Ten Refugee Stories by Jenny Siebring deGroot

Nerdy Book Club

Reaching out in friendship to new arrivals is the best way to learn about the hopes and fears of individuals and families leaving or fleeing their homelands. However, picture books, especially ones based on true experiences, are a great way to engage children and adults as well.  Below are my ten best picks from among a longer list.

Adrift At Sea: A Vietnamese Boys Story of Survival by Marsha Forchuk Skyrpuch with Tuan Ho is likely the first picture book written by and about the refugees or boat people as they became known, fleeing Vietnam after the takeover of Saigon in 1975.  Tuan Ho was 5 years old when his father left under the cover night, escaping to Canada.   A year later, in 1981, Tuan Ho, along with his mother and two sisters embarked on their own terrifying and risky journey.   This beautifully illustrated picture book tells the story of…

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