Finding Home: Words from Kids Seeking Sanctuary

HarperCollins/Clarion. Jan. 2024. 32p. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9780063304178.
PreS-Gr 2–A timely and poignant book that addresses the issue of children seeking a safe and welcoming home. Through a collection of original photographs, Agna and Rotner shed light on the experiences of children from diverse cultural backgrounds (although there is not much about the countries or cultures they come from) who have embarked on journeys in search of safety and belonging in a new place. The book’s use of speech bubbles in the images makes it feel as though the children in the photographs are directly communicating with readers. This approach adds a personal touch to the stories, allowing readers to empathize with the challenges these children face. A brief book, with limited text outside the speech bubbles, its target audience would be younger readers; however, they may require adult guidance to fully grasp the complexities of asylum-seeking and migrant challenges in a new country. A glossary, an author’s note, and more resources makes this a good candidate for classroom use, making it an informative and inclusive resource.
VERDICT This short but age-relevant book is a nice introduction for anyone with questions about what they are hearing in the news.

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