Refugee Children are our focus in this bimonthly update.
It is a horrifying, almost ungraspable fact that there are around 17 million children in the world today who are refugees. Perhaps, for many of us, the only way to get our heads around these huge numbers, and to sense the real significance of those millions, is to allow individual stories to speak to our minds and hearts. In this issue we bring together authors and illustrators who are increasingly focusing on refugees in their work.
These are harrowing stories that will make readers weep – but they are also about children and for children, and sometimes by children: and so hope is also never far away. Sometimes, it is no more than a flicker but it is always there, a beacon for the future, seeking out a path to safety and a new life, away from fear, disaster and conflict…
Reading About and Reaching Out to Refugees
by Pegi Deitz Shea
Crossing boundaries: Conveying the refugee experience through illustration
by Luis Garay
Caught up in conflict: refugee stories about and for young people
by Marjorie Coughlan
Music as Inspiration and Survival: a Cambodian Journey
by Michelle Lord
The Immigrant and Second Generation Experience in British Children's Books
by Ann Lazim
A Note to Young Immigrants
by Mitali Perkins
Helping Kids See that War is Not a Game
by Kathy Beckwith
Make sure to read PaperTigers' new reviews, as well as the newly added reviews from our other review sources: CCBC, Books for Keeps, Asian Review of Books...
Links & Lists:
In this section you will find links to resources related to the theme of refugee children...
And in addition to focusing on refugees, we will also continue to focus on our Spirit of PaperTigers Project. Many book sets have already reached their destination, and children's feedback on the books is starting to arrive. You can see it here and we will continue to post it both here on the website and/or on our blog...