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Barefoot: Escape on the Underground Railroad - Cover
Barefoot: Escape on the Underground Railroad
Pamela Duncan Edwards, Scholastic 1997
 
An interesting story about the Underground Railroad. This telling of an African American's escape from slavery focuses on the animals he encounters in the woods, with illustrations from the visual perspective of a small animal. "The Barefoot" - as he is called - has a close call with his pursuers ("the Heavy Boots") but this story ends with the man finding a safe house. The book only covers a segment of his escape: there are no scenes of him as captive, and no scenes within or after he reaches the safe house. Illustrations are in dark earth tones. Recommendation: the book refers to the main character as "the" barefoot - he is far more human if you drop the "the" while reading the story.

Ages: Transition (4-5), Young School Age (5-8)
Languages: English
Book Types: Story Book
Identity Groups: Rural, African American, Refugee
Special Topics: Activism, Disasters and Emergencies, Travel
Strands: Creative Conflict Resolution & Sense of Justice

 
My Beautiful Birds - Cover
My Beautiful Birds
Suzanne Del Rizzo, Pajama Press 2017
 
Sami and his family must flee the war in Syria leaving behind his beloved pigeons. After long and arduous travel, they end up in a refugee camp where they try to re-establish a life for themselves, but Sami cannot forget the war or his birds. In this lovely book, it is birds that help Sami heal and, eventually, it is birds he shares with a new child that offer friendship and healing for her as well.

Ages: Young School Age (5-8)
Languages: English
Book Types: Story Book
Identity Groups: Southwest Asia/North Africa, Muslim, Refugee
Special Topics: Disasters and Emergencies, Friendship, Travel, Animals with Children, Separation
Strands: Knowledge of Self & Connection to Others, Care & Love of Nature, Global Awareness

 
Night on the Sand: A journey toward hope - Cover
Night on the Sand: A journey toward hope
Monica Mayper, Clairion Books 2022
 
A remarkable book that requires adult guidance, but may be the exact book some children need to hear. A catastophe (an earthquake?) has destroyed the town and a young boy and his even younger brother are alone and make their way through the night to sleep on the beach. Other children also lie on the beach trying to sleep - and in the morning eveyone tries to help each other as best they can. Later in the day, a boat appears and the children are helped on board, looking back at the ruins of their town and, "on to the new we did not know that waited on another shore" while knowing, "we were not alone." Gorgeous illustrations showing both the heartbreak and the love and caring.

Ages: Young School Age (5-8)
Languages: English
Book Types: Story Book
Identity Groups: Rural, Latino American, Refugee
Special Topics: Disasters and Emergencies, Food, Cooking, Friendship, Separation, Travel, Siblings, Homelessness, Teacher Guided Topics
Strands: Knowledge of Self & Connection to Others, Creative Conflict Resolution & Sense of Justice, Global Awareness

 
Patchwork Path: A Quilt Map to Freedom (The) - Cover
Patchwork Path: A Quilt Map to Freedom (The)
Betty Stroud, Design Press, Savannah, Georgia, 2005
 
Although written for school age children, this wonderful story of a 10-year-old enslaved girl and her father's flight to freedom is told simply enough to be appropriate for 4- and 5-year-olds. On each step of their perilous journey, the father and daughter are guided by symbols of handmade quilts. Their courage and persistence, along with the help that good people provide for them, sing through each page.

Ages: Transition (4-5), Young School Age (5-8)
Languages: English
Book Types: Non-Fiction, Story Book
Identity Groups: Rural, African American, Refugee
Special Topics: Activism, Disasters and Emergencies, Travel
Strands: Creative Conflict Resolution & Sense of Justice

 
Tower of Life (The) - Cover
Tower of Life (The)
Chana Stiefel, Scholastic Press 2022
 
Beautifully written and illustrated, this is a true story about the life of Dr. Yaffa Eliach, whose childhood village in Czechoslovakia was taken over by the Nazi’s and destroyed. She, and some of her family survived and it became a life time mission for her to see that those who perished would not be forgotten. In her adult life in the U.S. she worked for the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum to create the "Tower of Life", a moving display of photographs designed to remind the world of the loving, laughing, learning real people who were lost. The book tells a painful story - with a focus on the joy in life and the real people who once lived in her small village.

Ages: Young School Age (5-8)
Languages: English
Book Types: Non-Fiction
Identity Groups: Elders, Refugee, European, Jewish
Special Topics: Activism, Disasters and Emergencies
Strands: Creative Conflict Resolution & Sense of Justice, Global Awareness

 
Where Will I Live? - Cover
Where Will I Live?
Rosemary McCarney, Second Story Press 2017
 
A gorgeous book of photos of refugees across the globe wondering where they will live, how they will get there, what will it be like??? And ultimately, when they arrive, thinnking "I hope someone smiles and says 'Welcome home ... I hope that someone is you." Truly age-appropriate for 4- to 8-year-olds. The extraordinary photos tell a terrible story in a way that shows everyone's humanity and hopefulness.

Ages: Transition (4-5), Young School Age (5-8)
Languages: English
Book Types: Non-Fiction, Photo Book
Identity Groups: Immigrant, African, Asian, Southwest Asia/North Africa, Multi-racial Groups, Muslim, Refugee
Special Topics: Disasters and Emergencies, Homelessness, Travel
Strands: Joy in Diversity, Creative Conflict Resolution & Sense of Justice, Global Awareness

 
wishes - Cover
wishes
Muon Thi Van, Orchard Books/Scholastic 2021
 
A visually exquisite and lyrical telling of a refugee family leaving behind their homeland and their elders in the dark of night, carrying what little they could take in bags on their back, and bravely, dangerously, crossing the sea in an open boat. Told in the voice of the author as a young girl – we see that the night wishes it was quieter, the path wishes it was shorter, the boat wishes it was bigger, the sea wishes it was calmer and when the boat refugees are rescued, the child narrator’s voice says, “I wished – I wouldn’t have to wish … anymore”. Read this tender, true story one-on-one with little ones, and to everyone you know.

Ages: Transition (4-5), Young School Age (5-8)
Languages: English
Book Types: Story Book
Identity Groups: Single Parent, Elders, Refugee, Southeast Asian
Special Topics: Disasters and Emergencies, Homelessness, Separation, Travel, Weather/Seasons, Teacher Guided Topics
Strands: Knowledge of Self & Connection to Others, Creative Conflict Resolution & Sense of Justice, Global Awareness