN 9781847806512)
- The Silence Seeker by Ben Morley, illustrated by Carl Pearce (Random House, £7.99 paperback, ISBN 9781848530034)