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Recommended fiction teacher notes for primary and secondary schools by Amnesty International has notes for fiction books on human rights themes, including several relating to refugees
List of Fiction Books
KS = Key Stage
KS1= 5-7 yrs old
KS2 = 7-11yrs old
KS 3 = 11-14yrs old
KS4= 14-16yrs old
A Picture Book of Anne Frank – David D. Adler
Amina’s Blanket – Helen Dunmore
Bilingual Folk Tales A series of colourful illustrated books, each telling a popular folk tale from a different country, matching the English translation against the tale told in its original language. Suitable for early years and primary schools.Each book carries details of the country where the folk tale originated
Boy Overboard (Football and Afghan refugees moving to Australia) – Morris Gleitzma
Dia’s Story Cloth (Picture Book – China to Thailand) – Dia Cha
Kosovan Journeys (Big Book) – Howard Davies & Jill Rutter
My Name was Hussein – Hristo Kyuchukov Illustrated story sharing the life of a young Roma boy in Bulgaria, who is forced to give up his identity and his name as a result of government oppression. Suitable for ages 7 – 11.
Petar’s Song (Picture Book) – Pratima Mitchell Beautifully illustrated story of family separation caused by war. Suitable for ages 7 – 11.
Playing War – Kathy Beckwith Illustrated story about understanding what war can be like for families, and that war is not a game. It’s also a sensitive story about the power of friendship and how children can learn from one another. Suitable for ages 7 – 11.
Ten Thousand Bowls of Soup – Ross Frowen A poetic picture book encouraging children to engage with adults on the vitally important migrant issue that is beginning to define the times in which we live.
The Colour of Home – Mary Hoffman The story of Hassan’s first day at an English school, after his family flee the war in Somalia. It describes his sadness, and how the school helps him to feel welcome and settled. A beautiful picture book, suitable for ages 5 – 11.
The Weight of Water – Sarah Crossan
The Librarian of Basra – Jeanette Winter The true story about a librarian’s struggle to save her community’s priceless collection of books during the war in Iraq. Beautifully illustrated and inspiring. suitable for ages 5 – 11
The Silver Path – Christine Harris, Helen Ong
The Whispering Cloth (Picture Book -Thailand) – Pegi Deitz Shea
Zlata’s Diary – Zlata Filipovic Real diary of a young girl trapped in Sarajevo when war broke out in 1992. For nearly 2 years she recorded how war touched her daily life and robbed her of her childhood. Very useful for Years 5 – 9, particularly in comparison with Anne Franks’ Diary.
A Fight to Belong – Alan Gibbons
Somali Journeys A textbook for KS2 children detailing the stories of five Somali families who have settled in the city
Adem’s Cross – Alice Mead
AK – Peter Dickinson
Deeply sympathetic story of a boy soldier in a fictional African country. Raises many questions about war and rebellion. Suitable for ages 11 and above.
Alpha – Bessora, Illustrated by Barroux
Dark Parties – Sara Grant
Dreamland – Lily Hyde
Girl in Red (Roma) – Gaye Hiςyilmaz A booklet of memories collected from asylum seeker and refugee families in the local area. It has some ideas for classroom use and has teacher perspectives with in it.
Hana’ s Suitcase – Karen A biography of a Czech girl who died in the Holocaust, told in alternating chapters with an account of how the curator of a Japanese holocaust Centre learned about her life, after Hana’s suitcase was sent to her. Moving and beautifully told.
Levine Little Soldier – Bernard Ashley
My Forbidden Face (Growing Up Under the Taliban) – Latifa
Only a Matter of Time (Albanian & Serb teenagers become friends) – Stewart Ross
Playing With Fire (Mozambique) – Henning Mankell
Run (On the run from immigration & the past) – Farrukh Dhondy
Secrets in the Fire (Mozambique) – Henning Mankell
Shadow – Micheal Murpurgo
The Bone Sparrow – Zana Fraillon
The Road From Rome (Turkey/Armenia early 20th century) – David Kherdian
Voices Of Silence – Bel Mooney
Zoya’s Story – Zoya with John Follain & Rita Cristofari