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CLERC Virtual Display: Books about Refugees
90 Miles to Havana by Enrique Flores-Galbis
When unrest hits the street of Havana Cuba, Julian's parents must make the heartbreaking decision to send him and his two brothers away to Miami via the Pedro Pan operation.
Call Number: CLERC - Main Floor | PZ7.F66433 Aai 2012
Cast Away by Naomi Shihab Nye
Poet Naomi Shihab Nye shines a spotlight on the things we cast away, from plastic water bottles to refugees.
Call Number: CLERC - Main Floor | PS3564.Y44 C37 2019
The Journey by Francesca Sanna
A mother and her two children experience fear of the unknown, but also great hope, as they leave everything behind and travel many miles to somewhere unfamiliar and strange.
Call Number: CLERC - Main Floor | PZ7.1.S263 Jo 2016
A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park
When the Sudanese civil war reaches his village in 1985, eleven-year-old Salva becomes separated from his family and must walk with other Dinka tribe members through southern Sudan, Ethiopia, and Kenya in search of safe haven.
Call Number: CLERC - Main Floor | PZ7.P22115 Lo 2010
Lost and Found Cat by Doug Kuntz; Amy Shrodes; Sue Cornelison (Illustrator)
When an Iraqi family is forced to flee their home, they can’t bear to leave their beloved cat, Kunkush, behind. So they carry him with them from Iraq to Greece. But during the crowded boat crossing, he disappears. Days later, aid workers in Greece find the lost cat and are desperate to reunite them.
Call Number: CLERC - Main Floor | SF442.63.I72 K86 2017
Marwan's Journey by Patricia De Arias; Laura Borràs (Illustrator)
Marwan is a young boy on a journey he never intended to take, bound for a place he doesn't know. On his journey, he relies on courage and memories of his faraway homeland to buoy him. With him are hundreds and thousands of other human beings, crossing the deserts and the seas, fleeing war and hunger in search of safety.
Call Number: CLERC - Main Floor | PZ7.1.A753 Mar 2018
The Most Beautiful Thing by Kao Kalia Yang; Khoa Le (Illustrator)
Drawn from author Kao Kalia Yang's childhood experiences as a Hmong refugee, this moving picture book portrays a family with a great deal of love and little money. Weaving together Kalia's story with that of her beloved grandmother, the book moves from the jungles of Laos to the family's early years in the United States.
Call Number: CLERC - Main Floor | JV6475 .Y36 2020
My Beautiful Birds by Suzanne Del Rizzo
A Syrian boy follows his family as they escape the bombs that have destroyed their homes. When they reach a refugee camp and are safe at last, everyone settles into the tent city. But Sami can't forget his birds and what his family has left behind.
An Olympic Dream by Reinhard Kleist
The story behind Somalian Olympic athlete Samia Yusuf Omar -- training in one of the most dangerous cities in the world; her passage through Sudan and into Libya; and her fateful attempt to reach Europe.
Call Number: CLERC - Main Floor | GV697.O63 K43 2016
Oskar and the Eight Blessings by Tanya Simon; Richard Simon; Mark Siegel (Illustrator)
A refugee seeking sanctuary from the horrors of Kristallnacht, Oskar arrives by ship in New York City with only a photograph and an address for an aunt he has never met. As Oskar walks the length of Manhattan, from the Battery to his new home in the north of the city, he passes experiences the city's many holiday sights, and encounters it various residents.
Call Number: CLERC - Main Floor | PZ7.1.S56 Os 2015
Our Journey from Syria to America by Three Sisters; Rabbi Feshbach (Afterword by)
During their country’s devastating civil war, a family with three daughters and one son was forced to leave their Syrian homeland and seek safety in Jordan. They were able to move to America as refugees in 2016. This story, told with simple language and drawings made by the three girls, explores their emotions as they start their new lives in the U.S.
Call Number: CLERC - Main Floor | E184.S98 .O9 2017
Renato and the Lion by Barbara DiLorenzo (Illustrator)
When World War II threatens Renato's home of Florence, Renato and his family must leave his beloved, art-filled city for America, but Renato worries about protecting his favorite sculpture--the stone lion in the Piazza della Signoria. Includes author's note.
Call Number: CLERC - Main Floor | PZ7.1.D5635 Re 2017
Tasting the Sky by Ibtisam Barakat
The author remembers her childhood in Ramallah and as a Palestinian refugee in the late 1960s.
Call Number: CLERC - Main Floor | DS119.7 .B2845 2016
Yang Warriors by Kao Kalia Yang; Billy Thao (Illustrator)
In the Ban Vinai refugee camp, the Yang warriors practice drills, balance rocks on their heads, and wield magical swords from fallen branches. The ten cousins are ready to defend the family at all costs. After a week without fresh vegetables, they embark on a dangerous mission to look for food.
Call Number: CLERC - Main Floor | HV640.5.H58 Y36 2021
The Color of Home by Mary Hoffman; Karin Littlewood (Illustrator)
Hassan, newly-arrived in the United States and feeling homesick, paints a picture at school that shows his old home in Somalia as well as the reason his family had to leave.
Call Number: On Order
How I Learned Geography by Uri Shulevitz (Illustrator)
As he spends hours studying his father's world map, a young boy escapes the hunger and misery of refugee life. Based on the author's childhood in Kazakhstan, where he lived as a Polish refugee during World War II.
Call Number: On Order
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