Finding Home: Words from Kids Seeking Sanctuary : Kids and Their Words on Displacement
In this photographic picture book, the authors record and transcribe the words of displaced children, raising up their voices—who they are, where they came from, and the many different reasons that they had to leave their home countries.
My parents told me we had to leave to stay safe. I was scared.
We left in a hurry. We could hardly bring anything. I could only take what fit in my backpack.
One day there was everyone and the next day there was almost no one. We had to go too.
This book celebrates the resilience, hope, and joy of children and their families who are seeking asylum. Stunning photographs capture children doing everyday things like playing on the playground, going to school, and meeting new friends alongside their stories of having to leave to their home countries in order to stay safe. The authors transcribed and photographed children from around the world to share their experiences on moving to a new place under extremely difficult circumstances as a way to raise up their voices and humanize people seeking asylum. Countries include Afghanistan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Bosnia, Tibet, Republic of Congo, South Sudan, Mexico, Syria, Nigeria, Myanmar, and Ukraine. The authors have included backmatter with further information for kids, parents, and educators.
Gwen Agna has been an educator for more than forty years. Trained in early childhood education, throughout her career she worked to incorporate social justice, anti-bias, and anti-racism in all aspects of classroom practice. She lives in Northampton, MA.
Shelley Rotner is an award-winning author and photo illustrator of more than fifty books for young readers. With a background as an elementary school teacher, museum educational specialist, and UNICEF photographer, Rotner is also a noted freelance photojournalist whose work has appeared in Time magazine, National Geographic’s World magazine, and numerous others. She is best known for portraying diverse children with inclusivity in her books, notably All Kinds of People and Shades of People, where she explores kids’ worlds to raise awareness and to promote curiosity and compassion. She lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.
Geared toward younger readers, illustrated with expressive color photos, and written in accessible prose, this highlights various facets of immigration and its impact from kids’ perspectives… A varied range of experiences and people are showcased, including such challenges of being in a new place as learning a different language and making friends, but so are commonalities—the meaningfulness of being with family, finding connection and community, and having stable, supportive opportunities for education and play. Throughout, abundant photos are both poignant and uplifting... [T]his thought-provoking, affecting volume aims to foster understanding and “hope for a world where everyone is welcome.” -Booklist
A timely and poignant book that addresses the issue of children seeking a safe and welcoming home...A glossary, an author's note, and more resources makes this a good candidate for classroom use, making it an informative and inclusive resource. This short but age-relevant book is a nice introduction for anyone with questions about what they are hearing in the news. -School Library Journal
"A beautiful book which reminds us that those that seek sanctuary are beautiful humans." -Grace Lin
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