In these times, we can be sure our students are hearing about refugees frequently on the news, at home, or from their peers. Or perhaps your students are themselves refugees. With the uncertainty of what lies ahead for refugees and immigrant groups, some schools are now in the position of teaching children and families about what their constitutional rights are and working through how to respond in various confrontational scenarios. Community leaders in New Haven are developing policies to establish sanctuary schools within the city ensuring all children are protected. Whatever your school setting and student population, it is becoming more and more critical that we help our students learn about the experiences of refugees in developmentally appropriate ways.
Brightly has curated a list of books to help us do just that. The list ranges from picture books to the middle grades to young adult, and includes populations from all over the world. Check it out at: http://www.readbrightly.com/books-to-help-kids-understand-what-its-like-to-be-a-refugee/
If you have related books you have used effectively in your classroom, please leave a note in the comments section for the benefit of us all.